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Americans Are Growing Less Willing To Beg for Permission To Make a Living

Officials claim doing business is a revocable “privilege,” but many Americans see it as a right that they’ll exercise with or without licenses and permits.

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It appears that government-imposed restrictions on travel, business, and social contact don't become more palatable with age. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to simmer, the one competency that officials have consistently displayed is in tightening the screws, using the licenses and permissions they require as enforcement tools. For people tired of being bossed around, the obvious response is to carry on without the government's imprimatur—and they're doing so in droves. It's an attitude likely to live on long after the crisis has passed.

"Our businesses are doomed," Chris Polone, co-owner of a Fort Worth bar that was one of more than 800 such establishments to open in defiance of Texas closure orders, said at the end of July. "We have nothing to lose. We can either fight this thing, Or we can starve ourselves out."

As apocalyptic as that sounds, it's a reasonable statement when the review site Yelp reports that 55 percent of all businesses shut during the pandemic are believed to have closed their doors forever. For many entrepreneurs, breaking the rules may be the only way to survive.

That the rebellion among Texas taverns is alive and well is obvious from a desperate-sounding open letter issued last week by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC). "Recently we have spoken with business owners who tell us they don't intend to follow the orders," wrote A. Bentley Nettles, the commission's executive director. "When a business tells TABC it doesn't intend to follow these orders, you leave the agency with no option but to revoke your license and shut you down."

The letter contains much huffing and puffing about how it's a "privilege" to be in the booze business, subject to following politicians' dictates. But that's what government officials always say when they impose licensing requirements on people trying to make a living. Then, feeding yourself and keeping a roof over your head becomes subject to jumping through hoops, paying fees, and keeping the right people happy.

With one out of four U.S. jobs now requiring an occupational license—not to mention the business licenses, liquor licenses, and other forms of official permission that businesses must pursue—legally making a buck can be a precarious activity even in good times. It gets that much worse when a crisis drives politicians into frenzies of panic and power-lust, with the authority to grant and revoke permissions a tool for imposing their will.

"We have gotten 25,000 complaints to the State of businesses that are in violation of the reopening plan—25,000 complaints," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo snarled in June. "A bar or restaurant that is violating these rules can lose their liquor license. State Liquor Authority inspectors are out. We have a task force of State investigators who are out. You can lose your liquor license and that is a big deal for a bar or restaurant."

Among the jurisdictions that have threatened or actually revoked licenses for businesses violating lockdown orders are New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Clark County, Nevada, to name just a small sample. The affected businesses include barbers, car washes, furniture stores, gyms, and smoke shops—all requiring government permission to legally operate.

But operating legally isn't the only way to do business.

"Good luck," Bob Martin, a 79-year-old barber in Snohomish, Washington, told officials when they said they were going to charge him $90,000 in fines for trimming hair after his license was pulled and in defiance of state closure orders.

Gym owners in Bellmawr, New Jersey, broke into their own establishment and resumed serving customers after authorities forcibly closed the place. "The defiant owners of Atilis Gym kicked in plywood panels that had sealed the entrance to their Browning Road business since Monday, drawing cheers from a group of flag-waving supporters," reported the Courier-Post.

And, of course, there are those 800-plus bars in Texas, serving customers despite orders to the contrary.

Officials in Los Angeles have run into so much push-back that now they're threatening to cut water and power to businesses and homes that don't comply with lockdown orders. Depriving people of electricity and running water seems an unlikely means for improving public health, but officialdom is always more interested in compelling submission than in achieving reasonable outcomes.

But submission is harder to come by when the stakes are so high. The government is actually ordering people to refrain from earning their keep, and instead to humbly submit to bankruptcy and beggary. To some, submitting to the rules can look foolish and suicidal—like baring your throat to a predator.

