I said in my previous blog that I would give an unspecified prize to the best proposal for getting rid of a government ban on some peaceful activity. The prize, I said, would likely be simple recognition. I was heartened by the creativity that people showed in responding and disheartened by the extent of government intrusion in our lives. I never made clear by what criterion or criteria I would judge the proposals. So let me give the top few and why:
Jacob Kearns: the minimum wage.
Yes, absolutely. I'll do a back-of-the-envelope calculation in a day or two. I predict that even cutting the minimum wage by 20 percent would create somewhere between 500,000 and one million jobs.
Troy Camplin: zoning laws that prevent people from having businesses in their homes.
JKB: Liquor sales prohibitions.
Harold Cockerill: Getting rid of the Fairfax County law that says that getting the second employee for a home office results in an additional fee to be paid to the county of $14,950.
Sisyphus: Get rid of laws against dancing in bars. This is such an attack on our freedom to use our bodies peacefully. I think, though, that it would be like pushing a rock uphill to get rid of this restriction, Sisyphus.
Thanks, all. One of the things I enjoy most about Vegas, by the way, even though I don't do it myself, is that people are allowed to walk the strip carrying a drink of alcohol. One reason I go to Vegas is that I can enjoy one of the trappings of a free society.