If it moves, the state wants to license it

July 20, 2012

By Joseph Perkins

I’m not a pet guy. I have no personal stake in legislation, sponsored by state Sen. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, which would create a “voluntary” certification program for California’s pet grooming industry.

Yet, I’m troubled that Vargas and his fellow lawmakers think that pet grooming rises to the level that its practitioners ought to be certified.

Not because voluntary certification almost certainly will lead to involuntary certification which, inevitably, will lead to state-mandated licensing — which much of the state’s pet-grooming community fears.

But because the state government’s propensity to license any and every occupation with more than a handful of practitioners is a de facto restraint of trade that has a damping effect on competition and that ultimately raises the costs to consumers of pet grooming and other services.

As it is, California licenses more than 175 different professions, more than any other state. And while it is understandable that the state licenses doctors, lawyers and other professions where an incompetent practitioner can do irreparable harm, that certainly doesn’t apply to decorators, locksmiths or pet groomers.

Yet, the Vargas bill, SB 969, would require pet groomers to complete 900 hours of training — why not an even 1,000? — and to pay a to-be-determined fee to the state — but of course — for the privilege of coiffing poodles and manicuring Abyssinians.

New council

And it would create a new California Pet Grooming Council to administer the certification process.

As with every other occupation regulated by the state, the rationale for licensing, or in the case of pet grooming, certification, is to protect consumers. But a Federal Trade Commission study on the costs and benefits of occupational regulation concluded that licensing “does not increase the quality of service.”

What it does do is impose a barrier to entry into regulated occupations, like pet grooming. That’s fine by big corporations, like Petco and PetSmart, that offer grooming services at higher prices than smaller, independent pet groomers. And it’s fine by the state’s veterinarians, who would like to make inroads in the pet grooming business.

But with almost 2 million Californians out of work three years into the state’s putative economic recovery, now is absolutely the wrong time for the Legislature to enact a measure, like SB 969, that will create even more joblessness.

And not only should lawmakers reject proposed certification of pet groomers, be it “voluntary” or not, they also should revisit state licensing mandates for the more than 175 or so occupations to which they currently apply.

A sensible reform would require licensing only for occupations that, if unregulated, could pose a threat to public health and safety, as well as those, again, where a deficient practitioner can cause irreparable harm.

Under such criteria, the state government’s regulatory power would be stayed against not only pet groomers, but also furniture upholsterers, pesticide applicators, court reporters and other service providers whose occupations are needlessly licensed.

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  1. Ted
    Ted 20 July, 2012, 09:14

    Seems like it’s good to license alot of these things to regulate min standards. Plus, and here’s the good part, we need the money! Some people just make this stuff too hard.

    The Ted System

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  2. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 20 July, 2012, 09:22

    My son’ s huge male brown lab gets a Dooo every so often at the groom shop. When he gets home he swaggers with great pride for days….attitude…attitude…

    It works POODLE!!!!!

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  3. Prattle On, Boyo
    Prattle On, Boyo 20 July, 2012, 09:24

    This latest is yet another money grab from Sacramento. It has zip to do with consumer anything. If that were even the tiniest bit accurate, then the State would have mandated long ago that tattoo parlors need to have licensed artists, after all, tatooing involves puncturing the skin with a surgical implement. If that doesn’t warrant some kind of oversight to ensure consumer safety, I don’t know what else would.

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  4. us citizen
    us citizen 20 July, 2012, 09:31

    Just another freaking TAX. They are going to start taxing how many sheets of toilet paper you use if you let them continue with this nonsense. No wonder CA is the laughing stock of the nation.

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  5. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 20 July, 2012, 09:59

    It only got started….it’s for the KIDS…what don’t you understand….DAH!

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  6. Ted Steele, Associate Prof.
    Ted Steele, Associate Prof. 20 July, 2012, 10:45

    A dog with a swagger is the bottom line!

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  7. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 20 July, 2012, 10:49

    I have MAJOR swagger-dont need grooming 😉

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  8. Donkey
    Donkey 20 July, 2012, 10:51

    I never swagger, it is a sign of insecurity. 😉

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  9. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 20 July, 2012, 12:37

    There may be no greater calling than a poodle/donkey groomer!

