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It's a liberal's paradise out there in California. The government is broke, but is seeking new ways to spend money it doesn't have - like spending on illegal immigrant education. And on top of that, the government is finding new, inventive ways to involve itself in the everyday lives of its citizens - no matter what the issue may be. Take, for instance, tanning beds:
Minors in the state of California will no longer be allowed to use tanning beds after Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill on Sunday prohibiting anyone under the age of 18 from using ultraviolet tanning devices.
California is the first state in the nation to ban minors from using tanning beds, legislators said.
Previously, California had banned minors under the age of 14 from using tanning beds, but allowed those between 14 and 18 years of age to use tanning beds with parental consent.
The bill was part of a cluster of legislation signed on Sunday designed to "improve the health and well-being of Calfornians," according to a statement from the Governor's office.
Of course it is! All good liberal laws are designed to improve your life, because liberals are convinced that they know how to make you happy more than you know how to make you happy. And if you aren't happy about the way they go about making you happy, get over it - because they're smarter and wiser than you.
Personal liberty will be a thing of the past if we continue allowing liberals into the halls of our government. Well, save one issue: sexuality. If there is anything as sacrosanct to the left as violating people's individual freedom and mandating the way they should live their lives, it is allowing for a totally unrestricted sexual license. Their allegiance to government control ventures into the area of personal sexuality only insofar as they use the government to cram the consequences and ramifications of sexual anarchy down everybody's throat (they love talking about keeping the government out of the bedroom, but they are the ones constantly bringing the bedroom into public policy).
Case in point, check out what ELSE is going on in California. Yes, this is the same California that doesn't think an 18 year old is smart enough to figure out if a tanning bed is potentially dangerous:
California Gov. Jerry Brown stepped into the middle of a debate over parental rights Sunday by signing legislation giving children 12 or older the power to consent to medical care involving the prevention of sexually transmitted disease.
Asssemblywoman Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) sponsored AB 499 with the aim of providing young people with timely preventative treatment, including the human papillomavirus [HPV] vaccine that proponents say can reduce the risk of certain cancers, precancerous cervical cell changes and genital warts.
Got that? A twelve year old must be allowed to subject herself to a potentially dangerous vaccine without the knowledge of her parents. But a 17 year old can't go to a tanning bed, even with parental consent. Liberal logic. Again, to the left it doesn't matter if a law works. It's only a matter of how it makes us feel. And it makes us feel good to know that we're protecting young kids from ultraviolet light, right?
Go back to that story and listen to this quote:
"I praise Gov. Brown for his courage in taking this much-needed step to protect some of California's most vulnerable residents -- our kids -- from what the 'House of Medicine' has conclusively shown is lethally dangerous: ultraviolet-emitting radiation from tanning beds," the bill's sponsor, state Senator Ted Lieu, said in a statement.
"If everyone knew the true dangers of tanning beds, they'd be shocked. Skin cancer is a rising epidemic and the leading cause of cancer death for women between 25 and 29."
Okay, so what if I made a law that forbid sodomy and/or homosexual conduct for anyone under the age of 21 and based it on the same logic? I could easily point to horrific health statistics that come as a result of the behavior. How would the left react? You know exactly how they would react: this is about personal liberty! This is about freedom of expression and everything this country was built on! Right. Tell that to the tanning bed operators.