Lots of people were discouraged because Sen. Rand Paul’s proposed amendment to reign in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was overwhelmingly defeated last week. It would have prohibited FDA agents from carrying weapons and making arrests as well as liberalized the rule on advertising of various foods’ health benefits. (The amendment’s text and the vote of individual senators is shown here.)
I have a different take. I find it encouraging, first, that a senator even made this sort of proposal and, second, that 15 per cent of the senators supported it.