Who says government officials don’t have our best interests at heart?
Let’s take a a moment to salute the courageous officials of Montgomery County, Maryland. A few days ago, they discovered that a group of kids was operating a lemonade stand, part of the the reason for which was to raise funds for the fight against pediatric cancer. But these young criminals were doing so without a permit! This cannot stand! What did these kids think they were doing, operating a meth lab? Apparently, hardly anyone who manufactures crystal meth applies for a permit to do so.
Anyway, officials did what officials do. They swooped in, shut down the lemonade stand and levied a $500 fine. That’ll show those miserable children that they can’t operate outside the law and get away with it.
But apparently outrage against the action made officials backpedal just a bit. They rescinded the fine and allowed the kids to open their illicit lemonade business a few streets away.
This, I think, was a mistake. If they allow kids to get away with selling lemonade without a vendor’s permit, what’s next? A bake sale? A car wash? You allow that sort of thing, the next thing you know, there’s anarchy! These kids need to be taught that free enterprise isn’t free, and that initiative and creativity should be crushed the minute it rears its ugly head. Unless, of course, you have a vendor’s permit.