Monday, May 24, 2010

Brownies and the Government

If you want to know why so many of us want less government in our lives, here is a prime example.  Below is a recipe for scratch brownies that I found here.  If you printed this recipe, it would probably take up about half a page.

Scratch Brownies
* 1 cup butter or margarine (melted)
* 2 cups white sugar
* 1 tsp vanilla flavoring
* 2 eggs
* ½ cup cocoa
* 2 cups plain flour
* optional - nuts, raisins, chocolate chunks, caramel pieces

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cream margarine and sugar. This works well with a mixer, but you can do it by hand.
3. After the creaming stage, do switch to a spoon for mixing. Brownies tend to get tough if worked too much.
4. Add the vanilla and eggs and mix just until smooth.
5. Pour in cocoa and flour. Again, mix until smooth and lumps are broken up. But, don't go to wild on the mixing.
6. If you want to add extras, just fold those in easily.
7. Bake for 18-20 minutes in 2 pans size 8 inches by 8 inches. You can use a larger pan like the 9 x 9 and cook for a little longer-25 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees F. If you use a single pan, then the Scratch Brownies are thicker.

However, when the government and their massive bureaucracies get involved, a simple one page recipe takes on new dimensions.  The regulations issued by the Pentagon for brownies comes to a whopping 26 pages.   


  1. This reminds me of the issue of Government Licensing of businesses, which I wrote about two months ago, the only reason for them to do these things if for control. Why would you need to license a business that sells cards? It just doesn't make sense.

  2. you have to have a license so that they can charge you a fee for the license. it is just one fee or tax after another

  3. That is part of it, but there's more to it then that, the fact that you have to get a new license ever year and with some things they come to inspect your place, and I'm not talking about places that sell or serve food. In someways if feels, sounds, and looks like cronyism way too much.

  4. there is a lot of that I think. I remember hearing about how some jurisdictions had an expensive licensing requirement for arranging flowers to keep new entrants into the field

  5. Actually, John Stossel reported on that two months ago.



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