This Frosts My Butt

Today my wife took the kids to the library. There’s only so many things you can do with a 5-year-old and a 6-year-old during the summer, when they expect every day to be a fun-filled vacation–I mean, how many Six Flags, Disney, and beach trips can anyone afford in just eight weeks? Now I know why my mother used to send me to day camp.

What frosts my butt is that I also received a press release email from Georgia’s Secretary of State, reminding librarians to renew their licenses by June 30.

Librarians.

What does it take to be a licensed librarian in Georgia? I realize it’s a specialized field that requires training and some penchant for dealing with children, books, and keeping records. But the rules for being even a para-professional require you to have a four-year degree and at least 12 hours of college “in a planned program of library science taken at an institution approved by a state or regional accrediting agency.”

To be a licensed professional librarian, you have to get a master’s degree “in the field on librarianship from a library school…” or you can specifically get a master’s in library and information science from Valdosta State University. They specifically called out the school name in the rules (Rule 320-3-.01.).

As my father always said, this sounds like a racket.

After you’ve spent your $50,000 for said master’s degree, you have to pay $80 to apply for your state license, and $75 every two years to keep it. This is all to ensure that the books go where they need to go, and that all librarians meet some minimum standard, which of course builds a pretty effective wall for people who would love to be a librarian but can’t afford the price.

Georgia is not the worst state for professional licensure abuse, but it’s not so worker-friendly either. Professions like athlete agents, music therapists, used car parts dealers, and athletic trainers need to be licensed. And of course, cosmetologists and barbers, and “athletic & entertainment commission” (which means fight promoters) need to be licensed.

The Heritage Foundation has done a series of pieces skewering states like Tennessee, which has a 300-hour requirement to become a hair shampooer.

“Something so simple, they make it so hard,” she said of the state. “Something as simple as shampooing, they make it so hard for a woman like me to make money for a better life.”

On one hand, the federal government is trying to eliminate entire categories of jobs (like coal miner, payday loan clerk, and gun dealer), while on the other hand state governments are erecting high walls for people to move into other fields.

And then there’s the patronage and featherbedding.

The 15-member Georgia State Board of Registration of Used Motor Vehicle Dealers and Used Motor Vehicle Parts Dealers is composed of two divisions, a Used Motor Vehicle Division and a Used Motor Vehicle Parts Division. Nine members are appointed by the Governor to serve with the Used Motor Vehicle Division and 6 members are appointed to serve with the Used Motor Vehicle Parts Division.

Governor Deal gets to hand out all these board memberships to whomever he pleases. And those people get to make decisions on who can sell used cars or used auto parts. And who gets paid to do the required training.

All licensed dealers are required to obtain 6 hours of continuing education in order to be eligible to renew their licenses. The following approved providers offer both continuing education and Pre-Licensing courses year-round. Contact the provider directly for more information on CE fees, schedules, etc.

The “provider” is E-Learning Concepts, LLC (www.UsedAutoDealerTraining.com). By the way, their “about us” page lists them in Monroe, Georgia, but the Georgia Secretary of State website shows no registered corporation by that name. Brian Kemp, are you reading this?

Sounds like a racket.

About the author

Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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