Central Planning is Hard!

Part of ObamaCare is a mandate that various chain restaurants label their foods with calorie counts. It sounds easy enough in theory, but, as Jason Stverak points out, is nearly impossible in practise:

FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg admitted that she “actually thought [calorie labeling] would be one of the more straightforward tasks…but little did I know how complicated it would be.” Hamburg’s concerns are hardly unfounded, but it’s small business owners and franchisees—not FDA bureaucrats—that will feel the most pain under the new law.

There are almost a million restaurant locations in America.  Yes, it is “complicated” to make a sensible rule that encompasses nine-hundred ninety thousand different food service locations.

The fundamental problem with central planning is that you not only need to be smarter and more knowledgeable than any one individual or business: you need to be smarter and more knowledgeable than a million of them, put together.

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