Even Jerry Brown Thinks the Nanny State Can Go Too Far

Come on over to the dark side, Gov. Brown. You're too smart to stay a liberal.

Gov. Jerry Brownon Wednesday smacked down what he called overbearing and expensive proposals for state regulations by vetoing bills that would require that kids wear helmets when on ski slopes and increase fines for people who talk on cell phones or text while driving.


In his veto message accompanying the helmet bill, SB105 introduced by Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, Brown appeared to side with GOP critics who had characterized the measure as "nanny government."

Brown, a Democrat, wrote, "While I appreciate the value of wearing a ski helmet, I am concerned about the continuing and seemingly inexorable transfer of authority from parents to the state. Not every human problem deserves a law."

Wow. They'll come for your Democrat card for that one, govnah.

Supporters were quick to criticize the veto, pointing out that Brown's Republican predecessor supported an identical bill last year and that the bill mirrored existing bicycle helmet laws for children. Jo Linder Crow, executive director of the California Psychological Association, said Brown "chose to ignore the scientific evidence (and) the ski industry's support."

Just a stab in the dark here, but maybe the ski industry supported this law because it would help them reduce their own liability while selling more helmets. Follow the money, in other words.