The Heavy-Handed Federal……




One of the debates that will be front and center in this current presidential election season is the overregulation of private enterprise by our federal government.

Case in point; my bright and energetic daughter, Melissa, is involved in the creation of her own photography business. She’s not the usual wedding photographer, with a camera and a bag full of lenses. Instead, she works with realtors who list expensive, “high-end” properties, providing digital photographs of their properties for sale on their online multiple listing service (“MLS”) activities. She also takes still photographs of movie sets.

If you’re interested, please click on the following link:

Melissa has branched out and has become connected to a small company of remote control helicopter operators who can put her camera in the air for stunning overhead shots of a particular property, which also uniquely displays the house in the context of it’s landscaped yards.

Generally, the camera and helicopter set-up flies no higher than 50 feet above the ground.

However, she recently was deprived of the ability to earn a $600 commission for similar work on a movie set because the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) will not permit any intrusion into their “airspace,” without an expensive and time-consuming permit process, eliminating the opportunity for her creative work and income.

Bear in mind, I would agree that airspace intrusion would be a proper  concern for the FAA, such as  if another idiot connected enough helium balloons to his chaise lounge in order to float into the flight path of planes arriving at Los Angeles international Airport. But flying a remote control helicopter  no more than 50 feet above ground (and nowhere near an airport) convinces me that the bureaucratic idiots employed by the FAA may be the ones inhaling helium.

Please click on the following link to “Lawn Chair Larry” for context:

Hopefully, my daughter is getting a lesson on the inherent conflict between private enterprise and an increasingly oppressive government bureaucracy.

Hopefully, this next election will initiate the process of cutting our intrusive federal government down to size.

On a local note, I’m working on an article about our own bungling bureaucrats, just so you don’t think I’m changing my focus from Wildomar to Washington.

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