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Pinhead Bureaucrats Threaten Family with Possible Prison Sentence for Rescuing a Baby Deer

Arley2 Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 11:07 AM
Breaking the law is breaking the law..........that's true. But what about when laws are falt stupid? I'd guess there are laws on the books somewhere in this country that require a man with a lantern to precede autos driving in cities. My friend the cop told me once that there are so many laws on the books that it is completely impossible to enforce all of them. Rescuing an injured fawn is against the law? How stupid can a legislature get? I once rescued a baby squirrel ...........Oh, and a baby Robin too.........I sure hope the California idiots do elect to prosecute me for that.
slk Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 9:08 PM
I most certainly do care about the law. I also don't believe that just because Obama breaks the law, everyone else can too. This is all "But Mommy, everyone else is doing it so why can't I?" and sadly people think this is okay.
If you don't believe in following the law, that's fine. Just don't complain about consequences.
Ms Kelly Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 5:39 PM
Good one, Wumingren. I wonder how many people got it.
Ms Kelly Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 5:38 PM
I don't think you really care two-hoots about the law. I think you just like to argue.
Wumingren Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 3:13 PM
Obama's breaking laws left and left, so, "what difference, at this point, does it make?"
slk Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 12:04 PM
It's a rural stop sign and the road is 100% empty except you. Then it's stupid to follow the law--no one will get hurt. Do it, get ticketed by the cop you did not see hiding in the shadows and then try not paying the fine. You could not hurt anyone--there was no one. The law still applies.
Do you want your neighbor rehabing a mountain lion? Maybe a skunk and he doesn't want it descanted? Baby moose? Wolverine?
The only reason we rehab wildlife is it makes us feel good. Scientifically, there's a lot of questions on how much harm it does.
Happy Jake Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 11:39 AM
There's a difference between a law with which you disagree and a bad law. A stop sign is not simply there as a bureaucratic impediment, it's there to safely control traffic. Running the stop sign contains an inherent risk of causing injury to another person. A law against theft is there to protect the individual rights of property owners (and contains a moral component - theft is morally wrong). What does a regulation (is it a statute passed by the legislator or a regulation issued by DNR?) requiring a permit to rescue a wild animal protect?
slk Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 11:22 AM
Your idea is we break any laws we don't like? What if I don't like a stop sign? Say I can't afford that new TV I want so I steal it?

Yes, MANY states have rules like the one here. Ignorance is not an excuse--plus the guy called DNR and ignored what they said. If he wants to commit an act of civil disobedience to protest, fine, he pays whatever he is fined and saves the deer. Otherwise, he BROKE THE Law.
Arley2 Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 11:11 AM
BTW, we put the Robin's box out atop a window air conditioner when he was big enough. He hung out there for a few days and then left. The following Spring I was standing on the back porch, there was a Robin on the alley fence. Low and behold the bird flew to and sat on the window AC unit for a while. He didn't, however, elect to sit on my shoulder or on my head as he once did.

I felt pretty pleased that we had rescued the little guy.

As a public finance economist, I normally focus on big-picture arguments against excessive government.

If the public sector is too large, for instance, that undermines economic growth by diverting resources from the productive sector of the economy.

The damage is then compounded by a needlessly destructive and punitive tax system.

But I’ve also discovered that it helps to personalize the analysis by pointing out examples of ridiculous and wasteful behavior by government.