Lucky Ruth, free to glean
Reading the biblical book of Ruth, I realized how far our modern government has come since her days. Ruth was a very loyal, hard-working widow who went into the fields gleaning after the grain harvest to feed herself and her mother-in-law. Nowadays, the unemployed are never allowed in anyone’s field — too many liability issues.
Someone found some unused special forest products and with special skills and hard work, brought new money into the economy. Naturally, our legislature wants its cut, so it set regulations, permits, record-keeping, etc.
This year, it was noticed truffles were harvested and money made without official taxes. The government’s answer was simple: Change the regulations fast to “edible fungi” from just “edible mushrooms.” That will nail those wily trufflers.
Hire lots more state people to prepare and issue the new truffle permits and enforce the requirement that all individuals or businesses maintain the proper purchase records.
Ruth was lucky to live 3,500 years ago when hard work was rewarded, instead of penalized by getting to pay for more government.