THE CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE WANTS TO RAISE YOUR CHILDREN:
A Democratic assemblywoman from Mountain View says she will submit a bill next week â€” once it is officially drafted â€” proposing that California become the first state in the nation to make spanking of children 3 years old and under a misdemeanor. Penalties could include child-rearing classes for offenders to one year in jail.
Just the mention of the bill has become a minor statewide perturbation, sparking denouncements from many Republican lawmakers (the State Senate minority leader, Dick Ackerman, declared, â€œIâ€™m trying to pick a word other than crazy, let me see, not well thought out.â€), heated debates among parents (â€œA bill should be passed to allow other parents to smack the parents of undisciplined children,â€ wrote one Internet poster) and some self-reflection on behalf of the governor, whose proclivity for calling others girly men has been replaced of late with dialoguing about his feelings.
I liked Arnold better before he became a girly-man himself. And I’d have more confidence in the California legislature’s ability to run people’s lives if it were better at running California.