Thursday, March 19, 2009

Okay, maybe this is going too far ...

I'm all for parenting parents in many cases – face it, parents' jobs are getting to easy these days any moron can do it (and unfortunately, they do) – but I do think this is going a bit too far.

In North Dakota, the legislature has voted to allow a fine of up to $500 against parents when their children skip school. If it happens repeatedly, parents face 30 days in jail and a fine of $1,000.

... Okay, I dunno about any other clauses or 'what ifs' this may have, but if parents pay up to 500 bucks every time their stupid little delinquent decides to skip school ... now that's just stupid. Why don't they fine the stupid kid instead?

In Minnesota, legislation is moving through the state senate that would make it illegal to smoke in your car if a child is present. But it would only be a “secondary offense,” meaning a police officer could pull you over only if you were also breaking another law.

So now you can't smoke in a car if there's a kid there, too. Even if (as any parent on Earth not deserving to be shot for excessive stupidity would do) the windows are lowered and the cabin is ventilated.

I'm all for eliminating cigarettes, but this is again just going too far.

In Colorado, a law under consideration would fine employers who did not allow employees to take time off from work for “parent-teacher conferences, special education services, response to interventions, dropout prevention, attendance, truancy and disciplinary issues.” It would apply only to companies with 50 workers or more, and the worker could not take more than three hours at a time or a total of 18 hours in a year.

... Okay, this is really none of the government's freakin' business.

When does 'protecting and helping the children' stop and 'becoming totalitarian and delirious' begin? This is just a case of the gov't overstepping its bounds yet again.


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