Standover merchants 28/8/2011
As the western world struggles under the weight of colossal debt, governments at all levels are under pressure – or should be – to reduce spending.
They could start by axing petty officialdom that seeks to intrude into every aspect of everyday activity.
Locally they should sack the health nasties who force our local pub to label take-away counter meals with warnings on reheating your roast of the day or grilled chops.
In the US, they should get rid of civic bullies that stop kids showing initiative:
Meanwhile, in Georgia, police shutdown a lemonade stand run by three girls who were saving money to go to a water park. Police said the girls needed a business license, a peddler’s permit, and a food permit to operate the stand, which cost $50 per day or $180 per year each, sums that would quickly cut into any possible profit-margin.