October 16, 2010
The column "Getting in touch with your inner progressive" (Oct. 8) misses or misstates several important points. First, being a conservative does not mean one is an anarchist. Conservatives believe there are many proper roles for the federal government, but they also believe that the federal government has usurped many of the responsibilities of state and local governments. Conservatives do not believe in "stasis"; they believe that the solutions to most of our problems rest with the citizens, not an oppressive federal authority.
February 27, 2013
RE: A LITTLE help? (editorial, Feb. 21). The championing of "universal pre-K" by the left is nothing more than the continuance of pretending that a symptom is the disease, and the cure for it is another nanny-state program. Let us cut to the chase: 40 years ago, part of a generation jettisoned fatherhood and responsible parenting. In their wake was left a new generation of mental invalids, clinging to the desperate absurdity, the hallucinogenic illusion, that government should be tending the light at the end of the tunnel for them.
December 27, 2005
Michael Crane's letter of Dec. 21 asks "Can someone, anyone . . . please show me where in the Constitution does it say that the president has the authority to do whatever he wants regardless of the law?" Let's look inward. This is a federal government that has gone far beyond the scope of power envisioned by our Founding Fathers. Madison, Jefferson and the rest would not recognize the nanny state that exists today as the nation of liberty and freedom from government intrusion they left us. Income taxes, Social Security, Medicare, corporate welfare gone mad, and literally thousands of other unconstitutional programs would make this nation unrecognizable to our founders.
October 21, 2010
One has to admire the vigilance with which the protectors against tyranny operate ("Approaching tyranny of liberals' nanny state," Saturday). They must have been so closely guarding against the evil forces of the federal government that they somehow missed that eight-year stretch where government grew to unprecedented levels and an inherited surplus disappeared faster than one can say, "I want my country back. " The fraud and hypocrisy of these self-identified conservatives would be a joke if it were not so dangerous to this country.
June 6, 2012 |
WE HAVE problems with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposal to ban large-size sugary sodas. But like our beef with Mayor Nutter's attempt to tax sugary drinks back in 2010, our objection is mostly based on practical considerations. Bloomberg wants to ban the sale of sugary sodas over 16 ounces in restaurants, theaters and other outlets. But anyone wanting a bigger gulp in one sitting merely has to buy two cups of a lesser amount — and we're betting manufacturers are already gearing up production of 15.5-ounce cups.
April 24, 2001
Victi-crats keep bashing columnist Michelle Malkin for defending the Bill of Rights. Like trained animals, they spout the left-wing rhetoric advocated by the biased, liberal media. These people think the government is supposed to pay for their health care, their child care, their retirement and their prescription drugs, tell them how to raise their kids, and so on. In other words, they believe in the nanny state as evident in Al Gore getting most of the vote in Philly. Sadly, these people represent a culture of dependency created by liberal Democrats who have made a living by keeping people down.
April 19, 2007
JOHN CORZINE, governor of the nanny state of New Jersey, passes all kinds of laws ordering us to wear seatbelts, stop smoking, redistribute our income - but he isn't required to wear his seatbelt in full view of state police (hence his terrible injuries from the regrettable accident). Hillary Clinton, Jesse Jackson and other elites thwart all attempts to enact school vouchers while sending their own children to private schools. Al Gore demands that we cut our energy use while his family consumes 20 times the power of the average homeowner, not to mention his heavy use of private jets and caravans of SUVs, and while his zinc mines are one of Tennessee's worst polluters.
June 1, 2012 |
Don't believe everything you read. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's controversial proposal to ban sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces in certain venues is a good one. I can understand how people can argue that the ban stomps on personal freedoms. I get the concern about creating a nanny state. But maybe the reason we've created a nanny state is that, well, we actually need a nanny. If you look around, it's become obvious that we, as a nation, can't police ourselves. We are fat. We are getting fatter.
November 13, 2010
Turns out Sarah Palin was wrong about something. Hmmm, imagine that. You may have seen the segment of ABC television's Good Morning America program Wednesday where Palin was accusing Pennsylvania of being a "nanny state run amok. " The target of her ire was a "mandate" that would ban all sweets from schools. Rebel that she is, Palin showed her disdain for the purported rule Tuesday by bringing "dozens and dozens of cookies" to students at Plumstead Christian School, where she was giving a speech.
October 18, 2006
RE "CONGRATS on your promotion! Now turn in your union card. " (op-ed, Oct. 10): Lew Maltby notes that despite a record-breaking Dow Jones and an increasingly productive economy, Americans are working longer and harder for much less. The recent anti-union National Labor Relations Board ruling makes things even harder for workers everywhere who are struggling to provide for their families on less than a living wage. Without a union, many workers fail to make a living wage and receive no health care.