I am not a smoker, and I hate the smell of smoke, and would be happy if no one
smoked.I would also be happy if no one read the T*****e or voted for
Democrats, or lots of other stuff I don't like. However, there are points
where the well intentioned nanny-statists need to face reality and quit trying
to legislate common sense. "But, it's for The
Children?" Well, the parents are responsible for the birth, raising and
educating of their children. It is up to them to teach good habits and bad
habits, and keep them away from people who do dangerous stuff. That includes
not smoking in confined spaces with them, or placing them in the care of those
who do.But, a LAW? What next, mandatory bike helmets, eat your
vegetables, don't watch too much TV laws? Will the state take kids away
from parents who smoke in cars, or don't force them to eat broccoli? When our kids are being doomed to servitude to pay for the huge debt we
are leaving them, smoking in cars should be recognized as the least urgent item
in the legislature.
I will repeat this quote I've posted elsewhere as it applies directly to
this issue. If you do not believe it, do your own research. THIS is what is
happening in America as we speak people - stand up and fight for our rights
before we have none!"The state must declare the child to be the
most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as
working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost
any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation. " Adolf Hitler - 1943
Another enforceable message law. Repeal them all.
If a parent wants to smoke in a small enclosed space putting their their
children at high risk for emphysema or cancer, what business is this of the
Gove-a-munt? What does this say about our commitment to freedom? What would
George Washington or the other founders think if they knew such a law was being
considered? Shouldn't we forgo this law unless or until we can figure this
Should reasonable adults smoke in a car with children in it, not all of whom
might be their own? No. Can government encourage them to stop? Yes. Can that
encouragement include fining them monetarily? Sure. Should it include any other
sort of punishment? No. Smokers can still choose to smoke in their cars with
children aboard, but they will pay for the liberty to do so. Is that a loss of
freedom or just a cost of freedom?
From Ted's Head,And the child pays with higher respiratory
disease rates for no fault of their own; they just had the misfortune of being
born to selfish, murdering parents.
"Rep. Brad Daw, R-Orem, said he opposes the proposed bill because it
"interferes with people's lives" and individual choice."Any Republican who opposes this law is a two-faced hypocrite.Republicans feel they have the right to tell a woman who has been raped or
whose life is in danger that she has to sacrifice her care and choice and carry
the fetus to term - even if it means one or both of them will die, or even if it
means she has to then have permission from her rapist to place the baby for
adoption - but once that child is born, Republicans shouldn't
pass laws that force the parent(s) to make sure the born child is cared for and
healthy.To be anti-abortion in any circumstance and anti this law is
the epitome of hypocrisy.
Why do our lawmakers always make the jump from "If there's a law
prohibiting X, then people will stop doing X"?Their first
obligation in a case like this is to see if any other states have such a law,
and if so, find out how it's working out for them. If they had done so, and
discovered a positive result, they would probably have told the reporter.Yes, sometimes a state should be the first to enact a law before other
states, but not this one, given how few Utahns smoke.
What about enforcement? Or, is this just another revenue generating scam to
poorly prioritize law enforcement and relegate them to status of
institutionalized pick-pockets. Beware the wolf in shepherd's clothing.
Next thing... tickets for smoking in parked cars: "Utah In-Car Clean Air
Act." (it could happen...)