Thursday, April 26, 2012

Do you know how broke Illinois is?

The state of Illinois is so broke, it's advertising for "business" Sounds like a joke right? You know how Illinois is so broke we can't pay our bills? Well I have a good one for you. I received in the mail today a nicely designed full color advertisement from the IDNR (Illinois Department of Natural Resources) urging me to get a fishing license. Now I'm an Outdoorsmen, or at least I like to pretend I have time to get away from a computer, so I kinda like the idea. Also, I'm one of the people who thinks government should be run more like a business so at first glance this was kinda cool, until I thought about it for a moment and realized they were advertising "statism". Licenses for fishing isn't very libertarian after all, even if it's not the worst statist offense in the world. Here's the icing on the cake, the advertisement wasn't even for me, it was for the person who used to live in this house over 6 years ago, which is really sad because I've purchased hunting and fishing licenses since I've lived here. This means the IDNR is spending money sending mailers to people who have not done any business with them in almost a decade. This got me thinking, should the State be advertising? The IDNR like most State's rely heavily on fees, so does it make sense to spend money, that we really don't have, in order to raise more money? I guess this tactic might be a Hail Mary for an actual business, but is it the right move for a State? Cheers, Mike

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