Death by a 1000 Cuts

Why Is It So Hard to Become a Cosmetologist in America? – Bloomberg.

When I worked in an office, the women all hung out together and shared beauty secrets. If one of them had an important event where they were absolutely required to look their best, they would see go see their friend Mila who was an expert on selecting and applying make-up. She has an excellent instinct for color.

The women in the office had no problem having an unlicensed person apply their make-up, but if Mila charged for this service she would have been breaking the law.

These laws are supposedly to promote the health and safety of the general public, but they do no such thing. What they really do is limit competition and raise prices.

Regulated organizations follow the rules and regulations of their industry based on the honor system.To actually inspect each salon in a state would be impossible based on the number of inspectors versus the number or salons. The salons follow the rules  based on their own conscience and little else.

Of course, an illegal salon probably follows the rules regarding safety and health, too. Would you frequent a dirty salon? I didn’t think so.

Each time the government decides to regulate an industry, it is really raising the barriers to entry for that industry. Over time, all of these little incursions into our lives by the government add up and decrease economic growth.

Remember that the next time some legislator is trumpeting his involvement in getting this bill or that bill passed.



2 thoughts on “Death by a 1000 Cuts

  1. Disagree with your thinking here. If you were to make an honest assessment of what made the United States the industrial powerhouse it once was, protectionism allowing industry to develop to a world class competitive status was the means by which this was accomplished. Of course, there’s a balance to be aspired to in such an arrangement. The aim, however, ventures competence facilitating the development of a sovereign people, this that they become masters of their own destiny rather than someone else’s slaves. In the process it is only good sense that those employed in protected industries be afforded a living wage, this that each individual’s free will be encouraged to continue on in the development of their particular skill, this to the benefit of the industry being protected, as well as the nation in which it operates. We could argue this case per beauticians, however its application in more demanding endeavors offering far more profound economic leverage points is where the argument really need be centered. Yet even in the case of beauticians, these too have every right to earn a fair living wage in a society valuing their services.

    • Hi, Tom. Glad to see your comments today. Where have you been lately? We have federal regulations and then the regulations of 50 states plus their political subdivisions. All I am saying here is let’s get uniform standards and lower the barriers to entry.

      And I agree with you about tariffs. Protectionism allowed us to foster our industry in the 19th Century, and now we find ourselves in a different position. We enforce regulations for worker safety and environmental protection, and this drives industry to jurisdictions where they don’t have these rules.

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