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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/6320/parents-allow-criminals-to-care-for-children/

Parents Allow Criminals To Care for Children!

March 1, 2007 by

So here is a story about the “infrequent inspections, deficient safety requirements, and low hiring standards” of day care operations around the country. We need federal regulations! Or so says the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies.

Two questions.

Why isn’t is obvious that if any industry can be self-regulating, it is this one? No one has more of an incentive to inspect the quality of daycare than parents. Left to the competitive forces of the market, the industry can only improve with time. How can anyone posit a systematic market failure in an industry in which every paying consumer is constantly breathing down the provider’s neck?

Second, why does the media not smell a rat here? I mean, if the Mises Institute were to release a report about the low quality of Misesian bloggers, and demanded federal regulation to keep out bloggers who are less than the ideal, wouldn’t people suspect that we were seeking a monopoly privilege? One would assume so. So why don’t people immediately see what the NACCRRA is up to? It seeks a kind of federally protected union status among child-care providers. The heck of it is that this outfit is funded by you.

{ 3 comments }

Lenoxus March 2, 2007 at 12:57 am

HWile I don’t always agree with your opinions, I find an excellent point about this particular industry.

Joseph Huang March 2, 2007 at 11:04 am

Dare i ask what is so different about this industry from all the others?

Lisa Casanova March 2, 2007 at 10:30 pm

One of their criticisms is the level of education required of child care providers. I wonder….if you can’t be a daycare provider with only a high school education, are you fit to be a parent if you have the same level of education? Everybody who didn’t go to college, hand over your kids!

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