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Nanny State Snow Day

I am sitting here at home, where the children are perfecting their mountaineering techniques. That is, they’re climbing the walls.

We are having a “snow day” even though it snowed 4-5 inches TWO DAYS AGO and the roads are decently plowed. Apparently, with the temperature in the single digits this morning, it was TOO COLD to go to school.

Even though school is an indoor activity.

My assumption is that the bureaucrats that be decided that parents were incapable of delivering their children alive to school. Either they would freeze to death at the bus stop or slip on their tender rear ends while walking.

Rugged American individualism, of course, is not what the kids are being taught in school these days anyway. I haven’t heard much from my children about Daniel Boone or Lewis and Clarke, but I’ve gotten plenty of details about the inclination of Americans to oppress their neighbors. Americans, you know, need to be controlled and taken care of.

I imagine even in the Soviet Union they had faith in their citizens to get their kids to school on cold days, because otherwise there would have been no school there at all.

Luckily my job affords me the flexibility to stay home with my children. But for many others, this will be an incredible hardship, with bosses pretending to understand their absence and then possibly making plans to hire younger, childless workers.

President Obama would no doubt approve, though. I mean, if people can’t be trusted to choose the proper health plan, how can they possibly be entrusted with their own children’s welfare?

18 Responses to Nanny State Snow Day

  1. Just an excellent evaluation……our warriors in various parts of the world have to go out in “chilly” weather to protect the bureaucrats in DC who are just too cold to venture out.

  2. Excellent Keith.
    When my son’s were growing up. When I saw them climbing a tree. I said hold your grip (hand and foot). I would have worried a great deal less, it I had told them get down! I felt they would go up the same tree, while I was not looking. I gave my best advise and let them be kids.
    I apologie I read and article last week about somebody trying to forbid kids to play in the street. I do not need the government making rules for my kids. That includes what M wanted to feed (not feed) kids in school.

  3. Around here, public and private schools let kids out if we get a tornado watch. That’s fine with me because I know I can protect my son in our shelter better than his school can.

  4. Glad to see you haven’t lost your sense of humor, Keith. That’s pretty funny.

    Back on Jan. 28, 2009, the newly elected POTUS had a pretty ‘manly’ attitude toward D.C. school closures. He said he was going to bring some ‘flinty Chicago toughness to Washington”. Waiting….

    “At a meeting in the Roosevelt Room with business leaders to discuss the economy, President Obama asked to make an unrelated comment — on the weather.

    “My children’s school was canceled today, because of what? Some ice,” Obama said, and all at the table started laughing.

    “As my children pointed out, in Chicago school is never canceled,” he continued. He said that in their old hometown, “you’d go outside for recess in weather like this. You wouldn’t even stay indoors.”

    The President said he would have to bring “some flinty Chicago toughness” to Washington.

    Asked if he was calling Washingtonians wimps, Obama responded: “I’m saying that when it comes to the weather, folks in Washington don’t seem to be able to handle things.”

  5. Living out on the plains of Nebraska, we sometimes cancel schools when it is extremely cold and windy; weather much like you are experiencing. The problem isn’t with your kids – you will make sure they are dressed warmly before they go out. It’s the other 2/3 of the kids that are sent out without coats, gloves, etc. that they have to “protect”.

    That being said, we in America have become much more pu$$ified over the years.

  6. Even as recently past as in the late seventies and early eighties when my daughter was in school, I remember driving up the slight hill on the road to our house with snow half way up my tires. School was only canceled one time when the wind chill was minus 83 degree. This was 30 miles west of Chicago. What a wussie culture we have turned into!

    Don’t know about the DC area, but teachers where I live now claim any extra day off in lieu of salary increases.

  7. Not sure if any of you saw it but a week or so ago I turned on a.m. tv and w/ two wars, an under a duck economy, 92 million unemployed and the obamacare laugh factory what was the big story?

    A photo of Tom Brady’s model wife riding a four wheeler w/ her kid strapped to her chest. To our liberal betters this was cause for DFAC’s intervention. For f’s sake. What’s wrong w/ people???

    • The news stations have to understand that we have a computer. I spend more time (Keith has save me a lot of search time because of his list in the morning) searching different sites for news, than they cover on the TV. For the last decade or so, many times a news station will state (fact) something, than it would not be stated again That’s when I started to jot down notes. It would be a very important issue. I would ask other people about it, and they had not seen it at all.

  8. “OUR children”? now Keith, you know better than that. don’t you remember that Melissa Harris-Perry told us children belonged to the state?!

    • I had to look for that one.

      “We have never invested as much in public education as we should have because we’ve always had kind of a private notion of children. Your kid is yours and totally your responsibility. We haven’t had a very collective notion of these are our children,” she says in a spot for the network’s “Lean Forward” campaign. “So part of it is we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities.”

  9. We are, for the most part, not farmers anymore. Maybe we need to move the summer break to the winter, instead. Let the kids hibernate for January and February. If we have enough snow days they’ll be in school all summer anyway.

    Remember the good old days when you’d throw a brick or something in your trunk for extra weight and actually drive in the snow? That was before it only took 5 seconds to text or email out a notice that everything is cancelled. It’s way too easy to do, and the easier something is, the more it’s used.

  10. When I returned to the US after many years overseas, I was shocked at how quickly school was cancelled due to “snow,” or what we called when I was a kid, “flurries.”

  11. St. Mary’s County, MD has closed schools tomorrow, as well ~ I think they are the last county in MD to do so. Apparently there are so many back roads that are still not plowed that buses can’t safely make the trip. Even St. Mary’s College closed for 2 days this week (this teacher was giddy!) and my colleague Brian Ganz & I canceled our concert for tonight (postponed til 1/31) because we didn’t know the condition of the roads.

    I got out today to run one errand and I was surprised at side streets that were still icy. A friend of mine hit such a patch today and totaled her car.