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by Tom McClintock [politician] 7/9/07

One of the most objectionable trends that has emerged from the Left’s dominance over California public policy is the movement to replace ordinary parental decisions with government regulations. We began down that road a few years ago in the name of safety and every year the number and intrusiveness of such mandates has proliferated. Although the bill to prohibit spanking was defeated after near universal public outcry, many others are likely to make it to the governor’s desk to be signed, including bills prohibiting smoking in a car when children are present, requiring children up to eight years of age to sit in booster seats, and mandating that children be vaccinated against certain sexually transmitted diseases.

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Mr. McClintock is an expert on matters of the State budget and fiscal discipline. He is a Senator in the California State Legislature and ran for Governor in the 2003 recall election. His valuable website is found at http://www.carepublic.com/blog.html[McClintock index]

The seductive thing about each of these mandates is that many make good common sense in and of themselves. But they introduce a new and dangerous concept into the law: that ordinary parental discretion and parental decisions ought to be replaced with governmental regulation, intrusion and, ultimately, enforcement. And that’s crossing a very bright line.

I have no problem with listening to government’s advice on raising my kids – but I’ll be damned if I’ll take its orders. Yes, it’s a really bad idea to smoke in the car with your kids. But it’s also a bad idea to let them eat too many sweets, not brush their teeth twice a day, watch too much TV, spend too much time inside, spend too much time outside, run by the pool, go swimming too soon after eating – but once government starts to substitute its judgment for the parents’, government rapidly takes over. And as we have learned time and again, it’s a lousy parent.

Yes, parents make mistakes. But with very, very few exceptions no two people on this earth care more about a child than that child’s parents, and the few mistakes we make as parents are the price for all the good decisions we make for our kids. Government is a ham-handed, bungling, incompetent and impersonal substitute.

Phil Gramm once asked a government busy-body if she really believed that she knew better than he did what was best for his own kids. When she said “yes” and recited her impressive list of academic credentials, he posed this simple question: “Then what are their names?” CRO





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