War on the Little Guy

Thursday's Editorial - January 16, 2014


1.  The purpose of an editorial/commentary is to explain, persuade, warn, criticize, entertain, praise or answer. What do you think is the purpose of Mr. Stossel’s editorial? Explain your answer.

2.  What two words do you think best describe the regulations placed on Marty the Magician? (e.g. necessary, important, well-meant, ridiculous, foolish, overbearing, etc.) Explain your answer.

3.  In paragraphs 9 and 16, Mr. Stossel writes:  
"Some regulation is useful. But when we passively accept government regulation of everything, thinking we're protecting people from evil corporations run amok, we're really making life harder for ordinary people. Every profession, from cab driving to floral arrangement, is now burdened with complex rules. ...We should get rid of most of these regulations."  
a)  Do you agree with his assertion?  Explain your answer.
b)  Ask a parent the same question.