11 Year Old’s Business Stifled by Big Government

February 12, 2014|Posted in: Blog Posts

Q: What does an 11 year-old girl in Troy Illinois, and a 40 year-old entrepreneur in Colorado have in common? A: Both have to deal with some silly, unnecessary regulatory hurdles to engage in business.

Chloe Stirling

Credit: Heather Dix Stirling (via Facebook)

Chloe Stirling is eleven. She lives in Troy, IL. She wanted to start a business to raise some money for a car when she is sixteen. Her Mom said the family would chip-in matching funds to fund that first car when she turns sixteen.  So, two years ago, with the help of her Mom, Chloe began baking cupcakes, and the occasional birthday cake. People patronized her little business, and soon some meager profits began coming in.

Her story of personal responsibility, entrepreneurial spirit, and American ingenuity caught the attention of the local paper, the Belleville News-Democrat. [The newspaper’s name should give you a hint regarding the politics of the region].  Soon, Chloe’s fledgling business was the talk of her town. Profits then rose as more patrons wanted a cupcake. Chloe was well on her way to realizing her dream of a car.

So good so far, right? Isn’t that an example of what is right with America?  Well… not really. Enter now the Madison County Health Department.  Being serious about their official duties, those officials promptly did what they do best – they closed-down that cupcake stand!  Why? Because the cupcakes were substandard? No. Because the cupcakes were tainted with a toxin? No.

These bureaucrats reportedly took this harsh action simply because little Chloe didn’t have the required permit, and that put her in violation of the local county ordinance, not to mention the Illinois Food Sanitation Code.  Since government can’t help us succeed, the very least it can do is to get out of the way of our success.  You see, to these government officials, the issue is not the safety of the public. The issue is whether they are in control of the lives of others, and whether they have collected money out of your pocket for the privilege of just having a chance to succeed in their jurisdiction.

Let’s be clear. We all agree that some level of regulation makes sense. We need to all drive on the same side of the road, and we all need to be required to stop at stoplights. Airplanes need to be orderly in their flights, so that they don’t hit one another and kill innocent people. But at some point, most of us can agree that over-regulation is very harmful to our freedoms, and even more harmful to our economy.  The “big government” approach to business is to regulate it as much as they possibly can. They tell us that they know what’s best for us, and we aren’t smart enough to know what is best for us.

Elites empower themselves as masters over us. It’s time to take back our freedoms, our choices, and increase opportunity.

Chloe Stirling

Credit: Heather Dix Stirling (via Facebook)

Government is like crossing a field of thorn bushes. You can’t see them growing taller. But if you go away for a month or two, and then return, you can see that they have grown, and the safe path through that field is getting harder to find, and you must endure more scratches to make it across. Government intrusion in our daily lives never seems to decrease… only increase. And the path to success is getting harder to find, and even harder to cross.

We wouldn’t tolerate this behavior in a restaurant. Picture this. You come in for lunch, but some of the powerful elites got together in the back of the room and decided what all the patrons in the restaurant would have for lunch. Would you tolerate that? Neither should we tolerate that same kind of elitist behavior in the other, more important, areas of our freedoms.

So far, “big government” advocates in Colorado have worked together, making legislation (or regulations) limiting our choices. At the same time, they give themselves cushy jobs paid for by money from our pockets.

As a Conservative, I am in favor of reducing the effect that government has on our personal choices, and to get the monkey of harmful, silly regulations off our backs.

Any person in Colorado, regardless of age, should be able to set up and run a cupcake stand, or start a business, with the least interference by bureaucrats. Success shouldn’t be reserved only for the rich, or the elite. There must be a clear and easy path to success for everyone in Colorado. I have my axe already in my hand. I am ready to clear some thorn bushes.

And while we are at it, let’s work to be sure that the people of Colorado, like little Chloe, can keep the money we earn in our own pockets.

Working together, we can do it.