If you want to know what’s wrong with America, an 11-year-old Oregon girl with lots of gumption can tell you — we’re killing the nation’s entrepreneurial spirit with too many idiotic regulations.
Madison Root of Portland, Ore., wanted to help her dad with a $4,800 orthodontist bill for her braces, so she decided to sell a seasonal favorite — mistletoe — at the Portland Saturday Market, according to local TV station KATU.
The girl harvested the herb from her uncle’s farm and hand-wrapped each bunch in clear plastic, tied with a red bow.
“I felt like I could help my dad with the money,” Madison told KATU.
But when she began selling the mistletoe at the market, she ran into trouble. A private security guard told her she’d have to close up shop because she didn’t get prior approval to sell the items, as required by a city ordinance. In other words, the city wanted its cut.
“I wouldn’t think I’d have any problems because people are asking for money,” Madison said. “People are selling stuff. This is a public place.”
And she’s right — to a point.
In fact, we saw people protesting, hold signs, playing music, and begging all over the area on Sunday morning as well.
The Saturday Market is incredibly diverse.
You can buy whistles, order crepes and sign a marijuana petition all without walking more than ten steps.
But to market their wares, vendors must complete a formal application process. Begging, Madison was told, is fine.
“I don’t want to beg! I would rather work for something than beg,” Madison said. “It’s crazy. People can get money for pot, but I can’t get money for braces. I’m working for this! They’re just sitting down on their butts all day asking for pot.”
While Janie Johnson’s book, “Don’t Take My Lemonade Stand: An American Philosophy,” tries to teach our children self-reliance, the city of Portland is teaching them it’s better to beg. Amazing.
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