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The Protection Racket

Today's Union Leader has an editorial summing up the achievements and aspirations of our legislature since the Demcrats took over in 2006, and it's quite stunning. It's the conclusion of the paper that they are out to ruin New Hampshire businesses.

I respectfully disagree. That's not the intent, that's just a side effect.

What they want to do is protect all of us. If, in the process, they should kill off two or three or a dozen or hundred businesses, so be it. That's the price we have to pay.

Here's the measures cited by the Union Leader that have been the target of bills in the Legislature of late:

  • Restrict interest rates of payday loan offices to the point where they aren't profitable
  • Tax cigar store inventories at 60%, payable the instant the tax takes effect
  • Outlaw low-efficiency lightbulbs
  • Ban advertising of prescription drugs
  • Regulate draft beer far more strictly
  • Ban transfats from restaurants
  • Require all home contractors -- even those who do it as a "hobby" -- to register and take training classes
  • Ban "price gouging" of certain products during emergencies
  • Demand health insurers cover a whole host of new services
  • Raised the tax on cigarettes
  • Tried to tax candy
  • Proposed requiring gas stations to round up their prices to the nearest cent

The common thread here? Protecting the people.

The funny thing is, I don't think it's the state's job to protect me from making choices it considers bad ones. I think they have a role in demanding that I be given full information in making my decisions, and they do that already. But I neither want nor need them to coerce or compel me to take what they consider the wise action.

To steal a word back from the Left, this is all about CHOICE. And it's about the government, out of fear that I might make the wrong choice, preventing me from making any choice.

There's a term for the sort of person who protects us from making bad choices. It's most often called "Mommy."

I am an adult. I've been an adult for over half my life. I have made a lot of choices in my life, and a lot of them were, in the short term, wrong for me.

But it's through mistakes that we learn not only what was the right choice, but learn a bit about making right choices in the future.

Thomas Edison, legend has it, tried a thousand times before he invented the light bulb. But he never said he failed 999 times, he said he discovered 999 ways to NOT make a light bulb.

And the most famous failure I know of is Michael Jordan. I'm no sports fan, but he once said something so amazingly profound, it is etched on the inside of my brain:

"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."

If the New Hampshire legislature has its way, there will never be another Michael Jordan. He will be protected from failing, from making wrong choices, from making mistakes -- and learning from them.

Instead, Michael will learn to turn to the government for help, to look to them for protection and guidance and direction.

Michael will grow up and live his life always counting on the government to protect him from bad things, as that is what he has been taught.

And should something happen that the government can't protect Michael from (such as, say, a hurricane or earthquake or a sudden major illness), why then Michael will be on his own.

For the first time in his life.

But that's OK. I'm sure that, despite a lifetime of never having to make the hard choices and learn how to choose what's best for him, Michael will be just fine when he suddenly has to fend for himself.

And if not, then the government will give his survivors a nice check.


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Comments (9)

The Mommy state is on the r... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

The Mommy state is on the rise in all states and in the federal government. The movement likely arises from having so many mommy legislators elected by so many mommy voters. Taking away choices is the same as taking away freedoms.

Mommyism follows liberalism wherever it gains control. Liberals talk about protecting our civil liberties, but they are always on the front lines in battling to take them away. They just don't understand that choice limiting regulations and unfair taxes that impact the free market are an assault on civil liberties. I usually vote for conservatives in order to protect my civil liberties.

It's what you get for letti... (Below threshold)
Matt:

It's what you get for letting all those people move in from Massachusets and New York. They are ruining the state. They move out of their home states because they don't like they way it is run, then can't help but make their new state a little bit like "home."

In AZ the problem is with people moving in from California. They get here because CA is unlivable, then want all the same "improvements" and "conveniences" as home. I've long wanted a fence around the state to keep Californios and New Yorkers out and let the Mexicans in.

Your situation is what happens in any state when the political balance is out of whack. When the legislature and executive is in the same political party this kind of things happen. You and your neighbors voted for the problems, now you have to vote them out.

This is what they want, per... (Below threshold)
SteveC:

This is what they want, perfect little liberal drones who can't think for themselves...

This is what they want, ... (Below threshold)
Proof:

This is what they want, perfect little liberal drones who can't think for themselves...
The Stepford Democrats!

I'm shocked you don't have ... (Below threshold)
SteveC:

I'm shocked you don't have minimum markup on gas like we do in WI, which mandates a 9% "profit" for independent gas stations. Of course, there aren't many of those left anyway, but it prevents a Wal-Mart or some other company from offering gas at a lower price, yaknow, like a free market should be able to.

Only liberals could call lowering prices of gasoline "predatory pricing".

And, Jay, that's just a par... (Below threshold)

And, Jay, that's just a partial list.

The Democrats have already attempted multiple attacks on our 2nd amendment rights.

Rep. James Kennedy of Exeter proposed a state income tax before he was even sworn in.

They got the smoking ban passed.

State Rep. Pantelakos filed a bill to ban cell phone use while driving. Her rationale? Apparently, people who drive and talk on the phone at the same are making it harder for her to endanger the lives of other people's children by flying down the highway going 20+ mph over the posted speed limit.

As English philosopher Edmund Burke said, more or less, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

"I've failed over and over ... (Below threshold)
Knightbrigade:

"I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."

If that's the case then the NH Democrats who are GREAT failures, are well on their way to success!!

Now success will probably be defined as-- a revolution when the citizens rise up with torches and pitchforks and drag Democrat asses out of power...
But hey..success is success!!

No one should ever be force... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

No one should ever be forced to join any labor union in order to hold a job

There's a very simple solut... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

There's a very simple solution....

DON'T VOTE FOR THEM AGAIN

Thnx, no charge...




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