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Capitulation, Louisiana Style

As you guys surely know by now, it is illegal to use legal tender for purchases of used goods in Cajun country.

Cold hard cash. It’s good everywhere you go, right? You can use it to pay for anything.

But that’s not the case here in Louisiana now. It’s a law that was passed during this year’s busy legislative session. House bill 195 basically says those who buy and sell second hand goods cannot use cash to make those transactions, and it flew so far under the radar most businesses don’t even know about it.

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The law states those who buy or sell second hand goods are prohibited from using cash. State representative Rickey Hardy [and naturally they omit the fact that he’s a D – Queen Hotch] co-authored the bill.

Hardy says, “they give a check or a cashiers money order, or electronic one of those three mechanisms is used.” Hardy says the bill is targeted at criminals who steal anything from copper to televisions, and sell them for a quick buck. Having a paper trail will make it easier for law enforcement.

It’s a mechanism to be used so the police department has something to go on and have a lead,” explains Hardy.

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Besides non-profit resellers like Goodwill and garage sales, the language of the bill encompasses stores like the Pioneer Trading Post and flea markets.

We know instinctively that this is a problem, but why? Ace spells it out very nicely:

Here’s the thing: The State could pass a lot of laws to make sure the police always “have a lead” when there is a crime. The State could, if it were permitted to do so, make virtually everything an onerous task involving a digital trail.

Hey, why not mandate that all cars have a chip in them that reports, in real time, the vehicle’s position to a central police computer? That would make it easier for the State to prove a case in some situations.

They don’t see the problem here? Perfect law enforcement is not the end-goal of the State. Guaranteeing freedom is. And yes, that means that some laws you could possibly pass to make it easier to lock up criminals can’t be passed, because you can’t burden a thousand people and reduce their liberty to make sure you have a better criminal case against one thief.

This is also a frightening trend which is accelerating in America. Is it too hard to effectively prosecute the law against some real criminal behaviors? Well, okay, we’ve got a fix for that! We’ll just outlaw all the non-criminal behavior which may be used, occasionally, in furtherance of the criminal behavior we’re actually trying to stop. Now any criminal will be walking a legal minefield even trying to carry out the most basic formerly non-criminal functions necessary to complete his crime!

Uh, yes, and everyone else too.

Every time these suckers nibble away at our freedoms, they excuse it by declaring it “For the Chillrun” or “Stop the Criminals” or “Compassion” but the fact of the matter is our freedom is more important than any of those things. We must quit allowing them to whittle away at us like this. It causes us all to become lawbreakers (seriously, if you were a Cajun, would you insist on paying with a check or credit card at a rummage sale? It’s illegal to use cash if you do it more often than once a month.)

As Albert Einstein said, “Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.”

Queen Hotchibobo
I was born in Saginaw, Michigan, and I grew up in a house on Saginaw Bay. My daddy was a poor, hardworking Saginaw fisherman. Too many times he came home with too little pay. Naw, not really, but it sounds more interesting than the real bio, so there you are.

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  1. Let’s see…warrantless searches of cell phones -check. No resistance allowed to forced, illegal police entry – check. Shut down of firearms dealers across the country – on track. Suspension of habeas corpus – coming soon to a locality to you. Our wholesome communities working hand in hand with the United Nations to make America a safer place….for tyranny.

    • I can’t excuse thievery, regardless of poverty, so don’t get me wrong, but with real unemployment at 20%, we can just call it “Welcome to Life.” The more desperate people get, especially since morality is no big deal, at least to our leaders, this stuff is going to happen. And yes, unemployment is at 20%. Here’s Mort Zuckerman (nauseatingly, an Obama supporter) in the WSJ:

      It is a subject he has obviously studied at length, and he explains how the real unemployment rate is actually well above the official level of 9.1%, which only measures people who have applied for a job within the previous four weeks. In fact, he says, unemployment has even surged beyond the Department of Labor’s “U-6” number of 16.5% that has received increasing attention lately because it includes people who have given up looking for work within the past year, plus people who have been cut back from full-time employees to part-timers.

      Mr. Zuckerman says that when you also consider the labor-force participation rate and the so-called “birth-death series” that measures business starts and failures, the real U.S. unemployment rate is now 20%. His voice rising with equal parts anger and sadness, he exclaims, “That’s not America!”

      Furthermore, you’ll never convince me this is about stopping thieves. I know and you know, the police don’t even investigate that kind of stuff. They are too busy trying to keep people from driving 45 in a 35. This is about tax collections. The sale of salvaged metals has turned into real money since metal prices have gotten so high and lots of people are salvaging what used to be thrown in the trash. Uncle Sugar just wants his share of it.

  1. Let’s see…warrantless searches of cell phones -check. No resistance allowed to forced, illegal police entry – check. Shut down of firearms dealers across the country – on track. Suspension of habeas corpus – coming soon to a locality to you. Our wholesome communities working hand in hand with the United Nations to make America a safer place….for tyranny.

    • I can’t excuse thievery, regardless of poverty, so don’t get me wrong, but with real unemployment at 20%, we can just call it “Welcome to Life.” The more desperate people get, especially since morality is no big deal, at least to our leaders, this stuff is going to happen. And yes, unemployment is at 20%. Here’s Mort Zuckerman (nauseatingly, an Obama supporter) in the WSJ:

      It is a subject he has obviously studied at length, and he explains how the real unemployment rate is actually well above the official level of 9.1%, which only measures people who have applied for a job within the previous four weeks. In fact, he says, unemployment has even surged beyond the Department of Labor’s “U-6” number of 16.5% that has received increasing attention lately because it includes people who have given up looking for work within the past year, plus people who have been cut back from full-time employees to part-timers.

      Mr. Zuckerman says that when you also consider the labor-force participation rate and the so-called “birth-death series” that measures business starts and failures, the real U.S. unemployment rate is now 20%. His voice rising with equal parts anger and sadness, he exclaims, “That’s not America!”

      Furthermore, you’ll never convince me this is about stopping thieves. I know and you know, the police don’t even investigate that kind of stuff. They are too busy trying to keep people from driving 45 in a 35. This is about tax collections. The sale of salvaged metals has turned into real money since metal prices have gotten so high and lots of people are salvaging what used to be thrown in the trash. Uncle Sugar just wants his share of it.

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