John Tierney has an interesting op-ed in today’s Times.
His point is slightly more big picture than mine. Mine is:
“What a friggin pain in the ass!”
If you know me, you know that when I have a cold, over-the-counter drugs with pseudoephedrine are my life-line. I sleep with NyQuil, get up with DayQuil and pop Sudafed at work. I love the stuff. (The fact that it speeds up my heart rate and makes it like I’m exercising while I’m sitting, therefore losing weight by doing nothing is fringe benefit.)
The truth is, I agree with Tierney. This is ridiculous. Drug enforcement agents have admitted that making pseudoephedrine unavailable will just push meth makers to more expensive and more dangerous drugs. It won’t put them out of business. So what does this accomplish? It only inconveniences regular, law-abiding cold-sufferers like me. Just because some druggies use sudafed to make meth.
This is ridiculous already. The government just continues to extend its reach over our normal lives, and it continues to use the offensive and power-abusive Patriot Act to do it. The Patriot Act will continue to be the basis for eroding our freedoms (ironically). That will be President Bush’s legacy: eroding the freedom of the American people.