Video: How removing one regulation created hundreds of jobs in Mississippi

posted at 9:21 pm on April 17, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

So many businesses are just someone’s dream—to make an honest living, to serve the community something it’s missing, to use talents to their greatest potential. Every roadblock the government erects makes those dreams slightly less possible. And, those roadblocks aren’t tripping up the lavishly rich. In this case, an unnecessary regulation in Mississippi was keeping hundreds of working- and middle-class black women from making a living doing something their community wanted to pay them for— hairbraiding. One woman fought for seven years to change that. The result is pretty much the whole reason I believe what I believe.

I’ve known this story for a couple of years because I love the work the Institute for Justice does. I’m so glad Sean brought it to life. Take 30 minutes to sit down and watch it:

Laws of this type still exist in many states, keeping people from chasing the dream Melony fulfilled. Click here to find out how to get the word out about this film, and maybe fuel the fight outside of Mississippi.

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Wait, businesses created by minorities WITHOUT the help of Uncle Sugar???

RACISTS!!!

/Progressive Left Media

BlaxPac on April 17, 2014 at 9:36 PM

Take 30 minutes to sit down and watch it

30 minutes, MKH? You’re joking right?

Are there any car chases/explosions/shootouts/vampires? I want to know in advance.

kcewa on April 17, 2014 at 9:37 PM

kcewa on April 17, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Vampires yes. In the form of government.

astonerii on April 17, 2014 at 9:39 PM

kcewa on April 17, 2014 at 9:37 PM

I think they spend the entire movie avoiding their vampire uncle. Sam.

jaime on April 17, 2014 at 9:40 PM

26 minutes?????

I will watch this after my Star Trek tonite…

No ..

Seriously….

Electrongod on April 17, 2014 at 9:42 PM

26 minutes?????

I will watch this after my Star Trek tonite…

No ..

Seriously….

Electrongod on April 17, 2014 at 9:42 PM

Yep. “Vikings” comes on in about 10 minutes. Will. Not. Miss.

predator on April 17, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Yep. “Vikings” comes on in about 10 minutes. Will. Not. Miss.

predator on April 17, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Thank you for your support!

viking01 on April 17, 2014 at 9:57 PM

Yes, okay, fine, but does it protect any desert tortoises?

John the Libertarian on April 17, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Vampires yes. In the form of government.

astonerii on April 17, 2014 at 9:39 PM

I think they spend the entire movie avoiding their vampire uncle. Sam.

jaime on April 17, 2014 at 9:40 PM

That kind of vampire is too scary for me. I’ll take a miss.

kcewa on April 17, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Heh. Locked out. Great subhead.

John the Libertarian on April 17, 2014 at 10:06 PM

I’ve known this story for a couple of years because I love the work the Institute for Justice does. I’m so glad Sean brought it to life. Take 30 minutes to sit down and watch it . . . . .

Mary Katharine Ham on April 17, 2014 at 9:21 PM
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30 minutes, MKH? You’re joking right?

Are there any car chases/explosions/shootouts/vampires? I want to know in advance.

kcewa on April 17, 2014 at 9:37 PM

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Vampires yes. In the form of government.

astonerii on April 17, 2014 at 9:39 PM

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Those are the worst kind of vampires, too … ( shudder. )

listens2glenn on April 17, 2014 at 10:17 PM

This story is fantastic. I definitely recommend people watch it.

io on April 17, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Government by vampires sucks….

viking01 on April 17, 2014 at 11:07 PM

This story is fantastic. I definitely recommend people watch it.
io on April 17, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Agreed. The short film is an inspiring example of what the entrepreneurial spirit can accomplish when untethered from government regulations meant to stifle competition and protect established business interests.

Gwynplaine on April 17, 2014 at 11:19 PM

The GOP governors, and any GOP controlled state legislatures, should be pushing things like this in their states, and making sure the beneficiaries know who to thank.

AesopFan on April 17, 2014 at 11:55 PM

If you wonder how these kinds of laws get passed, just consider that over a thousand cosmetologists showed up to lobby against allowing anyone to braid hair that was not a fully licensed cosmetologist.

If you really want a free enterprise system, you have to watch out both for government undermining the free market, and for business undermining it. Very often, business interests get the government to pass regulations that are meant to, well, ‘protect their turf.’

And is it really any better when it’s done by the government instead of by a gang with guns and knives?

There Goes the Neighborhood on April 18, 2014 at 2:20 AM

Good stuff! New York and other states have very strict laws against several things like this, including (IMHO) massage therapy.To get a massage license, you basically need to go to a very expensive school for three years… I think it’s a bit much… maybe a 6 or 8-week course to make sure you keep sanitary, etc… It’s all about the massage school lobby I reckon…

loubkk on April 18, 2014 at 2:41 AM

Wait, businesses created by minorities WITHOUT the help of Uncle Sugar???

