When I travel in other countries, I love eating street food. It's cheap, fast and interesting. But thanks to crippling government regulations, that's not really an option here.
The smoothie shop at my gym doesn't offer yogurt because it requires a stack of papers, a lengthy process and a class to get a license. So I can't get a yogurt smoothie, even though everyone involves wants to conduct that transaction.
Does the government really need to mandate safety? Can't they just certify foods and restaurants that meet certain standards, so careful eaters know what they're getting, without restricting everyone else's free choice?
That would be liberty and personal responsibility. Concepts that no longer seem to apply in our government-controlled way of life. The tragic side-effect is that small local businesses struggle with the red tape, while big businesses with the bureaucratic overhead to work the system thrive. And who loses? Individuals and communities. How long are we going to tolerate all this?
Creative Loafing Atlanta
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