The $trillions upon $trillions of wasteful spending are only part of the cost of excessive government. There are also the incalculable riches that are never created because the authorities make it impossible to do business. Big Daddy O’s Beach BBQ may become one of countless examples:
“No Morons Allowed” reads the sign at Big Daddy O’s Beach BBQ, a 22-year-old business on Roosevelt Boulevard in the Oxnard [California] surfing community of Silver Strand.
Maybe antagonizing morons wasn’t such a hot idea. There are a lot of them in positions of power.
When Art Pina bought the business more than two decades ago, it came essentially as it is now: a small kitchen and a converted dining room that seats about 20 people.
But last year, Pina received notices of violation from Ventura County Code Compliance Division that his restaurant was zoned for takeout only, and the entire dining room was, in sum, an illegal operation.
“If I had to go to takeout only, I would go out of business,” said Pina, adding that the bulk of his business is dine-in. …
What baffles Pina is that there have been no complaints about his business.
In case anyone else is baffled, here’s the explanation. Self-proclaimed public servants are not here to serve us, but to take from us our liberty and our wealth. Ordering people around is an end in itself for the sort who gravitate to government, particularly if they are of the liberal persuasion. Ordering people around, then extracting exorbitant fines when they are unable to comply without going out of business is the natural calling of a bureaucrat.
On a tip from Henry B.