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Redacted email excerpt to friends in Asia - an indication of how far we have fallen

Original post made by Outside Observer, another community, on Feb 3, 2011

For some, today is the start of a new year. For others, a reminder of government intrusion justified by an ever lowering "lowest common denominator".

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Posted by qq
a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 3, 2011 at 10:06 pm

There is a name for what your are describing.

The Nanny State.

We live in one of the nanniest of the nanny states. Just read the CA penal code sometime.

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Posted by Agree
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 3, 2011 at 11:31 pm

Children under a certain height now have to wear life jackets in the wave pool at Great America due to the negligence of a mom who didn't watch her 5-year old son and he died as a result. It's no fun being in a wave pool with huge flotation device restricting movement.

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Posted by We're all hypocrites
a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 4, 2011 at 7:23 am

If we dislike the "Nanny State" we have only ourselves to blame. We all claim to want government out of our lives but when something goes wrong we complain that it wasn't there to protect us.

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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 4, 2011 at 1:42 pm

You got that right on, pal. It's fashionable to sneer at the "Nanny State" in a blog, but when the rubber meets the road and we're under it, we want Big Nanny in Washington to bail us out.

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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 4, 2011 at 6:20 pm

The nanny state rears its ugly head when people behave like babies.

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