reply to post by pheonix358
To set minimum standards of usage, and have some type of system in place to minimise accidents and intentional mis-use.
...Why not a card that says you passed exams related to driving or whatever.
That is essentially what a license is.
Why do you have to renew licenses and pay continuing fees for the rest of your natural life?
To reaffirm your ability to perform a
certain task, to fund whatever program the license effects (roads = repairs, maintenance, etc.).
Some licenses don't require any fees or have a one off payment/exam to obtain a perpetual license for life, it depends on the tasks, and the
overarching effects of the activity.
Why does the Government need to have a list of who can operate a fork lift.
So if myself or someone close to me is injured or killed, I
have some recourse for followup (insurance, legalities, compensation, etc.). Without some form of record of potential harmful activities to others,
denial of bad activity is possible. Keeping records is just good practice, at all levels, so it should be regulated at a higher level than the
individual or private business.
An excellent example of the need for licenses are fishing licenses in Australia. Before the licenses, the entire aquatic life on the coast of NSW was
decimated through overfishing. Since licensing and protected areas have been introduced, the ecosystem is flourishing and looks better than I remember
it from 30 years ago. Parks and Marine Services uses the licensing money to employ staff and maintain the environment.
Fees, fees and more fees to allow the Government to keep an ever increasing list of what we are all allowed to do.
We could privatise
these authorities, to create competition and lower the price of licensing... and in some sectors that is the case, but where peoples' lives are
concerned, generally you want some consistency and checks in place.
Society functioned quite well before all these licenses came in to force.
The USA has never existed without some form of licensing.
Marriage licenses extend back to the 1200's, and there are examples of licensing as far back as ancient Greece, where prostitution (among other
professions) were licensed.
Think it through, if you work on a construction site, why does the boss want to take the Governments word on what you can and can't do? On the
job training until the boss says your OK and away you go.
To have an accepted and maintained standard at a state, federal or global scale, for
protection of all parties; workers, employers, controlling bodies, etc.
I worked in a warehouse, and had to use a forklift (funnily enough), when I was in my late teens, and the "boss" gave me "on-site instruction" which
led to a bunch of shelves and stock crashing down and breaking... quite the costly mistake... luckily no-one was hurt... the incident was
"forgotten"... and I soon had my forklift license.
All levels of people can be stupid or corrupt (usually hand in hand), from the boss of a warehouse to the leader of a nation, which is why we need
some form of checks and balances... which in many unfortunate cases is our governments.
But No you must have a license, you must pay your fees and you must not do anything your not allowed to or they will generate more revenue by
issuing you with a fine.
This is the kind of sarcasm I was talking about in my previous post.
Yes, you do have to pay your fees and get licensed for a range of activities, and rightfully so, in a functional society. I don't totally agree with
fines all the time, but in a monetary based world like we live in, where 90% of people I meet have skewed moral compasses, I don't see a valid
Licensing seems like a good concept to apply at a federal level to deadly weapons (due to the increased interconnection of the world, even though
government seems broken at the moment, we do need broader authorities)... It means law abiding citizens get to keep their guns. It means others can be
confident that the owners of those guns are capable of their possession and allows for a system to follow up on gun incidents.
Is there a better way?... maybe better global education for a couple of generations or so?... starts sounding kind of fascist though....
Can you suggest a better overall solution? There must be some resolution out there, but I'm not exactly sure what it is...
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