Skip to comments.Allen West spokesman defends 'nanny state' bill
Posted on 03/15/2012 8:26:19 AM PDT by Ollies girl
Congressman Allen West announced his support and co-sponsorship of the Safe Teen and Novice Uniform Protection, or STANDUP Act, at a teen driving event at Jupiter High School on Tuesday, as reported in BPRs March 14 article Allen West hits a Porsche while simulating texting and driving.
The act, if passed, would ban teens from driving while texting, restrict driving with other teens and impose other limitations on young drivers. With 50 members of Congress, the Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office and Allstate Insurance Co., among others, signed on, the bill seems to be in good hands.
But the conservative congressman, normally a prime target for left-wing criticism, is being blasted from his base on this one.
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Rumors that Sarah and Col Allen West could be a ticket and then this piece by you noob.
newb or oldb who cares, is it true?
Doesn’t sound like a federal issue to me.
I would want to hear more about this before I blasted him, but some people do lose their way when it’s “for the children.”
I believe AZ just passed a texting while driving law. believe it is a State issue. And I agree with the law. I text and drive sometimes. And I shouldn’t. If my husband knew, he’d kill me.
If I can’t control that urge, can you imagine teenagers? It is incredibly dangerous. OK.. From now on, I will not text while driving..I will not text while driving...I will not text while driving..I will not text while driving...
I don’t care about the noob issue either - and I’m not thrilled with this vote. But not sure this is really a pure nanny state issue at all.
Use of the public roads is not exactly like smoking in your own house or yard. Not like running your own business. Not like texting while you drive a jeep on your own farm or land.
This is not a pure issue and to draw a line in the sand on this would be foolish.
Yes, I am new to FR, but I don’t see how that makes my opinion any less valuable than everyone else.
If one actually does some searching about the ‘Standup Act’ the latest information is almost a year old. This has languished and will continue to do so. It is NOT on any docket. If West signed on as a co-sponsor that is not all that unusual but he was not an orginator as this bill was first introduced in 2010. The Act is one of those ‘you will comply or we will withhold funds’ bit of legislation.
Seems like you worked really hard to find a non-story about West that was negative
Yes, I agree: this is not a matter for the federal government.
“I text and drive sometimes. And I shouldnt. If my husband knew, hed kill me.”
He may never get the chance if that’s how you drive.
If he cosponsored it he is know better than the originator. The Federal Gov. should keep their worthless selves out of state business.
I’m tired of for the children legislation.
let’s do a thought experiment. You assume this is “state business and “for the children.”
Does that mean you have a bullet proof suit that will protect you from a teen causing you to wreck on an interstate highway that you might drive on?
Or do you think that in a wreck, only the folks in the drivers’ car are at risk of death or injury. Or maybe you only drive on state roads.
Like I said, this bill is not great by me, but I reject the notion that it is nanny statism the way many other pieces of legislation are.
Why are you busting this poster. She didn't do anything wrong. This story is a legit news story. Do you think that the Federales should be involved in teen texting and driving? This is a state issue if there ever was one and most states are tackling it as we speak. West needs to but out of this.
Don’t like it, I suggest you get your state legislator to pass a bill similar to this one. I would also suggest if a state doesn’t have a law against it, don’t drive in that state. That is where this issues belong.
You are confusing the bill itself versus your argument against the bill. I am not sure I like either one.
I stand by two statements that speak to the weakness of your argument but DO NOT NECESSARILY support the bill itself either:
A: with the interstate highway system, bills involving autos are not necessarily “state” issues. Sorry, they just are not. I love 10th Amendment issues but not every issue is one of those. Just isn’t.
B: this is not “for the children” legislation. Not only “children” are at risk here. If anything, it may be to protect law abiding responsible adults from irresponsible children. The “for the children” legislation is always to protect the children FROM mainly conservative adults. Apples and oranges.
Hey ollies girl,
get off Colonel Wests back.
He is running in MY district. I have already contributed to his campaign and will be attending a dinner with him next month after which I’ll write about it.
My current congress thief is alcee hastings. A former federal judge impeached for taking bribes in a drug case.
The district has been a Gerrymandered one for years.
Do I approve of EVERYTHING Colonel West ascribes to?
Hell NO, BUT he is a crap load better than anyone else you can come up with girl.
There have been may bills intro’d in the FL state legislature since 2010. They all have gone down in flames.
Speaker of the FL House Dean Cannon says it infringes on personal freedoms and that there are many more things besides texting that can cause a driver to be distracted.
Can’t say I disagree with him.
However, on the Federal level, it is outrageous. These, “we'll give you funding if you comply with our mandate laws” completely undermine states rights.
They are nothing short of Federal extortion and can be used to pretty much mandate ANYTHING. They essentially say, “comply with our rules or the citizens of your state will continue to send huge amounts of money to Washington and get even LESS back than citizens of states that comply.” As a result, state and local taxes will have to rise to make up for the decreased kickback of the taxes the Federal government already fleeced the taxpayers for.
Colonel West should be ashamed of himself for undermining the Constitution and promoting additional Federal abuse of power.
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