The Nanny State

FRIDAY 7-25-08…Oh goody…..we’ve made it to a Friday amid a mixture of good news and bad. So, let’s take a breather and get away from the usual controversies such as “to drill or not to drill”…homosexual marriage, and Bible bans.

I was surfing the internet and came across Wall Street Journal Online and a piece written by Drew Carey, the new host of “The Price Is Right.” I simply must share it with you. It doesn’t mention our democrat-controlled state legislature, but I could tell…it was on his mind.

He writes “Nothing’s too silly to be banned. Guess what can happen if you sell bacon-wrapped hot dogs (in Los Angeles) without expensive government-approved equipment?”

“But is New York City the new California? Let’s see, smoking ban? Check. Trans-fat ban? Check. Bans on aluminum bats? Check. Bans on straddling a bike while wearing inline skates or drinking coffee on a subway. Check, check, and check.”

“Politicians just don’t know when to say when. Outdoor grilling is banned in some places – and would you believe some cities have tried to ban fast food restaurants from opening? When did so many of us turn into ban-happy busybodies? Imagine if we outlawed everything that offends someone. Would you want to live in that country?”

Drew Carey has it right, and the answer is “no, we wouldn’t want to live in that country.” Unfortunately, we seem to be headed in that direction.

It was State Senator Tom McClintock (then an Assemblyman) who stood at the rostrum and scolded legislators by saying “You’ve become the nanny police. Pretty soon, you’ll be telling everyone when to put on their jimmies and go to bed.”

I’ve been a fan of McClintock ever since. It’s too bad California doesn’t have a whole lot more McClintocks in office. If we did, perhaps California wouldn’t have become the laughing stock for the rest of the country.



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