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Free State protest misses the mark (Editorial)
Fosters Daily Democrat ^ | 5/15/2005 | Editor

Posted on 05/16/2005 7:38:59 AM PDT by Conservative Infidel

Buff and polish stunt proves need for health and safety regulations

If Mike Fisher was hoping to gain sympathy for those tired of government red tape and bureaucracy by getting arrested Monday, he failed.

A member of the Free State Project, Fisher arranged to give a fellow Free Stater a manicure outside the office of the State Board of Barbering, Cosmetology and Esthetics. Doing so without a license, earned him a visit with a judge and two days in jail.

Fisher had arranged the stunt to draw attention to what he called "out of control" licensing requirements by the state.

As Free Staters, Fisher and "customer" Kat Dillon are part of an effort to "reduce the size and scope of government," according to the group's Web site.

A recent transplant to New Hampshire, Fisher contended he had learned everything he needed to know about manicuring by surfing the Web for half an hour. What he proved was how little he knew and how important state licensing laws are.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; US: New Hampshire
KEYWORDS: freestateproject; fsp; governmentoversight; nh; protest
The "freeStaters" said that they were going to move here enmass and help corral state spending which is beginning to get out of control due to MA and VT transplants. NH already has a business friendly enviroment. Why move here to go after the way we regulate certain businesses? Why not take on the NEA and the out of control education spending in NH?
1 posted on 05/16/2005 7:39:00 AM PDT by Conservative Infidel
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To: Conservative Infidel
They are doing some of that too... a school district had a big building they were going to sell, then keep the money to fund special projects. FSPers got involved and not only got the school district to sell the building but to return the money to here and read the third paragraph.
2 posted on 05/16/2005 7:48:04 AM PDT by ikka
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To: Conservative Infidel
Its always interesting to see how relatively lowly "professions" try to pump up their self esteem by acting like they're doctors or something.

I'm sure the guy who empties my garbage can could make all kinds of useful health recommendations to me given the quantity of beer bottles and cigarette packs he's likely to find there, but that doesn't mean I want him to.

I was looking around on our state's website just earlier, and did you know you need a license to feed garbage to a pig in Ohio? Yup. $50/yr.

Free country, huh?
3 posted on 05/16/2005 10:17:10 AM PDT by Pessimist
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Yes, you are correct. Ohio requires licenses for many activities that not even NH has thought to tax yet. However, we (NH) do not have a sales tax, an income tax, capital gains tax, or several other tax vehicles that the other 49 states impose on their residents. Consequently, in order to finance the state budget, other annoying fees and hidden taxes are in place. As a small business owner, you just can't beat $100 to register a corporation, though. Yes, Mr. fisher might have a problem paying a $50 fee to register as a manicurist. However, I would be willing to bet that this is a requirement in almost all other states. And I would be willing to bet the other states charge a whole lot more than $50 for the privilege.
4 posted on 05/16/2005 2:02:22 PM PDT by Conservative Infidel (Only thing harder to find in US Senate these days than a Dem w/ a conscience is a Rep w/ a spine.)
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