Nanny-State Legislature To End . . . Mercifully

You can soon stop guarding your wallets; the Georgia General Assembly is scheduled to wrap up another session this week; but not before dealing with several items still on the agenda. Legislators will be working feverishly in these final hours to ensure that their priorities are passed, so they can return home and crow to their constituents they have “done something.”   Some of their constituents, however, may not be as enamored of what the Republican-controlled legislature has done this session as are the legislators themselves; particularly from the standpoint of diminishing their personal liberties.

Republicans gained full control of the legislature in 2005 after sitting in the minority since Reconstruction. They promised to rein in the size of state government, which they had complained had grown significantly under Democrats.

The criticism was well-founded, but Republicans have done nothing to alter the trend; in fact, they have accelerated it. Until the effects of the recession were fully felt in 2009, the Republican-controlled legislature had been passing billion dollar-increases in the state’s budget each year since taking power. On top of that, Republicans have sought to pass legislation to “protect” Georgians from all manner of perceived threats and ills.

This session’s list is particularly lengthy.  From a constitutionally questionable immigration proposal, to a mandated DNA database for individuals merely arrested for a felony; and from a proposal that children as old as eight be required to sit in a toddler’s car seat, to a ban on synthetic bath salts — individual privacy and freedom have been battered by the GOP majority.  Even law-abiding citizens who seek nothing more than to have a prescription filled at a local pharmacy, have been targeted by the state’s Republican legislators, who want to force pharmacists to report such previously private transactions to a state-controlled database.

Compared to all these freedom-diminishing measures, the few positive steps taken by the legislators – such as possibly allowing cities and counties to legalize Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages – pale in comparison.

- by Bob Barr,  The Barr Code

32 comments Add your comment

Doc

April 13th, 2011
5:27 am

Since when, including your days in Congress, have Republicans *ever* done anything but impose more rules on those perceived as ‘the other’, raised debts by the crazy spend more-tax less meme, and all hailed themselves as moral heros to the masses?

DeborahinAthens

April 13th, 2011
6:46 am

This is why I’m no longer a Republican. I’m a fiscal conservative, but I do believe in evolution, a woman’s right to choose what to do with her body, etc. I think giving a pharmacist the right to refuse to fill a prescription for birth control because it’s against that pharmacist’s religion is criminal–yet that is only one ploy that the Repugs across the country have tried. Putting an eight year old in a child seat is as ridiculous as trying to keep the meth cookers at bay by penalizing the entire population of allergy sufferers. This loss of liberty is frightening–but in this state, we keep re-electing the bozos.

Karl Marx

April 13th, 2011
6:47 am

Don’t worry, They will be in special session later this year to take up redistricting and throw in more tax deform legislation to tax us to death. Keep your wallets hidden and lock up the farm animals cause it ain’t over yet.

Eric

April 13th, 2011
8:40 am

Let’s hope the proposed new taxes on consumer services, used car sales, groceries, etc. are dead for good. I too wonder about all the data collection and efforts to keep us safe nowadays–a straw man argument if you ask me.

carlosgvv

April 13th, 2011
8:41 am

The term “nanny state” is nothing more than a cruel euphemism coined by those who are more than happy to see the poor and others suffer as long as they have what they need. Republicans have carefully twisted this around to make this kind of attitude sound like a good thing and something that “America was built on”.

The Truth

April 13th, 2011
8:43 am

The Republican party is overrun with progressives who believe that government is the answer to everything. Elections are about priorities not liberties. Liberty has been taken behind the shed and beaten to a pulp. The Republicans and Democrats agree on one thing: that government is the answer. They disagree on who should pay for it.

Red

April 13th, 2011
8:43 am

Don’t forget your past, Mr. Barr.

Monroe Burbank

April 13th, 2011
8:44 am

Amen, Bob. I don’t know who’s more ignorant – the GGA or the people who vote them into office.

Trapped in a Red state

April 13th, 2011
8:49 am

Bob

If more Americans took of the blinders and criticized their own political parties, when needed… as you did here in your article, we could definitely save this country.
Thanks for …telling it like it is….

The Truth

April 13th, 2011
8:54 am

@carlosgvv

Spoken like a true Liberal. Help me! Help me! Help me! Handouts please. Handouts please. Handouts please. What is the matter Carlos, your poor and suffering people can’t hack it in the real world? Couldn’t make the grades in school? No country has done a better job of educating and providing opportunity to everyone. The difference is those who are willing to work hard and maximize their potential are rewarded for their productivity. Talent goes along way in this country. Those who can do will always succeed; those who cannot will stand with their hands out begging. Study history, America was built on private sector hard work and determination. That is why our companies are the most powerful and prestigious corporations in the world. I don’t see anyone scrambling to move to “nanny states” like Cuba, China, or North Korea. Our poverty rate in this country is amongst the lowest in the world. Take your excuses to Europe, they like your liberal ideas. Oh, wait, they cannot afford you anymore because they are BROKE.

