Obama Era Economic Stagnation Explained by Lemonade and Cookies

June 22, 2011 05:22

[A] couple of news items from the last few days involving lemonade and cookies pretty well demonstrates why the economy is doing well in a few select places while being in the tank overall.

By C. Edmund Wright at American Thinker


First, in Bethesda, Maryland parents were fined 500 dollars when their kids had the temerity to run an “un-authorized” lemonade (and other cold drinks) stand.  In fact, the venture was in part a fundraising effort to boot.  Talk about making lemons out of lemonade.  Now if you’re scoring at home, this stunning tale makes it Bureaucrats 1 Entrepreneurs 0 in blue-state Maryland.

Meanwhile, in Texas, Governor Rick Perry signed into law SB 81, making it legal for kids and grandmas to bake cookies and cupcakes for sale at home.  Before this law was signed, it was not technically against an ordinance.  Now it’s Entrepreneurs 1 Bureaucrats 0 in red-state Texas.

Gee, with these divergent thought processes, I wonder which state might have performed better over the past few years with respect to private sector job creation.  The answer of course is Texas.

It’s the idea that highly educated central planners can create a better economy by empowering armies of unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats who will interpret and enforce all of these wonderful ivory tower edicts from the smartest among us.

The bureaucratic mindset regarding lemonade in blue-state Maryland stands as a microcosm of the Obama administration.  The Bethesda authorities’ penalizing of the kids’ drink stand is simply a micro-version of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)’s attempt to prevent Boeing from opening up their massive Dream Liner plant in North Charleston, SC.  It’s also much like the EPA running Shell Oil out of Alaskan waters after Shell had invested four billion dollars in exploration in those waters.


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