by Melissa Melton | Originally published at The Daily Sheeple
Toss this one on the list right next to the ridiculousness of government-targeted lemonade stands.
There’s a war against making any money the government can’t take a cut of these days.
In Louisiana, for example, a law was passed in 2011 making it illegal to use cash to purchase anything secondhand even though our Fed notes clearly state, “This note is legal tender for all debts, public and private.” How many people who hold garage sales take credit cards, anyway? Bye bye almost all Louisiana garage sales.
Well now teens who want to make a few extra bucks shoveling snow-covered driveways for old ladies are out of luck unless they apply for, pay for, and are granted the permission of the all mighty government.
Matt Molinari and Eric Schnepf, both 18-year-olds from Bound Brook, N.J., were going door-to-door in their neighborhood Jan. 27, handing out homemade flyers that offered snow-shoveling services. School had already been canceled for the next day, when a winter storm was expected to bury their portion of the Garden State under several inches of cold white powder… According to local news reports, the cops told the kids they weren’t allowed to solicit business by going door-to-door without a permit from the local government.
So, now they have to have a permit to shovel snow or they’re breaking the law. How much does that cost, anyway?
To get a permit for door-to-door solicitation in Bound Brook, Molinari and Schnepf would have had to pay the borough $450 (and the government-issued permission slip is only good for 180 days at a time, which is fine if you’re trying to run a snow-shoveling business, but not so great if you’re trying to offer services year-round).
Gee, how many driveways would these teens have to shovel in the one day they had off school just to break even at that point?
The middle class is dying in this country. Officials are putting the squeeze on everyone to hasten that death. And the cops in this case, as usual in police state America, say they don’t make the rules, they just enforce them. What does that tell you?
How sick are Americans going to get of hearing that tripe in the weeks and years to come?
It’s official. We live in a country where a high schooler can’t even earn $20 shoveling snow out of a neighbor’s driveway without Uncle Sam taking a cut. What a greedy lowlife scumbag that guy is.