Friday, August 6, 2010

More government helpfulness

It's hardly unusual to hear small-business owners gripe about licensing requirements or complain that heavy-handed regulations are driving them into the red.

So when Multnomah County shut down an enterprise last week for operating without a license, you might just sigh and say, there they go again.

Except this entrepreneur was a 7-year-old named Julie Murphy. Her business was a lemonade stand at the Last Thursday monthly art fair in Northeast Portland. The government regulation she violated? Failing to get a $120 temporary restaurant license.

Turns out that kids' lemonade stands -- those constants of summertime -- are supposed to get a permit in Oregon, particularly at big events that happen to be patrolled regularly by county health inspectors.

"I understand the reason behind what they're doing and it's a neighborhood event, and they're trying to generate revenue," said Jon Kawaguchi, environmental health supervisor for the Multnomah County Health Department. "But we still need to put the public's health first."

More here:

If the Klown were in charge, one of the things I would do is shut down about 95% of the functions of the health department.

Trust me, if the government is going to be stealing more of your freedom, doing it for "health and safety" (ie, for your own good) is one of the best ways to convince morons justify it.

I know I want the government involved in ALL my neighborhood events, don't you?  They're so helpful.

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