Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Coming American Black Market

I remember all of the times when I hear about other countries - 'lesser' countries, that have thriving black markets. I assume that those cases are because the people value their things more than government currency, but I may be wrong. I felt like we lived in a superior society because we didn't resort to this. In the last few months, three things have come to my attention that make me think that we not only are losing any superiority we may once have perceived for ourselves, but that we may soon be living with a thriving black market society. Consider:

The Comsumer Products Safety Commission, in reaction to the lead found in toys imported from China last summer quietly passed Public Law 110-114 entitled the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 that essentially bans ALL items that are made for the use of children under the age of twelve from being sold or resold unless that have been tested for lead and phthlates - and have a sticker affixed proving so. This leaves resale shops, thrift shops and yard sellers with unfathomable amounts of perfectly good reusable items that must be dumped into landfills. The penalty for non-compliance is formidable - as much as $1,000,000.00 per occurrence.

Laws are being considered in several states that will impose sales taxes on individual parties that exchange goods and services for money. This would include yard sales, Craig's List sales, and selling your used lawnmower to the guy down the street. The government wants you to submit paperwork, and give them their cut.

Last month, a friend quietly told me that a compassionate doctor wrote a prescription for her - at a higher dose - for a drug that both her husband and son need to control a hereditary high cholesterol problem. It is the only dependable drug for their problem, and it is 'top tier' on their meager insurance - Nearly $100.00 a month per prescription. With a penstroke the physician broke the law, and saved the struggling family a whole month's worth of gasoline for the family car. With the choice of having money to buy necessities, or severely compromising our health, I can see where this may spin off to more than just an occasional 'family plan' occurrence.

Today I read of a new bill in congress that will severely hamper the small farmer from selling his own goods at local farmer's markets. Say hello to H.R. 875 The Food Safety Modernization act of 2009. What this will do is force anyone who produces food of any kind, and then transports it to a different location for sale, to register with a new federal agency called the "Food Safety Administration." Then they will be somehow inspected, regulated and taxed accordingly - and heavily fined for non-compliance. (oddly enough it seems that the bill's sponsor, Rosa Delauro D-Conn is married to a guy who list's Monsanto as a major client. )

What I see is our government turning us all into a bunch of criminals: Tiffany is going to buy a car seat from Rachel so her baby is in a seat when she gets stopped by the cops, but she won't check for the sticker, and she won't fill out the paperwork and send off the $.87 sales tax. With no way to be sure that you personally are abiding by all of the rules, it becomes moot. Doing what it takes to get along and giving up worrying if it is 'legal' becomes a way of life. The black market in kid's clothing, homegrown veggies and farm eggs, life-saving drugs, and lawn mowers becomes the norm. The government more and more is looked at as Big Brother waiting to swoop down and devour decent people and less like the protector of American justice, safety, and freedom.



Krista said...

'Tis sad. I become more disheartened to downright angry over the changes that occur almost daily anymore. I wrote in an email last week while sending Constitution material for 8th and 12th graders in Illinois. "It's not difficult, we all had to learn it, and in the current state of things, they need to know it now more than ever. I pray our country does not change, but if students do not know how it is supposed to be, how will they ever know if or when something has changed?" It's changing people.
No one knows what common sense is anymore because common sense isn't common. What's up is down, and what's down is up. Everyday I feel more like a stranger in a strange land. Thankfully, this place is not my home. I'm just a pass'n through. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue!

vxbush said...

Excellent post, M.E. There are many people who are feeling the strangeness of the days and wondering what all these changes mean. Most of them seem to be occurring at the federal level, but states are just as prone to create laws that take away or prevent a cherished activity, such as the farmer's markets. It's very sad.

Harry said...

If this comes about I would be very, very tempted to print off about 200 of those "Pay your garage sales tax here" forms and then write 200, 3-cent checks and mail them all in. It would cost hundreds of dollars in salary alone to process them! For less than the cost of a movie and popcorn, the entertainment in contracting a case of "stickittothemaniosis" would be satisfying.



medic3327 said...

I've just read some excerpts to a new book "Liberty & Tyranny" by Mark Levin I am going to order it. It touches on a lot of these issues and more and what needs to be done to turn our country around.