Posts Tagged ‘bureacrats’
June 17th, 2011 at 11:05 am
Making Lemons From Lemonade

This story today is why so many Americans absolutely hate government. Montgomery County fined parents $500 because their children, just outside of the US Open at Congressional County Club, were selling lemonade without a permit. Several times a year a story like this pops up; it absolutely boggles the mind that bureaucrats can feel so threatened by children. Somebody should fine those bureaucrats $500 today for every time they drink a glass of water or a Coke or whatever. No, forget that; somebody should fire the bureaucrats for obnoxious officiousness — which perhaps should itself be a crime.

This is the sort of thing that Philip K. Howard of Common Good repeatedly warns about, including in his books The Death of Common Sense and Life Without Lawyers. We are a nation choked by laws, ruined by rules, cowered into inactivity by idiotic lawsuits. All levels of government are too intrusive, too abusive, and too obtuse. Shutting down lemonade stands is beyond the pale. For shame.