In Colorado, the state Department of Human Services is proposing new rules that would require day care centers to provide dolls of at least three different races for kids to play with. No, this isn’t a joke.
Among the other proposed rules are those prohibiting whole milk being served to kids older than 2 without a note from a doctor and strict requirements capping time on computers. The proposal was reported Friday by a Denver television station. You can read the actual 98-page document at the agency’s website.
Whatever happened to letting customers decide these issues? Does the state assume that parents are too stupid or uncaring to ask for these things if they believe they’re what their children really need?
Personally, I think a lot of parents do a lousy job. I think they let their kids eat the wrong things and watch too much television. But it’s not my place to make those decisions for them.
There’s a growing line today between two groups of people. It’s not Democrats vs. Republicans. It’s those who believe in individual freedom and choice vs. those who want experts to make decisions about every facet of life. The “one size fits all” mentality is getting worse. The problem isn’t this agency. The solution isn’t “fighting for smaller government.” The issue is bringing real choice to people about which system they’re going to live under by allowing competitive systems of governance. More and more, the “one size fits all” nannies of the state are taking control and choices away from individuals.
The state is the enemy, not just silly rules that “go too far.”