The last time I checked we lived in America. Lately, however, we are hearing more and more stories of government intervening in the lives and decisions of private citizens. The most recent display of government overstepping its bounds come from Middleville, Michigan, where local DHS officials have threatened to fine (up to $1000) and jail (up to 60 days) aÂ woman named Lisa Snyder.
Of course, this makes sense. You see, Lisa Snyder usually spends about 15 – 40 minutes of her mornings watching young children waiting at the neighborhood bus stop. She watches four or five children at the bus stop to make sure they get on safely. The parents of the children work full-time jobs and have to leave for work before the bus can pick them up. So, Ms. Snyder, who some would call a good neighbor, is actually considered a criminal by the Department of Human Services because she is operating what government officials deem an “illegal child care home.”
According to WZZM 13, an ABC affiliate in Michigan, the DHS has contacted Ms. Snyder and advised her that if she doesn’t get licensed, she’ll face steep fines and even imprisonment.
This is yet another perfect example of how the governments of our day are injecting themselves into the personal decisions of parents and caregivers. Obviously, if the parents of these children left them with Ms. Snyder, they trust her to ensure that the kids get on the bus safely. If it were up to DHS officials, they’d probably prefer to leave 5 year old kids sitting at a bus stop alone and then deal with the consequences later if the kids were hurt or kidnapped. In fact, this may bode well for the local government, because then they would have rising crime statistics to show for the area, which in turn might mean more funding for criminal enforcement.
As we mentioned in Health Insurance to be Enforced at Gunpoint, there seems to be one primary goal here, and that is the collection of revenue, either through business taxes, since this is what DHS is essentially saying Ms. Snyder is running, or via fines for breaking the law.
It was my understanding that we are supposed to “care for the children” in this country of ours. Remember, Hillary Clinton says “it takes a village.” In this case, that is what Ms. Snyder is doing, and for free, in fact. But I guess caring for the children is only applicable when Local, State and Federal agencies are able to collect funding allotments or taxes on the care.
We will continue to see more and more gross violations of personal freedom as our economic crisis progresses and socialist idealogies take hold in this country. If they haven’t yet, be assured that stories like this are coming to a community near you.