Bob Carlson

October 28, 2013

You’re Guilty of Something

Filed under: Economy — Bob @ 9:42 am

Here’s a comprehensive article, with links to others, showing that you likely are guilty of one or more crimes without knowing it. All levels of government have crimes on the books that are too numerous to county. The article does list a number of antiquated state laws that the legislatures simply haven’t bothered to repeal, though they don’t enforce them. But the federal laws, that have been increasing rapidly in recent years, are the bigger worry. Because of the wide-ranging laws on the books, businesses spend a lot of money on compliance and are very conservative in their growth plans. It’s a longer piece but worth your time to at least skim it.

For instance, did you know that it is a federal crime to be in possession of a lobster under a certain size? It doesn’t matter if you bought it at a grocery store, if someone else gave it to you, if it’s dead or alive, if you found it after it died of natural causes, or even if you killed it while acting in self defense. You can go to jail because of a lobster.

If the federal government had access to every email you’ve ever written and every phone call you’ve ever made, it’s almost certain that they could find something you’ve done which violates a provision in the 27,000 pages of federal statues or 10,000 administrative regulations. You probably do have something to hide, you just don’t know it yet.

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