Getting Permission to Work

May 19, 2012

The Institute for Justice has this fairly thorough video demonstrating the preponderance of dubious occupational license requirements in many jurisdictions:

Back in 2006, I looked at the prevalence of occupational licensing in Hillsborough County, Florida – starting with the example of requiring auctioneers to be licensed. I thought it kind of funny that a person who wanted to be an auctioneer requires a government license, while a 16-year-old who wanted to operate a large roller coaster, like at the theme park where I used to work, did not. (Subsequently, that theme park quit hiring anyone under 18 years of age – not connected to my original column I’m sure.)

At the time, Hillsborough County issued two different auctioneer licenses: one for selling your own property and one for selling someone else’s. (I contemplated interviewing an actual auctioneer, but I realized that he or she might be difficult to understand.)

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Words for the Weekend – 9-3-10

September 3, 2010

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                                                                              — Ronald Reagan


Words for the Weekend – 8-13-10

August 13, 2010

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=ronald+reagan&iid=3082373″ src=”http://view1.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/3082373/ronald-reagan/ronald-reagan.jpg?size=500&imageId=3082373″ width=”176″ height=”266″ /]”Families must continue to be the foundation of our nation. Families—not government programs—are the best way to make sure our children are properly nurtured, our elderly are cared for, our cultural and spiritual heritages are perpetuated, our laws are observed and our values are preserved. Thus it is imperative that our government’s programs, actions, officials and social welfare institutions never be allowed to jeopardize the family. We fear the government may be powerful enough to destroy our families; we know that it is not powerful enough to replace them.”

                               – Ronald Reagan


Free Speech and the Diversity Chief

September 1, 2009

One recent development on the free-speech front that has concerned me is the hiring of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) new chief diversity officer, Mark Lloyd.

Lloyd used to work for the left-leaning Center for American Progress, where he helped write this study calling for caps on commercial radio station ownership, greater local accountability on the part of broadcasters and fees to be paid by broadcasters who don’t want to abide by certain “public interest” standards (the fees would go to fund public broadcasting). The focus of the study was on the imbalance between conservative and liberal programming, and critics charge that the proposed actions are meant to silence conservative talk radio.

Another point of controversy is one of his other proposals suggesting that radio stations not interested in abiding by public interest standards pay a licensing fee equal to their total operating costs. A discussion of this and other proposals was aired on Glenn Beck’s program on Fox News last week. Part of that discussion covered comments Lloyd made which seemed to praise Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’ treatment of the media in his country (which has been less than friendly to their free-speech rights). Here is a clip:

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