Conservatives agree that wearing seat belts saves lives. But they almost killed a bill Wednesday to toughen enforcement of laws that require their use, arguing it would infringe too much on personal liberty. While no groups opposed the bill, conservative Sen. Daniel Thatcher, R-West Valley City, did — although he agrees that seat belts save lives. "Is it appropriate to say that because smart people wear seat belts and foolish people don’t, we should use the power of government to force people to make smarter decisions? It breaks my heart not to support the Highway Patrol on this one," he said.Predictably, Democrat legislators and state bureaucrats lambasted Thatcher and argued in committee that personal freedom concerns should not be taken seriously. Rep. Thatcher (photo) may call himself a "conservative," but he obviously has a definite libertarian streak. Thank you Rep. Thatcher from the libertarian wing of the GOP!
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Libertarian Hero of the Week! Utah Republican Rep. Daniel Thatcher defends personal freedom on seat belts
Democrat Nanny-staters want to force all Utah drivers and passengers to buckle up From Eric Dondero: Wearing a seat belt should be a personal choice. What a novel idea. That's what one Utah legislator believes. From the Salt Lake City Tribune, "Seat belt bill survives, goes to full Senate":