Rep. Cannon blames pages, urges parental attention

… when of course the whole point is that the House Republicans failed their duties standing in loco parentis.

“Frankly, this is the responsibility of the parents,” Cannon said.

Ummmm…can you say “in loco parentis“?

I was sure you could.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

2 thoughts on “Rep. Cannon blames pages, urges parental attention”

  1. Surely Congress as an institution doesn't stand in loco parentis when the page leaves the page program and returns home.
    Is the decline of that legal doctrine why you find it appropriate to work at a place that doesn't protect teens from sexual predation by adults?

  2. Nobody ever said that it wasn't the responsibility of the parents to protect their children, but that doesn't change too much in this case. Blame is not a zero-sum game, so any statments suggesting that someone else may share in the blame doesn't diminish the blame that has already been properly laid. Foley, regardless of any encouragement he got from the aides, still was chasing after young boys through the internet. People who knew that Foley has a predatory streak to his character and failed to act are still responsible for their indifference to a situation that was putting teenage boys at risk. Parental negligence is a different question, and one that has precisely no bearing on the duty of guys like Hastert to respond to behavior such as this and Foley not to chase young boys.

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