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A nation of grown-ups would not tolerate infantile government.
It’s not surprising how often Big Government treats its people like children, but it’s a bit depressing that the public has grown so accustomed to it.
Dependency is essentially childish. Independence and responsibility are fundamental components of both liberty and adulthood. A nation of welfare and bailouts is a nation in which none of the children are permitted to fall down and hurt themselves. You can’t have entrepreneurship without risk, and you can’t have risk without consequences. Calculated risk is the business of adults.
The government treats us like children in matters large and small. For a small example, consider the saga of the Lunch Police in North Carolina. At least two parents have come forward with stories of federal agents inspecting the bag lunches of their small children, pronouncing them nutritionally unfit, and compelling the parents to pay for government-approved school lunches instead. One of the kids got her hands on a signed memo from the school principal, discussing the USDA requirements for acceptable bag lunches, and clearly stating that “students who do not bring a healthy lunch will be offered the missing portions, which may result in a fee from the cafeteria.”