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

Notredamemom Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 6:14 AM
Dan, Both of these stories are ridiculous. You're trying to use silly examples to foment distrust of government. In 99 out of 100 cases, government workers bring irreplaceable expertise to the table. And in 99 out of 100 cases, government assistances is a critical bridge enabling people to get back on their feet.
slk Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 12:15 PM
Reliable evidence, please. Where do you get your statistics from?
Ms Kelly Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 10:03 AM
"Irreplaceable expertise"!!?? LMAO

You have obviously not dealt with many government workers I would keep that opinion to yourself if I were you. It makes you sound unbelievably ignorant.
A_Nobody Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 8:54 AM
This is laughable. In 99 out of 100 cases government workers are slugs putting in time and controlled by SEIU. Trust government??? It hasn't been completely trustworthy for about 200 years and maybe more.
Right Makes Might Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 8:22 AM
OK, NDmom, I think I have you figured out now. You must be a disciple of Loyal Democrat, our resident satirist laureate, who lays bare the stupidity of left-wing “logic” by stripping it of all its fluff, and exposing it to the harsh light of reality.

Gads, at least I hope I’m right. If not, then I have to tell you that you’re shaming the good name of Notre Dame with these vapid posts.
Rondoman Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 8:03 AM
Definitely. That is why it has approved of the execution of 54,000,000 children and has allowed us to accumulate a debt that will destroy us. There is nothing better than an all-compassionate government. I agree that these stories are ridiculous, but true. A Pennsylvania man was sent to prison for cleaning up his back property of old tires that were an eyesore because a dry creek bed was not identified as an environmental factor. A mid-west farmer was sent to prison because his government-approved sale of grain to Russia was later found to be not exactly documented the way the government wanted, even though the government instructed him in the procedure. He committed suicide in prison just before a judge threw the case out.
Flubadub Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 7:48 AM
Ronald Reagan said it best and it is still true today. They still scare the beejeebers out of me. " I am from the government, and I am here to help."
Rondoman Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 8:06 AM
That will give you nightmares!
Arc-em Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 6:44 AM
Your post is supposed to be a joke right? Thought so, because I'm still laughing.
JK57 Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 6:31 AM
Right moms, the Governomet is our friend...if you are over the age of 25 and haven't come to the conclusion that the government is naked force designed to tie us up into tighter and tighter knots you can't be helped.
binc Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 7:51 AM
Too bad that so many with voting rights are well past the point of help.

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.