Here's another sad story from the overflowing annals of our broken government. A farm's bridge washes out in spring floods. The contractor estimates the repair costs at $7,000 – but notes that a permit will be required. The repair would be made with a couple I-beams and some concrete blocks. The engineering firm's estimate for a design and analysis that will meet permit requirements (but not the construction itself!): $25,000. Oh, and it will take two years to get the permit.
The farmer's tentative solution to this dilemma: hire a couple itinerant Mexicans and fix it when nobody is looking.
I'm with the farmer on this one. What business does the government have telling me how to build something on my own farm?