In one of the latest, but by no means isolated examples of the Nanny State run amok, so-called “health inspectors” are shutting down kids’ neighborhood lemonade stands. These regulatory bullies are forcing kids who want to supplement their allowances by offering a cool glass of lemonade for a few cents to willing consumers, to either pay for a “temporary restaurant license” or be shut down. A seven-year old girl in Portland, Oregon, is but the latest victim of this bizarre government action.
Little Julie Murphy was confronted by one of these government intimidators while selling lemonade at a neighborhood fair and forced to stop her enterprise because she had failed to secure a $120 license. Had she continued to engage in the apparently deadly act of selling lemonade without a license, the “health” inspector informed her she would be subject to a $500 fine.
Oregon’s lemonade police defended their actions by claiming they were simply there to “protect” the public against unsafe foods and beverages as part of the so-called “food-borne illness prevention program.” And, since Miss Murphy was engaging in “commerce” by selling glasses of her homemade beverage, she was subject to the heavy hand of government regulation.
This is but a small example of what the government is doing in virtually every area of our economy. If you like having lemonade police, you’ll love the federal health police as they implement the massive health care “reform” recently signed into law by Prsident Obama.