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Obama’s Budding Nanny State

Parents often try to motivate their children with rewards, from stickers to ice cream to toys. Thousands of books and websites offer suggestions for how to get kids to do homework or clean up their rooms. But is it a mayor’s job to motivate you to drink less soda? Is it government’s job to urge you to sign up for health care by way of schools stealthily sending messages home through your children? Should bureaucrats find ways to change your mind about which washing machine you buy?...

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America once banned slavery and segregation; now it bans trans fats and light bulbs

If you live in New York State, as I do, you must be prepared to accept its culture of deference to bureaucracy. This is a place in which freedom and dignity have been ceded to regulators at all levels. Occasionally, though, there is resistance. It registers mostly as plaintive reflection, not useful action; still, it is comforting to see one’s fellow citizens questioning the premises of what we erroneously call “the nanny state”. (Nannies are employees who perform a useful service, which service has been requested and can be terminated at the employer’s discretion. A better term would be “molester state”, for the advances are most unwelcome and not easily repelled.)...

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