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Originally posted by IkNOwSTuff
reply to post by hawkiye
Again what was the point in turning up to a capital building en masse with loaded weapons if it wasnt a threat?
Originally posted by puzzlesphere
You need a license to drive a car, to be a medical professional, or a dealer at a casino, or a security officer, operate a crane or other heavy machinery, some construction and scientific jobs require licenses. Then theirs different levels of licenses.. I have a car license, but am not legally allowed to drive a 42 wheeled road-train... and rightfully so, it takes a long time to get a license class for driving road-trains... most of these need licenses because they can potentially kill, and I think it's a good thing to have some record of who is allowed to perform deadly tasks.
That is essentially what a license is.
...Why not a card that says you passed exams related to driving or whatever.
To reaffirm your ability to perform a certain task, to fund whatever program the license effects (roads = repairs, maintenance, etc.).
Why do you have to renew licenses and pay continuing fees for the rest of your natural life?
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.
Why does the Government need to have a list of who can operate a fork lift.
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.
Fees, fees and more fees to allow the Government to keep an ever increasing list of what we are all allowed to do.
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.
Society functioned quite well before all these licenses came in to force.
To have an accepted and maintained standard at a state, federal or global scale, for protection of all parties; workers, employers, controlling bodies, etc.
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.
This is the kind of sarcasm I was talking about in my previous post.
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.
... but what is the Govt? Do you accept local, county or state authority?
A better system is for the Govt to get the hell out of our lives!
I completely agree! Our politicians should have to undergo regular psychological evaluations, their finances should be a matter of public record and people that want to "govern" other people should have completely transparent lives... In my opinion a fair price to pay to lead or help lead a nation.
The biggest problem of all is that you need nothing to become a politician. (Well except the ability to lie badly)
I think many people, from both sides, would agree with a concept like that... though it does suggest some form of record keeping, which seems to be one of the big issues.
I may agree on a once only test of competence...