Thursday, March 11, 2010

John Stossel Takes on the Licensing Police



John Stossel takes on the licensing police on his FOX Business show tonight, watch a preview above. We license doctors, lawyers, drivers, dogs. The state of Louisiana licenses at least 87 professions, including acupuncturist assistants, athletic trainers, manicurists, and, of all things, florists. It's intuitive to think that government licenses will PROTECT us. But as often happens, what we think we know may NOT be so.

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5 Comments:

At 3/11/2010 9:22 AM, Anonymous DrTorch said...

The better protection would be stricter, more efficient and affordable contract enforcement.

Licensing has a role, frankly I'd want doctors, dentists and drivers to be licensed. But it's a scam by gov't to believe that will be surefire protection for individuals.

 
At 3/11/2010 10:07 AM, Blogger sethstorm said...

What that says is there is a lack of trust in the industries to self-regulate. I wouldn't blame them for starting it, just that there should be an effort to de-regulate.

They would do well to pare down a lot of those licenses. Figure out a reasonable standard to draw the line between who should be de-regulated, reduced in regulation and maintained. Then apply it on a consistent basis.

If they can do so in a way that allows business to thrive, fine.

 
At 3/11/2010 2:50 PM, Anonymous Le Milieu d'ĂȘtre au jus said...

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Why everyone but crooks need license?
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Because they got first choice.
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Why?
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Because they control government.
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How?
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With money.
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Where they get money?
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From money laundry.
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Bank?
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Not old money laundry, but new money laundry.
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Hospital?
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You got it
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At 3/11/2010 7:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unions protect blue collar labor.
Licenses protect white collar labor.
Taxes protect public labor.
War protect the military industrial complex.
And it goes on and on.
If you are not part of a protected group you are screwed or you will have to survive by your own ability.
Good luck. I am rooting for you.

 
At 3/14/2010 3:27 AM, Blogger Shawn said...

as I've said so many times elsewhere, Klein's "supply of and demand for assurance" is very pertinent here--talks about the market in private assurance (the assurance that licensing is *supposed* to provide), and how readily available it is apart from governmental monopoly.

 

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