Apart from this being atrocious public policy (protecting restaurants from competition by a hot dog cart?) what is the lesson to other young entrepreneurs? That if you want to make it, you need to know the right people in city hall and pass the right laws so your business can thrive?
Obviously this town law is not Obama’s doing, but the climate of our country is pretty well summed up when the President says “You didn’t build that, somebody else made that happen.” Because the taxes brought in by the restaurants are greater than the hotdog cart, they win, he loses. It’s a pay to play system apparently, so we should not be surprised by Elizabeth Warren’s words “You built a factory out there, good for you, but I want to be clear, you moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for”.
You mowed lawns and shoveled driveways as a 13 year old to save up for a $1200 hotdog cart so that you could contribute to your family’s income–because your mom has epilepsy and your dad has MS? Good for you, but we are going to shut it down because you are selling goods on roads (and heated sidewalks) the rest of us paid for.
I think Elizabeth Warren does not understand the way markets work. What came first, the business or the tax revenue? How did we build those roads to move goods to market, without first having businesses who paid taxes? Were the roads a gift from government?
But I digress. The real point here is to free up the market, stop restricting business, no matter how small. Remove the burden on business and watch the economy spring back to life. Stop playing favorites with business, allow competition and the free market to choose the winners and the losers, all the while improving the products and services to the people. Rep. Kelly sums it up pretty well.