Are we doomed by stupidity and blind submission to the state and its edicts?
I’ve had some fun on this blog by comparing moronic government policies in the United States and United Kingdom.
In my never-ending search for cheap laughs and juvenile entertainment, I’ve ever turned this into a contest to see which nation has more pathetic and useless bureaucrats.
The United Kingdom has some very strong contestants.
A job-placement center got in trouble for discriminating against incompetent people by seeking “reliable” and “hard-working” candidates.
A women who was being threatened by thugs got in trouble with the police for brandishing a knife in her own home.
There was a serious proposal to prevent children from watching Olympic shooting events.
A man got arrested for finding a gun in his yard and turning it over to the police.
The government wanted to require “competency tests” for pet owners.
An ID requirement to buy teaspoons.
The most useless sign in the history of the world.
A proposal to ban skinny models.
A prohibition on the use of starting pistols at races lest children get frightened by the noise.
As a patriotic American, I’m proud to say that we’re giving the Brits a run for their money. As you can see, the United States is filled with equally stupid and clueless government officials.
A Rhode Island boy offended the PC nanny-staters by bringing toy soldiers to school.
A student in San Diego got in trouble for making a motion detector for a science project, simply because someone decided it resembled a bomb.
The EEOC hindering trucking companies from weeding out drunk drivers.
The military was criticized for giving Osama bin Laden an Indian code name (Geronimo) as part of the operation to exterminate the al Qaeda dirtbag.
A Florida student was expelled for having a toy gun on school property.
And how can we omit the politicians in San Francisco, who decided that banning happy meal toys was an appropriate use of government coercion.
We also have regulations in Maryland governing the application of sunscreen at summer camps.
A local politician in Maryland wanting a licensing process to be a bum.
And proposals in Seattle to require life vests on swimmers who are more than five feet from shore.
These are all amazing episodes of bureaucratic stupidity, but I must confess that I’ve been unfair.