By Ron Paul
Government “licensing” is another great example of the Government + Corporation marriage.
The bureaucrats LOVE licensing because citizens have to grovel and petition them to have a garage sale, sell liquor, start a business, and a billion other things that government holds hostage until you pay the fee.
Corporations LOVE licensing because they provide high barriers of entry for competition to come into their field.
If you want to compete, you first have to PAY UP to the government. Entrenched, bloated, and inefficient corporations are the primary beneficiaries of government licensing.
And, finally, the American citizens are DUPED into believing that government licenses are necessary.
Get rid of them all.
Government has no business involving itself in the economy. Its role should be to punish those who use aggressive force or fraud. That’s it.