posted on Aug, 10 2011 @ 02:10 PM
Before I get started, let me say that these are only opinions, and will of course be arguable.
As a carpenter, I can assure you that in order to have something which is stable (building, home or otherwise), you have to have a strong foundation.
The entire building is subject to the strengths and weaknesses of it's foundation. This is why so many things fail these days, and I'm not talking
about buildings. New laws based on corrupt foundations will fail to address the problems they are meant to. This principle can be applied to
anything you want to address.
A lot of this faulty foundation principle can be found in the area of "creating" new jobs out of thin air. When my State first passed legislation
requiring contractors to be licensed, it indeed sounded like a great idea, without a doubt. It is a felony in this State to contract without a
license. This meant that only an elite group could contract, and many people lost their jobs. Before these laws, a contractor relied on the quality
of his work, and word of mouth to get subsequent contracts. When the building market crashed in my area, all done by licensed contractors mind you,
the County had placed a moratorium on new building permits, because more that 50% of the construction done that year had lawsuits against them due to
shoddy workmanship. The new law put local carpenters, etc, out of work, replaced by licensed contractors using immigrant (mostly illegal) labor.
Another example of this is in the Home Inspection Business. So they passed a law saying in order to buy or sell a home, a Licensed Home Inspector had
to approve it. You can check into this yourself... most Home Inspectors are real estate agents who have never built a home. When you look at a
house, he'll tell you that "I had a home inspector look at it and here are his findings." He won't tell you that was he who looked at the house
himself or his wife.
These jobs that were created out of thin air have ruined the economy in my area, I don't know about yours...