Saturday, March 19, 2005

What is modern America?

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The Fix is in

If you own a diner, you may have to spend five to twelve thousand for a grease recovery system for your sink and dishwasher.

Own a small independent gas station and you have to now pay $300,000 for special tanks and vapor recovery system.

It is getting harder and harder to find a neighborhood bar, family owned restaurant or Mom and Pop shop.

The easy death of the family farmer was the writing on the wall.

Own an independent car repair business and get fee’d, fined, and harassed out of business. Drive a car with a repair plate, and you may have to have a tax stamp on the vehicle, what???!!!

A gas station owner giving away free coffee faced $5000 (maybe $15,000 when all was said and done) in fines, interest, and other penalties. (post)

Own a bar, and if you don’t have a friend in town hall, you may end up divorced, arrested, in prison, then penniless. A bar owner didn’t know whom to bribe at the liquor commission, ended up a felon in prison. (post)

Own a package store and teens are enlisted by police to try to buy cigarettes and booze to collect thousands in fines. Teens buying alcohol or the common criminal parasites hanging outside buying booze for kids aren’t punished. (a post on ‘informants’)

Buy rental property, and not have a friend in town hall, maybe you’ll find yourself harassed, threatened, divorced, arrested, in prison, then penniless.

Teens babysitting that aren’t part of a corporate daycare, are also under siege.

I see police officers drive right by teens drinking openly, meeting cars to sell heroin and crack cocaine. Propose a budget cut for police or propose Civilian Oversight of Police to elected officials and you may wake to find two cruisers, two angry officers near your driveway to promptly issue you threats, harassment, telling you to leave town “or else”, and you’ll have a tail in your review mirror for days, weeks, months, or even years. (post)

The criminal and drug dealers aren’t the target, certain business and property owners, are, for their cash and assets.

Putting my friend’s Sausage Sandwich food concession trailer out on a front lawn, for sale, drew a health inspector with his fine pad out, in about 5 minutes from the time I set up that tag sale, which is lucky I had the proper permit and paperwork for. I wasn’t selling food without the permits.

Get an extra toll ticket or come up short with coins on a toll road and you might find yourself in hot water, real quick.

America was built on independent people willing to do for themselves, their families, and their communities.

That, now, is too often considered a criminal offense.

Shame on the pathetic sheep in America that sold our sole and our freedoms.

-Steven G. Erickson aka Vikingas

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