Lieu Bill Would Assault The Poor
Steven Greenhut: Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, is something of the ultimate Nanny Stater, a man who can find no apparent area of life where government should not intrude. In the name of helping reunite people with their lost pets, Lieu introduced a bill, now headed to the governor, that would mandate the microchipping of cats and dogs. This can easily cost 50 bucks a pet and involves much hassle, especially for those of us with multiple pets. The result will be that more pets will be abandoned as people decide not to comply with the new law. It will also result in more government intrusion as animal control officers get additional rights to invade our property to check out the pets.
Lieu’s bill is an assault on lower-income people who don’t have the extra hundreds of dollars to comply with this nonsensical legislation. Perhaps Gov. Jerry Brown will have mercy on them and veto this monstrosity. Shouldn’t poor folks be allowed to enjoy the companionship of a cat or dog also?
Lieu epitomizes everything that is wrong with this state. In his bizarro world, nothing is left to individual choice. Government agents get vast powers over our private lives. Citizens — subjects, really — face increasing fees, penalties, fines and rules to prod us into complying with whatever idea pops into the leaders’ head. Microchipping pets is a fine enough idea as long as the owners get to choose it. Most of the pets that wind up in shelters, by the way, are not those from responsible pet owners whose family dog gets lost. He has to know that. But the law will provide new powers and responsibilities for government employees, and Lieu is nothing if not an effective representative for the unions that elect him to office.
May 18, 2013