From the esteemed Mike Munger, you simply won’t believe it:
The NC DOT did an engineering study of a local road widening project, and concluded that no new signals were required at two intersections. A citizen, David Cox, had the gall to disagree. He did some research, and put the research in the form of an organized argument.
the citizen made a petition to government for redress of a grievance, and the state wants to prosecute the citizen because the quality of the analysis is too high. (If the petition, redress, etc. thing sounds familiar that’s because it is a right guaranteed in the 1st Amendment).
But the idea that a citizen can be investigated for being smart and making an effective counter-argument…. wow, I did not expect the state to be willing to be that thuggish.
So maybe now I have the whole occupational licensing thing figured out. It’s not about cartelizing industry or raising profits and wages for incumbents, it’s to shut people up. Nice.