Archive for the ‘District of Columbia’ Category

How Government Stifles Entrepreneurship

Monday, February 4th, 2013

So you want to become a landlord in the District of Columbia. I saw an interesting piece on Slate that noted that a Washington, DC couple had to get three different sets of paperwork completed to rent out their condominium. As he noted in his conclusion,

Red tape, long lines, inconvenient office hours, and other logistical hassles probably won’t stop tomorrow’s super-genius from launching the next great billion-dollar company. But it’s a large and needless deterrent to the formation of the humble workaday firms that for many people are a path to autonomy and prosperity.

We’re Off With a Bang: It’s the Politician Arrest of the Week!

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

There’s nothing like starting 2012 on the right foot. Let’s head to our nation’s capital where City Councilman Harry Thomas, Jr. has something more to worry about than his reelection campaign. In December, the FBI & IRS raided Mr. Thomas’ home and seized an SUV and a motorcycle. Those vehicles may be coming to an auction site near you.

Mr. Thomas has been charged with theft and filing false tax returns. He’s accused of taking $353,000 of funds from the District of Columbia. The charge says he “embezzled, stole, obtained by fraud, without authority knowingly converted to the use of a person not the rightful owner….” Additionally, he’s accused of filing a false tax return for not including the embezzled/stolen/fraud income on his tax return.

Finally, the government is asking for forfeiture of a 2008 Victory Motorcycle and a 2008 Chevy Tahoe.

Of course, Mr. Thomas is innocent until proven guilty. Still, it’s nice to see that our politicians may be hard at work…just not for us, but against us.