Welcome to Communist California

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Welcome to Communist California

By Dennis Behreandt

Published: 2008-02-01 21:54

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Communism was distinguished not only by its brutality and inefficiency, but also by its bureaucratic stupidity and vindictiveness. Residents of San Carlos, CA are finding this out first hand.

Follow this link to the original source: "City sues man for canceling trash service"


First, an operative assumption: Communism denies people the right to make contracts as they might wish. With that understood, in San Carlos, California, according to the Examiner.com, a regional online newspaper in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, residents are forced by municipal code "to contract with Allied Waste for pickup at least once a week."

For those who have become used to municipal bureaucratic diktats, this seems unexceptional. But, from the standpoint of basic freedoms, it is absurd. A person should have the right to make contracts with any person or firm that they wish, and should not be forced by municipal code to do business with one favored firm.

So what happens in San Carlos to residents who refuse to do business with the city’s favored trash collector? They are sued, of course.

According to the Examiner, city resident Eddie House, who lives alone with his dog, likes to keep his garbage from piling up in a landfill somewhere. "It’s just me and my dog, so I don’t have a whole lot of garbage to begin with and I recycle everything,” he said according to the report.

As a result, he doesn’t need to pay for garbage collection service and he cancelled his trash service. After all, why pay for a service you don’t use? That doesn’t sit well with the city, which apparently feels it must protect its favored monopoly, the local trash collection firm. According to the Examiner, City Attorney Linda Noeske filed a lawsuit against House in San Mateo Superior Court on Jan. 22 seeking "a permanent injunction forcing House to maintain garbage service. City officials are also seeking to recoup from House the costs of the lawsuit."

Stories like this make me wonder: Did we win the Cold War, or did the Reds just move to America? http://jbs.org/node/6993


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