Big Brother’s Lemonade Squad strikes a blow for Big Government in small town Georgia.
While most Americans are accustomed to police and government regulators employing heavy-handed tactics to limit and control virtually every facet of our business and personal lives in major cities (especially in California and the northeastern U.S.), the police state is now reaching its tentacles into small towns and communities everywhere. A police operation shutting down a young girl’s lemonade stand in the small Georgia coastal town of Midway, confirms there is no place in the country safe from overbearing police tactics lacking common sense.
Just last week, Midway police shut down a lemonade stand operated by three girls because the youngsters did not have a business license, which would have cost $130 per year plus $50 a day. The girls simply had wanted to raise money so they could go to a local water park. To accomplish this simple task, they turned to what was – in decades past – a normal way for kids to raise a little spending money and learn a bit about free enterprise at the same time. No longer.
As explained by Midway Police Chief Kelly Morningstar, her department had to shut down the lemonade stand, because neither the chief nor apparently anyone in the entire department was “aware of how the lemonade was made, who made the lemonade, [or] what the lemonade was made with.”
Message to Chief Morningstar: It’s lemonade, for heaven’s sake! Water, lemons, sugar and ice. Nothing complex; but apparently sufficiently mysterious to cause conniptions within Midway Police Department’s ranks.
Coincidentally, Verizon recently began running a commercial to promote the company’s wireless technology. In the ad, Susie is running a lemonade stand in her front yard; her father hands her a cell phone so she can use the calculator to total her sales. While her dad steps away, she uses his phone to convert her simple lemonade stand into a corporation and divide the neighborhood into sales regions for her friends.
The commercial is humorous, but clearly the story line is fictitious. Were the commercial true to life – at least in Midway, Georgia — the moment Susie tried to use her dad’s cell phone to expand her business, the police would swoop in and shut her down.
The young girls in Midway, Georgia may not have learned much about free enterprise; but they sure received a hard lesson in overbearing and unthinking government. That’s probably a more relevant lesson for this 21st Century, anyway.
By Bob Barr – The Barr Code