Tuesday, 09 August, 2011 08:24 Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 August, 2011 08:24 0 Comments
One of the great symbols of American capitalism has
always been the lemonade stand. There are hundreds
of thousands of pictures of ramshackle stands, with crude
hand lettering and pricing, in scrapbooks all over the country.
For many budding entrepreneurs, this was their first
experience in putting a product on the market,and
having people pay them.
It didn’t really matter if the lemonade was good, bad, or
indifferent…when adults saw kids trying to make a buck,
they walked over, or stopped their cars to make a purchase.
Many of these stands were only up for a day or two,
because the financial goal of five or ten bucks was made,
and the kids moved on.
Bake sales were next on the money-making list, and
they rarely lasted more than one day. Depending on the
neighborhood you lived in, these could get fancy, but
you also got to try things you never heard of. I remember
eating my first piece of baklava at a neighborhood bake
sale and I think it cost my mother a dime. I have to tell
you, it was ten cents well spent.
I’m writing about these things because idiotic bureaucrats
all over the country are forcing kids, and civic groups, to
shut down these operations under the guise of "public health."
They are using things like "failure to get a permit" (usually
$250 or more), or "failure to have proper hand sanitation," as
excuses to kill wholesome fun and education.
I recently read the account of a local health department in
Portland closing a cookie sale that had been held for 30 years,
under the guise of not complying with the city health code.
When questioned, the chief IB (idiot bureaucrat) cited the
danger of food poisoning and several other diseases, and
said (this is what they always say), "I’m just enforcing the law."
In the thirty years the cookie sale had been held, not one instance
of any food related incident had been reported. This didn’t
sway the IB in the least.
When the IB was asked how many food related incidents had
been reported in establisments that the city regularly monitored,
she suddenly became a symbol of Tourettes’ Syndrome.
I have a friend who was in the restaurant industry, for well
over 30 years, and he has been in hundreds of restaurants.
In his job, he saw not only the dining rooms, but the entire
restaurant, kitchens, refrigerators, freezers and storage
areas. He has seen how food was handled, cooked and
He had a list of all the restaurants he would not eat in and
it included a good number of A List properties. By A List,
I mean big name restaurants that are overflowing with
customers. I asked him about one of the places I had eaten
in several times and he rattled off enough serious violations
to make my head spin.
He told me, one day, that if he was a health inspector, he
would shut down at least 60% of all the restaurants he did
business with. And, he said, he wouldn’t do it for what he
called "ticky tacky" violations. He said there were all kinds
of health rules that were just plain silly and then, there were
I talked to him about lemonade stands and cookie sales.
He laughed. He had never heard of anyone getting sick at
a lemonade stand, or a bake sale. Never. He said he was
willing to bet no health department had a document with any
such evidence, either.
It’s also no surprise who’s running the lemonade tyranny.
Just look for the states that went big for Obama and that’s
where you’ll find the IB’s.
They want an America where kids work for ACORN and
they get bonuses for registering the same homeless guy to
vote 20 times (2012 is coming, sooner than you think).
I’m telling you, if I wasn’t taking my own Powerhouse Omega
Formula, I’d be depressed.
I thought I’d end this with a limerick, a reader sent in.
There once was a mook named Weiner
Who had a perverted demeanor
Forced from the Hill
For acting like Bill
Now Congress is one Weiner Leaner
I’ll be back tomorrow with more.
With my best wishes for your optimum health,
816 Turtle River Court
Plant City, FL 33567
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