I’ve never watched Keith Olbermann’s show (not being snarky, I rarely watch TV and don’t even have cable), so I’m not quite sure how his “worst person in the world” feature operates. But I want to nominate someone who hopefully is despicable to people on both the right and left.
A local politician in New Castle, New York, ratted out a couple of kids who were having a bake sale in a local park. Their sin (prepare to gasp in horror) was failing to get appropriate licenses and approval from government. There’s a blurb from a news report reprinted below. My only thought is that Councilman Wolfensohn is probably a kindred spirit to the petty thugs who man the ranks of Cuba’s secret police. If he doesn’t get defeated in the next election, I will lose all faith in the American people (or at least the people of New Castle, NY).
When Andrew DeMarchis and Kevin Graff, two 13-year-olds from Chappaqua’s Seven Bridges Middle School, set up shop at Gedney Park on a fall weekend last month, they were expecting a tidy profit. Instead, the two wannabe entrepreneurs selling cupcakes, cookies, brownies and Rice Krispie treats baked by them for $1 apiece got a taste of cold, hard bureaucracy. New Castle Councilman Michael Wolfensohn came upon the sale and called the cops on the kids for operating without a license. …”I am shocked and sad for the boys. It was such a great idea, and they worked hard at it,” said Laura Graff, Kevin’s mother. “But then some Town Board member decided to get on his high horse and wreck their dreams.” …”All vendors selling on town property have to have a license, whether it’s boys selling baked goods or a hot dog vendor,” said Wolfensohn, who was elected to the board in 2007… a New Castle parks use permit requires a $1 million certificate of insurance and a fee ranging from $150 to $350 per two hours.