Hillary`s Big Nanny Hotline

When the Founding Fathers
established the

Constitution of the United States of America
promote the general welfare,” it is safe to say they
could never have envisioned Hillary Clinton`s latest

welfare-promoting gimmick.

This week, the senator from New

the “Calling for 2-1-1 Act of 2003.” The

by Texas Republican Sen. Kay Bailey
Hutchison (shame on you, Kay!) would provide $200
million to establish a nationwide community help line,
including almost $4 million for Clinton`s “home” state.

The federalized phone service
would help callers find the “essential services they
need – from information on child care to elder care,

job training
, schools, volunteer opportunities,
housing, and countless other community needs…Someone
could call and say, `I need child care` or `I need job
training` or `I need affordable housing` and we could
direct them to not-for-profit agencies that can address
the problem.”

There are already 2-1-1 call
centers operational in 21 states, staffed by private
volunteers and funded by local and state governments,
corporate sponsors, and the

United Way
(which pioneered the idea in 1997).

There`s also the old-fashioned
telephone book.

Not to mention the community
bulletin boards at every local library, supermarket, and

Oh, and then there`s the Internet
that Hillary`s old friend

Al Gore invented
, where countless Web sites such as

“provide improved, personalized
access to government assistance programs” for everyone
from farmers to cops, students to veterans, victims of
disaster, violence, abuse or crime, members of Alaskan
Native villages, and citizens of the Northern Mariana
Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the
Republic of Palau, and the Federated States of

But leave it to Hillary to attempt
to “solve” yet another non-problem through government
central planning. “Right now, there is no single
source of information,”
she complained. “We need
a central clearinghouse.”

Centralize, centralize,
centralize. From health care to education to the
economy, it`s the Clinton way. She views her
constituents as hapless, confused victims—unable to cope
with information overload and in dire need of one-stop
federal aid at all times. Clinton`s latest pet project
is quite reminiscent of an earlier Clinton-Gore
brainchild, the national "N11" hotline, which would have
used the 211 number as a national clearinghouse for
traffic information, such as road conditions and bus

Explaining the rationale for a
federalized transportation report, then-Vice President
Al Gore pontificated: “When parents are on the car phone
talking to their kids explaining why they can`t get home
for dinner or can`t do bedtime stories, that really has
an impact on the quality of life.” He never did explain
why it`s the taxpayers` problem if those parents didn`t
check the local traffic reports on the radio or on
television before leaving the office.

Friedrich Hayek, the late Nobel
laureate economist, dissected the socialist Clinton-Gore
central planning orthodoxy in “The Road to Serfdom:”

“One argument frequently heard is
that the complexity of modern civilization creates new
problems with which we cannot hope to deal effectively
except by central planning. This argument is based on a
complete misapprehension of the working of competition.
The very complexity of modern conditions makes
competition the only method by which a coordination of
affairs can be adequately achieved.”

Hayek continued: “There would be
no difficulty about efficient control or planning were
conditions so simple that a single person or board could
effectively survey all the facts. But as the factors
which have to be taken into account become numerous and
complex, no one center can keep track of them. The
constantly changing conditions of demand and supply of
different commodities can never be fully known, or
quickly enough disseminated by any one center.”

Another related problem with
centralizing information is that the centralizers
dictate which information gets disseminated. Will the
social service providers that Hillary deems “essential”
include crisis pregnancy centers, abstinence educators,
or faith-based family counselors? Doubt it.

If Hillary Clinton believes it is
truly a legitimate function of the federal government to
play Big Nanny referral operator in order to promote the
general welfare, she should publicize her own private
cell phone number, field the calls herself, and leave
our pocketbooks alone.

Michelle Malkin [email
her] is author of

Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores

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