A bill to ban smoking in motor vehicles when children are present has passed the State Senate. Violators could be fined $100.
"This is about the health of our children," said the bill's sponsor. There's a shock. These days, every proposal under the sun is sold as necessary for the sake of the children.
On the other hand, not every proposal is sold as necessary to prevent child abuse -- but that's how Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw put it. Noting that child abuse is illegal, he said smoking in the car with children should be, too. "If [that] isn't child abuse, what is?"
Ask that question of a kid who really has been abused.
"Abusive Rhetoric," February 13, 2009