DW

April 13th, 2011
8:57 am

Party of less goverment my A$$!!!!!!!

C from Marietta

April 13th, 2011
9:13 am

Those on here taking shots at Mr Barr as a Republican are foolish. He is a LIBERTERIAN. Yes, there is a BIG difference between Republicans and Liberterians.

Tea-O-Con

April 13th, 2011
9:18 am

Bob,

I agree with you whole heartedly on prescription drug monitoring data base, DNA collection UPON ARREST for a felony and the car seat fix…but what is unconstitutional about enforcing immigration policies in our own state. Under Article 4, Section 4 of the Constitution, the United States has a responsibility to give EACH STATE a Republic form of government and to protect us from “invasion”.

Each state aceded to the Compact of Union (The Constitution) and we as states under the 10th Amendment have the right and a duty to up hold the Constitution where the Federal government is in noncompliance.

We need to rid ourselves of foreign wars and bring our troops home and enforce Article 4 Section 4. We need to come up with a realistic guest-worker program, because the “invasion” is not containable. We have to be a nation of laws…not a nation of men and money. We need to cut the welfare programs so the taxpayer is not paying for anchor babies…why is it moral that I have to pay for an anchor baby? It is time to Amend the Constitution and change the 14th Amendment.

It is time to put America first…time to put the States first. The only check on an out of control federal government (legislative, judicial and executive branches) is the States. Enforce the 10th! States need to start standing up for their citizens because the federal government won’t. We have to get the states off the “crack” they keep taking from the feds…more federal dollars to run their government programs.

Total Morons

April 13th, 2011
9:31 am

Hey, when the legislature passes an immigration bill that doesn’t include E-Verify, do you think they’ll follow it up with legislation that allows you to own a gun but no bullets?

Lynn43

April 13th, 2011
9:52 am

Add to this list their destruction of education. Out of over a two page list of proposed education bills, only 3 will help. The remainder will hasten the destruction which they (especially Chip Rogers and Tommie Williams) are so determined to do.

OakhurstDawg

April 13th, 2011
9:56 am

Oh Bob…it’s all so easy from where you sit.

I’d encourage the readers of this bit o’ fluff to spend about 5 minutes on the internet looking at news reports related to “synthetic bath salts”. After that, report back if you feel that “nanny state” is the proper term for regulations regarding these products.

Aside from that, Bob, you’d be better off deriding the GOP for their infighting, lack of transportation legislation, failure on tax reform and complete lack of ethics reforms than for the things mentioned in this piece.

As for spending increases…how about some specifics? Billion dollar increases each year? Really?

LoFlyer

April 13th, 2011
10:41 am

Every year the government becomes more intrusive as the citizens demand more protection against perceived threats usually hyped up by “journalists” attempting to garner more market share.
No knock warrants that kill people like Kathryn Johnson, Property forfeiture laws that are constitutionally illegal. “Safety check” roadblocks over the summer holidays that seem designed more to enhance local revenue and harass the citizens as they pursue their lawful activities. The fracken’ TSA searching screaming three year old toddlers at the airport or searching debarking train passengers at the Savannah depot.
I cannot abide by the Bob Barr and the Libertarian parties ridiculous platform of foreign isolationism and limited security or defense. The world is a complex place with competing technologies, ideologies and religions. There are probably about 200 million people who would love to either behead every American citizen or nuke us, which ever comes first.
However Bob and the Libertarians are nearly right on all the other issues. The government is way to big, intrusive and oppressive.
As for my supporting the poor or the less fortunate. Most of them made their own choice by choosing not to graduate from high school, have several children from fathers they cannot identify, and generally expect the rest of the citizens to provide for their every want and need. Why is America’s poverty level citizens also the most obese? If no one can figure out this paradox logically then perhaps reality does not match the perception of the illusion foisted upon American citizens by our well-meaning but mistaken liberal progressive media.
Hows that “Hope and change” working fore you now?

Tom B

April 13th, 2011
12:24 pm

carlosgvv

April 13th, 2011
8:41 am

“The term “nanny state” is nothing more than a cruel euphemism coined by those who are more than happy to see the poor and others suffer as long as they have what they need.”

That’s a big stretch there, Carlos. How does the gov wanting to know what meds I take have anything to do with “the poor and others suffering”? Do you always tell lies that have nothing to do with the discussion at hand? Any other non-vital info you want to spout off that shows how irrelevant you are to this conversation?

Citizen

April 13th, 2011
12:24 pm

OakhurstDawg…you bring up a good point.

