We haven’t gotten to this point yet, but you can see the storm clouds ‘a gathering. One of the most compelling New Jersey stories in recent days is the growing move by New Jersey towns and cities tomake up for budget shortfalls by imposing charges for emergency services and more onerous, imposing a plethora of fees and fines, forced on the public purely for money.

Local governments that have overspent and mismanaged for years attempt to fleece citizens to make up for government’s profligacy. This story from Georgia shows what can happen when even petty local officialdom goes amok. It can’t happen here? Oh no? Does the name Joan Marazek ring a bell?