Trust in government, business swirling the bowl
The Kansas City Star
From birth control to bourbon, consumers these days have to wonder who can they trust.
A September 2011 recall by Qualitest Pharmaceuticals of birth control pills came too late for some women who ended up pregnant. Other manufacturers, Pfizer, Glenmark Generics and Sandoz had recalls of birth-control pills with faulty packaging. Lawsuits have resulted, The Kansas City Star reports.
But people have to ask where was the Food and Drug Administration oversight before the mistakes?
On the bourbon front, Maker’s Mark is going back to a 90 proof product after finding that consumers turned their noses up at a reduced 84-proof bourbon. Smart move.
People shouldn’t have to regret their good purchases like the folks on the recent Carnival Cruise ship Triump. What a mess.
Then there are Kia and Hyundai, which got into trouble with the Environmental Protection Agency by overstating the fuel mileage for 900,000 vehicles sold in the United States, The Kansas City Star also reports. But consumers have to ask where was the EPA oversight before the fudging took place and many people purchased vehicles with mileage they can’t trust.
Republicans cry for smaller government and less oversight. But the hands-off approach to business doesn’t appear to work any better now than it did when Teddy Roosevelt was president.