I just experienced a new government intrusion into free market activities...I had to buy a permit from the City of Wichita to have a garage sale at my house. I even had to certify that "I have not held, nor has any member of my immediate family held within the last six months, a miscellaneous sale the at address listed on this form"
Really? The City of Wichita feels the need to restrict how frequently I can hold a garage sale? And boy, do they mean business. "Only two sales are allowed in a calendar year for a maximum of three consecutive days. Holding more than two sales per household in a calendar year and/or not allowing six months between sales is punishable by a maximum fine of $100 per day of violation." Can I get in trouble if I buy something from an 'illegal' yard sale? If so, could I cut a deal by tipping them off to the black market lemonade stand down the street?
This is really getting out of control.