reply to post by getreadyalready
Is it about money? Maybe, but probably not.
It doesn't even matter if it is about money, for one unless you have kids running a collective of lemonade stands all over the city I doubt they will
even make enough to qualify to be taxed for income. At least federally and that is not even getting to the idea of the income tax being a bad system
in the first place. I would say it is about money though all the money government makes off licenses and fees.
What about zoning? What about health concerns and sanitation? What about fair competition to others that did get licensed? What about liability
insurance for the location?
Zoning laws are one of the ways that city governments have been steadily eroding the private property rights of citizens and frankly all of them
should be reexamined and many of the repealed. What is the point of owning land in the first place if you are so regulated as to be unable to use it
as you see fit.
Health and sanitation may be an issue, the same issue that has existed since the 50s and at least since the fifties kids could open lemonade stands
without all these regulations.The fact is health and safety has a legal remedy; if you get sick from the lemonade sue the kids parents for damages.
The government is not suppose to be there to protect businesses from competition. Though, it often seems like companies these days do use the
government and courts, to do so, it flies in the face of the ideas of capitalism and the free market.
The last point you made illustrates two huge problems with modern world insurance and over litigation. As far as insurance, insurance is a private
contract entered into for protection in the event of lawsuits, it shouldn't be a requirement. I mean what did people do before businesses and home
owners were forced to have insurance, oh yeah they simply sued the RIGHT PERSON, ie the one who damaged them; not the deepest pockets. The over
litigation issue can only be resolved if we actually make the loser of law suits pay all the legal fees, you will see a lot less people using the
legal system for profit if they have to risk loss.
There are reasons we have these laws. Suppose Alex's Lemonade Stand existed right next door to you? Was just a nice litte lemonade stand for a good
cause, and then it become a phenomenon and thousands of people were lining up everyday blocking your residential road. Is it still ok?
That is so silly, because even if in modern society, somehow a single lemonade stand became so successful that it began to draw "Thousands" I doubt it
would last very long, since they would have to churn out vats of lemonade to supply it, eventually they would not be able to keep up with demand at
the location, the stand would sell out and close, problem solved
What if Mom gets busy, and the kids make their own lemonade, and they run out of lemons, but as kids, they substitute Lemon Fresh Pledge instead?
Seems harmless enough, smells great, but what about the people that get sick or die?
Once again, if the lemonade makes you sick you sue the kids and their parent's for damages, problem solved, efficiently and effectively by proper
legal recourse. That is the whole purpose of the legal system in the first place to settle disputes and regain damages between citizens.
What if they are in their front yard, and a sprinkler head is broken, or the top on the water meter is loose and a nice person steps in it and twists
a knee and needs surgery? Homeowner's insurance decides not to cover it, because it was due to running an unauthorized and unlicensed business, and
the poor injured person doesn't have health insurance? Who pays for the surgery? Did they sell enough lemonade for that?
Here we go again, what happened before homeowners insurance? Oh yeah sue the kids and their parents. Once again not a reason for new regulations and
legislation. And from this statement it seems actually you are more worried that insurance might not pay and you would have to sue the individuals,
which would mean less money in your pocket. I see this as part of the problem today, so many people not suing the people that wronged them but instead
working their way up to the deepest pockets. If the family doesn't have enough money to pay your medical bills, well sorry life is not fair, and you
should only sue who wrongs you not the deepest pockets....and you should look where you walk.
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