November 19, 2019

Politicians Should Be Licensed

“Politicians should be licensed. Nearly every other profession has some form of accreditation or certification. In the District , more than 125 occupations require a license.

We license lawyers, doctors, teachers, accountants, plumbers, real estate brokers, marriage counselors, dental hygienists, cosmetologists, beauticians and barbers. But a politician has the power to cause more damage and expense than even the worst hair stylist.

Licensing is no cure-all, as the behavior of Washington law firms shows. Most politicians are lousy, and a license to practice won’t make them better. But creating complicated and time-consuming regulatory barriers to becoming a politician might, at least, limit the number of louses.

To qualify for a license, politicians should be rigorously educated and highly trained. In college, they need to study subjects pertinent to their field. Just eight semesters of abnormal psych might not be enough.”

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