Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Unauthorized Babysitters

Once again the heavy hand of faceless bureaucrats interferes with the daily lives of the working class. In Michigan a neighborhood mom babysits a couple of friends’ kids before school starts so they (the mothers) can go off and work. But the “State” in its all knowing and all seeing wisdom says that to do so the mother needs the “State’s” permission, in way of “daycare license.”

I’m sure this is to protect the children, as all intrusions by the “state” are reasoned to do. However, in what way can the “State” tell if the mother babysitting is not a danger to the children that the other mothers don’t posses by actually knowing her? These arrangements are between friends and a neighborhood. What’s next, the teenager that babysits a neighborhood kid has to get a state license to do so or they shut her down? But then they’ve done it to kids’ lemonade stands already.

Yes, welcome to America, land of opportunity, so long as you pay the state its extortion fees.

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