RACISTS!!!

/Progressive Left Media

BlaxPac on April 17, 2014 at 9:36 PM

No business loan? Does she have a HS or college degree? Her clients any of them using government aide? I wonder how many of her clients withdraw cash from EBT card to pay for their braids?

AmlissVess on April 18, 2014 at 5:50 AM

Vampires yes. In the form of government.

astonerii on April 17, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Or zombies: brain dead, following primal instincts, killing the living to devour their brains which don’t do anything but keep the zombies moving. Plus there are hoards of them. The Zombie virus of regulations lives within the Vampire of government, and soon that takes over as government becomes its own cause and purpose and anything alive is its prey.

They might start as Vampires.

They end up as Zombies.

ajacksonian on April 18, 2014 at 6:56 AM

Yeah MKH, but you conveniently leave out all the horrors now being visited upon the good people of Mississippi due to the explosion of unlicensed hair braiders. If you thought the hair styles at Walmart were ugly before, you should see them now!

Grammar Nazi on April 18, 2014 at 7:06 AM

The guvment is heavy and he ain’t my brother.

Get the ef off my back!

Sherman1864 on April 18, 2014 at 7:09 AM

I watched the video and enjoyed it! It’s very inspiring.

Notice the elation of the main character throughout the story. Success brings a mental high that defies words…maybe some of you lefties should try it some time.

I wish this woman much success.

Kingfisher on April 18, 2014 at 9:28 AM

“Be a Melony” Best line. If only more of our politicians would become a “Melony”. This should have taken seven minutes to fix instead of seven years.

Buckshots on April 18, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Good stuff! New York and other states have very strict laws against several things like this, including (IMHO) massage therapy.To get a massage license, you basically need to go to a very expensive school for three years… I think it’s a bit much… maybe a 6 or 8-week course to make sure you keep sanitary, etc… It’s all about the massage school lobby I reckon

loubkk on April 18, 2014 at 2:41 AM

Al Gore, with his Chakras, is a very powerful force in the legislative arena.

Mitoch55 on April 18, 2014 at 10:16 AM

If you really want a free enterprise system, you have to watch out both for government undermining the free market, and for business undermining it. Very often, business interests get the government to pass regulations that are meant to, well, ‘protect their turf.’

And is it really any better when it’s done by the government instead of by a gang with guns and knives?

There Goes the Neighborhood on April 18, 2014 at 2:20 AM

“People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.” -Adam Smith

There is nothing new under the sun. And the above quote is exactly why the government ought to have as little power as possible, because the absolute BEST way to enforce collusion is through the government. And businesses know it.

makattak on April 18, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Yeah, corporations in the US use power and money to destroy innovation and competition. This is why money = speech is dumb, and why blanket love of business is not smart.

The government in turn benefits from the cash given by corps and the whole thing is a giant revolving den of scum and villainy.

antisense on April 18, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Way to to Melony, taking on the system and being able to fulfill your dream.

This situation reminds me of the way a bigoted, paranoid, and arrogant media who through their misreporting of the methodology of transmission of AIDs banned the traditional Steam, shave and haircut men received in Barber Shops.

When the idea that a nick from a razor could lead to infection of the entire occupancy of the Barber Shop eliminated this service, along with it went increased communication between customer and barber and others in earshot, a sense of self respect, and more importantly friendships.

Therefore, I applaud you for fighting to provide customers a longtime tradition of braiding hair which has nothing unhealthy associated with its practice and restores the good things associated with a steam, shave, and haircut.

You go Girl.

MSGTAS on April 18, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Kingfisher typed:

Notice the elation of the main character throughout the story. Success brings a mental high that defies words…maybe some of you lefties should try it some time.

That “high” has a name. It’s called dignity.

JCoulter on April 18, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Predictable.
Government is best when it governs the least.
But that would force thousands of libtards into a place they cannot handle: the job market.

Thinking it might be time to watch Battlestar Galactica; it has been a few years.

After a Three Stooges fest.

Bubba Redneck on April 18, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Good stuff! New York and other states have very strict laws against several things like this, including (IMHO) massage therapy.To get a massage license, you basically need to go to a very expensive school for three years… I think it’s a bit much… maybe a 6 or 8-week course to make sure you keep sanitary, etc… It’s all about the massage school lobby I reckon…
loubkk on April 18, 2014 at 2:41 AM

Do these provide “happy endings”?
I’m asking for a friend. . .

Bubba Redneck on April 18, 2014 at 1:31 PM

How many in this video missed the entire point that the Dems (& perhaps some Republicans as well) POLS, created this mess in the first place.
The big govt they used to love they realized ruins lives.
How many here vote Dem to this day?

Badger40 on April 19, 2014 at 9:18 AM