Bureaucrats and Other Pesky Critters on the Road to Food Freedom

From Michael McCarty, in the Activist Post:

Photo of Howard Beale via Hella Delicious blog. Click image to go there.

“For a couple of years or so I have been investigating the legal issues that relate to the rights of an individual to grow and sell meat, poultry, and other homegrown farm products directly to consumers. What would be the problem, you might ask? You can grow or raise, and sell, what you want to sell, right? We live in a free country, with free and open markets, do we not?

Well, not so fast. Being the rather cautious person that I am, I began some time ago to ask questions of people working in a long list of local, state, and federal government agencies that hold jurisdiction over the land, and of us. It has been a painful, core shaking inquiry that is not for the faint of heart. I certainly have not enjoyed the experience.

I can discuss the actual laws and regulations pertaining to selling food later. What I can say now is that, with rare exception, I have confronted a nearly impenetrable wall of mind numbing and intimidating legalese, wrapped in doublespeak, and spouted gleefully by a largely incompetent army of naysayers and useful idiots. I hate to say it that way folks, but I have to call it like I see it.

Apparently, the government at all levels is an equal opportunity employer. I have been treated rudely and dismissively by condescending staff from the city level right up to the big ol’ federal government.

Typically, I’ve been told to call a certain department or agency. I’ve been told by that department to call another because they did not regulate this or that. I have called the referred department only to be instructed to call the department that just referred them. I’ve been put on hold so many times and for so long I don’t know if I can ever listen to bad music again. I’ve been disconnected while on hold, hung up on while talking with someone, given so many bad phone numbers, and forwarded to so many unrelated or defunct departments that I no longer know which agency to question.

More often than not,  I’ve been given information that is incomplete, misleading, or completely incorrect. In many instances I have discovered information at a later date that I felt was deliberately withheld at the time. I have had to constantly reassess the nature and purpose of my original question, and to doggedly return to the trail, like a bloodhound casting for scent. I can assure you that the government’s left hand does not know what its right hand is up to. They don’t even know where the other hand is, except to be sure that it just picked your pocket. They didn’t even say thanks.

I was in a good mood when I started my inquiries. I was positive and full of hope about the possibilities of new ventures, new businesses, new relationships. That’s gone now, and I feel like the cat that has caught a mouthful of tailfeathers and no bird. I am still hungry, unsatisfied and empty, left with a bad taste in my mouth that I find hard to spit out. I can barely talk to someone now without shaking my fist at them in my mind’s eye. I want to scream at them and ask if they somehow managed to forget that hey, by the way, you work for me don’t you know…for us?…”

Read it all in The Activist Post.

Thanks to Hella D for featuring this story on her blog.

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7 responses to “Bureaucrats and Other Pesky Critters on the Road to Food Freedom

  1. charles jasunas

    Maybe these people should try the 6 SIGMA METHOD that says less people with more responsibility does a better job.

  2. james

    Your trouble is you have been (brainwashed) IE indoctrination in school not educated. You believe your free and that your government works for you.. Remember all school learning is first edited with the department of education which by definition is (censorship). In short the fox is guarding the hens house. This is also called the tenth plank as in communist! You see before the civil war the country was a full republic and after the cilvl war it became a democracy. The civil war destroyed the tenth amendment, leading to the 13th and 14th amendments which converted freeman into subjects making the states & now subjects serve the federal washington d.c government (first) and their true home state (IE) country a second fiddle. Did you know a state is a country? If you did not know this it proves my point on censorship. Go to George Gordon’s Law School web page and read about communism in law here in the U.S. I think it’s time for you wake up from this fantasy you have bean living in. Read (Are you a practicing Communist ) if you have the guts to face yourself in mirror…
    http://library.georgegordon.com/communist

  3. charles jasunas

    These people should take the 6 SIGMA METHOD that says that with less people with more responsibility makes a better outcome.

  4. Government has been the bane and mortal enemy of man since the beginning of history because men are too lazy to control the monsters that they create.

    “Government is how we choose to treat our fellow man. Nothing more nothing less. Hence government is how we choose either to love our brothers or rape them. Unfortunately most Christians have chosen the latter.” ~ Joe Tittiger

  5. Bill Anderson

    I agree with InalienableWrights. A government is an outgrowth of the society it governs. If the society is oppressive and tyrannical, then it should not surprise us when the government is.

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