Little Girl Told She Can’t Sell Mistletoe to Raise Money for Healthcare, but She CAN Panhandle

The stupidity of the age in which we live in America today is seen once again in the case of an 11-year-old girl in Oregon who has been told by authorities that she isn’t allowed to sell mistletoe to raise money to pay for her dental treatments. However, they have told her, she is allowed to beg on the streets to raise the money.

So, we are telling kids not to try and work for their money, telling kids they aren’t allowed to start a small business or start a sales campaign to raise money for something they need, but we are telling them that they can loaf on a street corner and beg passersby for money?

In our capitalist society where we are supposed to be encouraging people to work hard to better themselves we are telling kids to just sponge off strangers? Is that our America today?

The little girl, Madison Root of Newberg, Oregon, needs about $4,800 to pay for braces on her teeth and so she lit on an idea on how to raise the cash. In this holiday season she would go down to Portland’s Saturday Market and sell mistletoe that she cut and packaged all on her own.

The holiday sprigs came from her uncle’s farm and little Madison cut the stuff, wrapped it in plastic, and tied it with a little red bow all on her own and then carted her wares into downtown Portland expecting to begin her fundraising effort.

As soon she set up her little corner a security guard demanded she cease and desist because she didn’t have a city license to sell.

But little Madison was told she could panhandle on the streets because that is “protected free speech.”

So, the city of Portland has no problem putting a little girl out into the dangerous streets to wander around begging for money but the city won’t let her sell something useful to raise money for he orthodontics?

Is this America?

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Posted by on December 4, 2013.
Filed under Asshats, Big government, Constitutional Issues, corruption, Culture, Culture Of Corruption, Democrats, Economics, Leftist Tolerance, Liberals.
Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com and BigJournalism.com, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, RightPundits.com, StoptheACLU.com, Human Events Magazine, among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events.He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of PubliusForum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions, EMAIL Warner Todd Huston: igcolonel .at. hotmail.com"The only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life, or better to endure it." --Samuel Johnson

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  • Brucehenry

    So, as the news anchor says, the little girl understands why there are rules about who is allowed to sell and where they are allowed to sell.

    But Warner doesn’t.

    What’s stopping the little girl from doing what all the other vendors have done and getting a license?

    • Retired military

      Bruce
      The cost of a business license would probably negate any profits she made. She would have to file taxes as well. She is 11 years old. I mean I know that cops are shutting down lemonade stands run by 6 year olds but don’t they have something better to do? Will 10 year olds be required to get a business license to cut grass door to door? Maybe they should be required to have insurance in case they get hurt on the job and file workman’s comp. There comes a point in time when enough is enough and there comes a time when common sense comes into play.

      • jim_m

        The point is to stamp out any effort to take responsibility for your own life. People should be utterly dependent upon the government for their subsistence.

      • Brucehenry

        Probably another merchant at the venue complained, RM. That’s the reason there is a license requirement. Just like a restaurant would squeal if a food truck pulled up and parked in a parking lot 50 feet away.

        This is unfortunate, but, as the news anchor said, the little girl understands why these requirements exist. Why doesn’t Warner?

        • jim_m

          The business license requirement was never intended for such a circumstance and you know it.

          • Brucehenry

            Well, OK, but I’ll bet some other merchant at the venue had her run off. What do you think? Think the security guard took it upon himself to bully an 11 year old child?

          • jim_m

            Whoever it was they were wrong to do so. Sure there could have been some humorless merchant that forced this. After all, someone must have been the model for Ebenezer Scrooge.

          • Brucehenry

            Yes you’re right, but for Warner, this story is a sign that The Republic is doomed, along with our Puritan Work Ethic. LOL.

          • jim_m

            There is a certain truth that government regulation discourages people from providing for themselves.Even you would rather that people not work at all and be completely subsidized by government rather than be only partly subsidized and work for Walmart.

          • Brucehenry

            Ohhh, TOUCHE!

            Not.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            Who was in turn the model for the #SpiteHouse

          • Retired military

            Bruce
            I understand your point. However, you have cops shutting down lemonade stands run by 6 year olds. More than once. You cant tell one way or another and chances are we will never know. I think leeway on the part of the authorities should have been exercised. Maybe an adult complained but if I was the cop responding I would have probably told the adult to grow up. I would rather than them selling mistletoe than stealing stuff.

          • Brucehenry

            The security guard ran the kid off. He is probably paid by the merchants. If one of them told him to run the kid off he had no choice, which is why he was probably trying to help her out by saying, “Hey, there’s no law against just ASKING people for money…”

          • jim_m

            Being paid and being 100% directed in every action are two different things. We don’t know who instigated this. You are determined to find fault with merchants because it is obvious that you think that people trying to make money are bad.

