To celebrate the New Year, a Californian who describes himself as a libertarian moved out of the state. In his frustration, he has posted a list of just some of the ridiculous regulations he has suffered under at the hands of liberals who have been given unlimited power over the lives of everyday Americans.
These are some of the regulatory nightmares he had to undergo.
In order to merely remove a wooden deck that was condemned by Ventura County inspectors, he had to pay for and secure SEVEN separate permits. In order to place a small concession trailer in his own parking lot (he owned a camp site rental business), he had to PROVIDE A SOIL SAMPLE from the dirt UNDER the asphalt of the parking lot! Because of imperial edicts from power hungry liberals, it took him THREE years to get the permit to place a 500 gallon fuel tank on his own property. These and other regulations have caused him to give up any thoughts of doing the necessary repairs he knows his property needs to keep it worthy of his customers’ trust and needs. The costs of permits alone are prohibitive.
The State of California required him to pay almost 7% of his payroll to cover unemployment insurance for summer employees who don’t work all winter and are supported by unemployment insurance payments he funds.
While these people are supposed to be searching for work, the State of California does nothing to insure that they are. Moreover, many spend the winter in Mexico living on their payments. Consequently, he pays for their winter vacation each year while he worries about how to make ends meet.
Looming in his future and that of every other small business owner is the black cloud of huge Obamacare payments and ever increasing minimum wage requirements. He adds a cautionary note that laws like California’s Proposition 13 that force low property taxes on local governments can and will be circumvented by a torrent of regulations that squeeze money out of people.
Curtailing taxes are only half the job. As we see in Obama’s EPA, regulatory agencies can and will kill economies.
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