Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Michigan Babysitting Police

This is a prime example of a law that was supposed to have good intentions, but ended having unintended consequences.  As is usually the case, the law comes down on the wrong side of the issue, overextending its reach and creating more authoritarian control over our daily lives.

Lisa Snyder of Middleville is threatened by the State of Michigan for having the audacity to watch her neighbors kids.  According to WZZM13 News, the neighborhood school bus stop is right in front of Snyder's home. It arrives after her neighbors need to be at work, so she watches three of their children for 15-40 minutes until the bus comes.

Let me repeat that...SHE WATCHES THREE KIDS.

Some nosy, bitter, "government-will take-care-of-me" neighbor called in a complaint to the Department of Human Services and the State issued Snyder a stern warning threat to get licensed or "face the consequences".

The law was obviously poorly written.  When did we reach that point where government has such control over our daily lives?  This woman was not babysitting 12 kids for 5 hours a day. She was simply doing a favor for her friends, watching out for their kids so they would be safe before they headed off to school.

The State of Michigan's response? They have no choice but to comply with state law.

If Government's "well intentions" go so astray in small issues like this, what gives you the confidence they won't for health care?

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