Over at The American Spectator, I break down the debate over regulation’s impact on the job market and propose one regulation that could create countless jobs:
As everyone knows, winter is coming. And many of the nation’s least-employed states will see a lot of snow this year. Already, giant snowplows are beginning to traverse the highways and byways of Michigan, Ohio, and other states going through hard times. With these plows, one man can do the work of a hundred.
I say we ban snowplows and hand out some shovels.
Think about it for a minute. In Michigan alone, nearly 520,000 people are looking for a job and can’t find one. Tens of thousands of miles of roads zig and zag across the state. If this winter lives up to lofty Midwestern standards, it’s possible that every last one of those 520,000 could work at least part time clearing the way for their fellow citizens. And all because of regulation!
I do enjoy economic humor. Read the whole thing here.
Here’s a fresh batch of regulatory bloopers:
- In Michigan, it is legal to kill ducks during hunting season, but not to scare them.
- In Pateros, Washington, it is illegal for dogs to be nuisances.
- Massage parlors are illegal in well-named Horneytown, North Carolina.
- In Salem, West Virginia, it is illegal to eat candy if you’re going to church in the next 90 minutes.
- In Maine, it is illegal to walk on any street with untied shoelaces.
- In New Britain, Connecticut, fire trucks on their way to a fire may not go faster than 25 mph.
- In Brooklyn, New York, it is against the law for horses to sleep in bathtubs.
- In South Dakota, it is illegal to fall asleep inside a cheese factory.
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Some of the stranger governmental goings-on I dug up over the week:
–EnergyStar has been certifying bogus products, such as a gas-powered alarm clock and a space heater with a feather duster stuck in it. Out of 20 fake items that the GAO submitted, 15 were approved, 2 were rejected, and 3 received no response.
-NASA spent $500,000,000 on a launching pad for a rocket that will probably never be built.
-In Norfolk, VA, it is illegal for hens to lay eggs between 4:00pm and 8:00am.
-In Minnesota, it is illegal for women to play Santa Claus.
-In California, it is against the law to enter a restaurant on horseback.
-From Jeff Flake’s office: The federal government is spending $935,000 on pasteurizing shell eggs in Michigan.
-The federal government is spending $73,000,000 this year on the Agricultural Water Enhancement Program.
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