North Carolina is one of the 22 right-to-work states in the United States, though is it truly right
to work? Right-to-work laws are laws that do not require an employee to join a
union in their industry, nor require them to pay union dues.
It seems that many
licensing statutes and bills, like HB 291, form a different kind of union, a
government-based union. These licensing statutes require that all citizens that wish to practice in a field with a
licensing board must join pay the licensing fee and be licensed. While great in
theory, this is yet another government ideal that has been taken too far,
venturing into the field of hair braiding. These licensing boards were
initially made to protect citizens from fraudulent or harmful practices, but
one cannot argue that they do not regulate industries. This regulation, intentional
or not, is wrong for the government to be mandating. Becoming licensed should
be the choice of the provider and choosing to use a non-licensed provider
should be the choice of the consumer.
All of these regulations that limit
competition should concern the voters of North
Carolina, for it is competition that makes our
Capitalistic system work.
“Who is John Galt?”