Nice try, Mayor Bloomberg, but remember: Look to Washington for all the answers.
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Of course, this will take some of your money, and probably not only for the hotline itself. Imagine the fun that advocacy groups and community organizers will have crafting the regulations that will some day be necessary for the hotline’s operation. They will be determining who gets to be paid to staff the hotline, and what related community based activities will be funded as the scope of the operation inevitably spreads (you know, the way government programs always do).
Even more (costly and) entertaining, we’ll have to have experts involved in determining just exactly how the hotline should be helping parents with the “wide range of issues” to be addressed. What will the federal uber-nanny allow the hotline deputy-nannies to say to parents about “positive discipline techniques”? And what “effective communications strategies” will be scripted out for dealing with, say, questions about birth control or sexual preference or religion? Mayor Bloomberg can take heart that in instructing on “personal care” and “substance abuse” the hotline can go after irresponsible soft drink swilling.
Clearly this is a program with very great potential. Just think, now we’re finally going to have federal parenting standards! Maybe even a hotline for kids to report their parents for inappropriate words or deeds (oh wait, hasn’t that been tried somewhere before?). This will be a marvelous engine for the encouragement of even greater dependency on the federal government. That composite woman Julia on the Obama campaign website ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
Please Try This Experiment
Here’s an experiment I’ve found instructive, and which I commend to readers.
Whenever you watch a discussion on your favorite network, in which pundits or politicians blather on about some societal ill, listen to the solutions they support. If some sort of government program or action is proposed, see if anyone suggests that perhaps the remedy need not involve the government at all. Or that, if any government action is called for, it should be at the state or local level. Safety warning: Do not hold your breath waiting for such statements.
I think you’ll find that in Washington folks very seldom ask, at least outside of Supreme Court arguments, whether there should be any limits to what the government should be called upon to do on our behalf.
So we should salute the genius of our keepers in The Nation’s Only Boom Town. The answers they have for our problems may or may not work for us, but they are guaranteed to enhance the wealth and power of our ruling elite.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online