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Nanny State Turns Attention To Baby-Sitting

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Ever since anyone with a shred of common sense decided to live out in the suburbs, we’ve been told by social critics that we no longer live in “communities.” Everyone just looks out for him/herself. There’s no sense of “community” anymore.

With that in mind:

IRVING TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) – 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.”

Are you kidding me?

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.

Led to a DEBATE?! The only debate should be the level of stupidity this law achieves. I’m sure this law was created because someone had a house full of crumb snatchers all locked in closets, but we’re all not from Detroit.

And now the picture becomes a more clear.

Snyder learned that the agency was responding to a neighbor’s complaint.

Some neighbor probably got annoyed by having kids nearby early in the morning and called to complain. And what did the State do? Send a letter with no attempt to figure out what was really going on.

Granholm spokeswoman Liz Boyd said the agency was following standard procedure in its response. “But we feel this (law) really gets in the way of common sense,” Boyd said.

And who suffers? Take a guess.

Snyder said she stopped watching the other children immediately after receiving the letter, which was well within the four-week period.

You know, for years the rest of the country used to make fun of California for all the zany things that state used to do. Now I think that honor has gone to Michigan.

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Written by kkktookmybabyaway

September 29, 2009 at 11:05 pm

Posted in News

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