CEI Daily - Government Limousines, Lemonade Freedom Day, and the Regulation Roundup

Government Limousines


As President Obama waxes poetic about "corporate jets," his own administration is significantly expanding the fleet of government-owned limousines.


Vice President for Strategy Iain Murray comments.


"Jay Cline, a Salem resident diagnosed with a debilitating form of bone cancer, held several weekend yard sales to help pay for her treatment. However, the city has a strict rule that a resident may hold no more than three yard sales per year. A city bureaucrat came by to shut down her last independent means of fighting cancer and informed her that violating the regulation again would be considered a misdemeanor and also result in a $300 fine.

The city told her, “I’m sorry. Rules are rules.” But this is to be expected from Big Government, in which adherence to procedure is more important than outcome."



Lemonade Freedom Day


This past Saturday was "Lemonade Freedom Day," a day when parents were encouraged to help their children set up (illegal!) lemonade stands to make a point about bureaucratic idiocy.


Fellow in Regulatory Studies Ryan Young responds to critics who say parents should have used the opportunity to teach kids about the many steps required to start a legal business.


"A trip to city hall would be an excellent way to teach the young ones about opportunity costs. Show them the forms they have to fill out. The licenses they have to apply for. How long permits take to process. Take them to the store and show them how long it takes to buy and install a handwashing station; many towns require lemonade stands to have at least one. Then tell them they could have spent all that time actually selling lemonade."



Regulation Roundup


If you've ever been in a duel, you may not be a first responder in Kentucky. Ryan Young presents this and more strange regulations still on the books in his Regulation Roundup.