The Cannon: Nanny State, "Swatting," & Tax Reform
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Ignore the noise and stale talking points. The Cannon connects today’s news with the research and opinion you need from TPPF’s top experts. Stay informed with insight that promotes freedom, personal responsibility, and free enterprise for all Americans.
NANNY STATE ON STEROIDS
 
 
What to know: Reason magazine has rounded up the top 10 incidents of state-mandated ‘helicopter parenting’ for 2017, and it’s a frightening list.


“An Omaha woman taking her niece out of an SUV when the wind blew the door shut and the car locked with her keys and the child inside,” Reason’s Lenore Skenazy reports. “The mom, the aunt and two other relatives tried frantically to open the door using a hanger and screwdriver, and when they couldn't, they called 911. The cops arrived, broke the window, and got the child out, safe and sound. Then ticketed mom on ‘suspicion of child abuse by neglect.’”


And here’s another: “Vancouver dad Adrian Crook taught his kids 7, 8, 9 and 11 how to ride the city bus to and from school and that's what they had done, without incident, for the past two years. Then someone reported these ‘unsupervised’ kids to the Ministry of Children and Family Development, which informed Crook that children under 10 years old cannot be unsupervised in or outside the home, for any amount of time. The 11-year-old didn't count as a chaperone. The kids can no longer ride the bus — or even walk to the corner store — without an adult accompanying them.”
 
The TPPF Take: Overreaction – and overregulation – is having a detrimental effect on our children and families, as this list illustrates.


“An important part of parenting is teaching children about the world, and allowing them to take a few simple risks,” says TPPF’s Brandon J. Logan. “But as a culture, we’ve become so acclimated to ‘helicopter parenting’ that we’re denying our children an old-fashioned childhood and the experiences that are necessary to become a well-balanced, independent adult.”


For more on the move away from old-fashioned childhood experiences, read Giving Kids An Old Fashioned Childhood Is Not Abuse
DEADLY PRANK
 
 
What to Know: An apparent prank called “swatting” has had fatal consequences.


“A man arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of making a 911 call to police in Kansas as part of a deadly ‘swatting’ prank is being held without bail pending an extradition hearing, authorities said Tuesday,” the Los Angeles Times reports. “Tyler Raj Barriss, 25, was arrested in South L.A. on Friday on an arrest warrant issued by Sedgwick County, Kan., authorities. The warrant is related to a call placed to Wichita police in which the caller claimed he had killed his father and was holding his mother and sibling at gunpoint. The hoax emergency call, which was placed Thursday evening, prompted a SWAT team to surround a Wichita residence and shoot an innocent man who answered the door. Wichita authorities say the man was shot when he lowered his hands toward his waistband. Family members identified the dead man as 28-year-old Andrew Finch.”


The TPPF Take: It’s time to rethink SWAT teams and the manner in which their role has grown in recent years.


“SWAT – or Special Weapons and Tactics – was originally designed to be a tool for riot control and other very high-risk duties,” says TPPF’s Randy Peterson. “Over time that role has expanded. SWAT teams are sometimes necessary, but that’s a very rare situation. Police departments must use them less often and more appropriately.”


For more on SWAT’s role, read It Is Time To Scale Back On SWAT Teams
CELEBRATING – AND IMITATING – TAX REFORM
 
 
What to Know: Republicans have passed a sweeping tax reform law, and workers are reaping the benefits.


“A second public company with local ties has announced that its employees will be receiving bonuses because of federal tax reform,” the Tulsa World reports. “American Airlines, which operates the Tulsa Maintenance Base, said it will distribute $1,000 to each team member (excluding officers) at its mainline and wholly owned regional carriers. The bonuses will total about $130 million and will be made in the first quarter of 2018.”
 
The TPPF Take: Tax reform is a big win for the American people, and Texas lawmakers should take note.


“When the Legislature convenes in January 2019, lawmakers will have the opportunity to enact significant tax reform at the state level,” says TPPF’s James Quintero. “The property tax system, in particular, is a broken system in desperate need of fixing. As the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act demonstrates, tax reform has a real impact on opportunity and prosperity.”


For more on state-level tax reform, read Texas GOP Should Take A Page From The Congress Playbook
 
 
To contact TPPF experts, email us at Interview@TexasPolicy.com
 
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