One of the more disturbing trends in government expansion over the last 30 years has been the collection of laws, regulations, and binding court decisions that make up the ”nanny state.” Those laws and regulations represent government at its most arrogant. Their message is clear: politicians and bureaucrats know more about how to live your life, manage your health, and raise your kids than you do. Former president Ronald Reagan once said: ”Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.” Today’s policymakers would do well to heed Reagan’s words.

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