Predatory Government Targets The Poor

One of my iron laws of public policy is predatory government prevents the poor from obtaining more.

Juan Carlos Montes de Oca is a cosmetology student in Tuscon. AZ, under investigation by the state’s licensing board for giving free haircuts to homeless men and women at a local park.

The prohibitive fines imposed by speeding and red light cameras in Chicago has made the Bankruptcy Court in the Northern District of Illinois the national leader for non-business chapter 13 filings three years running. Nearly half of bankruptcy filers listed the Chicago Parking Bureau as a creditor.

Declining sales resulting from the soda tax in Philadelphia has one of the city’s largest beverage distributors looking to cut 20% of its workforce and grocery stores across the city following suit.

In each instance, government is aligned against the interests of its constituents.

In each instance, government preys on those least able to withstand economic hardship—those living paycheck-to-paycheck and those seeking their first paycheck.

The Left sells their regressive tax and regulatory policies as protective. In fact, they are exploitive.

And as F.A. Hayek said, to be controlled in our economic pursuits is to be controlled in everything. 

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