A couple of weeks back I rented a helium tank in order to fill 9 inch balloons for an event.
Today I received, by mail, the government mandated Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for this dangerous substance.
Five pages, plus a cover letter explaining that the company was mandated to provide this information by the EPA.
Helium is number 2 on the periodic table, right behind Hydrogen. It doesn’t burn. It doesn’t do anything other than give you a munchkin voice for a brief time if you directly inhale it.
But this business was mandated to provide this useless government propaganda to me, the cost of which was buried in the cost of my purchase. Failure by the company to spend this money to inform me of the potential dangers of this non dangerous substance would have resulted in substantial penalties to this company, I’m quite sure.
This is part of the soft tyranny being imposed upon us in every aspect of life by faceless, unaccountable bureaucrats. These same bureaucrats couldn’t create as much as a candy apple in real life. But it’s the new ‘normal’.
I worry less about the pressurized tank of helium than I do about the highly pressurized federal bureaucrats that feel that their personal imperative is to manage every aspect of life….and to pass on the costs to business and consequently to you and me.
How beautiful a ruse is it for the government to impose a mandate which rises prices incrementally? But it isn’t a tax, per se, it’s just the cost of doing business. And government shields itself from direct blame for rising prices using this gambit, in every single aspect of life. They blame ‘Big Helium’ publicly.
Rising food prices? Big Grocery.
Rising gas prices? Big Oil.
Rising Health Care costs? Big Medical and big Pharma.
Do you see a pattern here?