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

Ms Kelly Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 6:25 PM
Gee, it's so great we have government to let us know when all our good intentions are bad. I wonder how civilization survived all those hundreds of years with humans helping injured animals and not being fined/arrested for it. I bet there were THOUSANDS of "dangerous" animals roaming the earth who had lost their fear of humans. How ever did mankind survive?

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.