Sunday, October 4, 2009

Steaming Load of the Week Award: Child Care Nazis turn a good neighbor into public enemy number one

Steaming Load: Child Care Nazis turn a good neighbor into public enemy number one

If you want to get up close and personal with the dark underbelly of the Nanny State, I suggest that you have a chat with a Michigan resident named Lisa Snyder. As far as I can tell, she’s a kind-hearted woman whose only ‘sin’ against the Nanny State is being a good neighbor. Despite that, the usual suspects seem determined to make her public enemy number one.

As far as the brain-dead asshats who infest the state’s child protection bureaucracy are concerned, there’s no excuse for Lisa’s ‘unforgivable’ antics.

Each day before the school bus comes to pick up the neighborhood's children, Lisa Snyder did a favor for three of her fellow moms, welcoming their children into her home for about an hour before they left for school.

Regulators who oversee child care, however, don't see it as charity. Days after the start of the new school year, Snyder received a letter from the Michigan Department of Human Services warning her that if she continued, she'd be violating a law aimed at the operators of unlicensed day care centers.

"I was freaked out. I was blown away," she said. "I got on the phone immediately, called my husband, then I called all the girls" — that is, the mothers whose kids she watches — "every one of them."

Snyder's predicament has led to a debate in Michigan about whether a law that says no one may care for unrelated children in their home for more than four weeks each calendar year unless they are licensed day-care providers needs to be changed. It also has irked parents who say they depend on such friendly offers to help them balance work and family. (Ace of Spades blog)
When the Nanny State nitwits turn a good neighbor like Lisa Snyder into a ‘criminal’, it’s time to march on the state capitol and give these power-obsessed, bureaucratic, pissants a one-way ticket out of town. Enough is enough!

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