Nanny Staters are typically oblivious to how the world works. They are also bafflingly confident that people like being bullied, implored or required to live their lives in a way Nanny Staters approve. That’s why I so enjoyed seeing my views reaffirmed in this L.A. Times story about the student revolt in defense of “junk food” and against the public health establishment, the most powerful wing of the Nanny State:
The pepper-spraying of the passive UC Davis students last month was a stomach-turning abuse of police authority, which I think is far more common than most Americans believe. Cellphone videos turn up daily showing people with authority acting badly, and the UC Davis cops deserve strong punishment. That said, the proliferation of investigations into an incident that was caught on tape and that involved a handful of officers and their bosses has become a self-parody of the labored, bureaucratic way that liberal institutions fall all over themselves to send out the loudest possible message: We care about this very very much and we’re just going to keep throwing money and resources at this until you understand we care about this very very much!
Forcing an individual to spend one year, two years, three years, whatever, of their lives doing something they don’t want to do should be something that’s close to unthinkable in a free society — except if the individual being coerced is a criminal being punished for a significant crime.
Nevertheless, since the draft was abolished in the early 1970s, the U.S. has with clockwork regularity been beset with calls for compulsory service for young people coming from old people. Here we go again:
The enormity of the boondoggle that is the California bullet train project is settling in. The public and the previously cheerleading media are finally figuring out the extent of the myths and falsehoods that were used in 2008 to win the passage of its $9.95 billion in bond seed money from taxpayers. So when will a like realization settle in about another enormously hyped boondoggle that was sold with myths and falsehoods? I refer to AB 32, the 2006 law forcing a shift to cleaner but costlier sources of energy.
To people who are unfamiliar with my views, I thought this would help orient you: an America’s Finest Blog item from Oct. 4, 2007.