Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Too Much Government

We suffer from too much government at all levels:  local, state and Federal.

Anecdotal stories of the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers acting like gauleiters abound.  Permits are required for a huge numbers of activities.  States impose licensing rules on numerous professions, mostly to keep out competition.  And local governments use zoning and purported health and safety issues to herd and control people's activities beyond any reason.

What prompted your writer to explode after a long absence?  Motivation - there are two I's in motivation.

An article in the weekly paper covering the town in which he lives described a zoning inspector acting in a rather authoritarian manner [to put the description politely] by issuing a cease and desist order to a business owner for ... selling one (1) whoopie pie.

This is not a joke, but perhaps could be an idea for a new Monty Python skit with the Spanish Inquisition.

An entire zoning board meeting was held with talk about clarifying letters, permits, and examining what it means to be a catering business vs. selling retail. 

And one could wonder how a zoning inspector learned of the sale.  Hmmm are there whoopie pie spies and informers around the center of the town?  I suppose the prompt was a complaint from a competitor.  Regulations to stifle competition is so common in America ... and it's un-American in my opinion.  We should relish freedom and people live and let live.

Let's get rid of most of government at all levels.  Just zero it out.

Keep only what's necessary for truly important group activities.

Let's have a new wave of freedom across the land.

Word of the Day

"Gauleiter" - noun [German] [$10] pronounces "gau - leiter" with "gau" to rhyme with "how" and "leiter" pronounced like "lighter".
Gauleiter means a head of a Nazi party administrative district.
Sentence:  Why do so many government officials in America act like Gauleiters?  And why do so many government police forces exist?  Are we slowly losing our freedom without noticing the big changes over the decades?

11 comments:

Bud said...

Bman are you following the debate in the republican primaries over the role of private equtiy in capitalism ??


rick perry calls it vulture capitalism.............isn't that what u think too

Bud said...

Bman what is your exposure to european stocks right now ?

Bud said...

Bman what is the model saying about the GLD ?

Bunkerman said...

not really.

Some private capital is OK - it was good, very good, when it started.

Buying weak division/product and revitalizing it.

Some later was just a tax scam: buy company, leverage up, fire all the old people and then sell to suckers.

The answer: it depends on the details.

Bunkerman said...

Europe is the same as always: 1/3 of 20% = 6.7%

Bunkerman said...

my model has had a weak buy on gold for awhile. It bought some around 1600 (strong buy #1) a good while ago and got close when gold moved to close to 1500, but not a strong buy #2.

Has not signalled any sales.

Spin-em said...

And one could wonder how a zoning inspector learned of the sale. Hmmm are there whoopie pie spies and informers around the center of the town? I suppose the prompt was a complaint from a competitor. Regulations to stifle competition is so common in America ... and it's un-American in my opinion. We should relish freedom and people live and let live

well...if you own a property and youre a florist...paying tax/school ect on it
and some circus boy flips up a tent selling flowers..and he pays no tax...thats not right...CALL THE COPS!!

Spin-em said...

cant believe "the model" hasnt told bunky to sell something....ANYTHING...guess we'll find out after the fact....."MF NAILED IT AGAIN!!!!"

Bunkerman said...

uh ... the catering/event bake shop pays plenty of taxes on that building.

Bunkerman said...

Krypto is patient ...

She posts sales & buys before doing them, unlike certain other expensive big mouths :)

Chris Future said...

So true.