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Is There no Limit to Government Stupidity (or Malice)?

I wanted to capture some of the all too common examples of really stupid government action - here are some of my favorites.

To honor the current partial slowdown of the federal leviathan, I have expanded to scope of these articles to include examples of the malice of governemnt.

Let's See, How Mean Spirited Can We Be?

So the federales have now closed the WWII Memorial in DC, citing the government "shutdown" as the reason. The memorial was built with over 90% private funding. From :

"A direct mail fundraising effort brought in millions of dollars from individual Americans. Additional large donations were made by veterans' groups, including the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge and others. The majority of the corporate fundraising effort was led by two co-chairs: Senator Bob Dole, a decorated World War II veteran and 1996 Republican nominee for president; and Frederick W. Smith, the president and chief executive officer of FedEx Corporation and a former U.S. Marine Corps officer. The U.S. federal government provided about $16 million. A total of $197 million was raised."

$16 million out of $197 million - government share 8.12%

Now the federales apparently feel they own it.

The memorial is an open air walk through - it is costing the National Park Service more money to barricade it than to just let it stay open. If they are concerned with security - can you imagine the line of volunteers they would get from a simple request to the VFW or the American Legion?

Fortunately, in the proud tradition of Americans, many are ignoring the government barricades.

This is government malice, pure and simple. What else can we expect from a regime that has lost touch with its principles and its people?

Weekly Standard

News about the WWII Memorial

Volunteers? We Don't Need no Stinking Volunteers!

We have all heard of the suffering that the residents of Moore, Oklahoma are enduring. To their credit, the local folks did not wait on FEMA to start rebuilding efforts. They are made of sturdy stock and look after each other.

Many other folks have helped as well. The good folks at Windsor Lifeline Outreach and the Windsor Christian Fellowship in Windsor, Canada, quickly gathered up over 40,000 pounds of supplies for Moore, including much needed blankets, diapers, and, critically, fresh food. Loading it all in a 52 foot tractor trailer they headed for Oklahoma.

But it was not to be. The American government stopped the shipment at the Canadian US border, insisting that the volunteers itemize, in alphabetical order, every item on board and document the country of origin of every product.

Dennis Sauve is the volunteer co-ordinator for Windsor Lifeline Outreach. He has indicated that it would be physically impossible to do what our government is asking before the perishable food goes to waste.

Pastor Howard Mulder of Windsor Lifeline Outreach said "We had all the items we wanted to ship listed with the proper documentation for the border. We couldn't figure out why we were being detained."

The government agents, in their infinite wisdom, declared the shipment of donated items, destined to be donated to the folks in need in Moore, as "commercial." It is apparent that our government has no understanding of volunteer efforts and appears to be actively discouraging them.

A simple walk through the truck, and perhaps a call to verify the two organizations involved, should have been all that any reasonable person (or government!) would need to wave the truck through and thank them for their efforts. Instead, our government is continuing the shameful actions taken after Hurricane Katrina, which blocked hundreds of volunteer efforts, including the American Red Cross, from being able to reach New Orleans.

Is the government afraid that unhindered volunteer efforts will contrast favorably with the bungling, expensive, uncaring, and bureaucratic response that federal efforts consistently demonstrate?

CBC News

Oath Keepers

Don't Like What Free People Do? Just Murder Them (for their own good, of course)

With the exception of our current prohibition, the drug war, perhaps no other period in our history better illustrates the stupidity of government than our experiment with alcohol prohibition in the 1920's. The Volstead Act enforcing the 18th Amendment turned peaceful cities into war zones and created an entire industry based on violence.

One of the lesser known parts of the prohibition experiment was the deliberate murder, by our federal government, of Americans who dared to flaunt the law. Our federal government deliberately added poisons to ethanol in an attempt to scare us into compliance. By the time prohibition was repealed a total at least 10,000 Americans were killed by this government program.

The American people were so fed up with the consequences of the 18th Amendment that they passed the 21st - the only Amendment to be passed directly by the people in state conventions - repealing the 18th Amendment.

