Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Pruned Revenues

The coming downturn is going to show the truly ugly face of the Nanny State.  We've endured decades of layer upon layer of absurd laws and once mood turns towards anger and local revenues get squeezezd, this kind of revenue generation activity by local jurisdictions is bound to increase.

Albemarle Road church fined $100 per branch for excessive tree pruning
By Brittany Penland, The Charlotte Observer
Every two to three years, Eddie Sales trims and prunes the crape myrtles at his church, Albemarle Road Presbyterian Church.

But this year, the city of Charlotte cited the church for improperly pruning its trees.

"We always keep our trees trimmed back because you don't want to worry about them hanging down in the way," said Sales, a church member.

The church was fined $100 per branch cut for excessive pruning, bringing the violation to $4,000...

..."We are trying to be pro-active and not trying to fine people excessively," [Senior Urban Forester for City of Charlotte Land Development Division Tom] Johnson said.

In cash-strapped cities across the country, expect every silly law on their books that contains a provision for a fine to be dusted off and inspectors sent out to enforce them.


David said...

You nailed it. If the recent extremely rare events of cops murdering mundanes (Will Grigg's terminology) became widespread there might be some who took Solzhenitsyn's advice and started sending invaders home in boxes, but there is no such thing as proportionate resistance to being fined a few hundred $ here, a couple thousand there. As long as they're not trying to murder you, you have no way to say no.

The only caveat to this is that in Great Depression II a whole lot of haves will become have-nots, and people with nothing left to lose are probably very difficult to control from above by a vampire system.

Then again, taxing bodies may reap what they sow. What happens when counties sell homes for back taxes or unpaid fines, but doing so helps to drive down prices and destroys their tax base? Wage slavery and home ownership were ways to force people to be static targets for taxation and obedient. Precipitous declines in both argue for considerable levels of chaos.

Flagg707 said...

@David: Taxing bodies are definitely going to reap what they sow, I would agree.

Try this one on for more fuel on the fire: http://nydn.us/inUAP0

Robert said...

The session of the church should refuse to pay the fine and widely publicize the incident to the entire community (and beyond, via YouTube and other internet media). Let the municipality cut its throat in a costly PR debacle.

Robert said...

Ah, seems like other people had similar ideas: