I’m not sure whether the rest of you will be able to get to this story if you’re not a subscriber to the Salem News like I am, but in yesterday’s paper an article gave a prime example of Nanny Government at work. If you aren’t familiar with the term, it refers to the typical liberal Democrat vision of government that does everything for you because the average American is too incompetent to think on his own. This concept of America would have an ever larger government dictating more and more decisions to us, siphoning away any opportunity for common sense to take hold, making us more and more dependent on the oligarchs of Big Government, i.e. liberals, to tell us how to live.
In this case, it’s a proposed state law to mandate that parents put their kids in booster seats until they’re 7 years old or reach 4’9” tall. This may indeed be a good idea. It may be common sense. But it’s the attitude of those proposing it as seen in the following quote:
[State Sen. Stephen] Baddour recently realized his oldest daughter, 4-year-old Isabella, had outgrown her child seat, but was too small for an adult safety belt. He also realized state law doesn’t tell parents how to restrain their young children when they outgrow their infant seat. Unlike many parents, he was in a position to do something about it.
Did you catch that? Since when do parents need state law to tell them how to care for their children? Are people really standing around outside the cars, scratching their heads, and saying to themselves, “What do you know? Roscoe’s outgrown his car seat. What do I do now? If only there was a state law to guide me.”
Vague statistics used to justify a law