Despite what the Left says, Conservatives do not hate government, nor do we wish to see no government. We simply hold to the basic principle that once government gets too big, it begins to fail, and the larger it grows the larger the failures, and the deeper the erosions upon out liberties. And yes, this holds true for not just the federal government, it applies to state as well as local governments.
Zion’s Trumpet has a great example of a local government displaying this rule
It is essential to the liberal agenda that people believe there would be terrible suffering without government coercion. Therefore, it shouldn’t surprise anyone when that very coercion is used to repress voluntary charity:
A Pennsylvania woman who offers free lunch every day to low-income children in her neighborhood faces a $600-a-day fine next summer if she continues because she did not clear the food giveaway with township officials.
Angela Prattis donates her time to distribute the meals — supplied by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia — and adheres to strict paperwork, like filling out weekly reports and being visited bi-weekly from a state worker, MyFoxPhilly.com reports.
That’s not good enough for the bureaurats, who don’t cotton to competition:
Chester Township, which has a per capita income of $19,000 a year, says Prattis lives in a residential zone, hence handing out food to children is not allowed. The township says she needs to go before a zoning board to ask for a variance, which would cost her up to $1,000 in administrative fees.
Yet another case of unintended consequences resulting from a stupid, useless law. The government really has no business telling one citizen whether or not they can pass out food do they? Especially in this case where the woman is bending over backwards to accommodate the bureaucracy.