In response to:

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

Ms Kelly Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 9:59 AM
No. The simple and amicable solution for a FREE people is for the government to butt the hell out of silly issues that harm no one. Does the government exist to serve the people; or do the people exist to serve the government? THE PEOPLE have made it pretty clear what they think on this issue. Does the government care about the will of the people anymore? THAT is the real issue here.

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.