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W.C. Fields

If life hands you lemons, charge $1.50 a glass

If life hands you lemons, charge $1.50 a glass

The authorities are coming down hard on kids' lemonade stands this summer. In Georgia, three girls trying to earn enough for a trip to a water park were told they needed $50 a day in business permits. In Wisconsin, the cops busted a pair of sisters who figured they could make some money selling lemonade to people headed to a nearby car show. (The police eventually backed down.) And right here in Maryland, Montgomery County authorities shut down a stand outside the U.S. Open golf tournament in June. The trend has made the newspapers and talk-radio shows as an example of the absurdities of over-regulation. Normally I am as offended as anybody by intrusive government. On this one, though,...