Tag Archives: nanny state

Republicans Run “Nanny States” Too

Any time a legislative body passes a law or a regulatory agency issues a requirement that appears to show concern for the welfare of people, you can pretty much count on some Republican declaring that the law or regulation is a sign of a “nanny state” – liberal government coddling its citizens instead of letting them sink or swim on their own merits. (And because heaven forbid government actually care about the people.)

The Curmudgeon got to thinking about this recently when his brother, who lives in the same condo development as his older sibling, lamented how much he missed grilling in his yard.

In the condo development in which the brothers reside, grilling is not prohibited. The rule is that people may operate charcoal grills or electric grills but must situate their grill at the far end of their driveway, closest to the street, with a visible fire extinguisher present at all times. Gas grills are prohibited.

Pretty strict condo development, huh?

Well, no, not exactly.

It turns out that the rule isn’t a rule: it’s a law – a nanny state requirement if ever there was one in a town that has a Republican mayor and an all-Republican council and has been dominated by Republicans for more than generation except for one person who was elected mayor as a Democrat – and then promptly changed his registration to Republican, proving once again that you can, indeed, fool most of the people at least some of the time. (And for the record: this isn’t about The Curmudgeon being unhappy about the limits on his own grilling. He may be the only native-born American male ever who has no interest in cooking on a grill.)

So Marlton, New Jersey, owned and operated by Republicans, has its own nanny state requirements. It could trust people to exercise reasonable judgment about their grilling practices, but instead, it chooses to treat them like third-graders and impose highly prescriptive rules upon them.

So the next time you hear a Republican complain about Democrats trying to turn America into a nanny state…


A Regulatory Limit on… Restaurant Meals?

A know-it-all group that describes itself as “21 experts in the areas of nutrition, public health, obesity, law, and business” wants to establish nutrition parameters around what you eat – at restaurants!

What do these professional party-poopers have in mind?  They reveal all in a USA Today guest editorial:

The standards we came up with are not complicated, infeasible or heavy-handed. They mainly require restaurants to offer meals that contain one-and-a-half cups of fruits or vegetables and no more than 700 calories for adults and 600 calories for children. We also suggested that restaurants not automatically serve food that customers do not request. Restaurants could adopt these standards voluntarily, or state and local jurisdictions could use them as the basis for regulation.

Seriously?  Government telling us what we can and can’t eat in a restaurant?  Wasn’t the nanny state’s incongruous decision to require some restaurants, but not all of them, to put calorie and fat content information on their menus intended to give consumers the information needed to make such decisions on their own?

So are these buttinskies now telling us we’re stupid, declaring that experiment a failure, and trying to impose their elitist will on the rest of us?

Can’t you just envision that post-restaurant meal plate now?  The protein’s gone, the starch is gone, and all that remains is “one-and-a-half cups of fruit or vegetables,” which will lead an entirely different group of professional scolds to complain about all the wasted, uneaten food restaurants serve.

The author of this drivel is Deborah Cohen, whom USA Today describes as “a senior natural scientist at the RAND Corporation, and the author of “A Big Fat Crisis: The Hidden Influences Behind the Obesity Epidemic—and How We Can End It.”

The Curmudgeon thinks Ms. Cohen and her busybody friends should mind their own damn business and keep their hands off one of the true pleasures in life:  eating a really good meal prepared by a skilled professional cook.

Or even by Colonel Sanders.