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Do You Think Government Regulation Has Gone Too Far?

Do you know about the National Lemonade Stand and Bake Sale Hug-A-Thon? If you were one of the many who thought Glen Beck had disappeared, then you probably don’t yet know about it.

A big story by Reuters this week focused on attempts by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to ban large, sugary soft drinks in New York City. Many say the move is too much intrusion by government into the personal life of citizens. In a push back against what he calls “out-of-control regulation crushing the entrepreneurial and charitable spirit of everday Americans,” former Fox television host and founder of GBTV.com, Glenn Beck, is calling for a different kind of civil disobedience. He is asking people nationwide to have a bake sale and to let their kids do a lemonade stand on June 13. He is calling the event the National Lemonade Stand and Bake Sale Hug-A-Thon.

People have already begun signing up to participate, including Lori Barrett from Dacula, Natalie Dominguez from Snellville, Lawrence Perkins from Tucker and John Dixon from Buford. Beck is selling a Restoring Love logo to go along with the lemonade stands to show solidarity with the cause. A portion of the proceeds from the logo will support Beck's Mercury One charity.

“Think back to when you were a kid and you can probably remember trying to run a lemonade stand. You learned a lot of things – most importantly that too much sugar can ruin your drink and that most people aren’t going to want to buy lemonade from a kid on the side of a street. But you also learned about the importance of earning money for an honest day’s work,” Beck wrote on GBTV.com.

So, do you think that the country has taken regulation to an extreme? Also, do you intend to participate in the Great Lemonade Stand and Bake Off on June 13? If so, let us know in comments.

Deanna Allen June 01, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Are there not more serious problems to address in NYC? Coca-Cola is my all-time favorite brand, and I would be unhappily amused (yes, amused by the efforts but unhappy that those efforts could be used to address more serious issues) if someone tried to ban my $1 large McDonald's Cokes. A medium-size cup is just not the same.
Brian Crawford June 02, 2012 at 03:00 AM
My attempt at running a lemonade stand when I was a kid living on a residential street with little pedestrian traffic taught me one very important lesson...Location! Location! Location! As for Glen Beck and his lemons...I think he should go suck on them. I think we should always strive to find the right balance of government regulation. We obviously had too little regulation in the financial sector that lead to all sorts of shenanigans that resulted in a worldwide depression. Poor enforcement of regulations also led to the nations largest environmental disaster, a major salmonella outbreak, and has created a ticking time bomb in the nuclear energy industry. While I'm sure there are outdated regs that need to be revoked on the federal level, most of the truly silly regulations come from local government.
jack sartain June 02, 2012 at 12:52 PM
There are silly regulations at all levels of governemnt brought on by thoses elected officials who don't keep the regulation writers in check - their employees. The regulations and proposed regulations are what is keeping small business from adding jobs. This is election season - find these silly regs and challenge those running for office to moderate their infatuation with control through regulation - some are good - MANY are bad (regulations AND elected officials!).

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