Since I’ve spent the past 25 years analyzing government, I’m used to spectacular levels of waste and incompetence. Examples of pork such as “$27 light bulbs” and the “turtle tunnel” barely cause me to raise an eyebrow.
It takes something really amazing to grab my attention, so I’m almost grateful to Ike Leggett, the head bureaucrat of Maryland’s Montgomery County. He has restored my faith in the extreme foolishness of the political class with a proposal that would require bums to get a panhandling license from the government.
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett is pushing for a state law that would allow the suburb to ban all roadside solicitation without a permit.
Just think of the new bureaucracy that could be created! Imagine all the new patronage jobs, the new forms that would be required, and the new leases to be signed!
Best of all, think of how much fun it will be to fleece taxpayers to pay for this nonsense. Other bureaucrats and politicians will be jealous of Ike for this new racket.