And once you've battled government officials threatening your ability to make a living during hard times, why would you assume, after the crisis passes, that they've suddenly become wiser and better disposed to your wellbeing? People who have questioned officials' judgment and defied their orders are unlikely to lose that habit after the pandemic passes. Sure, they'll probably continue to apply for licenses to operate just to make life easy. But they'll remember that officials tried to strip them of the "privilege" of putting food on the table and they'll realize just how dangerous it is to rely on such permission.

It's too much to hope that the licensing and permitting apparatus that politicians have carefully constructed over the years will soon be swept away by a righteous wave of public revulsion. Big changes are hard and the permission state that we live in will, almost certainly, still formally exist in the years to come. But people aren't going to be so eager to ask permission, and they'll be much more willing to live their lives in its absence.

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119 responses to “Americans Are Growing Less Willing To Beg for Permission To Make a Living

  1. Perhaps after Trump’s re-election, it will be time for a constitutional amendment to require all restrictions on businesses to meet a high standard for implementation?

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    2. Adding more to the US Constitution won’t help. It’s not like the current crop of tyrants obeys the Constitution anyway.
      The pandemic lockdowns are in violation of at least the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 8th, and 9th Amendments.

      If there’s anything to be learned here, it’s that the Constitution no longer applies and we no longer live under the rule of law. It’s just that most Americans haven’t realized that we’re living under a might-makes-right regime at this time, and thus they have not begun to respond with their own might.

      1. The rioters seem to get it…

        1. Yes, the rest of us should take lessons from them in that regard.. but NOT in their resort to violence and wanton destruction.

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      2. The rule of law is a funny phrase. Kings and generals and dictators of all striped have long learned that the fig leaf of a supine legislature covers up all sorts of rule by men.

        1. The rule of law is a myth. All laws are ambiguous and must be enforced and interpreted by men.

      3. Then we might as well organize and get rid of the progressives.

      4. I do love the stories about civil disobedience.

        “. . . The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere.”

        ― Thomas Jefferson

    3. Thev’ve ignored economic liberty despite the 9th and 10th amendments. They’d gutted the 2nd far beyond recognition. What makes you think making economic liberty an enumerated right would change anything?

      Seriously, recognizing economic liberty as an enumerated right would upset far too much existing laws. Imagine if Heller had actually homored “shall not be infringed” instead of treating everthing since the 1934 NFA as “presumptively valid” — overturning all those gun laws, machine gun reigstration, gun-free school zones, conceal carry permits. Now do the same for the much worse restrictions on economic liberty.

      “The right to work and trade and do business shall not be infringed.”

      Just ain’t gonna happen.

      1. What makes you think making economic liberty an enumerated right would change anything?

        the rights to freely associate, to peaceably assemble, to be secure in our persons, houses, papers, and effects, are all already guaranteed by name in the “Supreme Law of the Land”.

        And yet….. gotta git dat Mother May I Card to slap soe paint on someone”s house… something I did as a young kid in southern Clifornia, making GOOD money doing so. A fourteen year old riding his bike to paint people’s houses for $2.50 the hour was a pretty good gig in the 1960’s. Rode my free bike to the jobs. Word of mouth referral, ahd a waiting list. Was so busy I had to learn how to balance work time and fun time. Of course, the work time made the fun time more fun, as I had jingle in my jeans.

    4. Allow customers to decide if a business will continue to function. Rather than licenses, a certificate of merit or acceptance like those provided by Underwriter’s Labs would provide guidance to the public.

      1. Or just attracting enough customers to stay in business. There’s a radical concept!

  2. 99.9% of those using this to enforce their will are Democrats. Let that one sink in.

    1. I think your estimate is high. There are plenty of Republicans who are fully on board.

      1. If the democrats were dealt with, the bad republicans would be simple to handle.

      1. You’re right; it’s higher than that.

  3. “When a business tells TABC it doesn’t intend to follow these orders, you leave the agency with no option but to revoke your license and shut you down.”

    Uh, huh. What goes around, comes around.

