The curfew for teenagers in Kansas City, MO, does nothing about minority poverty, oppressive K-12 schools, violence, or fatherlessness

Government is a main source of poverty, and it’s ineffective for government to increase its presence to “solve” problems that it, itself, creates.  Prosperity is caused through increased freedom, not through increased government.  Florida Senator Marco Rubio gets this.  Unfortunately for minorities and for the area’s poor, many leaders in Greater Kansas City do not get this.

As reported in the KC Monitor, Kansas City Mayor Sly James and the Kansas City, MO, City Council are touting the supposed need and beneficial outcomes to the newly-imposed curfew for minors at five major entertainment areas throughout Kansas City.  This curfew was the direct result of a recent shooting on the Plaza.

For the summer months, from the Friday proceeding Memorial Day through the last Sunday in September the new curfew for minors under 16 is now 10:00 p.m. For minors ages 16 and 17 the new curfew is 11:00 p.m.
The Council also designated five areas that during the summer will have a special curfew. The Plaza, Westport, Downtown/Central Business District, 18th and Vine and Zona Rosa will have a 9:00 p.m. curfew for anyone under 18.
In October the curfew will revert for all minors under 18 to 11:00 p.m. on weekdays and midnight Friday and Saturday evenings.
Any minor violating the new curfew ordinance will be detained and their parents called to pick them up. Parents will be ticketed with a fine up to $500 for each offence.

Dutifully, the mainstream media echoed the talking points of Kansas City’s government, with regard to why more regulation — in this case, not business regulation but personal regulation — is a good thing.

Here was the video report from KSHB Channel 41, the NBC affiliate: “So far, so good, on new Plaza curfew.”

Compare the words of Sly James and KSHB Channel 41 with Florida Senator Marco Rubio, during a recent speech at the Reagan library, as reported by Kathryn Jean Lopez at National Review:

“The free enterprise system has lifted more people out of poverty than all the government anti-poverty programs combined.”

The YouTube video of Rubio’s entire speech can be found here.


Connect with Benjamin Hodge at FacebookTwitterLinkedInThe Kansas Progress, and LibertyLinked. Hodge is President of the State and Local Reform Group of Kansas.  He served as one of seven at-large trustees at Johnson County Community College from 2005-’09, a member of the Kansas House from 2007-’08, a delegate to the Kansas Republican Party from 2009-’10, and was founder of the Overland Park Republican Party in 2011.  His public policy record is recognized by Americans for Prosperity, the Kansas Association of Broadcasters,the Kansas Press Association, the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government, the NRAKansans for Life, and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).


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