From sea to shining sea over the past two days government officials have continued the march toward expanded social diversity and restricted economic diversity.
In California, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that makes the state the first in the nation to require special teaching about gays and lesbians in a public school curriculum. Social studies units already leave children ignorant about most of American history but cognizant for a moment about the efforts of particular women and particular members of each politically potent minority. Now students will sit through units about the contributions of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered folks. (Can you name a major transgendered political or literary leader?)
In Midway, Ga., police shut down a lemonade stand run by three girls trying to save up for a trip to a water park. They didn't have a business license or the required permits, which cost $50 per day or $180 per year. Another problem, according to Midway Police Chief Kelly Morningstar: Police didn't know how the lemonade was made, who made it, or what was in it.
One girl, 14-year-old Casity Dixon, says she and her two friends shut down their business, but they have opened up a new branch: They are doing chores and yard work to make money. But that raises new concerns: Shouldn't OSHA check whether they have ergonomically correct rakes?
The Associated Press contributed to this report.