Maybe RI Regulators Will Listen to the Military


It amazes me that relaxing occupational licensing regulations even for military families is too much for special interests to accept, but Rhode Island should really take this news into consideration during next year’s legislative session:

U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said the presence of state laws on reciprocity of professional licenses for military families would now be a consideration when evaluating future basing and mission decisions in the Army, Navy and Air Force.

And that’s not all:

The statement — in a keynote address to the Western Governors Association meeting in Rapid City last month —came four months after Wilson, Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer and Secretary of the Army Mark Esper sent a letter to the National Governors Association in February encouraging states to consider licensure reciprocity legislation while noting that the quality of local schools near a base would also be a new factor considered in future basing and mission decisions.

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Imagine that… the U.S. military is concerned that its employees families have access to good schools and economic opportunity.  Rhode Island is fortunate, indeed, that private companies and individuals don’t have the same standards.

ADDENDUM (3:10 p.m., 7/10/18):
For those who can’t tell, that last sentence is sarcastic.

  • BasicCaruso

    “Imagine that… the U.S. military is concerned that its employees families have access to good schools and economic opportunity.”

    Not to mention socialized healthcare, housing, and subsidized daycare. By far the most socialist organization in the U.S. Listen to the military indeed!
    Perhaps the most impressive achievement of the American military isn’t its aircraft carriers, stunning as they are. Rather, it’s the military day care system for working parents.

    While one of America’s greatest failings is underinvestment in early childhood education (which seems to be one of the best ways to break cycles of poverty from replicating), the military manages to provide superb child care. The cost depends on family income and starts at $44 per week.

    • Mike678

      Russ–nice try. The US military is an arm of the US Gov’t. The economy that pays for our military is based on capitalism.
      Socialism is a ‘political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.’ The US military doesn’t fit the definition. If the US were a socialist country we couldn’t afford the military we have–and in a few years we’d be scrambling for food and essentials as they are today in sunny Venezuela.

      I’ll give you this–socialism is a great theory. But it is based on the assumption that all will work for the common good. Perhaps sometime in the future human nature will allow it to work, but as of today, no nation has succeeded–and the sheer human misery it has caused is extreme. But the elites in charge do well! Do you plan on being one of them?

      • BasicCaruso

        Uh, OK. So the NHS which is an arm of the British government and paid for by their capitalist economy is similarly not socialized medicine, eh?

        I agree if you define it narrowly enough, there have never been any true examples of socialism anywhere at any time. In fact there are many socialists against all forms of state power… Venezuela isn’t run by anarcho-syndicalist collectives! That’s not socialism!

        • Mike678

          Correct. It’s a government run single payer system that just killed a lot of people. In other words, a failure. Names mean little today. After all, killing the unborn is pro choice and so forth. The list is endless.

      • BasicCaruso

        fwiw, this is similar to saying that the U.S. is not a democracy because we don’t collectively vote on every piece of legislation, etc. Democracy is great in theory but…

        • Mike678

          Ah, Russ. We are a democracy, but not a pure or direct democracy. We are a representative democracy. You really need to learn how to present an argument.