The usage of asbestos has caused a tragic mark of illness on families across the nation. Some medical observers have noted that it’s possibly the biggest epidemic of disease made by human beings in the history of the United States. Perhaps even more tragically, though, the entire epidemic was completely preventable.
Mesothelioma is a disease caused only by asbestos exposure. It is by far the most covered up medical condition in American history. For decades, in fact, business owners and government officials were warned about asbestos related diseases such as mesothelioma, but did nothing to stop asbestos usage. Here are some essential facts about the disease.
The government is making a profit off of our bad habits. A “sin tax” is a tax added to any products or services that are considered to be unhealthy, and it’s a big business. In 2011, states collected $50 billion in sin taxes alone.
Cigarettes are the most taxed consumer good in the world; 58% of the price of cigarettes is a result of excise taxes. Federal tax is $1.01 per pack, plus state sales tax, plus city/county fees and taxes all on top of the price of the cigarettes themselves. New York City is currently the most expensive city to smoke in, with the highest city and state taxes at $1.50 and $4.35 respectively. Massachusetts and Rhode [...]
There is a widespread belief that the American government can’t do anything right and should pretty much stay out of key societal matters. The fact of the matter, however, is that the government has gotten it right on a number of occasions. It was the federal government, for example, that built the interstate highway system. Without interstate highways, inner cities would be more crowded. Higher freight charges would lead to higher prices on products and vacation travel would be restricted. The government got it right when it built the 65,000 miles of highway in the 50 states.
The government has also gotten it right in terms of promoting and protecting public health. In 1906, [...]
In the wake of deadly shootings in Aurora, CO and Sandy Hook, CT, the nation centers on concerns for citizen safety and the gun control debate heats up. While many believe that strict gun restrictions are a good thing, others believe that the right to bear arms should be preserved and protected.
The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states, “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” These words were designed to prevent enslavement to the government. The Founding Fathers understood that a “well regulated” militia means, “functioning [...]