Take a good look at these two faces. They embody an evil at the heart of America that only Big Government can root out:
Although they are only 13, their crimes against the state must be nipped in the bud. Their crimes against the Bureaucracy are heinous and chilling:
When Andrew DeMarchis and Kevin Graff, two 13-year-olds from Chappaqua's Seven Bridges Middle School, set up shop at Gedney Park on a fall weekend last month, they were expecting a tidy profit.
Instead, the two wannabe entrepreneurs selling cupcakes, cookies, brownies and Rice Krispie treats baked by them for $1 apiece got a taste of cold, hard bureaucracy.
New Castle Councilman Michael Wolfensohn came upon the sale and called the cops on the kids for operating without a license.
Thank Gaea for Councilman Wolfensohn. If these two criminals had not been caught, their plans could have undermined the entire corporate/bureaucratic structure of the state! Notice how they had already corrupted two confederates! (/sarc)
DeMarchis and Graff, along with two other classmates, Zachary Bass and Daniel Katz, had a simple, if half-baked, business plan: sell their treats at Gedney Park for a couple of years and save up enough to open a restaurant.
Their first day was wildly successful, the boys said. They netted $120, of which they invested $60 to buy a cart from Target and added water and Gatorade to their offerings on their second day, the next Saturday, Oct. 9.
After about an hour of brisk business, during which DeMarchis and Graff — Bass and Katz were not with them — said they made $30, police arrived at their stand and asked them to shut it down.
This is the kind of petty idiocy that has grown in this country in the last 30 years as the State has grown larger and larger and its rules and regulations have metastasized and found their way into regulating more and more of our activities. The Leviathan must have a purpose, and what purpose could be nobler than to tie down its citizens with more intrusive, and more petty, rules and regulations. The result? Two 13 year olds have now been traumatized by the state:
"The police officer was extremely pleasant. He said he was sorry to have to do this, but that he was following up on a report filed over the phone by a Town Board member," said Suzanne DeMarchis, Andrew's mother, who was called to the scene. "Kevin was so upset, he was crying all the whole way home. He was worried if he was going to get arrested or have a criminal record."
In fairness, Wolfensohn may not be a bad guy; he might just be someone with a little power who has become so blinded by the forest of regulations he is charged with enforcing that he can no longer see what the role of government should be:
"All vendors selling on town property have to have a license, whether it's boys selling baked goods or a hot dog vendor," said Wolfensohn, who was elected to the board in 2007 after becoming well known in the community for leading a contentious, five-year effort to build a 9/11 memorial. The memorial ended up in Gedney Park after neighbors of the original location, the Duck Pond, sued.
Couldn't Wolfensohn have simply told the boys that they needed a license, the parents want to know, instead of calling the police?
"In hindsight, maybe I should have done that, but I wasn't sure if I was allowed to do that," he said. "The police are trained to deal with these sorts of issues."
These were a couple of bright kids trying to make a little money. Their idea was pretty clever. Perhaps the need for a permit could be justified, after all, lemonade stands have been closed for less, but the heavy hand of the bureaucratic state does not commonly tolerate reasonable interpretation of its regulations, its raisons d'etre. The entire "zero tolerance" idiocy that allows petty satraps to avoid responsibility for their rigidity and inanity is all the illustration one needs of the stupidity which the system breeds. Once the purpose of the Bureaucratic State has evolved to become primarily its own perpetuation and expansion, those caught up in its machinations lose all power of reason and reasonableness; laws and regulations increase exponentially and are never taken off the books. We end up making any sign of independent thought, any creative enterprise, a threat to the system.
Allow one of the boys the last word:
For 13-year-old boys looking to make pocket money, there aren't many options, Suzanne DeMarchis said.
"I don't get too many offers for babysitting, and we live in a development, so shoveling snow is not an option either," said Andrew. "We were being entrepreneurs , but now I feel a little defeated."