I just stumbled across the perfect example of what government does, exemplified in a single quote:
Mark Duffy, who has operated the dairy farm at the
state-owned park for 26 years and has a lease with the state to run the
stand, said armed Environmental Police officers showed up at stand on
Friday evening and stood guard throughout the weekend, turning away
customers craving delectable sundaes and frappes.
He’s been improving the farm every day for the past 26 years, and all the sudden it’s a problem. It reminds me of an incident some friends had after “remodeling” their restaurant. See, there was this crappy ugly board put up in the middle to separate the dining area and kitchen. Instead of leaving it, they ripped it out and actually put in a nice finished wall.
There were no structural or electrical changes involved in the change to the wall. The owner of the property was actually happy with the changes. The state however declared that their inspector must come in for you to have customers. Thou shalt pay us our kick back to do business. They have since got everything straitened out and business is good.
Going back to the original story, I find it telling they sent armed jack booted thugs to do “code enforcement”. Have to justify that funding somehow right? No one though for the state is actually saying exactly what codes were violated and what improvements were a problem.
Looking on the bright side though, some kids have gotten an awakening to exactly what government is:
There are 13 high-school and college students who
work at the stand who are now without jobs, said Duffy. While there are
140 milk-producing cows at the farm, the ice cream is shipped in from
Bliss Bros. Dairy, an ice-cream manufacturer and distributor in
They lost their summer employment because some petty jackbooted tyrant wanted to get his rocks off. On the upshot those young kids who worked there have now received a strong lesson in how government thuggery works. Hopefully it’s a lesson they will take to heart and understand the answer to problems is never “more government”. Government is nothing more than a necessary evil that should be restrained and shackled as much as possible.
Just remember as well, just because you own the property doesn’t mean you can do with it as you please. I had some buddies who while building their place had to play games because they were living there as they built it. You see the state won’t allow you to do that. [sarcasm]Your property so what? It’s their property and the sooner you figure that out the better. [/sarcasm]
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.