The Nanny State is Alive and Well in Texas

Friday, March 31st, 2006 12:15 pm by Neal

Look what instapundit found: meddling, out-of-control government legislators and officials in Texas. The Nanny State knows no limits.

TEXAS’ AGGRESSIVE ENFORCEMENT of public intoxication laws has generated considerable backlash. Perhaps that’s because the Texas legislature seems to be really, really dumb:

Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, was instrumental in getting the increased staffing, as a member of both the powerful Senate Finance Committee and the Criminal Justice Committee, which oversees the alcohol commission.

Although he agreed hearings are merited, he defended the principle of in-bar citations.

“Even though a public drunk is not planning on driving, that could change in an instant,” he said. “There is certainly potential danger.”

Even though a Senator is not planning on taking bribes from the underage-goat-sex lobby, that could change in an instant. Best we lock them all up now.

“Government is not reason; it is not eloquence. It is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearsome master.”
— George Washington

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