Reason TV’s Nanny of the Month is …

posted at 2:20 pm on July 1, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Ah, summer.  Who doesn’t get nostalgic for their childhood this time of year?  Spending days with friends in parks, playing baseball and riding bicycles (with the playing card in the spokes for the motorcycle sound!), and celebrating the fact that schoolwork was still a season away.  Nothing evokes that kind of reminiscing like the old-fashioned lemonade stand, and … the city inspector?

Reason TV announces its Nanny of the Month, and this time, it’s almost literal:

This month’s lineup of busybodies includes two regulars: the FDA, which is slapping new, more graphic, possibly counterproductive, warning labels on cigarette packs and the goldfish grabbers on San Francisco’s Animal Control and Welfare Commission.

But top dishonors go to the sour bureaucrat who put the squeeze on a group of kids for running a lemonade stand. Sure they were raising money for a worthy cause (pediatric cancer research), but they were doing it without a permit, and that’s why they got slapped with a $500 fine.

Presenting Reason.tv’s Nanny of the Month for June 2011: Jennifer Hughes of Montgomery County, Maryland’s Department of Permitting Services!

Yes, because it’s never too early to teach children that they must seek permission from government for every little action, or else face penalties and sanctions! In this case, the state doesn’t even appear to be making a public-safety argument, but instead is simply demanding a permit fee from elementary-school children raising money for charity.  (The public-safety argument would be bogus, anyway; no reasonable consumer would have the same expectations of hygiene for a kid’s lemonade stand as they would for a restaurant.  Caveat emptor applies.) 

On the other hand, we’re spending their money already at the federal level, and their children’s money, for that matter.  Why shouldn’t state and local government shake kiddies down for permit fees, too?

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

But Ernie could get sick.

CW on July 1, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Montgomery County Maryland is run by the public sector employee unions (through their lackies on the county board). It is an epicenter of socialism and a sanctuary for illegals. It’s finances are a mess as the obligations to the unions grow faster than tax revenue. When Jesus returns, MoCo will be one of the first places it will wipe from the face of the Earth.

WordsMatter on July 1, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Yeah, but remember The Man Show? It could happen!

odat on July 1, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Aw, c’mon conservatives, it’s law enforcement! Don’t break the law and ya got nuthin’ to worry about, remember?

cartooner on July 1, 2011 at 2:28 PM

The lemonade probably had REAL sugar in it and could make people FAT! mo will not have any of that by anyone but her and bho! bho and mo eats and eats all and what they want, but US, no way! That poor child having to deal with this at her age is horrible.
L

letget on July 1, 2011 at 2:35 PM

First of all, liberals abort their babies. Secondly these entrepreneurs are capitalists. Selling lemonade is a gateway activity to becoming a fat cat millionaire. I suspect kids are learning at a young age what they want to change about government.

They should lay off these busy body inspectors. They add no value.

seven on July 1, 2011 at 2:35 PM

Montgomery County Lemonade Party anyone?

Left Coast Right Mind on July 1, 2011 at 2:36 PM

I don’t know about you folks, but I also feel much better going into this summer knowing that the FDA has issued an edict requiring tougher labels on suntan lotion. I never realized that the sun can cause sunburn.

slickwillie2001 on July 1, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Better sick Cell-Phone Susie on ‘em!

To alleviate the upcoming lemonade shortage, when do we start squeezing the lemons coming out of Detroit and Government Motors?

Steve Z on July 1, 2011 at 2:39 PM

As I understand it, Montgomery County is split between extremely rich areas and poor ones.

Count to 10 on July 1, 2011 at 2:43 PM

In this case, the state doesn’t even appear to be making a public-safety argument, but instead is simply demanding a permit fee from elementary-school children raising money for charity.

Then those same elementary schools turn around and ask kids to sell various gimcracks and widgets to the neighbors to raise money for PUBLIC schools for which those same neighbors already pay taxes…

What next–will the Girl Scouts need permits to sell cookies?

Steve Z on July 1, 2011 at 2:43 PM

That “Inspector” should never have made it out of the neighborhood….

glockomatic on July 1, 2011 at 2:47 PM

It’s mine, all mine, bwuhaaaaaa!!!

right2bright on July 1, 2011 at 2:48 PM

I work with a local zoning office that was told by their new mayor that they would be self-supporting; no money from the city. They now roam the city looking for violations, large or small, for which they can issue fines. Not warnings…fines. Their fees for all types of permits have doubled in some areas and quadrupled in others. You might think this is the city being fiscally responsible, but then they turn around and spend tens of millions to rehab dilapidated buildings thinking it will bring people into the city to spend money. It hasn’t in neighboring cities, but what does that matter. Like communism, it just hasn’t been managed the right way. This time for sure.

SKYFOX on July 1, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Lesson to the kids: Solicit donations, and give away the lemonade.

