Comments: Why go nuts regulating cornrows?

Very interesting article

Posted by Cynthia at April 6, 2005 01:37 PM

Thanks for this article! John Stossel has some similar things to say about the subject--turn out the guilds want to maintain their exclusivity, and hair braiders are up against the cosmetologists. Fascinating example of why regulations creep up over time.

Posted by Chap at April 6, 2005 02:48 PM

Sounds like a story to point to when someone tries to draw a distinction between "people" and "special interest groups."

Without the hairbraiders "special interest group", regular people who want to run a business braiding hair are at risk of getting screwed.

Somebody give those guys an award.

Posted by Gib at April 6, 2005 03:23 PM

Hey, good for them. It's not often that you take on city hall and actually win--even when you're in the right.

A ridiculous law.

Posted by zombyboy at April 6, 2005 04:58 PM

Louisiana has that one beat. You have to have a license to arrange and sell flowers. Yep! Florist license. No idea how many lives were damaged by improper placement of pansies before the government stepped in to stop the carnage...

Posted by mostly cajun at April 6, 2005 10:34 PM

Requiring licenses for hairdressers and florists is ridiculous and so is requiring licenses for doctors and lawyers. Just like John Stossel said... those licensors are often made up of those who are in the business so they can keep their competition in check.

We've been conditioned to think that the government is so wise for requiring that doctors obtain a license, yet we don't step back and look at it objectively. Because a doctor has a license, that does not keep him from killing you with the wrong medication or misdiagnosing a disease. In fact, I think it does absolutley nothing to prevent medical malpractice. What kind of test do doctors really have to take to get their license? I seriously doubt it's a very stringent test.

My self, I check out a doctors history. I get referrals. I try to find patients of that doctor and ask what the doctor is like. But our government takes advantage of people who are too lazy and incompotent to take such responsibility for themselves. They prefer their false sense of security that comes with a government issued piece of paper.

Posted by Clay Rains at June 12, 2005 03:16 PM
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