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  10. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 20 July, 2012, 15:07

    1%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%

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  11. Ted Steele, Associate Prof.
    Ted Steele, Associate Prof. 20 July, 2012, 23:05

    The poor poodle—- want the last word little guy?

    You know you do….

    mmmmmmmmmm

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  12. Ted Steele, Associate Prof.
    Ted Steele, Associate Prof. 20 July, 2012, 23:12

    hurry !!

    7.75 over 20 baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaby !

    234 large !!!!!

    Post quickly !!!!

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  13. Skip
    Skip 21 July, 2012, 00:32

    The economy of the state is so underwater that we may never recover, and this is how our elected officials spend their time…writing legislation to guard us against the perils of pet groomers??? That’s where they feel their time is best spent? Perhaps we need to establish a Council to require those elected to state government to complete 900 hours of training, annually, in “how to run California on a budget, without spending money they don’t have”?

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  14. Skip
    Skip 21 July, 2012, 01:18

    By the way, haven’t you ever seen a poodle with a mowhawk ?

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  15. BobA in San Diego
    BobA in San Diego 21 July, 2012, 09:29

    Why stop at the pet grooming industry? I have a few suggestions of my own for how California can collect more revenue and balance its books:

    1- Install CO2 meters in every home, set an allowance and tax the excess “Carbon emissions” over some defined limit.

    2- required all motorized vehicle registered in the state to have GPS monitors installed and tax every motorized vehicle per mile driven.

    3- Impose a fine on every motorized vehicle that doesn’t meet a minimum gas mileage standard.

    4- Double the vehicle licensing & registration fees.

    5- Get rid of Prop 13 and triple property taxes.

    6- Install sewage pipe meters on businesses, homes and apartment buildings and assess a sewage disposal fee.

    7- Install temperature sensors in buildings and residences and impose a fine for exceeding state minimum/maximum temperature setting standards.

    8- Charge a per person fee for access to public parks.

    9- Impose a waste removal fee on food vendors and restaurants.

    10- Require all state residents to purchase a year to year license for the privilege to be a citizen of the state of California.

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  16. Ted Steele, Associate Prof.
    Ted Steele, Associate Prof. 21 July, 2012, 10:30

    Bob A.— sort of goofy ideas mostly Boba.

    On another note, what do you think your buddy Willard Mitt is hiding in his tax returns? Do you think he got caught in another one of his lies like the Bein thingy?

    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    I love this stuff Bob o

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  17. STEVE SCOFIELD
    STEVE SCOFIELD 21 July, 2012, 11:28

    WOW THIS IS A GREAT IDEA …….I LIKE IT….WE ALL LIKE IT
    WE SHOULD DO MORE OF THIS KIND OF THING….LOTS MORE
    WE NEED A BIG FULL TIME COMMISSION TO ADMINISTER AND OVERSEE THIS
    BIG POSITIONS….BIG RESPONSIBILITYS…. BIG PAY….HEALTH BENEFITS….STATE
    RETIREMENT FUNDING ………

    WRITE YOUR STATE POLITICIANS AND TELL THEM WE NEED MASSIVE PET GROOMING STANDARDS AND COMMISSIONS …………….

    SIGNED THE VERY VERY GOOD FRIENDS AND FAMILY (WINK WINK) OF
    JUAN VARGAS

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  18. BobA in San Diego
    BobA in San Diego 21 July, 2012, 12:45

    Ted Steele:

    Who cares what Mittens is hiding in his tax returns? That’s between him and the IRS and it’s none of our business. Perhaps you should ask Obama what is he hiding but I digress.

    There’s nothing “goofy” about those ideas. California is broke and needs to come up with ways to increase revenues so that the state legislature can sustain their spending habits.

    You wouldn’t want to force them to curtail their spending habits by depriving them of that lose change in your pocket would you? You wouldn’t want to deprive illegals of their free state college tuition would you? You wouldn’t want to deprive state workers of their pension benefits and pay raises would you? You wouldn’t want to starve the children would you?

    Ask not what your state can do for you but what you can do for your state. Be a patriot and do the right thing.

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  19. Queeg
    Queeg 21 July, 2012, 14:11

    It is a bright sunny day!

