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1950's: 1 in 20 occupations in America required a license... Today: 1 in 3

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by Atlas, Jun 21, 2012.

  1. Atlas

    Atlas transmogrifier

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  2. OctoberRust

    OctoberRust Anti-Federalist

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    I am glad I don't have to have a license. I only have to have a certificate, that is much better.
     
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    Not only do I have to be licensed, but I also have to pay the state a Professional Privilige Tax of $400 annually for the Privilige of working.
     
  5. certifiedfunds

    certifiedfunds Cosmopolitan Bias

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    Various professions and occupations want as much barrier to entry as possible, so they sleep with the devil.

    Licensing also helps to provide them with perceived competency.
     
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    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    Uncle Sam's gotta have his cut.
     
  7. Mister_Beefy

    Mister_Beefy Legal & Proper

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    no, legislators.
     
  8. zoyter2

    zoyter2 Yeah, so what?

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    In a nutshell.^^^^
     
  9. ray9898

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    Because people generally want to know the person providing them with services has met some kind of standards, legislators reacted.
     
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    tsmo1066 Happy Smiley

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    The licensing trend is easy to understand. The government likes licensing because of the revenue and control benefits it brings, and professional associations like it because it creates barriers to entry in their fields and allows them to charge higher fees to clients. In the meantime, most consumers like it as well because it gives them a warm fuzzy to know that their car's brakes are being worked on by a "certified" mechanic or that the pipes in their bathroom are being looked after by a "licensed and bonded" plumber, even if that warm fuzzy costs them some additional dollars.
     
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    ..but damn.... 33% of all jobs in the U.S. ???

    33 freaking percent???
     
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  12. uhlawpup

    uhlawpup Gentle Soul

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    Blame it on Bubba more than anything else.

    So many pseudo-experts screwed over so many innocent people that something had to be done to protect the public. I grew up in the 50's and remember it well.

    Heck, just read some of the posts on this board. They're still with us, just plying their "trade" in a different way.
     
  13. Atlas

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    So the answer is government protecting us from... ourselves?
    You seem to have a low opinion of people (Americans) in general.

    I really don't feel that I need for government to certify and OK 33% of all occupations and professions on my behalf.

    Nor do I have confidence in someone's minimum competence just because a bureaucracy has decided that they are capable.
     
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    One little step at a time.
     
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    That I believe.
     
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    Is it any better to be screwed over by a licensed Bubba? :dunno:
     
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    certifiedfunds Cosmopolitan Bias

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    How does paying a tax for an occupational license protect the public?
     
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    Johnspark Grumpy Fish

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    Licenses suck. I have one because I must. They don't ensure competency, only general aptitude.
     
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    While I agree that nail techs and interior designers being licensed is a little over the top, don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.
    Once upon a time, doctors, lawyers and engineers weren’t required to be licensed.
    At best, if you employ a licensed person and their performance is sub-par, you can file a complaint with the regulating agency. This may result in their license being revoked.
    At one time, the purpose of regulation (licensing) was to protect the public.
     
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    I don't think Doctors should be licensed. Let the market rule. If some quack working out of his garage can keep me healthy and make me feel better, why does he need a license?

    The goverment is involved in way too many parts of our lives.