From the article in Natural News:

"The government knows it is not stopping drinking by putting poison in alcohol," said New York City medical examiner Charles Norris. "[Y]et it continues its poisoning processes, heedless of the fact that people determined to drink are daily absorbing that poison. Knowing this to be true, the United States government must be charged with the moral responsibility for the deaths that poisoned liquor causes."

I could find no record of any government agent being held responsible for these 10,000 murders. No surprise.

From Slate:

From Natural News:

From Ethics Alarms:

Is there no limit to government stupidity?

Politicians - Expert Sanitation Engineers (not)

What is it about political power that makes one think they suddenly are experts in everything? The federales, in their infinite wisdom, degreed that effective January 1, 1994 no toilet could use more than 1.6 GPF (gallons per flush). Before that, the market had pretty much settled on about 3.5 GPF toilets.

Not to be outdone, the plumbing experts in the San Francisco government began a generous program of rebates to encourage the locals to replace their water wasting toilets with those using 1.28 GPF. Today, a San Francisco resident can get a rebate of up to $200 for replacing a 3.5 GPF toilet with one using 1.28 GPF or less.

Can you see where this is going? Because of anemic flushes, San Francisco literally stinks. It turns out that feces are accumulating in the SF sewer system and sections of town have taken on an unpleasant, distinctive odor.

The city claims to be saving about 20,000,000 gallons of water a year as a result of its toilet tyranny, but has spent at least $100,000,000 dollars over 5 years to improve its sewer system to accommodate the frugal flushes and will spend another $14,000,000 buying a 3 year supply of bleach to (hopefully!) reduce the new characteristic odor of SF.

Let's see, that about $25,000,000 a year to save 20,000,000 gallons of water a year. Does residential water really cost over a $1.23 a gallon in San Francisco? Well, I guess it does now that government experts are helping us.

Is there no limit to government stupidity?

Since this was posted, Senator Rand Paul has had an entertaining exchange with one of the government busybodies that make up the silly rules we are required to follow. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did:

In a Coma? - Get a Ticket!

Trying to keep up with friends, 13 year old Las Vegas resident Takara Obong was hit by a car. The Metro police investigating the accident claimed that after hitting the car's windshield and flipping three times in the air Takara ended up 125 feet from where she was hit.

Rushed to the hospital, Takara was injured enough to be put in a medically induced coma. She is, as I write this, quite literally fighting for her life.

Takara's mother, Kellie Obong, may have been surprised to see the police at the hospital. She may have thought "it is really nice of the officers to be visiting to see how Takara was doing after her accident."

But no, the officers where there to give Takara a ticket for jaywalking!

The Metro police, in a statement assured us that "Our officers conduct themselves in a professional and compassionate way. We wouldn't do anything deliberately insensitive."

Of course, she probably was jaywalking, but really! The argument government uses when justifying tickets and fines is that they are in place to discourage the behavior. After reading this story, does anyone still believe that is the real reason, or could it just be all about the revenue? I find it hard to believe that Takara will ever jaywalk again.

Is there no limit to government stupidity?


Do Good - Get Arrested!

Ben Bond, of Eugene Oregon, appears to be a normal type of guy. While feeding his parking meter one day he noticed two things - the meter for the car next to him had expired and that same meter was being rapidly approached by one Maria Velasquez, government agent ("Parking Officer").

Ben thought he could save his fellow parker from ruin at the hands of the state, so being a generous guy he proceeded to feed the meter of his absent fellow human being.

Perhaps it was the petty threat from the government agent ("I'm going to give that car a ticket anyway!") or perhaps it was just soul satisfying to help his fellow parker, but whatever the reason Ben began feeding other expired parking meters in advance of the approach of our government agent, excuse me, Parking Officer. Maria did not like what Ben was doing, so she called for state backup and soon enough Ben was in hand cuffs and on his way to jail.

Is there no limit to government stupidity?

Read all about it here:

and on other linked pages.