High school groups here in Texas do that all the time with car washes in parking lots. They have a “suggested donation” posted, but do not demand payment for the car wash, thus getting around any problems with permits, and making donations completely tax deductable, since it is a donation rather than paying for a service.

Lesson 2 for the kids: Get the hell out of Maryland as soon as you are able.

iurockhead on July 1, 2011 at 3:13 PM

President Obama calls the American People to fight against lemonade stands because they are “killing” jobs.

RDE2010 on July 1, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Why shouldn’t state and local government shake kiddies down for permit fees, too?

Hey why not, they require “permits” for everything else. 90% of the time they aren’t permits at all, but would be better described as taxes or fees.

Frankly I’d prefer if they dropped the pretense and just made them fees. Then we could just go pay the ransom to use out own property without wasting time and money filling out applications and on municipal “reviews” etc.

The concept of permitting got traction with big and possible dangerous things like rewiring your whole house or business, now we see things like this:

“For almost any type of construction or remodeling, a construction permit is required” (actual quote)

Really? Why do I need a “permit” to do basic remodeling in my own damn house? If I don’t do it well, it’s my problem.

Private property rights are in serious peril, and the locals are doing most of the damage.

forest on July 1, 2011 at 3:28 PM

If there was ever a prime example of bureaucracy gone nuts, this one takes the cake!

Exactly what the heck is it these days about the two coastal regions of this country, namely the East and West, that you have so many certified lunatics running around state governments imposing a type of idiotic nanny-nation mentality that was virtually nowhere to be seen as far back as the 1950′s?

pilamaye on July 1, 2011 at 3:28 PM

When Jesus returns, MoCo will be one of the first places it will wipe from the face of the Earth.

WordsMatter on July 1, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Hey, I live in Monkey County. I need advance notice.

As I understand it, Montgomery County is split between extremely rich areas and poor ones.

Count to 10 on July 1, 2011 at 2:43 PM

A lot of wealth, some poverty, but not Detroit. If you can stand a 90-10 split between libs and cons, and a county government that threatens to remove portapotties from the parks (unless they got sponsorships) to deal with budget shortfalls, it’s actually not a bad place to live.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on July 1, 2011 at 3:37 PM

These kids should hack the city office computers and drop some kiddie porn in there … or steal this witchs identity and get some real credit cards.

orbitalair on July 1, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on July 1, 2011 at 3:37 PM

I think I remember seeing a poor person once in Monkey County.

jdkchem on July 1, 2011 at 4:07 PM

This obsession with safety, like their swimming with life vest rule, is just so odd. We have to be afraid of everything…except terrorism. Then we’re just fearful bitter clingers.

We have to wear a helmet to leave the house, but terrorism is just a figment of our imagination.

Odd.

PattyJ on July 1, 2011 at 4:16 PM

These kids shoulda opened an abortion clinic instead. They’d be rolling in dough and the libturds would leave them alone.

Akzed on July 1, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Odd. PattyJ on July 1, 2011 at 4:16 PM

It’s not so odd when you think about it.

Everything is inherently dangerous. You could choke to death on a bite of a hot dog. You could drown in 6″ of water. So the pinkos exploit this natural condition by their “concern” for safety.

Like the need for healthcare, the need for safety is ubiquitous, meaning that the commies can always find an excuse to harass and tax us for our own good.

Akzed on July 1, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Thank God for these inspectors! How many thousands of people have died in recent months from tainted lemonade sold by one of these winsome, dimpled little monsters? I think the county showed incredible restraint in not just having a SWAT team sniper take her out from a helicopter. I feel much safer now.

morganfrost on July 1, 2011 at 4:44 PM

From the Monkey County website:
Ms. Hughes first moved to the Washington D.C. area to serve as a Presidential Management Intern in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. She earned her B.A. from Wellesley College and her Masters in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Margee on July 1, 2011 at 4:55 PM

PattyJ on July 1, 2011 at 4:16 PM

My explanation is Psychological Displacement; they can’t handle the fear of terrorists, so they displace the fear onto other things they can control. This doesn’t do a thing about the terrorists, but they can emotionally cope.

LarryD on July 1, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Little capitalist thugs. I hope they do 15 to 20 years.

princetrumpet on July 1, 2011 at 5:29 PM

I don’t know about you folks, but I also feel much better going into this summer knowing that the FDA has issued an edict requiring tougher labels on suntan lotion. I never realized that the sun can cause sunburn.

slickwillie2001 on July 1, 2011 at 2:37 PM

I’m confused: Isn’t it the SUN which is causing the problem???

The suntan lotion folks are only trying to fix the problem.

Why don’t the bureaucrats slap their warning labels and fines on the SUN????

/sarc>

landlines on July 1, 2011 at 6:53 PM