Category Archive: Government licensing

Jun 09

Idaho government continues to ban unlicensed makeup artists

Governments everywhere demand that people get government licenses before engaging in certain businesses. Most States require that those who cut hair, perform manicures or help others with makeup must first go through hundreds of hours of government-approved ‘training’ before doing so. Such licensing laws keep poor people down by preventing them from starting businesses or …

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Mar 06

57 % of Americans can’t write a $500 check

Years of government impositions which punish savers and entrepreneurs have taken their toll on Americans. Social Security, Medicare, and other programs disincentivize people from saving and investing. Near-zero interest rates incentivize debt. Government licensing laws prevent the poor from entering rewarding careers. Minimum-wage laws prevent employers from offering entry-level positions to people needing jobs and …

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Jan 01

Government regulations are creating a less mobile society

American history has been defined by innovation and mobility. But increasingly, government regulations, licenses and “benefits” are forcing Americans to stay put. See here. “The percentage of Americans moving every year is less than half that of a half-century ago and down significantly since the early 1990s.”

Nov 08

Woman faces prison time for selling Mexican food without government permit

An unemployed Stockton, California woman mentioned on her Facebook page that she would sell a sample of her homemade ceviche (a South American dish of marinated raw fish) for $12. An overpaid, underworked, undercover government investigator responded to the Facebook ad, purchased his meal and left. Now the woman faces prison time for selling food …

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Aug 19

In Boston, every Uber customer must contribute a nickel to sustain dying government-monopoly taxi industry

The taxicab industry has been so overregulated for so long that it cannot survive any exposure to real-world, market forces. Many states grant monopoly jurisdictions to cab companies and control prices, fares, numbers of drivers, and numbers of cabs. Poor people who want to start a cab company are simply not allowed. In fact, many …

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Jul 04

Federal regulations are choking America: We are all 75 percent poorer because of them

According to a new time-series study by economists John Dawson of Appalachian State University and John Seater of North Carolina State, U.S. regulations have prevented the American economy from being productive and inventive. Because of this, U.S. GDP is just $16 trillion instead of $54 trillion. Ronald Bailey writes that “the growth of federal regulations …

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Jun 23

American home ownership at lowest in nearly 50 years

Overregulation by government, near-zero interest rates, student loan debt, and near all-time-low savings rates have devastated home ownership rates. Home ownership is at its lowest in nearly 50 years, falling to 63.7 percent in 2015. It’s a “decade-long slide” that “is unprecedented in American history,” according to an annual report released Wednesday by Harvard University’s …

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Jun 21

6 per cent of America’s prime-age male population are ex-convicts

Financial Times recently reviewed the economic problems facing America’s lower-class males. Males of prime working age have abandoned work, as regulation and the criminal justice system have taken their tolls. See here. “Between 6 and 7 per cent of the prime-age male population was in prison at some point during their lives in 2008.”

Jun 12

State Licensed Security Officer Allegedly Murders 50 Innocents

Today’s news reports are dominated by the murderous rampage of Omar Mateen (pictured, wearing New York Police Department shirts). Mateen is a licensed security officer in Florida, who apparently worships police authoritarianism. See here.

May 05

Tennessee requires 300 hours of government training to shampoo hair

The poor in today’s America are getting poorer all the time, relative to the rest of American society. The reason is government regulation, which keeps poor people from being free to pursue rewarding careers or to otherwise be productive. Many states require licenses for people to enter even the simplest professions such as barbering, managing …

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