Herman Cain, Excessive Regulations, and Lemonade Stands

Yesterday, in front of Congressional Country Club, site of this year’s U.S. Open golf championship, county officials in Maryland shut down a lemonade stand run by kids who were going to donate the proceeds from the day to a pediatric cancer charity. According to

A county inspector ordered the Marriott and Augustine kids to shut down the stand they set up on Persimmon Tree Rd., right next to Congressional. And after they allegedly ignored a couple of warnings, the inspector fined their parents $500.

Carrie Marriott is having a hard time reconciling the two different perspectives on entrepreneurship at the US Open. “The message to kids is, there’s no American dream.”

This is the kind of burdensome and unnecessary regulation that businessman Herman cain talked about with Bill Bennett last month when he described a story of playfully grilling a kid at a lemonade stand about all of the regulations that the lemonade stand may be breaking and how the kid playfully told him that it would be easier asking the kid’s parents for money instead of taking a chance in the free market.

Symbolically, this is yet another example of excessive, burdensome and ridiculous regulation that are part and parcel of counties and states run by liberals.

Here is Cain’s interview with Bill Bennett.


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