    Enjoy what you pay for especially the firefighters, police, teachers and health and welfare workers and prison guards.

    And Teddy’s wisdom is for free.

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  20. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 21 July, 2012, 14:37

    1%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% BABY!

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  21. Ted Steele, Associate Prof.
    Ted Steele, Associate Prof. 21 July, 2012, 15:14

    (poor poodle)

    BOB A— I care what a Presidential candidate is hiding in his tax returns. Duh.

    Why do you think we make them show it/them? For fun?

    Willard “may” be a tax crook…who knows?

    Maybe, just maybe, that has something to do with his strong desires to let the rich go tax free or tax cheap.

    You don’t want to know that?

    Curiouser and curiouser……

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  22. Queeg
    Queeg 21 July, 2012, 15:19

    It is odd that 99% of the population is just too darn dumb to earn more of the supposedly growing pie. And isn’t odd about 50 % support that itsy bitsy top 1% thinking they too will be in the top 1% some fine day. All these pesky numbers give you a headache.

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  23. Ted
    Ted 21 July, 2012, 18:16

    Queeg– you continue to amaze the trogs from the hi des…….lol

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  24. BobA in San Diego
    BobA in San Diego 21 July, 2012, 18:43

    Ted Steele:

    No, I don’t want to know. What business is it of mine or yours? If he did anything wrong don’t you think the IRS would’ve dealt with it by now? Are you suggesting that the IRS is incompetent? Why is that so important to you?

    BTW: aren’t you the least bit curious about Obama’s Marxist sympathies? Have you asked to see his tax returns? What about your local elected representatives? Have you ask to see their tax returns also? Again I ask: what business is it of yours, mines or anyone else’s?

    I made a few bucks in the stock market over the last few years, want to see my tax returns? My accountant’s name is Helen Waite. If you want to see my tax returns, go to Helen Waite.

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  25. Ted
    Ted 21 July, 2012, 19:39

    LOL Poor Bob A– you don’t care if the next Pres is a tax cheat? Yikes– I am glad that most folks are a bit more responsible than you seem to be! Sorry little buddy!

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  26. Ted
    Ted 21 July, 2012, 20:55

    by the by Boba— The President gave up years of tax returns already!

    Marxist ways? Huh? He’s about s Marxist as Reagan…

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  27. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 21 July, 2012, 23:52

    Bob still feeding the troll, and his gimmick accounts…………… 😉

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  28. `BobA in San Diego
    `BobA in San Diego 22 July, 2012, 00:53

    Ted:

    You’ve exposed yourself as a cretinous liberal sycophant who’s incapable of discerning the difference between fact & fiction. Your assertion about Romney being a tax cheat is an utter fiction concocted by the liberal MSM to divert attention away from Obama’s abysmal record. That’s a fact that you nor your liberal brethren can dismiss or protest as being a lie. It is what it is.

    I doubt if you even know what Marxism is so I won’t waste my time trying to explain it to you. Suffice it to say, neo-liberals like you have more in common with Marxists than you know or cared to admit.

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  29. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 22 July, 2012, 02:08

    Actually I hate to say this, but Romeny had off shore bank accounts and that is usually associated with tax dodging.

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  30. Ted Steele, Associate Prof.
    Ted Steele, Associate Prof. 22 July, 2012, 07:28

    Good Lord Bob o— even the french poodle troll faces the reality once in awhile….

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  31. BobA in San Diego
    BobA in San Diego 22 July, 2012, 07:47

    Ted:

    You’ve exposed yourself as a cretinous liberal sycophant who’s incapable of discerning the difference between fact & fiction. Your assertion about Romney being a tax cheat is an utter fiction concocted by the liberal MSM to divert attention away from Obama’s abysmal record. That’s a fact that you and the rest of the liberal trolls can not dismiss or protest as being a lie. It is what it is.

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  32. BobA in San Diego
    BobA in San Diego 22 July, 2012, 07:53

    Rex:

    It’s OK. Feeding trolls is fun. The fun is in baiting them out into the sun light and then pop their tiny heads like a pimple!!

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  33. Ted Steele, Associate Prof.
    Ted Steele, Associate Prof. 22 July, 2012, 09:37

    Bob A— So if he’s all good on the prior taxes……..ah…….er…….why is it again that he is hiding the returns?

