Our government is more expensive than any government in history – and we have nothing to show for it.
American government has assumed more responsibilities than can reasonably be met.
Greece is the poster child for my war against Big Government.
Governments that stick their nose into every facet of their citizens’ lives are headed for the trash heap of history. The nation that gave us democracy has… well only an example can show the lunacy! Sadly, the USA is not far behind.
[Sources: Starting an online store is no easy business, by Alexandra Kassimi and I Always Suspected Greek Bureaucrats Were Useless Pieces of S**t, but even I’m Surprised to Learn that They’re Actually Collecting the Stuff, by Dan Mitchell]
It took 10 months, a fat bundle of paperwork, countless certificates, long hours of haggling with bureaucrats and overcoming myriad other inconceivable obstacles for one group of young entrepreneurs to open an online store. …opening an online store based in Greece is no job for the fainthearted. …Antonopoulos and his partners spent hours collecting papers from tax offices, the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the municipal service where the company is based, the health inspector’s office, the fire department and banks. At the health department, they were told that all the shareholders of the company would have to provide chest X-rays, and, in the most surreal demand of all, stool samples.
My friends, that says it all about government intrusion into free market capitalism. I am a physician (and a Radiologist) and for the life of me I cannot fathom a reason why these idiots would require these entrepreneurs to submit chest x-rays let alone stool samples before giving an on-line business permission to start selling – unless, of course, they were selling sh*t – and their own sh*t, at that!
Progressive/statist/altruists must necessarily believe that there is a logical limit to government intrusion in a democracy with a constitution. They are wrong! (Footnotes)
[Source: Which Nation Has Dumber Bureaucrats and More Political Correctness, the United States or United Kingdom? by Dan Mitchell]
There certainly have been lots of dumb examples of political correctness in the UK.
A job-placement center that got in trouble for discriminating against incompetent people by seeking “reliable” and “hard-working” candidates.
A women who was being threatened by thugs got in trouble with the police for brandishing a knife in her own home.
A man got arrested for finding a gun in his yard and turning it over to the police.
The government wanted to require “competency tests” for pet owners.
These surely are laughable examples of bureaucracy run amok. But is the United States any better, given these examples?
A Rhode Island boy getting in trouble for bringing toy soldiers to school.
A student in San Diego who got in trouble for making a motion detector for a science project, simply because someone decided it resembled a bomb. (Of course, he wasn’t a Muslim so President Obama did not invite him to the White House – RF)
The military was criticized for giving Osama bin Laden an Indian code name (Geronimo) as part of the operation to exterminate the al Qaeda leader.
A Florida student was expelled for having a toy gun on school property.
And how can we omit the politicians in San Francisco, who decided that banning happy meal toys was an appropriate use of government coercion.
We have lots of examples of regulators running amok.
- Regulations making it difficult for trucking firms to weed out drunk drivers.
- Year-long sting operations by federal milk police.
- Rules harassing coffee shops with bikini-clad sales staff.
- OSHA requirements for expensive safety harnesses for people working 11 feet off the ground.
But we also have really absurd examples of wasteful spending.
- Forcing taxpayers to pay millions of dollars for pro-Obamacare and pro-IRS propaganda.
- Doing interviews – at a per-person cost of $6,000 – about erectile dysfunction and sticking the tab on us.
- Giving disability benefits to a grown man who wants to wear diapers and live as an “adult baby.”
- Squandering $400K on experimental underwear that detect cigarette smoke.
- Paying 35 times the market price for some Kindles.
- A $100,000 library grant to a city without a library.
- Throwing $100 million in the garbage by subsidizing a leftist bureaucracy in Paris that advocates for higher taxes in the United States.