New Problem for Government to Save Us From: Fitness DVDs

As a person who lifts heavy and occasionally sprints, I despise the majority of exercise DVDs. But that doesn’t mean I think the government should save us from them. Yet that is what recent media stories have promoted. If only we had bureaucrats to tell us what the “settled science” is regarding how we should work out, and censoring anyone else, we would all be better off. Thus, Newser.com: “Exercise DVDs May Actually Be Psychologically Harmful.” Exercise DVDs are a mostly unregulated industry, Read more […]

Defense Department Claims 70 Percent of Youth are Unfit for Military

The recruitment poster says, “I want YOU for the U.S. Army.” But the Pentagon tells us that he is only really pointing his finger at thirty percent of young people—or less. Thus, the Wall Street Journal reports, The military services don’t keep figures on how many people they turn away. But the Defense Department estimates 71% of the roughly 34 million 17- to 24-year-olds in the U.S. would fail to qualify to enlist in the military if they tried, a figure that doesn’t even include those turned Read more […]

Obamacare Punishes You for Joining A Gym

It is not just city governments that want to punish those who try to get or stay healthy through exercise. As I wrote about efforts of cities to put a special tax on bicyclists: …the whole point of “sin” taxes is that taxing an activity reduces that activity. Supposedly that reason government taxes alcohol or cigarettes is to deter people from drinking or smoking as much. But is that the real reason? Or do they just want revenue? And why wouldn’t the logic of sin taxes apply to healthy Read more […]