    Nice name calling though Bob….are you 12?

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  34. Queeg
    Queeg 22 July, 2012, 10:08

    Some take their 1% protect the wealthy too serious.

    How can so many challenged conservatives with holes in their shoes and wearing polyester pants support trickle down “laffable” curves while not having any idea that 99% of the population faces daily the rapious nature of globalism.

    It’s ok to exploit slave labor in emerging economies, but if home grown domestic slavers “import” immigrant alien labor it’s outrageous, takes American jobs, ruins our schools and health/welfare system.

    Yes you get cheap products at the present like big box stores did when they predatory priced all the mom and pop businesses into oblivion. BUT when all our innovation, production, extraction, manufacturing is outsourced your wages will be a pittance and you’ll shop in thrift stores and 25 cent stores.

    You’re feeling the first pangs of a declining standard of living. Fun huh?

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  35. BobA in San diego
    BobA in San diego 22 July, 2012, 12:48

    Ted:

    Give it a rest weirdo. It’s obvious that you’re stuck on stupid and over taxing your two remaining brain cells.

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  36. BobA in San Diego
    BobA in San Diego 22 July, 2012, 13:47

    Queeg:

    What incentives do businesses have to keep jobs here in America? From your comments you fail to consider or give any regard to the onerous regulations, the reams of paper work or the stifling taxes impose on businesses just stay in business.
    If you’re looking to blame somebody, blame the government and its insatiable appetite for spending money it doesn’t have and did not earn. Don’t kid yourself: the government is the one doing the exploiting for it’s own benefit, Not yours, not mines or anyone else’s. They do it because they can and they need the money.

    Does it not bother you that the more the government taxes and regulate, the more they spend and the worse our debt and deficit gets? Does it not bother you that many in our government view the profit motive as somehow being evil even though they themselves are wealthy? Does it not bother you that it is virtually illegal just to open a lemonade stand on you from lawn without the myriad of licenses, food permits, health certifications, insurance, etc., etc.?
    Under these draconian conditions, businesses would have to raise their prices significantly just to break even if many of the products manufactured overseas was made right here in America.

    I assure you that most people wouldn’t be able to afford those products and we certainly couldn’t export them because there is no market anywhere in the world for over-priced American made products. Why do you think most manufacturing businesses moved overseas in the first place?

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  37. Ted Steele, Associate Prof.
    Ted Steele, Associate Prof. 22 July, 2012, 18:59

    Bob A– “Give it a rest weirdo”? How sad for you man. That’s all you can do? Truly?

    In answer to your question to Queeg re what incentives to keep biz here…….are you kidding?

    Our workers are better.
    It’s good for the US.
    well shopped we have THE cheapest comod’s in the world.
    Income tax rates are at historic lows.
    etc etc etc

    Guys like you are living proof of why we are in the mess we are in. Your ilk “offshored” ™ half of our manufacturing to squeeze the last penny from sweatshop labor and now you lads bitch about it! I gotta laugh.

    For all the lip service you tea baggers give the founders there isn’t a one of you with the dedication and love of our Nation that would have risen up to stop the commercial bleed overseas. I just read McCullough’s tome on Adams— man are you kiddies waaaaaaay off. How about doing things because are good for the nation and our brothers and sisters? Or is trickle down and profit and market the only words in your dull-normal mantra?

    Discuss asap– Ted

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  38. Queeg
    Queeg 22 July, 2012, 20:05

    You never change the mind of globalists They suck labor dry here and abroad.

    To be a decent line cook in a respectable restaurant you need educational courses and experience. Professionalism.

    Today in paper a Disneyland area hotel advertised for “chefs” at $13.38 to $15.00 an hour….slavery and exploitation of the highest order. Sickening.

    It sickens me too seeing young punks like Ryan and Rubio glibly talk on entitlements…cuts for
    the vulnerable. Government fear, the result.

    Government is intrusive at times and globalism is creating poor labor conditions not seen since the monarchial independence movements in Europe and the 13 colonies.

    Theory posters on this site are about to see their economic future crumble…..they are not safe, for we have become a world village for good or for bad!