    1. No other option. None.

      1. “When, in the course of human events, . . . “

    2. “What goes around, comes around.”

      Yep. They’re an organization ripe for closure. Let county sheriffs deal with the criminal aspects with liquor sales, and let county managers deal with the civil paperwork. And get rid of the forced Sunday closures already.

      1. Not to mention the tax rate of three times the retail price of the booze in the package before they assess the taxes…..

        1. And license the guy that sells it, the one who delivers it to the guy who sells it, and the list goes on.

    3. Who looks for a business license to determine its value?

    4. The agency has plenty of other options – lose the memo, misroute the memo, accidentally delete the memo, have a meeting, have a conference, and many others.

  4. If my social media feeds are any indication, many of those on the left have zero sympathy for those stuck between feeding their families and quarantine orders. Their attitude is that they should just take unemployment benefits indefinitely. Never mind that there are myriad ways in which on can fail to qualify for unemployment.

    I’ve experienced a substantial pay cut following COVID-19, but my employer still logs me as full-time so that they can continue to pay health insurance and other benefits. Because of that, I don’t qualify for unemployment that would make up the difference if I had an hours (rather than wage) cut. (I’m actually just as happy not to be taking that money.)

    But my lefty friends all get mad when government doesn’t just fix things and have zero comprehension why people don’t just stay home like they do. The worst are the retirees I know who seem to have completely forgotten what it was like to worry about making your bank for the month.

    1. I hear the same whining from my neighbors and other retired friends. Who then immediately switch to happy accounts of how their kids and grand kids are coming to visit. Idiots.

      1. Is the implication that the rest of us should suffer because they want to visit with their grandkids, that they risk dying of COVID, or both?

        Please, please lay it out plainly to free people that they should give up their freedoms in order to prevent the elderly from visiting their grandkids and/or deciding how they want to die.

        1. go and read the numbers involving the zero to fifteen year old age spread. TOTAL deaths due to COVID in the US.. 31, Thirty one. Add in fiteen to twemty five, the number grossly inflates to a hundred twenty five. Number of known cases where people in that age range (zero through twenty five) have managed to transmit that disease to an older adult? None. Number of cases where people in that low ge range have contracted the disease from thouse over twenty five, so low as to be a zit on the backside of a flea.

          CHILDREN are not vectors of the disease, nor are they susceptible to it. Yet they wanna close and keep \closed the schools? And parks?

      2. This retiree is sick knowing the legacy left to grand and great grandchildren and their decision to risk having children?

    2. Their attitude is that they should just take unemployment benefits indefinitely.

      “Go home and enjoy your unemployment” – Gov Tom Wolf (D-PA). Seriously, he said that.

  5. Pretty hard to maintain respect for the rule of law when it’s clear that none of the legislators and politicians do.

    1. Laws must be tempered with Constitutional restraints on government power.

      1. I read somewhere that taking that position is exactly the same as putting on a klan robe. The only reason you wouldn’t want the government to make every single decision for everyone is that you hate all POC’s/women/trans people and you want to live exactly like it is still 1785. The logic tracks perfectly.

  6. If your business is incorporated, meaning you hide behind the government for liability protection, I get less sympathetic about this stuff.

    1. Incorporation doesn’t require government; it could be done with simple contracts — you want to do business with them, you accept their terms. But government has made it mandatory.

      Stop thinking that government must be obeyed, or that government regulations are useful. They do nothing that contracts cannot do.

      1. So I can go around shooting people if I haven’t contracted with them not to do so first?

        1. No.

          The contract must be in place before the shooting starts.

    2. Incorporation does not provide government protection, it provides limited protection for that entity in business.

      1. It could be argued that since those are government set limits that will be argued in government owned courts, they certainly might appear to some to be government protections.

        That said, it’s also the only game in town. It’s kinda of a shitty catch 22 to say, “If you don’t get a permission slip to earn a living, we’ll kidnap you and lock you in a cage; but also, if you do get one, this group of possibly too self-righteous people are going to sneer at you.”

