7 thoughts on “More Proliferation of Felonies”

  1. They should make it a capital crime, punishable by drowning in the fake syrup.

  2. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.

    Ayn Rand

  3. Apparently it’s already a misdemeanor to put corn syrup or cane sugar in a bottle and call it maple syrup

    False advertising and all that; 15 USC 1452, ref. esp. 21 CFR 168.140 (defining Maple Syrup under the law, in a very reasonable way).

    The libertarian in me has no objection to “you can’t lie about what a product is” laws.

    The felony thing, though, is patent BS.

  4. I propose that the FDA inspect all maple syrup coming out of Vermont-based companies, and shutting them down if their maple syrup isn’t maplely enough. Get the companies screaming for the law to scream for its repeal.

  5. I think I’ll bring this up every time such a law is proposed or passed: there was once a time where a “felony” conviction meant you would be executed. We need to remember that. Every time a law is offered as a “felony”, we should ask ourselves, “is this really so serious a crime that a person should be executed for committing it?”

    Murder, rape, robbery (theft by threat of murder), *large scale* theft and fraud, I can see calling “felony”. Selling fake Maple Syrup as “real”? I’m not so sure about that.

    Yes, we barely have a death penalty–which is a good thing–but why in the world do we make it possible to have a system of punishments, where some “misdemeanors” are more seriously punished than some “felonies”? Or even for some murders?

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