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

talltexanoilfieldtrash Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 1:25 PM
cont'd He got no recompense for his time and money spent over about 8-9 years fighting government stupidity. He later remarked that since the local deer herds were eating his cattle and horse feed, he did not need a license to eat venison any time he wanted to. They also ate his mineral blocks, and when there was a drought, and he burned the thorns off the prickly pear plants on his pasture, they had a feast eating them. Did he ever break the law? Was he justified in what he did? I say yes on all counts.

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.