BY MICHAEL REISIG –
The American government loves regulations. Never in the history of the world has there been a government or a president so enamored of supervision – so intent on making life more difficult for the common man and woman. I’ve done a little research on the web and found a handful of relatively new items that just make me dizzy and dumbfounded.
*I recently discovered that The National Forest Service is considering regulations to restrict the photography of “government-owned” natural beauty to those photographers who have paid a $1500 registration fee. Unregistered photographers would face the possibility of fines that will range upwards of $1,000. If the plans are finalized in November, any media with a camera, even a simple cell phone camera, will have to purchase a permit from the Forest Service if they plan on taking photographs of our national outdoor treasures.
*Apparently the state of Texas now requires every new computer repair technician to obtain a private investigator’s license. In order to receive a private investigator’s license, an individual must either have a degree in criminal justice or must complete a three-year apprenticeship with a licensed private investigator. If you are a computer repair technician that violates this law, or if you are a regular citizen that has a computer repaired by someone not in compliance with the law, you can be fined up to $4,000 and you can be put in jail for up to a year.
* Washington D.C. has decided that all tour persons should purchase a license in order to show our capitol to other people. If you attempt to offer a tour without a license, you can be jailed for up to 90 days.
* In Lake Elmo, Minnesota farmers can be fined $1,000 and put in jail for 90 days for selling pumpkins or Christmas trees that are grown outside city limits.
* In the state of Texas, apparently it doesn’t matter how much formal interior design education you have – you need a government license to refer to yourself as an “interior designer” or use the term “interior design” to describe your work.
* The new 2,409-page health reform bill pass