As anyone who has filled a gas tank or made a grocery run lately can tell you, a dollar doesn't go as far as it used to. And it doesn’t take a PhD in Economics to see that even consumers with good credit are being turned down for...
It’s not surprising to find an ulterior motive lurking behind many of today’s for-your-own-good campaigns. America’s obesity “epidemic” is making billions for the diet industry. Organic-food activism is more lucrative than ever for organic food companies. And trial lawyers are turning menu labeling into the goose's...
It’s no secret that technology ranks pretty high on environmental activists’ “no-no” list. All that human progress, quality of life improvements, scientific breakthroughs, and (gasp!) greater efficiency just isn’t “natural.” So we’re not surprised to see that the anti-business “consumer advocacy” campaign against activists’ favorite dairy whipping boy, a...
"Payday" lenders have been getting a bad rap lately, and most of their critics seem to be arguing that short-term loans generate excessive profits at the expense of low- and middle-income Americans. "Solutions" range from outright bans on the service to  suing or capping...
If a complete stranger walked up to you on the street, asked you for a $100 loan, promised they'd pay it back in two weeks and gave you $1.50 for your trouble, would you do it? Of course not. But that’s exactly the kind of loony...

Paternalism Prevails In Ohio

(May 16th, 2008)
Ohio lawmakers sent a resounding message to their constituents on Wednesday: Consumers capable of opening a checking account can’t act like adults when it comes to managing a three-figure loan. By voting to cap annual percentage rates on payday loans at 28 percent—an effective ban on the...
With soaring gas prices and food shortages approaching “global crisis” level, more and more Americans are tightening their belts. While anti-fat fanatics fight to ban “unhealthy” foods (or make us feel as guilty as possible about eating them) and organic activists whine that food is too...

Never Miss A Headline

(April 27th, 2007)
Many of you have been asking, "How can I keep tabs on the food police and animal rights wackos while simultaneously checking the weather forecast and my g-mail?" We've got the answer: the Center for Consumer Freedom on your customized Google homepage. If you're already signed in to your Google account,...
Okay. We admit it. Readers of our free "Daily Headlines" e-mail service aren't getting the whole story. There's so much news in the world of nutrition zealots, animal rights activists, meddling bureaucrats, and sinister trial lawyers that we simply can't cover it all in...
On Tuesday, Starbucks announced that most of its West Coast and New England coffeehouses will no longer be serving dairy products from cows given Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH), a synthetic supplement that stimulates milk production. The move has been hailed by a number of activist groups, most...