          • Brucehenry

            You’re right that I don’t know who instigated this, but as for the rest of your comment? Now you’re just fucking with me.

            Good night, Jim. Not feeling it tonight.

  • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

    Coastal Oregon is one of the deep blue enclaves of the left coast.

  • GarandFan

    Now if she was selling pot….that would be a different story.

  • Vagabond661

    Can she create a website? Huge money in that.

  • Par4Course

    It’s all about control. Someone free to sell their wares without a license is not under the control of the state. By requiring a license, the government can impose and enforce the most minute, arbitrary, senseless, even ridiculous regulations. If the business doesn’t comply, the government will shut it down by revoking its license, often with little or no due process. The compliant merchants are glad to have the government eliminate some of their competition.

  • ljcarolyne

    It’s what America has turned into due to the Usurper and his Godless Regime. She was on Megan Kelly last night, great interview. Thanks Kelly and Warner.
    License is just an excuse to not have anything to do with Christmas (mistletoe is evil didn’t you know) if she was selling Obamacare now that would be OK, huh!

  • twolaneflash

    All three of my children sold mistletoe at Christmas when they were young. My son bought his first shotgun with money he earned selling mistletoe. Who can count the kisses shared because of the efforts of these children to bring love to Christmas? Liberals always got to hate.

  • twolaneflash

    All three of my children sold mistletoe at Christmas when they were young. My son bought his first shotgun with money he earned selling mistletoe. Who can count the kisses shared because of the efforts of these children to bring love to Christmas? Liberals always got to hate.

  • Paul Hooson

    The security guard had no authority to attempt to enforce a City Of Portland ordinance. Further, a Portland city business license is actually free to obtain with an Online printout, and you just pay a minimum fee of $50 to the city and $50 to Multnomah County at the end of the year when you report business taxes. Nothing prevents her from acquiring this free business license. – This made for a good local news story too, until you looked at the facts, then it’s not so much here.

  • Paul Hooson

    The security guard had no authority to attempt to enforce a City Of Portland ordinance. Further, a Portland city business license is actually free to obtain with an Online printout, and you just pay a minimum fee of $50 to the city and $50 to Multnomah County at the end of the year when you report business taxes. Nothing prevents her from acquiring this free business license. – This made for a good local news story too, until you looked at the facts, then it’s not so much here.

  • LanceThruster
    • Brucehenry

      Ha ha that’s priceless that the Rude One has a link BACK to Warner’s piece. There at the end, lol.

    • Brucehenry

      Ha ha that’s priceless that the Rude One has a link BACK to Warner’s piece. There at the end, lol.

      • jim_m

        That’s right Bruce because this really was a story about white racism. Gotta put those crackers in their place! Because after all she must be privileged simply because the color of her skin is white. Fuck you and your racist friend.

        [edit]And maybe you agree with this dirtbag’s anti-capitalist screed too. After all, it was only yesterday when you were decrying the horrid wages Walmart paid and praising the poverty wages of your commie friends at Mother Jones. Making a living is greedy!!! We should just stand in line for our government handouts and praise the lord obama for what our savior can be bothered to give us.

        • Brucehenry

          The little girl IS white, and her family is not so broke she HAS to do this to pay for the braces. They even have dental insurance.

          It’s not a matter of her being characterized as white and privileged. Those are the facts of the matter.

          Now, does it matter that she’s white? Not really, it’s the “privileged” part that matters. However, if she wasn’t a cute little white girl, this wouldn’t be such a juicy FOX story. Being telegenic matters, and there’s nothing more telegenic to your typical FOX viewer than a put-upon white “victim.”

          BTW there’s exactly one mention of the word “white” in the whole long Rude Pundit story.

          And besides, he has a right to his opinion about this story just as Warner does, doesn’t he?

          • jim_m

            Sorry if I think that it is racist on its face to refer to anything as “white privilege”. If I had privilege it wasn’t because I was white, it was because my immigrant parents and grandparents worked their asses off. Maybe we should change Welfare’s name and start calling it “Black Privilege”. That has just as much validity as “White Privilege” and is equally racist.

            And being telegenic isn’t a white thing. Perhaps that evaded your racist mind.

            Yes he has every right to be wrong.

          • Brucehenry

            Prickly and hypersensitve much? Racist to use the term “white privilege”? Really?

            Methinks thou doth protest too much.Or maybe you’ve been living in a cave since about, oh, 1492.

