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

Arley2 Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 11:11 AM
contin 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.