Dispatches from District 48
This represents such an entirely different vision of the role of the state from mine that it is hard to believe we are even talking about the same thing.
I wish that I could tell the government how to govern like they tell me how to parent.
I dunno, that's pretty much *precisely* how I envision the State.
Two idiocies are discussed in that article.
The first idiocy is the belief of politicians and bureaucrats that state government should be regulating what children eat when they are on public school property and what kinds of foods can be sold at school fundraisers. Politicians and government bureaucrats are not nutrition experts or parenting experts. Nanny-state government by nonexperts is horrid.
The second idiocy is public school fundraisers. I have yet to hear of school fundraising efforts that brought in more than one percent of the school's annual budget. My local PTA once bragged that it raised $35,000 the previous year: 0.25% of the 13 million dollar school budget. Raising that paltry amount required four fundraising events, scores of hours from teachers and administrators, hundreds of hours from parents and students, and the loss of at least two hours of teaching time. If the families of each child who would benefit from whatever was being bought with the fundraiser money had donated $10, the school would have raised more money with much less hassle and without inflicting overpriced and unneeded goods and services on family, neighbors, and friends.
Considering that the assumption seems to be that people working for the government know better than people who don't how to manage one's life, I'm surprised nobody has stumbled on the answer to all the country's problems- hire everybody for a government job.
From the comments at the BH:
Funny how the same people who want to legalize drugs, want to outlaw sugar....