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  39. Ted Steele, Associate Prof.
    Ted Steele, Associate Prof. 22 July, 2012, 20:27

    Queeg– I am afraid you are correct about the theoretical. Your post sadly encapsulates our time.

    Ted

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  40. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 22 July, 2012, 21:22

    Ted:
    Give it a rest weirdo. It’s obvious that you’re stuck on stupid and over taxing your two remaining brain cells.

    BAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!……………Hahahahhahaha…Bob finally wised up and stopped feeding the troll 😉

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  41. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 22 July, 2012, 21:24

    To be a decent line cook in a respectable restaurant you need educational courses and experience.
    ==========================
    Hahhahahaa……….that is the funniest thing I have heard all day!!!!

    Yes, you do need experience to work in a respectable restaurant-even the dishwashers.

    EDUCATION for a LINE COOK!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bwhahahaah…You missed your calling as a comedian Teddy….but we all laugh at you so I guess it works out OK 🙂

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  42. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 22 July, 2012, 21:26

    Ted:
    You’ve exposed yourself as a cretinous liberal sycophant who’s incapable of discerning the difference between fact & fiction. Your assertion about Romney being a tax cheat is an utter fiction concocted by the liberal MSM to divert attention away from Obama’s abysmal record. That’s a fact that you and the rest of the liberal trolls can not dismiss or protest as being a lie. It is what it is.

    I am trying to find something I DISAGREE WITH, BUT IT IS ALL TRUE 🙂

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  43. Ted Steele, Associate Prof.
    Ted Steele, Associate Prof. 22 July, 2012, 21:31

    Poodle– Are you talking to your sock puppets………yet again? lol ™

    7.75 over 20 baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaby !

    Please advise your fellow tea baggers to be sure to feel free to void any executed contracts they may have where they feel performance is inconvenient!

    The Ted

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  44. Queeg
    Queeg 22 July, 2012, 22:01

    You try to live and work for less than $30,000 per year. This site attracts greedy insenitive globalists who truly believe capitalism is based on slave market wages.

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  45. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 22 July, 2012, 23:35

    1%%%%%%%%%%% BABY!

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  46. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 22 July, 2012, 23:38

    Please advise your fellow tea baggers to be sure to feel free to void any executed contracts they may have where they feel performance is inconvenient!
    The contracts are void, invalid due to fraud. I am calling Moorlach and am going to work with him on a new lawsuit based on this theory 🙂

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  47. BobA in San Diego
    BobA in San Diego 23 July, 2012, 08:14

    Ted Steele, Associate Prof:

    Perhaps if you climb down from your ivory tower and walk among real people in the real world, you will find that reality and how things work in the real world does not comport themselves to the narrow confines of academic theories.

    Guys like me are grounded in reality and know that as an objective fact, the profit motive of capitalism has generated more wealth and have lifted more people out of poverty than your altruistic motives which has only ended up impoverishing the very people you claim to care about.

    There is little doubt in my mind that you are a proponent of big government and a re-distributionist at heart who fundamentally believes that rich people get rich at the expense of the poor (an intellectual fallacy espoused by Marxist theoreticians). Your give no regard to individual initiative and motivation and in fact, hold in contempt. Nor can you reconcile the indelible fact that in life, there is and will always be winners and losers.

    The only realistic outcome of that big government re-distributionist philosophy that you, and those who think as you do, hold so dear is that everyone winds up equally poor equally miserable and robbed of any hope for the future. It has been tried before and has failed everywhere it’s been tried.

    The problems we face today stems from an unconstrained omnipresent government that creates more problems than it solves. Until we the people push back on the expanding frontiers of government control, until we the people put government on a strict monetary diet and keep it there. nothing will change. nothing will get better and everything will get worse.

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  48. Queeg
    Queeg 23 July, 2012, 09:01

    Government gave us NAFTA the Slaver Magna Carta unleashing unprecedent forces of exploitation on labor in the world

    Government coddles the New World Order and naive tea baggers just keep on buying at Big Box Stores filled with products produced by human labor misery. Baggers even give money to the slavers thinking their doing good for FREEDOM AND ENTERPRISE…sick.

