A Canadian woman fined for failing to hold on to an escalator handrail in 2009 has finally reached the Supreme Court in her search for justice.
Bela Kosoian was using the subway in Laval near Montreal in 2009 when a police officer told her to respect a warning sign, in French, saying "Caution, hold the handrail", CTV News reported.
She argued with the officer that the pictogram was advice rather than the law, but the officer promptly handcuffed her, detained her for half an hour and slapped her with a $100 fine for failing to take advantage of escalator safety features and a further $320 for refusing to identify herself.
Kosoian was acquitted in 2012 but decided to sue the police and transport authority. She lost twice in Quebec before the Supreme Court of Canada took up the case.[blink] [blink]
Apply that exact calculus to the public school system, or the Veteran's Affairs Department, or to just about everything government does. Heck, even the military which is about the best we can point to for government actually doing what it is supposed to. The book Embrace The Suck captures the failure of everything government from the point of view of the Grunts.
And remember, the military's goal is a lot easier than the goals of any of the rest of the Fed.Gov. The other departments have to try to build something that works, while the military has to kill people and break their stuff. Dangerous, sure. But a lot easier to understand and accomplish.
And to return to the original point of this rant: even if the Green New Deal weren't a wasteland of bone headed and counter productive boondoggles, the government couldn't implement it anyway. The people who would need to do it are too busy handcuffing hardened criminals like Ms. Kosoian for the dastardly crime of ignoring their Betters.
This post is tagged with the labels fascists, police state, and government cockups because, well, you know.
UPDATE 19 April 2019 14:31: Of course, Sal the Agorist has something apropos: