Skip to comments.The Nanny State Update
Posted on 04/20/2012 12:51:43 PM PDT by 92nina
Nanny Bloombergs at it again; exasperated environmentalists try another approach to save spotted owls; and Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood moonlights as a traffic cop all in this weeks edition of Nanny State overreach.
Highway to Hell: Last week we brought you news of Nanny State regulators at NHTSA battling what they now call the distracted driving epidemic. Perhaps they should add Transportation Secretary LaHood to their expanding list of potential distractions. In a fit of self-righteousness LaHood claimedduring a speech this week that he hasnt used a cellphone while driving in over three years. LaHood also stated that he will honk at other drivers if he sees them using a cell phonebut somehow doesnt seem to think this paternalist policing would be distracting to drivers. LaHood went on to say that he yells at other drivers when he sees them using a cell phone and, "If I could write a ticket I would." Between the honking, yelling and getting out to write tickets Secretary LaHood is more distracting (and pompous) to beltway drivers than using your GPS or talking to passengerstwo of the dozens of things NHTSA and NTSB claim are hazardous to driving.
Big Apple, Big Brother: You dont have to be a singing English woman to be called Nanny. New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is quickly becoming one of the most notorious Nanny State lawmakers. Bloomberg recently proposed rules that force private apartment owners to regulate where people can and cant smoke. The goal, according to Bloomberg, is to increase smoke-free buildings in the future. We like the opinion of one New York resident who said, I think Nurse Bloomberg should stay out of private affairs.
Six Degrees of Statism: Weve already had one terrible modern day adaptation of Kevin Bacons classic Footloose and dont need another. Unfortunately Nanny Staters in Weston, Florida have outlawed nightclubs, dance halls and skating rinks. Westons Mayor Eric Hersh defended the proposal claiming, this is something we thought would protect the city. The law is an over-zealous response to increased crime. Though its apparently trying to do so, Weston hasnt completely banned dancing since you can still do it at school functions. With the proper adult chaperones, of course.
Banning Lead is for the Birds: Environmentalists in 35 states want to ban lead in hunting ammunition to protect birds from potential lead poisoning. In what can only be called hyperbolic hand wringing, one conservationist called the effect on birds, A national tragedy. In opposition to the ban, U.S. House Rep. Doc Hastings (WA-4) pointed out that the regulation will severely harm the hunting industry, driving up costs for ammunition producers and hunting enthusiasts.
Please Dont Feed the Animals: Following environmentalists efforts to make hunting more expensive, the city of Ashland, Oregon proposed a ban on deer feeding rather than permit hunting to confront the growing problem of deer overpopulation. The law follows in the footsteps of other rural Nanny Staters like Minnesotas proposed ban on deer feeding to save the local moosepopulation.
While the Nanny State continues to grow, some level headed lawmakers have worked to roll back government regulation.
In a victory for personal freedom, Michigan has repealed its motorcycle helmet law. Nanny Staters tried to fight the repeal, but motorcycle riders in Michigan rightly point out that they are smart adults who can make their own choicessounds like the simplest, most effective argument against Nanny Statism weve heard yet.
Citizens and lawmakers in Springfield, Missouri have gained enough petitions to override the City Councils inaction and force a repeal of the citys smoking ban. The City Council wasnt considering a repeal or a ballot initiative, but the hard work of volunteers at Live Free Springfield forced the issue onto the ballot where voters will decide in June.
Thanks to Keynesianism, libtards are under the delusion that government can provide free benefits without any cost.
They passed this crap in West Virginia under the guise of a "texting and driving ban" (which I wholehearted agree with) but they added cell phones and just about any other electronic devices at the last minute after they sold it to the public as stricktly a texting ban (and of course exempted law enforcement). My job requires me to be on the road a lot and to take calls when they come through, I've been doing it safely for 15 years and I'll be d@mned if I'm going to pull over every time I have to answer the phone, (which is far more dangerous in my opinion). So my solution? Looked up the state's window tint laws and got all my windows tinted to the legal max (65%). Tested it out and you have to literally be right up to the window to make out what the driver is doing. So when this goes into effect on July 1, it's game on state of WV.
Tinting the windows, good idea. Will keep in mind for the future.
That may be literlally true......I doubt cabinet secretaries ever have to drive anywhere. Bet he uses it in the back of the limo though.
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