Bureaucrats Gone Wild

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Via Dan Mitchell:

  • A dual award in Virginia, with half the prize for the bureaucrats who suspended a 10-year old boy for a toy gun and half the prize for the cops who then arrested the kid.

Great Moments in Unintended Consequences. With the Best of Intentions.

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What could go wrong?

What a Great Speech.

December 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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via Monte Pelerin’s World.

The `Fable of the Shoes.` Once Government Takes on a Responsibility, You Cannot Stop It.

September 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Jonah Goldberg wrote a great article entitled:  Tyranny of the Typical

It explains that once government does something, you just can’t take it away. You’ll always be accused of “turning back the clock.”

If everyone had always gotten their shoes from the government, writes Rothbard, the proponent of shoe privatization would be greeted as a kind of lunatic. “How could you?” defenders of the status quo would squeal. “You are opposed to the public, and to poor people, wearing shoes! And who would supply shoes … if the government got out of the business? Tell us that! Be constructive! It’s easy to be negative and smart-alecky about government; but tell us who would supply shoes? Which people? How many shoe stores would be available in each city and town? … What material would they use? … Suppose a poor person didn’t have the money to buy a pair?”

The sad part, which just can’t be accepted by Progressives, is that doing less is sometimes more.

Charles Murray, my colleague at the American Enterprise Institute, notes that the most remarkable drop in the poverty rate didn’t come after President Lyndon B. Johnson declared war on poverty but when President Eisenhower ignored it. Over a mere 12 years, from 1949 to 1961, the poverty rate was cut in half. Similarly the biggest gains in health coverage came when government was less involved in health care, i.e. before the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1966. Duke University Professor Christopher Conover notes that in 1940, 90 percent of Americans were uninsured, but by 1960, that number was down to 25 percent.

Thank God For Regulations Protecting Us Mortals From Each Other, and 10 Year Olds Running Unlicensed Lemonade Stands.

July 16th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Need another example of regulation gone berserk?

Midway Police Chief Kelly Morningstar said:

We were not aware of how the lemonade was made, who made the lemonade, or what the lemonade was made with, so we acted in accordance with the City Ordinance.

via The Right Scoop

County Changes Stance On Lemonade Stand; $500 Fine Waived. How Nice.

June 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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via All American Blogger

Steve Jobs Presents to the Cupertino City Council (Video)

June 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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In real life I’m in the development business (as opposed to blogging). As is typical of many Elected Officials, and Planning and Zoning Commissions, there’s a small portion of this otherwise fascinating clip, of a City Councilwoman asking (go to 11:00):

What the citizens of Cupertino would get from the new campus, and in particular brought up a free Wi-Fi network, like Google offers in Mountain View. Steve responded that Apple was the largest taxpayer in Cupertino and he felt that the tax benefits to having a company like Apple in Cupertino was benefit enough and the city should be providing a service like that. “If we can get out of paying taxes, we would be glad to provide free Wi-Fi.”

Here’s one of most entrepreneurial people in the world, who proposed an incredibly “environmentally sensitive” project, with 12,000 jobs, and the Councilwoman still found the need to ask for more.









via Mac Rumors

Why Does the Left Want to Regulate Every Facet of Our Lives?

June 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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As long as we’re on a Weiner roll, I’ve been reading for a few weeks about how some leftists have put a referendum on the ballot making circumcision illegal. Why? What business is it of their? Why the impelling need to control what others do or don’t do?

Circumcision Ban to Appear on San Francisco Ballot

A short quip by master blogger The Other McCain.

The Circumcision Wars


The Compliance Costs of the Internal Revenue Code

May 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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via Dan Mitchell

Confiscating Those Dangerous Chocolate Easter Eggs. Choc And Awe.

April 24th, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

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Regulation Gone Wild?

Mark Steyn shares his recent experience of the Border guards, between Vermont & Canada, seizing his children’s chocolate Easter eggs.

Read the reasons at National Review Online.

Here’s Steyn’s PS:

PS My kids asked the CBP seizure squad if they could eat the chocolate in front of the border guards while the border guards held on to the toys to prevent any choking hazard – and then, having safely consumed the chocolate, take the toys home as a separate item. This request was denied. Could have been worse. Could have been a $300 fine, plus a $250 fee for seized-egg storage.

Is the EPA Admitting That Jobs Don`t Matter? You Decide.

April 17th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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This is kinda like Abbott & Costello’s “Who’s on First (if you’re old enough).”

At least EPA Assistant Administrator Mathy Stanislaus seemed to be answering truthfully. Or, maybe that’s cause to be more afraid.

via IHateTheMedia

Here’s the original (and still best). Much more fun.

The Circle of Corn Based Ethanol. More Pollution, Less Efficiency.

April 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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From Moe Lane at Red State:

We`re Here From the Government. The Law Removes Basketball Hoop

March 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Ha Ha ~ Gov. Chris Christie Ad to Illinois Businesses: Come to Jersey

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I wonder what the Governor and State Legislators in Illinois are thinking about their vote to raise taxes 67% and how Wisconsin, Indiana and now even New Jersey are trying to capitalize on their anti-business decisions?

via Big Government.

Want To Start Your Own Business? Guess What? You`ve Got A Few Forms to Fill Out.

November 14th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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When I was younger, I considered myself a Liberal Democrat. Then, after starting my own business, I gradually began to see quite a few things in a different way.

This video gives a small sampling of what I found out.

Why Can’t Chuck Get His Business Off the Ground?

via Reason

Feds Making NY City Spend $27M to Change Lettering on Street Signs

September 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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Another example of how the Federal Government wastes money. Insanity.

by Warner Todd Huston

So you are a busy federal agency with lots and lots to do. You have roads to build, bridges to reinforce, and infrastructure to shore up, but there is something gnawing at your paper pushing soul. It’s those darn street signs in New York City and others. So, like a good, jackbooted government automaton, you storm down to that offending city and demand it spend $27million to change the lettering on those darn signs. I mean it’s not like you have anything else to do, right?

via Gateway Pundit

The Public Is Freightened ~ Steve Wynn

August 16th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

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It Costs $74,000 To Put $44,000 In Sally`s Pocket & To Give Her $12,000 In Benefits.

August 15th, 2010 § 2 comments § permalink

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While no one person is smart enough to know how to fix the economy, we do know certain things. This is one of them.

Great WSJ article by Michael P. Fleischer:

With unemployment just under 10% and companies sitting on their cash, you would think that sooner or later job growth would take off. I think it’s going to be later—much later. Here’s why.

Meet Sally (not her real name; details changed to preserve privacy). Sally is a terrific employee, and she happens to be the median person in terms of base pay among the 83 people at my little company in New Jersey, where we provide audio systems for use in educational, commercial and industrial settings. She’s been with us for over 15 years. She’s a high school graduate with some specialized training. She makes $59,000 a year—on paper. In reality, she makes only $44,000 a year because $15,000 is taken from her thanks to various deductions and taxes, all of which form the steep, sad slope between gross and net pay.

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