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War on the Poor

This post by Scott Sumner points out a lot of the ways in which government hurts the poor which most people don’t realize or think about.  I think the occupational licensing laws are indeed the most detrimental.  The last time I got my haircut I noticed the license displayed in my “stylist’s” workspace.  I wish I could call her my barber but I found out after asking about the license that not only do you need a license to cut hair, you have to complete a college program, and that there are two separate licenses for stylists and barbers.  It turns out that it is illegal to do certain things like color hair if you only have a barber’s license.  Meanwhile, a stylist can do pretty much anything except use a straight razor.


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