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  • Defending Joe's Right to Earn a Living

    The left is in full attack mode against Joe the Plumber. The leftist website Daily Kos has even posted his home address (and, mistakenly, even the home address of his ex-wife). Now the plumber’s union in Toledo, Ohio, is moving to put him out of business. Joe’s crime? He doesn’t like Barak Obama’s redistributionist tax policy and he does not have an official state plumbing license.

    The Toledo Blade reports that even though Joe’s employer has a state plumbing license and one with the City of Toledo, it is illegal for Joe to do plumbing work. Even Joe’s employer, despite holding state and city licenses, can’t do plumbing work in the surrounding county because they do not have the right county plumbing license.

    Do all these license requirements help anybody? Yes they do. But the people they help are not consumers. The New York Times reports:

    The usual rationale for occupational licensing is that it helps protect the public from unqualified providers. … Several studies have examined the effect of license requirements on performance in occupations like dentists and teachers. In one study, Professor Kleiner and a colleague, Robert T. Kudrle, found that stricter state licensing requirements for dentists did not noticeably affect the dental health of 464 Air Force recruits. Other studies have found at best weak evidence that students in classes taught by licensed teachers performed better than those taught by unlicensed teachers. Summarizing the literature, Professor Kleiner concludes, “there is little to show that occupational regulation has a major effect on the quality of service received by consumers.”

    Accounting professor David Young also summarizes the economic literature on the subject:

    The argument in favor of licensing always has been that it protects the public from incompetents, charlatans, and quacks. The main effect, however, is simply to restrict entry and reduce competition in the licensed occupation.

    A careful analysis of licensing’s effects across a broad range of occupations reveals some striking, and strikingly negative, similarities. Occupational regulation has limited consumer choice, raised consumer costs, increased practitioner income, limited practitioner mobility, and deprived the poor of adequate services—all without demonstrated improvements in the quality or safety of the licensed activities.

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    6 Responses to Defending Joe's Right to Earn a Living

    1. LAURA ALBANO MASSACH says:

      I AGREE WITH JOE THE PLUMBER. I DON'T WANT MY WEALTH SHARED I AND MY HUSBAND WORKED HARD FOR EVERYTHING WE HAVE. WE FINALLY HAVE COME TO APOINT THAT WE DON'T HAVE TO WORK SO HARD. BUT IF OBAMA IS GOING TO SHARE THE WEALTH DOES THAT MEANS HE IS GOING TO TAKE MY MONEY TO GIVE TO PEOPLE THAT DON'T WORK. SO THAT I HAVE TO WORK HARD AGAIN I WILL NEVER VOTE FOR SUCH A PERSON HE IS NOTHING BUT AN OUT AND OUT SOCIALIST. I REALLY CANNOT STAND FOR WHAT HE STANDS FOR. YOURS TRULY LAURA

    2. Brian Wilson, NewsTa says:

      Well…isn't this special – and typical of liberal facists, socialsist and petty tyrants passing themselves off a "Democrats".

      Suffice to say: envision 4-8 years of the Freedom-to-Socialism Conversion of America.

      It's not what's "best" – it's who get's to decide what's best.

    3. Vinne the Plumber, B says:

      Yo Conn, Good to see you taking the side of undocumented workers for a change. I hope to see more of this in the future.

    4. Conn Carroll Conn Carroll says:

      Yo 'Vinne', are you suggesting that Joe is not a citizen of the U.S.? If not, then what on earth are you talking about?

    5. Jim Treacher says:

      Has anybody explained why any of this stuff is important? The NYT said it was because Joe "complained about taxes," which I'm not sure is unprecedented in American history. Why do they care about all these details of Joe's life? Even if every single one of them were true, what would it prove?

      It's almost like they're desperate to destroy a plumber from Ohio because otherwise they'll have to stop and explain why Obama didn't really out himself as a socialist.

    6. Robert Appleby says:

      I love it! Joe the Plumber calls out Obama and he looks like a fool! Barack Hussein Obama is an empty suit, anti-American and a socialist

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