Dying Detroit inspires Market-Anarchist Innovators; Predictable Statist Crazies go Full Retard: Operation Compliance!Submitted by AnCapMercenary on Tue, 09/17/2013 - 22:16
Operation Compliance: Detroit's War on Small Business
Published on Sep 17, 2013
"Someone breaks in, they never show up. Yet still, they want to come and blackball you and close your business," says Derek Little, owner of an auto shop along Detroit's Livernois Avenue.
He's one of many business owners in Detroit who's faced what he says amounts to harassment from the city's overzealous code enforcement. Amidst a bankruptcy and a fast-dwindling population and tax base, the city has prioritized the task of ensuring that all businesses are in compliance with its codes and permitting. To accomplish this, Mayor David Bing announced in January that he'd assembled a task force to execute Operation Compliance.
Operation Compliance began with the stated goal of shutting down 20 businesses a week. Since its inception, Operation Compliance has resulted in the closure of 383 small businesses, with another 536 in the "process of compliance," according to figures provided to Reason TV by city officials.
But business owners say that Operation Compliance unfairly targets small, struggling businesses in poor areas of town and that the city's maze of regulations is nearly impossible to navigate, with permit fees that are excessive and damaging to businesses running on thin profit margins.
"It is hard to run a business in Detroit. It's taken me three years to get approval for an outside patio," says Larry Mongo, who runs Cafe D'Mongo's Speakeasy a successful bar and restaurant in downtown Detroit.
While Cafe D'Mongo's is now well-established and successful, Mongo says that the inscrutable regulations, frustrating bureaucracy, and rampant corruption among city officials discourages many would-be entrepreneurs from ever pursuing their business ideas in the city.
"What about the person starting out? The reputation that they give their relatives, their cousins, their friends... They say, 'Hey, don't [start a business]. They rob you,'" says Mongo.
Operation Compliance is but one manifestation of a larger problem in Detroit says Michael LaFaive, Director of the Mackinac Center in Michigan. That problem is a local government more focused on collecting revenue and maintaining municipal worker jobs than it is on creating a business-friendly environment.
"Accidentally, the city has created sort of an anarchistic culture in the city, where many entrepreneurs, where many of the smaller retailers and entrepreneurs simply forgo getting the required permits," says LaFaive. "So entrepreneurs have said, 'Look, let them catch me if they can.' Right now, the city has decided, 'We're going to try to catch you, and we're going to put together a special unit to do so.'"
Officials from the city of Detroit did not respond to requests to be interviewed for this story.
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*** But oh come on: all they're 'asking' for is little bit of their 'cut'; just cost of doing business, baby! Didn't ya kno?
Similar situation in California over 'licensing.'
Why is California Jailing Landscapers? Don't Cops Have Better Things to Do?!
Published on Sep 16, 2013
California suffers from one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation and the state is under court order to release 10,000 inmates, yet state agents are jailing people who manage to find home-improvement work. After placing ads on Craigslist, California State License Board investigators go undercover posing as homeowners, when landscapers, painters, and other contractors show up, the agents give them the "To Catch a Predator" treatment.
CSLB recently announced that agents from the Statewide Investigative Fraud Team (otherwise known by the tough-sounding acronym SWIFT) had completed operation "California Blitz." SWIFTers busted 79 perps for contracting without a license, and if convicted, they could face $5,000 in fines and up to six months in jail. Fifty-two face additional fines for illegal advertising, and thirteen may be charged with requesting an excessive down payment, which can result in 60 days in jail and/or up to $10,000 in fines. SWIFT routinely conducts large-scale sting operations and proudly posts footage of the busts online. And since California is the nation's second-most extensively and onerously licensed state (as noted by an Institute for Justice report), agents always have plenty of targets.
"CSLB and its partners in law enforcement are serious about enforcing California's consumer protection laws," says says CSLB Registrar Steve Sands. "Unlicensed, illegal activity that puts homeowners at risk and legitimate contractors at a competitive disadvantage will not be tolerated."
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Govt Terrorists = WORSE than La Cosa Nostra:
At least the Mob doesn't call being "whacked," 'love drone bombs,' or 'collateral damage,' nor do they pretend that stealing wealth from you to pay their corporatist overlord donor buddies, or to murder you with their toys, is a 'stimulus.'
Top 10 Reasons Why the Mafia is Better than the State
Uploaded on Nov 10, 2011
Emily delivered the winning rant at the Soapbox Idol competition from Porcfest 2011. Porcfest is short for the Porcupine Freedom Festival which is held annually in NH by the Free State Project. The judges panel included Stefan Molyneux of Freedomain Radio, Carla Gericke of the FSP, and Adam Kokesh of Adam Vs The Man.
Also known as the Top 10 Reasons Why the Mafia should replace the State.
Original video was recorded and published by http://www.youtube.com/user/FreeFringeFighter/videos