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Bryan Preston


April 1, 2013 - 6:19 am

Pawn Stars chief Rick Harrison called into the Mark Levin Show Friday night. He told Levin that he had come up with new reality show about dune buggiers in southern California, and approached federal authorities about getting permission to film, as the dune buggiers do their thing on federal land.

The federal government, Harrison says, denied permission and blamed the sequester. Harrison says the show would not have cost the federal government anything. In fact, it would have employed over 100 people.

The federal government’s actions on this and a broad range of issues remind Harrison of another government that once ruled Russia.

“I am a history buff,” Harrison told Levin. “We have a government that’s down on business, down on business, people with money. I know someone else who did that. His name was Lenin.”

For the benefit of any low-information voters out there who may have heard that or may be reading this, Lenin is not the guy who was with the Beatles. He was the founder of the Soviet Union, which crushed freedom around the world for more than 70 years. Lenin was very, very bad.

“[Lenin] blamed the banks, he blamed the Jews, he blamed the intelligentsia,” Harrison said. “‘Let’s re-educate everybody’ and I just feel like that’s what’s happening to our country.”

Harrison also blasted ObamaCare and said that the Supreme Court justices who voted to uphold it should be impeached. He says that the regulations it imposes on businesses make it all but impossible to start a new business in America.

Harrison’s family obtained their pawn license in Las Vegas in 1987 and established the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop. Pawn Stars has been on the History Channel since July 2009.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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So the sequester is stopping the Feds from issuing film permits? Maybe Mr. Harrison should have gone through Robert Redford's production company: Redford had no problem getting permits to film the lefty cop-killing shoot-em up called "The Company You Keep."

And sequester or no sequester, I'll bet there will be a parade of Federal agents wandering through the pawn shop, looking for license or permit violations. And he should have his accountant on speed dial: The IRS don't play nice.
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Harrison is correct - this administration is putting every obstacle possible in front of entrepreneurs, business people & employers. The administration is not about having people be successful and achieve their potential. Instead, it is about controlling the people, making them dependent on government, and when people become successful (particularly with no help from
government), they can't be controlled . . . as easily.

I would suggest Harrison do one of the following: find private property on which the show can be filmed, file an appeal of the decision denying the permit, or if no appeal process is available, file a lawsuit challenging the denial.
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