No such thing as a “nanny state”

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    NO SUCH THING AS A “NANNY STATE”

    There is no such thing as a "nanny state.” This is merely an inflammatory phrase tossed about by Reichtwingers.

    Why don't we want a nanny state coddling people? - Yahoo! Answers



    Taking care of the elderly, orphans, disabled is not a “nanny state” It is providing for those who are poor because of no fault of their own or anyone else.
     
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    Fine...but where do MOOCHERS fit in that are too lazy, and squirt out children to collect more from the state?

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    The term "nanny state" applies to excessive regulation and taxation of activities which are mostly harmless or at the very least should be people's choice.

    Taxing sugar to try to get people to use less of it. Outlawing cigarette smoking in bars. That sort of thing.



    I am not saying I've never heard anyone use the term for taking care of the poor, orphaned or elderly, but that is not the usage I'm most familiar with.
     
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    True.

    Or if there is a ‘nanny state,' it’s the consequence of social conservatives’ efforts to expand government control into our private lives with regard to abortion, religion, and sexual orientation.
     
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    Yahoo answers?

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    "Reichtwingers" isn't inflammetory?

    And no one is saying we shouldn't take care of them. We just question if the government is the best one to do it.

    When the government tells you you have to buy health insurance, have to wear a seatbelt, can't smoke in a resturant- that's a nanny state.

    Incidently, I always buy health insurance, usually wear a seatbelt, and I don't smoke, but I do these things because I choose to. When the government is the one mandating I do these things, it becomes a little less free.
     
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    Yahoo Answers is some kind of 'authority'?

    Hot damn, people get dumber by the minute.
     
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    Any site that supports the lefts opinion is authority.
     
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    Of course you've missed the point. Its Liberals who don't want to take care of the sick and elderly.
     
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    What?

    That's not a true statement about liberals, and it is not the point.

    The point is that the OP and the poster at the Yahoo! Answers site don't even have the basic definition of "nanny state" correct so how can they even begin to go about refuting what conservatives think about it?
     

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