This video from The Economic Freedom Project – one of a series – puts a human face on what a top-heavy regulatory climate actually means.
For those without video: it shows a spokesman for the (very popular) DC Food Truck Association, which has been waging a low-key war for years to be able to operate on DC city streets. That link above gives a pretty good idea of the state of mobile food truck regulation in 2010; of particular note is the way that said war has been waged largely in the interpretation and enforcement of various regulatory schemes. Which is an aspect of of over-regulation that does not perhaps get as much play as it should.
PS: I’m agnostic on DC food trucks, largely because I have a low opinion of Dizzy City cookery anyway; frankly, compared to Giuliani-era NYC DC cooking is astoundingly meh. I do know this: change may suck, but the vendor exists for the customer, not the other way around.