“The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”

Socialist Party presidential candidate Norman Thomas

Monday, June 09, 2008

Nanny-State incrementalism

LIttle by little, bureaucrats are taking control of every detail of our lives, all in the name of the imaginary menace of man-made global warming....

The Minneapolis City Council and Mayor R.T. Rybak approved changes Friday, to the city’s vehicle idling ordinance that aims to reduce air pollution. The ordinance limits most vehicle idling to three minutes, except in traffic.
"Most of the air pollution in Minneapolis comes from vehicles and cutting down in idling is one easy thing we can all do for our environment, our health, and the health of our neighbors," said Mayor R.T. Rybak.
Vehicle motors release particulate matter, dirt, nitrous oxides, hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide into the air. These chemicals are linked to increased rates of cancer, heart and lung disease and asthma and are the major source of human-caused climate change. Children are especially vulnerable to vehicle air pollution because their lungs are still developing, and they inhale more pounds of pollution per pound of body weight than adults do.

"In these times of high gas prices, it’s a way for people to save fuel. If you’re sitting in an idling car, you’re getting zero miles a gallon. That’s not good for your pocketbook or the environment," Rybak added.

This soulless bureaucrat invoked all the tried and true excuses for seizing control of our lives....pollution, fuel efficiency, and of course the children. How will this idling ordinance be enforced? No doubt he'll hire an army of green police to monitor fast-food drive-thrus for idling scofflaws, and raise taxes to pay for it. There is no part of your life politicians don't want control over. The sad thing is that weak-minded Americans will agree to it if it's in the name of environmentalism and children.


Kevin said...

This is a sad waste of law enforcement. Instead of busting up drug rings and catching killers, these morons are looking to stop people from idling their cars! Im glad i live in the state of Alabama, where our government is too corrupt already to worry about issues like this one.

Ed said...

Spoken like a true cynic.

..too corrupt to worry about it.... that's rich!