The mission of such lobbyists is to encourage governments to be the
customer for a wide range of products and services that governments may
compel the general population to use. The addition of fluoride to
municipal drinking water is an example of state-enforced medication.
Successful lobbying of government officials has led to a proliferation
of GMO soy and GMO corn being used as animal feed and for human
Likewise, the state-approved prolific use of antibiotics in livestock
and in hospitals has resulted in the emergence of virulent strains of
antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can infect animals and people. Such
is the result of the government control of public health and
government-regulated agricultural and food sector. Skilled lobbyists
have learned to exploit state economic regulation to the advantage of
their clients, that is, to have the state encourage the expanded use of
Who Regulates the Regulators?
It has long been known to free-market economists that industry insiders
“capture” the regulatory system of a particular segment of the economy
and manipulate it to their advantage. The regulatory agencies of several
sectors of the economy, including public health and agriculture, are
being “captured” by the lobbyists of industries that supply products to
these sectors. Some companies may gain a legal monopoly to supply
certain products to government entities at grossly inflated prices.
The economic downturn has impacted several companies that do business
with government agencies. State funding is declining for high-priced
solar and wind power, with the result that several providers of solar
power technology have closed their doors while some makers of windmill
technology are laying off workers. The economic downturn has also
affected companies that supply medications such as fluoride
(fluorosilicate) to public sector clients to put into the water supply.
Several cash-strapped municipalities in the USA are ending the practice
of adding fluoride to drinking water, advising that most of the water is
used for a variety of purposes other than drinking.
Libertarians and other free-market enthusiasts support the idea of
limited government that keeps intrusion into the lives of peaceful
citizens to a strict minimum. Industry lobbyists prefer big, powerful
and omnipotent governments that are only too happy to intrude into the
lives of citizens “for their own and the greater good!” For such
industries, government is the customer, and governments that reduce of
the size of their public services while providing for greater market
freedom would ultimately undermine their earnings. The present economic
downturn may compel many governments to go this route whether they like
it or not.