  7. Somebody (with more energy than me) needs to compile some quotes from nanny-Karen types and government officials during Prohibition, and compare to what their decedents are saying today.

    1. At least those Karens berated people into actually amending the Constitution. Even they understood there was a process that had to be followed.

      Now we just get a bunch of petty tyrants trying to one up each other in the COVID panic Olympics.

  8. How have businesses in America typically dealt with government ordered shutdowns in the past? Given the risk is real and concern is real, I would have thought that some insurance could be available along the lines of flood, fire, theft etc.

    1. How often have american governments issued shutdown orders to businesses for months at a time?

      1. Once every hundred years would be my guess.

    2. Given how expensive and useless earthquake insurance is, I expect pandemic panic insurance would be even more so, and useless.

      1. All insurance is useless until you need it. If those worrying about pandemic panic are a market worth exploiting, insurers are there to make it happen. It makes more sense than a constitutional amendment, our go to fix all for such problems.

  9. They have backed themselves into a corner and have no way out. If they ignore those that are defying their decrees they look weak and the number of those disregarding them will increase as will the number of decrees being ignored. If they come down hard on them, it will turn the moderates against them and they will more and more look like tyrants as they press harder until the dam bursts and the silent majority finally say enough is enough.

    1. What if the dam burst in the opposite direction and we wound up with a communist revolution?

      1. Dams don’t burst in the opposite direction. This is the stupidest metaphor I’ve read so far this morning.

        1. Leaving the metaphor aside, communism has happened in the past despite the fact that the case for it then wasn’t any more reasonable, ethical, or logical than it would be now. Populist anger is an unstable, rapidly changing force and an faction says they’ll take down the bad guys has a shot at exploiting it.

        2. Agree, but now I’m going to have to look up which side of the dams were targeted by Allied dambuster bombs.

          1. The evil side.

          2. I may be mistaken but I think the bombs were designed to skip along the surface of the reservoir until they struck the dam. Check the movie from the 50s for the full story. The remake has been held up for years now. One of the sticking points was the name of the pilot’s dog, a black labrador. Stephen Fry, the writer apparently settled on ‘Digger,’ a move certain to upset historical sticklers of a more insensitive type.

          3. Regular bombs wouldn’t work.

            The cylindrical bombs used in Operation Chastise were rapidly spun backward before release, so that they would skip over the torpedo nets protecting the Ruhr Rive dams.

            Reaching the back of the dams, they sank and detonated against the concrete, using the water to tamp the force of the explosion toward the dam.

      2. If we get into any kind of revolution, the “Progressives” won’t enjoy it.

    2. It looks to me like the silent majority in Texas is already saying enough is enough…

      1. What’s silent about them?

  10. How about some stories about shuttered business owners and workers and what they’re doing in the indefinite interim to make money? Presumably a lot in the underground economy, but I’d also expect a lot of shift to the “essential” occupations that are allowed to operate. Any of you have any examples? People falling back into their second-choice careers, or at least trying new things?

    1. I found that you can make up to $US5 an hour tagging photos for Amazon’s mechanical turk.

  11. >> 55 percent of all businesses shut during the pandemic are believed to have closed their doors forever

    Ruling Class hardest hit oh wait …

  12. I will tell you how it is in my hospital.
    All elective surgery is cancelled.
    Our case volume is down by 50%
    We have forced our nurses to take 2 week unpaid furloughs every 6 weeks.
    I have had a $20,000 pay cut.
    I have started outside work at a surgery center that just declares elective cases as emergencies.
    We need to return to normal!

    1. I suppose you license to practice medicine is valid in the state where you work. Is it valid in any other state? Any other country?

      1. What is the purpose of that line of questioning?

        1. I’m just curious. Seems silly to invest so much time, effort and money to obtain a licence that’s valid for only one arbitrarily defined jurisdiction.

        2. mtrueman’s position is that there shouldn’t be any limits on government’s power to impose any measures they want whenever they declare a public health emergency with no proven threshold of the harm of whatever caused the emergency. Forget that such tyranny was explicitly made illegal at the drafting of the constitution. If you don’t like it you can get out!!!

          1. My position is that all high school graduates, regardless of merit, should be given licenses to practice medicine, dentistry, and anything else they could conceivably desire. There ought to be a constitutional amendment if that will make you feel better. Let the free market be your guide. If that doesn’t make you happy, there are over 200 other countries to choose from.

    2. Meanwhile, where I live the news is about patients stacked in the hallways, tents, and commandeered ballrooms and gyms; nurses and doctors being flown in to help the swamped staff who are dropping due to exhaustion from working extra shifts; local businesses giving thank you freebies for our front-line medical heroes, etc.

      1. Haha. Cool story bro.

  13. Anyone else here think on first glance that the photo was of a girl with prominent facial hair problem?

    1. Yes.

      1. Or a tranny.

        Maybe CBS could reboot Reboot the 90’s sitcom, ‘The Nanny’, as The Tranny’, and still have the title character act as a nanny for a very woke beta male progtard chuck’s children.

        Woke social justice hilarity would ensue!

        1. “Chuck”? Never heard that one before. Schumer related?

  14. Revoking someone’s license if they don’t comply: that’s violence.

    1. What do you call it when you infect someone with a disease that may leave them dead or debilitated? Who is paying for their month-long hospitalization? The ongoing medical bills that tray plague victims for life? The funerals? No violence involved I take it?

      1. What do you call it when shitstain posts without a strawman or lie?
        Dunno; never happened.

      2. Let’s keep AIDs out of this; no need to be homophobic.

      3. “What do you call it when you infect someone with a disease that may leave them dead or debilitated?”

        “Progressivism.”

      4. What have you done in your life to prevent spreading the flu? You know, when you might have infected someone with a disease that may leave them dead or debilitated? Who paid for the funerals for the 60-80K people who died of flu in 2017/18? Who paid for the hospitalizations of nearly 1M people?

        Will you be wearing a mask and social distancing forever, in case you murder someone by spreading the flu?

        “On 10 February 2018, Fortune reported that influenza in the United States was killing up to 4,000 Americans a week…In the first week of February, deaths from influenza and pneumonia were responsible for one of every ten deaths in the US, with 4,064 from pneumonia or influenza recorded in the third week of 2018, according to CDC data. The 2017–2018 flu season was severe for all US populations and resulted in an estimated 959,000 hospitalizations and 61,099 deaths. This is the highest number of patient claims since the 2009 flu season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during the 2017-2018 season the percentage of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) was at or above the epidemic threshold for 16 consecutive weeks. Nationally, mortality attributed to P&I exceeded 10.0% for four consecutive weeks, peaking at 10.8% during the week ending January 20, 2018. Another estimate (September 2018) attributed more than 80,000 US deaths to this strain of influenza.

        1. I got the vaccine. Maybe it should be mandatory and we could save more lives.

  15. Americans Are Growing Less Willing To Beg for Permission To Make a Living

    Presumably, these Americans are not the Kens and Karens who are nagging everyone who’s not wearing a face diaper, right?

  16. Whoa. A vaguely hopeful sounding article from Reason in today’s political environment? What is this madness?

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  18. Local OUTDOOR bar was shut down by Texas ABC. They responded by hosting a photo op serving beer to a state representative.

    1. Remember the goons who murdered 5 dozen civilians in Waco over a possible maybe failure to pay a tax on a possible maybe part that might have fit a gun? The “A” in ATF stands for alcohol. It it had been something heinous like plant leaves the Supreme Court could pronounce them justified and immune to lawsuits for murdering every one of the 100,000 people living there at the time, like Lysander Spooner warned.

  19. I’m trying to figure out how the U.S. Forrest Gumped its way to being the richest country in the world. Individually we have some smart folks, but the rank and file learnproof citizens as a whole are the dumbest collective society the world has ever seen. If the virus was limited to the U.S. our reluctance to even try to stop it would look ridiculous. But it’s world wide. And we are the only wealthy country that has been unwilling to follow the only known path to controlling the spread. We’ve watch testing, masks, social distancing and hygiene succeed in direct proportion to its adherence all over the freaking world, but we can’t do it. We are an entire country of “I don’t wanna” petulant little children, lead by the most petulant little child since WWII. It’s beyond stupid. It’s funny. There is no other option, but that doesn’t matter. So here we are, freaking our for a minute here or there as the economy collapses and Trump worries about his ratings. It is the very best we can do right now. You have to admit it’s pretty funny to watch.

    1. If Truman had listened to MacArthur, there would be no Red China to spray biological weapons all over the planet today.

    2. Not necessarily true about young folks these days.

      My 13-year-old works five days a week busing tables (and did last summer at age 12). He has saved $2,000 this summer, which he has added to the $2,000 he saved last summer.

      Our goal has been to teach our children that, although they will no doubt assume the financial burden when they are older of carrying those who have not matured into proper, self-supporting adults, this should in no way dissuade them from working hard, saving their dollars, and avoiding debt.

      1. why the fuck does a 13 year old need $4,000?

    3. Not nearly as amusing as TDS victims like you making up fantasies.

      1. “Not nearly as amusing as TDS”

        Laugh while you can, monkey bot.

    4. “You have to admit it’s pretty funny to watch.”

      There is an undeniable comic absurdity watching the empire in its death throes, but it’s also sad and pathetic to see a once proud and vigorous people reduced to squabbling over masks and other disease prevention measures.

  20. If your business model involves killing people, the government has a right and responsibility to step in.

    Your allergy to intervention to prop up the economy is doing as much harm as necessary shutdowns. Call your congressman and say you demand three trillion dollars or more spent to deal with the problem. Otherwise you’re just letting people die because you can’t let go of your horseshit laissez-faire security blanket. It’s really not relevant to anyone if your theories were right. I’m here to tell you they aren’t. I’ve been telling you that for years. If only you had listened.

    1. Poor Tony, poor Karl Marx, Edward Bellamy, Jack London, Adolf Hitler, Vladimir Ulyanov, Josef Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao Tse Tung, Walter Duranty, John Reed, Upton Sinclair… It’s not THEIR fault that communist germ lab leaks are killing millions of people all over the world. Communist chemical, biological and nuclear weapons are necessary to the initiation of deadly force in the name of altruism! Without the initiation of deadly force, laissez-faire libertarianism would drown us in a sea of choices!

      1. Maybe you should just take a life preserver when one is thrown at you and debate the merits of philosophy lately.

        Democrats are offering to improve Trump’s re-election chances by boosting the economy in a real way. Republican dumb horseshit economic theories live to die another day. And Trump said no, I own the recovery, but I’m gonna just throw a PR stunt at it. What the actual fuck? And this from a guy who doesn’t even have an economic philosophy.

  21. TABC dry killer, spreading his arms submissively: “You leave us no option but to use deadly force to stop you from engaging in voluntary trade and production!” –Libertariantranslator

  22. The Math (and please peer-review, pound away at it, poke holes in it, and do everything you can to disprove/improve my numbers):

    Overall Infection Mortality Rate (IFR) is somewhere near 0.3%. And, we are fast learning that when a population becomes about 20% infected, the virus begins its rapid descent (as we have seen in many European Nations, eastern U.S. cities, etc.).

    330,000,000 Americans citizens.
    20% of 330,000,000 = 66,000,000 (infected).
    66,000,000 infected x 0.3% (IFR) = 198,000 deaths
    80% (above 70 years old) of 198,000 = 154,800.
    43,200 deaths are those under 70 years old (and 90% of the 43,200 are between 50 and 69). Of these, 80% have pre-existing conditions, and average 2-3 comorbidities. We can keep these people quarantined while we open back up.

    Approximately 3,000,000 Americans will die on an average (non Coronavirus) year.

    Look for a slight decrease in overall annual deaths for those above 70 years old over the next decade or so.

    What in the hell did we do here?!

    The politically-motivated Fear Porn and the hysteria it created drove us to make really poor decisions that have caused massive economic damage.

    Next virus to come down the pike I hope we do better.

    1. We have allowed the largest economy in the world to be knee-capped as a result of deaths of 1/2 of 1/10 of 1% of our population.
      Pathetic.

      1. Next time, be more careful about the politicians you elect. It’s all their fault, isn’t it?

      2. I thought you cared about individual freedom to the exclusion of macro social trends.

    2. “We can keep these people quarantined while we open back up.”

      Keeping 66,000,000 obese Americans quarantined? Careful what you wish for.

      1. Haha. Yeah. Americans suck.

  23. All “occupational licenses” do is check for cleanliness, training, adequate insurance, fire alarms and exits, product matches label, proper salary: all those unnecessary regulations. Drop government (elected by the people) oversight and let the buyer beware.

    1. “Drop government (elected by the people) oversight and let the buyer beware.”

      Or maybe keep the government and elect better buyers.

    2. Occupational licensing does things like require a poor woman to take hundreds of hours of training in order to paint fingernails.

  24. People have natural rights that preceded the formation of Government. Government receives its limited power from the people. The purpose of government is to protect us from people who would forcibly take away our property and fruits of our labor. If government is forcibly taking away our property and fruits of our labor, then government is not serving its intended purpose is ripe to be eliminated.

    Politicians would be wise to remember that they are the servants of the people, not the masters of the people. The size and scope of government needs to be severely reduced by over 50 percent. Politicians and government officials and employees should be subjected to the exact same laws the rest of us are subjected to. This is not an outlandish declaration as they are comprised from the essence of the founding of the country

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That, whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”

  25. It’s about time.
    Now, take up arms and when the municipal terrorists come to harass you into submission, arrest them, by whatever force is needed.
    You are fully authorized, by law, to resist, with up to and including lethal force, any officer that attempts illegal arrest or torture:
    “When a person, being without fault, is in a place where he has a right to be, is violently assaulted, he may, without retreating, repel by force, and if, in the reasonable exercise of his right of self defense, his assailant is killed, he is justified.” Runyan v. State, 57 Ind. 80; Miller v. State, 74 Ind. 1.
    “These principles apply as well to an officer attempting to make an arrest, who abuses his authority and transcends the bounds thereof by the use of unnecessary force and violence, as they do to a private individual who unlawfully uses such force and violence.” Jones v. State, 26 Tex. App. I; Beaverts v. State, 4 Tex. App. 1 75; Skidmore v. State, 43 Tex. 93, 903.
    “An arrest made with a defective warrant, or one issued without affidavit, or one that fails to allege a crime is within jurisdiction, and one who is being arrested, may resist arrest and break away. If the arresting officer is killed by one who is so resisting, the killing will be no more than an involuntary manslaughter.” Housh v. People, 75 111. 491; reaffirmed and quoted in State v. Leach, 7 Conn. 452; State v. Gleason, 32 Kan. 245; Ballard v. State, 43 Ohio 349; State v Rousseau, 241 P. 2d 447; State v. Spaulding, 34 Minn. 3621.

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  27. These statists really won’t like us when we’re angry. And judging by my friends and neighbors, we’re reaching a boiling point.

    If they thought the George Floyd riots were violent, they ain’t seen nothing yet!

    1. Yes, it might not be grocery stores and boutiques that get plundered and burned, bu government buildings and national guard armories.

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