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Brian Gongol

It's a week of nanny-statism: People calling for tighter controls on cartoon characters on food packaging, Story County officials trying to clamp down on beer kegs by keeping track of individual buyers, and the perennial joy of Congress paying more attention to sports than to the real business of the people.

Is this just a case of crankiness? No -- it's a reminder that we can try to regulate everything, but we have to acknowledge that half the time, we're just creating new problems. Using the three examples above: Some rules and regulations will always be necessary -- we can't have a free society or an open market without the rule of law. But the more often we fall back on expecting laws and regulations to save us from ourselves, the more likely we are to fail catastrophically at what we were really trying to achieve.