The City is Losing Money…..


The City is Losing Money…..

“The next great step for mankind is the step toward the voluntary society,” the website reads. “We are going to accomplish this using peaceful, market-based actions. This is not a revolution. We are not revolving, or going back to the beginning. This is evolution.

This quote from the “Robin Hoods’ of Keene, New Hampshire who are under assault from the city because they have been ‘topping up’ parking meters that have expired and ‘harassed’ the enforcement staff. Their group is being sued and the city is asking an injunction to keep the “Hoods” 50 feet away from enforcement staff. Read about it here.

I have had a lot of different thoughts on this issue. First — they may have picked a bad name for their group, since Robin Hood was in fact not much more than a thief and not a very good one at that. He “robbed form the rich…” but he still robbed. But let’s leave that aside for a moment.

There was a group in Australia that sent bikini clad women around with bags of quarters and beat the citation folks to the punch. The local city dads put a stop to that nonsense. I say that was a loss to all concerned.

These folks are just short of being militant, calling the officers names and literally interfering with them. That activity is beyond the pale and should be stopped immediately. They don’t have a very good PR department. The Aussies had the right idea, but it might be a little cold in New Hampshire for Bikinis.

Then of course, there’s the city’s reaction to all this. It has to be stopped, why? Because its costing the general fund big bucks. Not a word about the reason for charging for parking, not a word from the local merchants who probably need turnover so they can provide their wares, not a word about what the money is used for. Just “We are losing money?”

I wonder what would happen if the Robin Hoods had been asked to a meeting with the merchants who wanted the meters in the first place. I wonder what the conversation would be if they realized that they were taking food out of the mouths of those who were striving in the ‘free market.’

I wonder if there had been any discussions about ways to mitigate the parking problems in the city and perhaps make the a learning experience for everyone.

Nope! “We are losing money!”

I”m sure the “hoods” have the words to the famous folk song embroiderer on their green tights. But I bet the city dads and moms aren’t singing.

When will they ever learn.


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