A Tree House Costs $1,400 Under Zoning Regulations:
Mark Grapin, a veteran from Iraq, discovered it the hard way. He promised his two sons to build them a tree house in the backyard of his own house when he returns from Iraq. When he started building the house, the county bureaucrats were there right away to tell him that he couldn’t build the tree house in his own backyard because he didn’t have a permit.
It turns out the permit will cost him $1,400, and he will have to prove that the tree house “will be in harmony with the intended spirit and purposes of this Ordinance and will not be contrary to the public interest.” In his own back yard. On his own property. For his own sons.
[OWS] redistributionists discover healthy respect for private property: Who’d have thought that a crowd of people demanding the seizure of wealth from banks, corporations, and the wealthy might also have a few thieves? I’m shocked,shocked to find theft occurring in a group that has hijacked private property it refuses to leave. I can’t imagine that a crowd that demands free higher education and the forgiveness of tens of thousands in student debt would also think of someone’s Mac or an iPhone as equally as communal as a college education.
Random Thoughts from Thomas Sowell:
- Like so many people, in so many countries, who started out to "spread the wealth," Barack Obama has ended up spreading poverty.
- Have you ever heard anyone as incoherent as the people staging protests across the country? Taxpayers ought to be protesting against having their money spent to educate people who end up unable to say anything beyond repeating political catch phrases.
- It is hard to understand politics if you are hung up on reality. Politicians leave reality to others. What matters in politics is what you can get the voters to believe, whether it bears any resemblance to reality or not.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Libya meeting with the country's new rulers. She is expected to pledge millions of dollars in aid for the transitional government. [Great! We got to be sure that we build up and support the Muslim Brotherhood’s political team! – JS]
"Laws do not persuade just because they threaten." -- Lucius Annaeus Seneca