An interesting juxtaposition of subject matter yesterday from the Republican camp . . .
First this post on Facebook from our own Congressman Hanna . . .
"Today my House Committee on Small Business subcommittee examined the impact of occupational licensing laws on business startups and the economy overall.
For many workers and would-be entrepreneurs, licensing requirements are presenting a barrier to economic opportunity."This was soon followed by this video from Sen. Marco Rubio on CNBC Squawkbox . . .
Both Hanna and Rubio talk about the need to get rid of burdensome regulations to foster entrepreneurship . . . and who could disagree with that? We have all seen how New York State's heavy handedness (along with high taxes) has driven out our Upstate manufacturing base over the years . . . but there seems to be something more going on here . . .
A day earlier Rep. Hanna posted a link to a video of an entrepreneur being arrested for braiding hair. It would seem to most people like a pretty outrageous situation that needs fixing. But then one has to stop and think: Occupational licensing (such as in the cosmetology area) is generally a STATE responsibility, not one of the Federal Government. Should it not be the STATE's responsibility to clean up its own overly burdensome regulations?
The Rubio post also seems to be targeted at STATE regulations.
While it is a valid point that States must not unduly impede interstate commerce with their own regulations, there is already a mechanism for dealing with that: The Federal Court System.
States have a responsibility to protect the health and safety of their citizens. And, yes, some states may use their regulatory powers to protect their own resident businesses. . . . but that may be protecting small businesses.
What the RINOs seem to be doing, under the guise of protecting "small" businesses, is setting things up to have the Federal Government supplant or regulate State and local regulations on business. . . . which would favor BIG (national and multinational) businesses.
Rep. Hanna and Sen. Rubio both seem to suggest that we need increased Federal involvement in our lives. The "one-size-fits-all" "top-down" approach is contrary to our Founding Fathers' concept of a Limited Federal Government . . . and usually hurts the average citizen.
If States want to mess themselves up with regulations, so be it . . .
We do not need the Federal government -- the level furthest from its citizens -- becoming more powerful to "fix" things.