New Hampshire nibbling at nanny statism

posted at 12:15 pm on March 23, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Last year, Reason TV gave its Nanny of the Month award to New York state legislator Jeffrey Klein for his crusade against … fish pedicures. Despite getting no complaints and no evidence that the common Asian practice of having fish nibble off dead skin has any ill effects on humans, Klein petitioned to outlaw the business. Now, the Live Free or Die state of New Hampshire has followed Klein’s lead, and Ted Balaker does more reporting on the latest shocking danger to American health — the nanny state:

Pay close attention to this part:

Unfortunately for Ong and her customers, New Hampshire’s Board of Barbering, Cosmetology, and Esthetics banned the practice.

That’s right, the state that lets adults motorcycle without a helmet or drive without a seat belt won’t tolerate tiny fish nibbling at the dead skin on your feet.

Who runs this board? It’s run by the licensed providers of New Hampshire — in other words, Ong’s competitors. Gee, why would they want to outlaw a practice for which Ong has the only outlet?

Why is that significant? When we debated the public option in ObamaCare, I repeatedly warned about the effects of having a competitor regulate a market. It would be akin, I said, to having Wal-Mart take over regulation from the Federal Trade Commission; no matter how circumspect the regulator would be, it would act to put its competition at a disadvantage.

Even beyond that, though, don’t these people have more important issues to handle than fish pedicures? Absent real evidence of health risks, the state shouldn’t interfere with commerce. The only risk I see here is that it could make you dress in black and make great videos supporting fiscal liberty and free-market economics, if Nick Gillespie is any indication.


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Don L on March 23, 2010 at 2:31 PM

The post was getting sort of long as it was

;-)

notropis on March 23, 2010 at 3:38 PM

upinak on March 23, 2010 at 1:02 PM

bleach kills staph. period
BA in Microbiology
MA in Biochemistry

And Monica is correct.

funky chicken on March 23, 2010 at 3:49 PM

Licensing is primarily a means of limiting the competition. Any benefit to the public (assuming there is any in the first place) is purely coincidental.

MarkTheGreat on March 23, 2010 at 1:11 PM

You forgot the fee to renew a license which goes up every couple of years.

tessa on March 23, 2010 at 4:03 PM

upinak on March 23, 2010 at 1:02 PM

bleach kills staph. period
BA in Microbiology
MA in Biochemistry

And Monica is correct.

funky chicken on March 23, 2010 at 3:49 PM

It doesn’t kill MRSA unless fully concentrated. But WTF ever… I don’t go to spa’s. And I would still rather have a fish nibble on my toes.

upinak on March 23, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Had this done once in China. Pretty tickly, worked great. I had the smoothest skin….as for infections, pfft. I grew up in the country on the back waters of the Coosa River. Swam in it daily. I refuse to live life afraid of some infection. You risk that everyday just breathing. I’ve been to probably 40 different nail salons in my life. Never caught so much as a hangnail.

di butler on March 23, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Dhuka on March 23, 2010 at 3:27 PM

: )

Mark30339 on March 23, 2010 at 4:37 PM

These Nanny Nazis need fish nibbling on their brains to improve cognition.

MaiDee on March 23, 2010 at 6:34 PM

These Nanny Nazis need fish nibbling on their brains to improve cognition.

MaiDee on March 23, 2010 at 6:34 PM

There just fish, they can’t bring the dead back to life.

MarkTheGreat on March 24, 2010 at 8:25 AM

Having OD’d on Botox, Speaker Phlofit, need to see what these little critters can do to improve her appearance of aging.

Oh! I’m sorry that would qualify as animal cruelty. But I’m also sure that it would qualify for payment under the new Obama Care.

MSGTAS on March 24, 2010 at 11:06 AM

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