Government’s War on the Little Guy: Where’s the Disaster Plan for Your Magic Hat Rabbit, Mr. Magician?

As the federal government grows in size and influence, its ability to intrude into our lives becomes greater – and more destructive.  Now, they want to make sure magicians are properly licensed, and they have disaster plans written out for the rabbits in their magic hats. Do we really need magicians to be licensed? Are there real safety and environmental issues present in the practice of performing magic for some kid’s birthday party?

The point here is the government continues to grow unbridled. As it grows, it needs some justification for all those employees they take on, so they use them to create and enforce the thousands of burdensome and unneeded regulations that the bureaucrats have spent our tax dollars dreaming up.

Marty the Magician performed magic tricks for kids, including the traditional rabbit-out-of-a-hat. Then one day: “I was signing autographs and taking pictures with children and their parents,” he told me. “Suddenly, a badge was thrown into the mix, and an inspector said, ‘Let me see your license.'”

In “Harry Potter” books, a creepy Ministry of Magic controls young wizards. Now in the USA, government regulates stage magicians — one of the countless ways it makes life harder for the little guy.

Marty’s torment didn’t end with a demand for his license. “She said, from now on, you cannot use your rabbit until you fill out paperwork, pay the $40 license fee. We’ll have to inspect your home.”

Ten times since, regulators showed up unannounced at Marty’s house. At one point, an inspector he hadn’t seen before appeared. He hoped things had changed for the better.

“I got a new inspector and I said, oh, did my first one retire? She said, ‘No, good news! We’ve increased our budget and we have more inspectors now. So we’ll be able to visit you more often.'”

Here are your tax dollars at work.

The inspectors told Marty that the Animal Welfare Act required him to file paperwork demonstrating that he had “a comprehensive written disaster plan detailing everything I would do with my rabbit in the event of a fire, a flood, a tornado, an ice storm.”

via War on the Little Guy – John Stossel – Page 1.


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