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Regulation slayer

"Regulation slayer" Continued...

Issue: "The new urban frontier," March 9, 2013

Should we differentiate between the visible and the unseen, since we can see whether someone has done a good job in hair-braiding, but we don’t know whether a particular food might have something deadly in it—thus the Food and Drug Administration has a reason to live? Clearly there needs to be some oversight of procedures and medication. The FDA is addressing two different types of risks: the risk posed by unsafe drugs, and the risk that comes from not allowing drugs on the market that could provide benefits, so people die unnecessarily. 

You have four current school choice cases, with Louisiana and Indiana the two biggest ones. What key arguments are you facing? They range from the same old tired argument that under the state constitution this will violate some aspect of the separation of church and state. State constitutions—many of them—have “Blaine amendments” passed back in the late 1800s as an expression of anti-Catholic sentiments.

Passed largely at the impetus of fervent Protestants at the time, who didn’t think they would lose the public schools. Right, and those laws remain on the books today. 

Let’s conclude with the Nevada makeup case. In Las Vegas a lot of theatrical performances require very elaborate makeup. People become skilled in doing that. Officials want you to become a fully licensed cosmetologist to do this, but everyone knows who the good people are and who the bad people are. We’re trying to break down these arbitrary barriers to entrepreneurship and to create some kind of connection between legitimate government ends and the means that officials choose to get there.


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Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.


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