Although Big Bob’s generalities might be spot on, he trivialized some facts to suit his argument…in particular a whining snippet on “bath salts”. These items, along with other “herbs” are being sold in head & smoke shops to glide under the law enforcement radar. They are really lethal mind altering substances that are given clever names that teenagers and young adults are smoking as a “synthetic” substitute for pot and crack. ER visits are on the rise from the use of these supposedly harmless chemicals (orginally designed by a researcher at UT…go Vols). At least the legislature got that right. Good try Bob…

sell liquor on SUNDAYS

April 13th, 2011
12:35 pm

Way to go, Bob. VERY few conservatives with the cajones to step up to their leaders and tell them to get their act together. Now sign this bill, Deal. No one is gonna dictate if I should be able to partake in libations on Sundays. Heck even Jesus turned water to wine.

sell liquor on SUNDAYS

April 13th, 2011
12:47 pm

DebbieDoRight

April 13th, 2011
12:48 pm

Those on here taking shots at Mr Barr as a Republican are foolish. He is a LIBERTERIAN

Hmmmmm didn’t Bob run as a Republican for public office? As a matter of fact, doesn’t he still have his republican secrete decoder ring and pledge card in his wallet somewhere (since he has to show it as well as know the secret repub handshake, everytime he’s around another repub).

sell liquor on SUNDAYS

April 13th, 2011
12:51 pm

“States need to start standing up for their citizens because the federal government won’t. We have to get the states off the “crack” they keep taking from the feds…more federal dollars to run their government programs.”

Good luck with that. Your beloved statesmen are cut from the same cloth as the feds. And the almighty $$$ has ALWAYS reigned supreme.

carlosgvv

April 13th, 2011
1:18 pm

Tom B

You obviously didn’t bother to read the title of this Barr Code. If you had, you would have read “Nanny State Legislature”. Additionaly, if you had read my post carefully, you would have realized it was the term “Nanny State” I was protesting, NOT the contents of the article. For the record, no, I don’t approve of the Govt. knowing what meds I take. In the future, please engage brain before shifting mouth.

Jefferson

April 13th, 2011
1:35 pm

The GOP has ZERO credibility.

Tom B

April 13th, 2011
3:31 pm

Carlos,

If not reading the article is above your comprehension, my advice is for you not to comment at all. Making a statement based on a title and not the contents show just how shallow your argument is.

Civilian

April 13th, 2011
4:14 pm

Debbiedoodoo…doesn’t he still have his republican secrete decoder ring and pledge card in his wallet somewhere

Boy Debster you put it to ‘ol Bob again. You sure know how to get him…You must be tired after spending all your brain power coming up with that ditty. You may even be too tired to understand today’s episode of Jerry Springer. Easy does it!

BULLSEYE

April 13th, 2011
4:30 pm

The essential act of the Party is to use conscious deception while retaining the firmness of purpose that goes with complete honesty

BobH

April 13th, 2011
5:09 pm

Hey Bob *to a mandated DNA database for individuals merely arrested for a felony*

Wouldn’t the DNA database protect the INNOCENT as well? How many people have been exonerated because of DNA evidence?

Your a hypocrite Bob Barr and a sell out to people who used to support you (like me).

captguitarman

April 13th, 2011
6:58 pm

The immigration thing will probably crater too. First came the Lost Years with the Pubs in control of both houses and a Pub governor — although it’s pretty clear now that What Me Worry? Sonny Perdue was a lot more active than we thought – working hard toward getting things in order for his international grain business AFTER he left office. Then came the Pub tsunami last November in which the Pubs cleaned house every where and they got a new Pub guv too – one who fit right in with the Richardson cultural legacy in the House, a man no stranger to doin’ bidness. Still nothing. Smoke, mirrors, fires, explosions . . . . nothing. They did manage to wrestle any power in the Senate belonging to the Lt. Guv. And almost in spite of themselves, they passed the law that said people could vote on whether they wanted Sunday sales of alcohol. So it wasn’t even really a real decision. If they had been charged with making the decision themselves – Sunday sales – yes or no? nothing would have happened but status quo. Looking back, the Dems under King Roy weren’t so bad after all. At least they seemed competent in their misguided adventures. After all the strutting around and chest beating and Monday morning quarterbacking done by the Pubs when they were out of power – and how they were going to change Georgia for the better . . . . blah blah blah . . . Like eveyrone else, I sure expected more than the Lost Years, Part II. Oh well, let’s just count our blessings that the Amateur Hour Legislature, or The Legislature That Couldn’t Shoot Straight, or the Keystone Cops Legislature, or your own name for them, didn’t actually pass that “tax reform” bill that would have opened the door to sales taxes and tax increases in the future as far as the eye could see. Hopefully, they will be just a well “organized” as they were this time if they try to take it up again in the next session.

Na-nanny boo boo

April 14th, 2011
7:44 am

Nanny State indeed. What a ridiculous label. It’s also an overused term and has become an as-yet-uncoined adage for the idle minds of day-care-challenged rejects who are so easily regaled by mini-witted ditto-bloggers like Bob Barr.

carlosgvv

April 14th, 2011
8:28 am

Tom B

Nothing said in my posts indicates I did not read the article. I choose to comment on the title. People who easily jump to conclusions with little or no evidence are the “shallow” ones.