The Federal Trade Commission Needs to Focus on Its Mission

Last we discussed serious questions about the FTC’s jurisdiction over data security matters.  Friday I stumbled upon this on the Federal Trade Commission website.   In case you don’t feel like jumping out to their website, here’s the introductory portion:

Saving Money on Gas

Whether driving cross-town or cross-country, everybody wants to save money at the pump. Regardless of the make and model, your car’s estimated gas mileage is just that — an estimate. An important variable is how you fuel, drive, and maintain your car. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, offers these bumper-to-bumper tips to help you get the most mileage out of your gas purchases:


Apparently the Federal Trade Commission has too much time on their hands.  Now it’s giving us advice about how to drive in a way that saves fuel.  Except in the most trivial and extremely limited way, these driving tips aren’t about fraud or consumer scams or anything else that falls within the FTC’s mission.  Maybe Congress should look into how the FTC has the budget necessary to generate this paternalistic nonsense.

Your tax dollars at work.

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