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Government Shakedown of the Homeless

Every once in awhile you come across a perfect example of what’s wrong with government’s natural tendency to regulate:

Larry Moore was a homeless man who got it together and started a shoeshine business. From his profit, he saved enough money to rent an apartment and get off the street. And then, the city of San Francisco slapped with him a bill for sidewalk vendor permit. The shakedown cost Larry hundreds of dollars, because in San Francisco, as is most places, offering a product or service that people are will to pay for and pulling your self up by your bootstraps requires someone’s permission.

Another perfect example of American entrepreneurship being regulated out of existence. Now tell me again, who is keeping the poor, poor?