How the Government Keeps Us from Jobs

Free the Future


July 2, 2014

This is a Guest Blog Post.

If you can’t find a job, what’s the next best option? Create a job for yourself, of course. In a time of high Millennial unemployment and rising college tuition, skilled labor is the only option that many young people have. Unfortunately, many young professionals face expensive red tape from government-required occupational licensing.

According to the 2012 Institute for Justice report License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing, occupational licensing is widespread across the country and affects a broad range of professions:

“On average, these government-mandated licenses force aspiring workers to spend nine months in education or training, pass one exam and pay more than $200 in fees. One third of the licenses take more than one year to earn. At least one exam is required for 79 [out of 102] of the occupations.”

For example, a young aspiring professional who already knows African style hair braiding is, in many states, banned from braiding anyone’s hair simply because she hasn’t paid hundreds of dollars and gone through hundreds of training hours for a state-issued piece of paper. According to licensure expert Morris Kleiner, only one in twenty Americans needed a license to do their jobs in the 1950s. Today, that number is one in three and includes taxidermists, travel agents, and cosmetologists.

Burdensome licensing laws don’t benefit consumers, like you and me: they benefit established businesses that fear competition. New entrants in the market can offer lower prices and better service. To restrict competition, big businesses support burdensome licensing requirements so that it is too expensive for more businesses to get started. A fair playing field free of government protection for special interests gives everyone the chance to offer their skills to the market. Consumers get more options, and more people, including many Millennials, can make a living from their skills.

Besides, there are many alternatives to government-issued licenses.

Private industry associations are capable of issuing their own certifications to members who demonstrate the necessary skills and safety knowledge. For example, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence already does this for car mechanics. Their certification has certain requirements, and it’s up to consumers to decide whether or not they value the certification. The Better Business Bureau is another example of a private organization that holds businesses accountable for misleading advertisments and scams. And, of course, the Internet has made it easier than ever for consumers to write and read reviews.

Let consumers choose the best professionals with the private certifications they value in the free market. No one, including Millennials, should be shut out of the skilled labor market just because they don’t have the money to obtain a government-issued permission slip.

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Geoff Wilson studies Political Science and Public Policy at Rochester Institute of Technology, in New York. He also writes both fiction and non-fiction, and enjoys participating in the liberty movement. His proudest achievements include his Eagle Scout award, and the publication of his first book in Fall of 2013. Geoff can be contacted at:


BUTT OUT OF MY MEDICINE CABINET — It’s Not About Birth Control

Original post here.

By Laura Carno


The Supreme Court today sided with Hobby Lobby, and other similarly situated privately held companies, allowing them to choose not to offer specific types of birth control in their health benefits package.

The religious freedom argument is ubiquitous today, and I will not add to that.  Instead, I will approach this topic from a different angle: Is it the government’s job to tell companies what must comprise their benefits package?  Why must they continue to butt in to the medicine cabinets of private citizens?

Let’s take away the special category that birth control has been assigned in this health care debate.  It is sometimes discussed as if birth control would not be available but for ObamaCare.  That is just factually inaccurate.  Birth control is widely available, and is in no danger of becoming unavailable.

I take a prescription thyroid medication.  It is critical to my living a healthy life.  My doctor and I talked about the options, agreed on a medication, and I filled the prescription.  Why is no one up in arms over universal coverage for thyroid medication?  Isn’t birth control just another medication —like cholesterol medication, blood pressure medication, or the thyroid medication I take?  They are all lifesaving medications that many patients can’t do without.  Birth control is not in some magical medicinal category of its own. But is it the government’s job to tell an employer that they must offer any of those medications in their benefits package?  Why would that not be a voluntary agreement between the insurance company and the insured customer?  Why should the government be involved at all?

If you say, “Yes, all of those medications must, by law, be covered.”  To those who believe that should be the law, I ask, “Upon what principle is that based?”  You must believe in a government so powerful that it can tell the employer all sorts of things about employee pay and benefits.

If you want the government to mandate birth control, then to be intellectually consistent, you must also be supportive of the government determining the pay, benefits, sick leave, vacation days, etc. for all jobs at all companies.  Is that OK with you?  It’s not OK with me.  Pay, benefits, sick leave, and vacation days are all decisions that should be agreed upon by the employer and the prospective employee.  If they can’t come to a voluntary agreement, it is not the government’s job to step in.

There are many conversations we should not be having with our government.  We should not be compelled to discuss with them the contents of our medicine cabinet.  That is between my doctor, my insurance company and me.  I want the government to butt out of my medicine cabinet.



Courage vs. “Courage” – The Colorado Gun Control Debate

May 1, 2014

By Laura Carno

Courage vs. “Courage” – The Colorado Gun Control Debate

California High School student Ben Wolman recently wrote an essay, for which he won an award in a Profiles in Courage contest, called “John Morse: Small Price to Pay.” Wolman and I have different definitions of “courage.”

Wolman paints then-Senate-President John Morse as an independent-minded legislator, concerned only about the safety of the citizens he serves, and not concerned at all about his political career.

The facts do not support this. First, the 2013 gun-control bill agenda was a much larger effort than just John Morse. Joe Biden was calling key Democrat holdouts during floor votes.  Michael Bloomberg and Governor John Hickenlooper were directly talking during these same debates.  And during the successful recall of John Morse, Bloomberg wrote a personal check for $350,000 to try to thwart the effort.

Wolman also writes that Morse “has a long record of making other people’s well-being a priority,” indicating that these gun control bills would actually make people safer. Unfortunately for Wolman, this is just not accurate. A Harvard study shows that strict gun control does not mean less crime.

True courage is the mom who stands between her children and an intruder with a loaded firearm rather than see her family harmed.  Courage is the widow who fights for concealed carry laws that would have allowed her husband to save his own life instead of being murdered in public by a stalker.

Politicians are not kings. They are not elected to jeopardize my safety. They are not elected to tell us what to do with our lives. They are not elected to tell us how we may or may not defend ourselves. Those who think they know better how we should live our lives should not be held up as heroes.

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GUEST COLUMN: With Sen. Udall actions speak louder than words

March 24, 2014

The Gazette

By Laura Carno

According to the Wall Street Journal, Sen. Mark Udall was one of the “Obamacare 12″: senators who cast the 60th and decisive vote for Obamacare. His constituents were against Obamacare. Had he simply done his job and represented them, the entire nation would have been spared the miseries of Obamacare. Like President Barack Obama, Sen. Udall told us we could keep our doctors and our health plans. He lied, and, now, 335,000 Coloradans have had their health care plans canceled. Every day we read of people who have lost their insurance, only to have it replaced by coverage they don’t want – at a higher price. Does Udall deserve re-election in November, when he lied about something so critical to all of us, regardless of political party?

While Udall has consistently supported taxpayer funded “green-energy” technologies, he’s placed roadblocks in the way of further oil, gas and coal development in Colorado, while opposing the Keystone Pipeline. The Keystone Pipeline would go a long way toward American Energy Independence. Meanwhile, average gas prices in Colorado have gone up from $1.76 to $3.50 during Udall’s tenure in the U.S. Senate. This isn’t about the environment; this is about energy decisions Udall made for you and your family that don’t work – and, in fact, work against you.

Udall also voted for an amendment to limit firearm magazine capacity to 10. As we said in our TV and radio ads during the recent recall of state Senator President John Morse, “Don’t you dare tell me how to defend myself!” It’s not Sen. Udall’s job to make self-defense decisions for us. That’s our job.

Regarding the NSA spying scandal, Sen. Udall has said that one of our key freedoms is, “the freedom to be left alone.” I agree, Udall, but actions speak louder than words. Butt out of our personal health care, self-defense and energy decisions.

Politicians are not kings. Sen. Udall acts as though it’s his job to make these critical decisions for us. It is not. That’s our job.

We love living in Colorado. But we just can’t afford Udall’s destructive policies anymore.


Carno is a political strategist based in El Paso County and the founder of I Am Created Equal.

Dunn’s response:

Whom do you trust? Isn’t that what this is really all about? I trust Mark Udall. As a senator representing all of us, wealthy, middle class and poor, in Colorado, Mark will continue taking steps toward a better, more progressive future. A better future isn’t every-man-for-himself health insurance, a polluted environment and a gun in every hand. A better future requires a responsible, well-educated citizenry who take steps to protect themselves, one another, and our environment – together.

That’s the future I am heading towards with Sen. Mark Udall, and we encourage you to join us.
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LOLA of the Month Laura Carno

March 6, 2014

Ladies of Liberty Alliance

By Ladies of Liberty Alliance

We are pleased to announce March’s LOLA of the month, Laura Carno! Laura is a Colorado citizen who most recently won the 2014 Leader in Action Award from the Leadership Program of the Rockies.

Laura believes that as adults, we don’t need to be told how to live, but we do need to stand our ground when government gets the relationship with its citizens upside down.

Laura has become the face of the idea that politicians are people, not kings. After a 25-year management career in the banking industry, Laura decided to take her passion for advocacy to the next level. Not only has she volunteered for a number of local political campaigns, she has managed successful ones.

What caught our attention was Laura’s influence in the recent Colorado recalls. Laura is the founder of several non-profit advocacy groups including I Am Created Equal and IACE Action. Laura is committed to making a difference, not just making noise.

A recent article from the front page of the Washington Times highlighting Laura’s activism can be viewed here.

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Laura Carno, named Leadership Program of the Rockies’ 2014 Leader in Action

February 17, 2014

Leadership Program of the Rockies

By Leadership Program of the Rockies

DENVER- Leadership Program of the Rockies (LPR) announces Laura Carno, founder of I Am Created Equal, as the recipient of the 2014 Leader in Action Award.

“In the world of activism, there is no substitute for having a deep understanding of principles and the willingness to take bold action,” said Shari Williams, President of the Leadership Program of the Rockies.

Laura is a graduate of our 2011 LPR class and a graduate of the inaugural School of Persuasion class. It was through the School of Persuasion that she decided to shift from singular work on political campaigns and form a 501c4 & 527 activist organization. She’s best known as the Founder of I Am Created Equal, a messaging and media organization designed to communicate the power of the individual versus the tyranny of government. I Am Created Equal is setting straight the relationship between citizens and their government. She credits her LPR training with giving her the essential skills and education to make a profound difference in Colorado. Laura is helping people who are political and non-political alike to talk about freedom messaging in a way that is accessible to all voters.

Laura has become a force to be reckoned with in Colorado. She’s even started to get important national attention and an international following. She’s been on the front cover of the Washington Times for being active in the debate against the gun control legislation, being a key leader in last year’s recalls, and-helped motivate and lead so many other LPR graduates in these causes. This year she’s a prime activist in fighting for education reform and has created a forum to expose issues in a U.S. Senate race.

Laura will be honored during the Annual LPR retreat at the Broadmoor on February 22.For more information about the LPR Retreat, please visit:

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Recognition wrap about recall effort success on today’s Washington Times

Excited to see success of recall effort recognized as a wrap on today’s Washington Times. To see the Washington Time’s post go here: