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Where America Used To Be

It’s sad that this is actually an article at the Atlantic:

Americans Should Be Able to Sell Stuff Without a Permit

14 Responses to “Where America Used To Be”

  1. Chas Says:

    Markie Marxist sez: “No one should ever be allowed to sell anything without a permit. It’s the least we can do before we nationalize everything and make capitalism illegal. Selling stuff to people is a terrible form of exploitation, unless the government does it, then it’s okay.”

  2. Alex Says:

    “”Selling stuff to people is a terrible form of exploitation, unless the government does it, then itís okay.””
    What you should have said was: Unless the government approves and gets a share, then it’s okay.”

  3. Dick Stanley Says:

    And while you’re at it, be sure you don’t take any pictures of the police or you will be arrested.

  4. 6r78idkys876 Says:

    I think this is a response to scam artists going door to door.

    We used to get kids being driven to the neighborhood and going door to door pretending be doing a survey for some kind of youth development program. They would ask you what you were interested in and then sign you up for magazine subscriptions you had no idea you asked for.

    We also had contractors for the cable tv company. They would knock on your door pretending to be investigating a service interruption when you didn’t even have cable service in the first place. They were trying to get you to sign up.

    Maybe you don’t have these creeps interrupting your life annoying you, lying to you, and trying to rip you off but you shouldn’t try to stop people who do from prevent it.

    It’s bad enough when you telephone rings off the hook with telemarketing scams – you can get an unlisted number, but when they start knocking on your door you have to take a different approach.

    The permits are for people from out of town – I don’t see anything wrong with it.

  5. DonM Says:

    After that, we don’t allow anyone to keep anything without a permit. And, like the famous thousand dollars an ounce federal tax stamps for Cannibis, we don’t sell any permits.

  6. malclave Says:

    Are you actually suggesting that kids should be allowed to operate lemonade stands without getting a city permit first?

    You msut be one of them racist teabaggers.

  7. Insufficiently Sensitive Says:

    The Obama admin, and all these micromanaging municipalities, have been studying the Bible of the Ants, in the Gospel of T. H. White: Everything Not Forbidden Shall Be Compulsory.

  8. Insufficiently Sensitive Says:

    The permits are for people from out of town Ė I donít see anything wrong with it.

    Other than violating the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, that is. The permits flagrantly discriminate against citizens from outside the commuunity. You against diversity or something?

  9. K Says:

    I think this is a response to scam artists going door to door.

    In California, it is necessary to have a business licence so they can collect their sales tax. This doesn’t stop the door to door scam artists – who operate without it – one second. I can’t imagine those folks would be stopped by a mere $100 buck fee either. As I suspect the folks in that town will soon find out.

    If you have the attitude of “the government will do this for me so I don’t have to” then you get the authoritarian government you deserve. It’s too bad people who would like to run their life as we see fit have to live in the same country with such people.

    BTW, next time try a “No solicitors allowed” sign. That took care of it for us.

  10. Paul Says:

    Democrats favor the IBM approach to, uh, well everything.

    What is the IBM approach?

    You see I’m a CICS/RACF/COBOL guy and what they do is lock down everything so users (read the public) can’t do anything. Then those that protest and complain will be allowed to do that one little section they are complaining about.

    In time everyone will be allowed to do only what they need to do (kind of like the ‘need to know’ concept.)

    Of course for the ‘party’ members they will be allowed to do much more.

  11. dan tracy Says:

    My neighbor gave me some tomatoes from her garden. Should I ask her if she has a permit from the city?

    Also, should I report this on my income taxes as some sort of in-kind contribution/income?

    Please Uncle Sam, tell me what to do.

  12. Chas Says:

    “Unless the government approves and gets a share, then itís okay.”

    Markie Marxist sez: “That’s all right as an intermediate step until we fully nationalize everything, but we do want to eventually control everything directly with no ‘private sector’ at all. Totalitarianism is like that. It’s total control. No private enterprise, just like back in the USSR.”

  13. John A Says:

    To extend it a bit, this is why I support Amazon in its opposition to “the Amazon tax.” Why so many people do not see that requiring a seller in one place to collect and report tax due in another place will apply to smaller businesses is perplexing. Should the company in California that will sell to me in Rhode Island a 2-inch styrofoam globe with doll-size clothing (as an “antenna topper” to spot your car in a large parking area) have to collect the RI sales tax, and all the attendant paperwork? At about ten cents tax per, they’d have to sell a lot of balls…

    Ebay? Craigslist?

  14. Bridget Says:

    I recall when gambling on horses, etc. was illegal and the fronts for bookies were raided by the government now and again….. usually after the local police had given a warning to the targeted bookies.

    Now the state of NY endorses gambling….. odd don’t you think? Why was it illegal for individuals and now legal for the state? Oh that’s right, the lottery in NY was going to help education. What’s up with that? The city of NY lottery went belly up last year and the legislature hearings spoke of the ‘importance’ of saving it….saving state jobs and cash cows for the politically connected they meant.

    Anticapitalist? More government? More regulations Now that’s sad. Visit Russia and see how it’s working out for them.

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