Tag: Nanny State

Seth Barron talks with four City Journal contributors—Rafael MangualEric KoberRay Domanico, and Steven Malanga—about former New York City mayor and now presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg’s record on crime, education, economic development, and more.

After years of teasing a presidential run, Bloomberg has entered the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination. Just a week before his official announcement, he made headlines by reversing his long-standing support of controversial policing practices in New York—commonly known as “stop and frisk.” Bloomberg’s record on crime will factor heavily in his campaign, but his 12 years as mayor were eventful in numerous other policy areas.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Notice: Subsidized Housing Is Now Our Nanny

 

Sometime during the day on September 11, 2017, the following was posted on the public bulletin board in each of the four renovated buildings of the Little Jon Apartments, located at 1150-1156 Grand Drive, apts 1-32, Bigfork, MT. The font is size 20, so there are five pages tacked up. There is a note on the manager’s office door that she will be gone until September 18. Normal hours for the manager are from 10 am to 2 pm, Monday – Friday. There is a maintenance man from about 8 am to noon, also Monday-Friday.

There is no letterhead on the letter-size papers, there is no date, and there are no signatures. So the tenants do not know who wrote it or who posted it.

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A ballot referendum sponsored by the trade group American Progressive Bag Alliance has forced California’s political class to postpone its ban on “single-use” plastic bags from July 1 until voters act on the measure in November, 2016. Supporters of the bag ban are confident voters will uphold it because plastic bags are a costly burden to […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Free-range Parenting vs. the Nanny State

 
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Danielle and Alexander Meitiv want to teach their kids self-reliance and responsibility the same way parents have for millennia. By giving them a little space.

Their kids, ages 6 and 10, are regularly allowed to walk to and from a nearby park without mommy and daddy there to hand them fresh juice boxes, smother them in hand sanitizer, and re-adjust their safety helmets every five minutes. You know, the same way we were all raised.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Purity Before Safety (or Science)

 

shutterstock_88312414The ‘war against tobacco’ has long since ceased to have much to do with saving lives. Here’s the latest bone-headed example:

(Reuters) – Swedish Match AB should not be allowed to alter the warning label on its snus smokeless tobacco products to claim they are less harmful than cigarettes, an advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration concluded on Friday.

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Over at PJMedia, I have a piece up today on how the FDA, the USDA, and Michelle Obama, not to mention ObamaCare, are ruining our and our kids’ health, while causing vast amounts of money to be wasted, based on junk nutrition science. It’s particularly worth getting up to speed on what a healthy diet […]

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Our betters in the California state legislature have passed a ban on plastic grocery sacks. Signed into law by Governor Brown redux, the law begins to take effect next July.In a state where budget realities force Democrats to choose between boondoggles, this should come as no surprise. Read More View Post

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. It Don’t Mean a Thing When the Kids Want to Swing

 

Then there was the time when a bunch of us kids tied a rope around the back tire of a bicycle, and tried to pull it to the top of the tall metal slide on the school playground. School was out for the summer, which left the playground open to neighborhood kids (and those, like me, who spent their days at neighborhood daycare in a private home). The slide was a steep, narrow, imposing structure to us, and wouldn’t it be mad fun, we thought, if we could ride a bike down the thing, do a wheelie at the bottom and, who knows, maybe even survive!

I volunteered to make the maiden trip because I was bright like that, leaving only the single problem of hauling that bike up to the peak. We’d tug the thing about halfway up, and then it would flop sideways off the slide and just swing from the rope, like it had been executed. Then, one of our number had the idea of pushing the bike up the slide on one end while the rest of us continued tugging on the rope to pull it up from the other end. He slipped (a metal slide is very slick), and fell down the slide but not before instinctively grabbing onto the bike and pulling it down on top of him. It was a spectacular crash, and we all congratulated him and said we wished we could watch the masterpiece again in slow motion. I think he was proud of his accomplishment. We were happy for him. You’d think that would’ve been enough of a day’s work for us, but we had not yet exhausted our imaginations.

Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Government Solutions: ‘Redesigning the Tray’

 

19kdtn-lunches-blog480When America’s (least) favorite busybody decided to mess with school lunch programs, the result was predictable. Kids have been opting out in record numbers, with more than 1 million school children no longer buying school lunches since new standards went into effect.

The new standards were typical government coercion, providing more federal money to schools that complied with the new rules. Compliance, however, let to weird food combinations, more food being thrown away, and the “Hunger-Free Kids” Act turns out to be just another Orwellian-named government program, which actually leaves kids hungry.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Too Fat to Learn

 

Somehow, in the middle of their challenging and no-doubt stressful mission to uneducate American schoolchildren and ensure ever-slipping international rankings, the public school mandarins have added another area of concern:

Is your kid too fat?