    The NAFTA slavers killed off mom and businesses…now they are coming for you….low wages, few new jobs, huge increases in health care costs, fiscal leverage less and less for the middle class, high education costs…..TOTAL COMPRESSION….costs up and income down..your getting the tail end whipping of globalism.

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  49. Ted Steele, Associate Prof.
    Ted Steele, Associate Prof. 23 July, 2012, 09:11

    Bob A.- Your post is too long– I have a personal drivel limit, sory.

    Poodle– Yes good idea– call Moorlach asap.

    Queg— is, as always……correct.

    The Ted

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  50. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 23 July, 2012, 10:37

    Teddy, you are once again posting under your Queeg sock puppet too close in time to your Teddy Steals account, you need to wait longer so it is not so obvious 🙂

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  51. Queeg
    Queeg 23 July, 2012, 10:51

    Queeg is his own man….no psuedo…no bull…no lies…no distortions….no happy feet….the truth hurts!

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  52. BobA in San Diego
    BobA in San Diego 23 July, 2012, 11:10

    Ted Steele:

    Sorry if you’re a little lower on the ladder of intelligence. I’ll keep my comments short and simple and within your level of comprehension Perhaps a pithy liberal slogan or a nursery rhyme is more your speed?

    “Mary had a wittle wam. his tush was white as snow…………”

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  53. Queeg
    Queeg 23 July, 2012, 11:43

    Could you cut the bashing and get back to your intelligent posts…..

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  54. BobA in San Diego
    BobA in San Diego 23 July, 2012, 18:12

    Mr. Queeg:

    I would like nothing better but I must say when someone proffers cheap political slogans as an argument I make it a point to be an irritant to those folks by driving them away with an objurgating comment. If they are thinking and rational people, the will respond with a thoughtful cogent comment and if not, good riddance.

    We can either agree or disagree but let’s do it objectively and base it on factual evidence while leave the petty partisan politics out of it. The problems California faces today affects us all us and it past time we bridge the political divide and discuss those issues honestly and objectively. That is what I would like to do absent the puerillism of some of the folks in this forum.

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  55. Tax Target
    Tax Target 23 July, 2012, 20:32

    Well ok if it moves let’s license it. How about we start with the California legislature? There’s enough slapping of gums, gnashing of teeth and movement of lips to keep a well heeled regulator happy. We need to license those mouths. After all they can one hell of a lot of damage with those damn things. I think a year long course in the appropriate use of the mouth is in order – what say you?

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  56. Ted Steele, Associate Prof.
    Ted Steele, Associate Prof. 23 July, 2012, 23:04

    Bobby! Is that all you have?

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  57. BobA in san diego
    BobA in san diego 24 July, 2012, 06:56

    Ted:

    I wrote that on the fly and it’s not my best but yes.

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  58. Susan Lundquist
    Susan Lundquist 16 August, 2012, 12:03

    I believe locksmiths should be licensed and registered. This is a person to whom you are entrusting your safety, not to mention offering them unlimited access to your car or home at some point in the future if they are dishonest.

    BUT, why license dog groomers. If you mess up my dog’s haircut, or charge me too much, or my dog growls at you I’ll go somewhere else. I am sure that some dog died because a groomer did something wrong, so everyone must be punished for their error.

    This is one business a person can start and run with very little overhead, so we had better regulate it out of existence so the jobless rate can climb higher.

    While we’re on the subject, why does every person have to be an employee now. You can’t even hire the neighbor kid to mow your lawn without having work comp and paying payroll taxes, if you provide the lawn mower and tell them when to be there.

    Our small airport shuttle service had grown to where we needed someone to occasionally cover us, so we could make it to the grandkids games or take a little vacation without inconveniencing our clients. Probably a grand total of 10 to 40 hours a month. You won’t believe the amount of time, money and effort it took to make our neighbor a legal employee. Now I have to pay a service to handle my books, because the government requirements are so strict and confusing.

    The restrictions and regulations currently in place are not meant to help folks get started with an entry level business. That’s why so many of those little lawn services, house painters, housekeepers and other solo professions fly below the radar and do not pay any taxes on their income.

    Forcing dog groomers to be formally trained, regulated and licensed will just cause them to join the ranks of those who won’t get a business license or pay income taxes on their earnings, because the process to conform has become too difficult and restrictive.

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