            As for being telegenic, why do you think Jonbenet Ramsay, Elizabeth Smart, and Natalee Holloway got so much press? Black girls go missing every day. (This is obviously not just a FOX thing.)

          • jim_m

            White privilege is a term used to refer to all white people who apparently are wrong for the simple reason of their skin color. Don’t tell me it isn’t racist. It meets every necessary qualification for a racist term.

            I would suggest that this nation has become far more racially sensitive and divisive after 5+ years of obama campaigning on how racist white people are. SO yeah, I’m sensitive. Racist lefties made me that way.

            Regarding news coverage of missing children. You say that black children go missing every day. Perhaps that alone is reason why their disappearance is not regarded as “news”.

          • Brucehenry

            Just because you don’t like to hear it doesn’t mean it’s not apt, Mr Blinders.

            And white girls go missing every day too. But the three I mentioned are particularly telegenic, as is this little girl. The plain janes and the frumpy don’t get press.

          • jim_m

            JonBenet wasn’t telegenic, she was a freak. Telegenic is not all that gets you press.

          • Brucehenry

            What a mean thing to say about a 6 year old child, much less a dead one. Hope you’re proud of yourself.

          • jim_m

            So you think that dressing a 6 YO child up like a 20 YO is normal? I suppose if you’re the kind that people can search for on the sex offender web site you might think so.

            And no. I do not believe in getting all sentimental about the dead. Dying isn’t limited to the chosen few. Some of us get there before others but we all get there eventually. It doesn’t make you special.

          • Brucehenry

            I doubt the little girl herself had much choice in the matter. One can blame her parents for putting her in those creepy “pageants” but to call the poor little thing a “freak” is just mean.

          • jim_m

            Never the less. I would suggest that most of the pub was due to the unusual nature of her life and not her skin color.

          • jim_m

            Here is your white privilege, Bruce Whites have the right to sit silently while racists that you endorse belittle and vilify them to their faces. And when they finally complain they are singled out as being racist for doing so.

          • Brucehenry

            Well ya got me. This one anecdote invalidates the whole concept fer sure.

          • jim_m

            What about racism requires statistical proof?

          • Brucehenry

            This one black professor can be obsessed with race or even be a racist. Doesn’t mean the concept of “white privilege” is invalid.

          • jim_m

            Sorry. Where there certainly was such a thing 50+ years ago, most people today have never experienced anything of the sort. If you want to go all self loathing and pretend that you have been given some special advantage because of your skin color then be my guest. Meanwhile I can recall incidents as early as age 6 where I had black people tell me that my wanting to take turns in a game was racist. (yeah, fair play is about my skin color)

            I have never seen anything but advantage given to minorities in my lifetime. We are not allowed to look at their merit or their ability we have to judge them as better by reason of their skin color.

            No thanks.

          • Brucehenry

            I agree that it is fading. However, if you’ve “never seen anything but advantage given to minorities” you weren’t looking closely.

            What a surprise that someone not like you was put upon and you didn’t notice.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            They seem to be either losing interest in disguising their racism of late, or un-motivated to do so…

        • Brucehenry

          The little girl IS white, and her family is not so broke she HAS to do this to pay for the braces. They even have dental insurance.

          It’s not a matter of her being characterized as white and privileged. Those are the facts of the matter.

          Now, does it matter that she’s white? Not really, it’s the “privileged” part that matters. However, if she wasn’t a cute little white girl, this wouldn’t be such a juicy FOX story. Being telegenic matters, and there’s nothing more telegenic to your typical FOX viewer than a put-upon white “victim.”

          BTW there’s exactly one mention of the word “white” in the whole long Rude Pundit story.

          And besides, he has a right to his opinion about this story just as Warner does, doesn’t he?

      • jim_m

        That’s right Bruce because this really was a story about white racism. Gotta put those crackers in their place! Because after all she must be privileged simply because the color of her skin is white. Fuck you and your racist friend.

        [edit]And maybe you agree with this dirtbag’s anti-capitalist screed too. After all, it was only yesterday when you were decrying the horrid wages Walmart paid and praising the poverty wages of your commie friends at Mother Jones. Making a living is greedy!!! We should just stand in line for our government handouts and praise the lord obama for what our savior can be bothered to give us.

  • LanceThruster
  • cleos_mom

    This is a classic case of invented outrage. The park guard who suggested that she ask for donations rather than selling was suggesting a common practice that everyone in the US is familiar with by now; it’s often used at bake sales and sales of raffle tickets among other things. No one was asking Ms. Adorable Moppet to “go out on the streets and beg”; not all the drama queens are on the screen or stage.