The nanny state describes the tendency of liberal politicians to enact policies that make economic and health decisions for citizens. It is Democrats' method of increasing their control over people by pretending to solve society's problems by putting the government in charge of issues that used to be handled well by parents. Essentially, the government becomes the decision maker as the person who knows what is in your best interest. It removes responsibility from individuals and parents and promotes irresponsibility and dependence. The nanny state erodes the authority of parents to a virtual irrelevancy.
- Hillary Clinton once quipped, "It takes a village [aka government] to raise a kid." In a normal society, however, it takes only a mother and a father.
- Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's May 2012 proposal to restrict the sale of soft drinks in venues, restaurants and sidewalk carts to 16 ounces.
- Compulsory public schooling.
- Helmet laws.
- Universal healthcare for 300 million so that 45 million uninsured citizens will have medical coverage (see ObamaCare)
- In the United Kingdom and European Union, the government pays for advertisements about healthy eating, including encouragements to drink more milk.
- In 2011, the Welsh government mandated fire sprinklers in all new houses, regardless of the wishes of the builders or owners .
Quotes about the Nanny State
- "Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state wants to live at the expense of everyone." -- Frederic Bastiat
- "A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy…" -- Alexander Fraser Tytler, Scottish lawyer and writer, 1770
- "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." – C. S. Lewis
- Big government liberal Welfare state leads to socialist Nanny state, leads to communist Police state
- Liberal totalitarianism
- Michael Grynbaum, New York Plans to Ban Sale of Big Sizes of Sugary Drinks, http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/31/nyregion/bloomberg-plans-a-ban-on-large-sugared-drinks.html?_r=1, Accessed 27 March 2014, New York Times, May 31, 2012, "The measures have led to occasional derision of the mayor as Nanny Bloomberg, by those who view the restrictions as infringements on personal freedom."