Right Thinking From The Left Coast
The Government is merely a servant -- merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn't. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them. - Mark Twain

Friday, April 01, 2011

DelDOT strikes

Video here:

Story here.  The deal is that Delaware law forbids things on people’s lawns that block the right of way.  Their complaint is that basketball hoops too close to the street result in kids playing in the street, which is dangerous and bothers neighbors.  Read the full article to hear the side of the man who made the complaint.  His defense is that he’s started lots of youth sports leagues.  But that’s sort of the point when it comes to the Nosy Neighbors and Homeowners’ Association Fascists.  They’re fine with people doing things as long as it’s organized and controlled.

I’d be comfortable to let that dispute play out with comment.  The reason I post this is because it is perfectly illustrative of the arrogance and disregard for the taxpayer that it infecting government service.  Most of the public servants I deal with do their job efficiently and politely.  A few years ago, when my wife got her green card, we had a DHS agent who was awesome.  The point is that the system tolerates and, in fact, encourages the sort of brain-dead rules robot we see in this video—the woman who brought in the a cordon of police, refused to give this man time to file a complaint and then lied to him about being able to keep the hoop.  You have to wonder what would have happened if the cameras hadn’t been rolling.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 04/01/11 at 12:38 PM in Politics   Law, & Economics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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