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

slk Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 12:14 PM
Okay, true story. You save a baby fawn. You raise it, heal it and turn it loose. That fall, your child that spent weeks bottle-ffeding the fawn and keeping it alive, sees the fawn hit by a car on the road. What does that do to your kid? Teach him about life? And leaving the fawn alone would not have? What if the deer is older and the child finds out a hunter killed it. It's a marvelous propaganda piece against hunting but your kid devastated. Again, how is that helpful or harmless? This would certainly play well for anti-gun, anti-hunting people. More nanny state.

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.