This is how our country is being turned into a police state. One group at a time. Now it is the piano teachers who teach our kids. Why not lock them up? Come on guys, just do it. Let’s have at it. Obama? You want to become a fascist Dictator? Oh, you are already think you can run a totalitarian state. Good luck fellow. Here we go:
Bureaucrats at the Federal Trade Commission must have a lot of spare time. The agency recently swooped to rescue the American people from the threat posed by a collaborative organization of 22,000 professionals who sit down with youngsters and teach them how to play a piano.
The administration has demanded the group dig up 20 years’ worth of paperwork regarding its policies, hire “compliance officers” and set up pointless training sessions for employees.
Reported first by the Wall Street Journal, regulators forced the Music Teachers National Association, a century-old nonprofit, to accept a consent decree over the group’s code of ethics, which simply encouraged members not to pilfer or recruit students from fellow members. Only in a twisted bureaucratic mind would such a sensible provision be seen as a restraint of trade or a violation of federal law. The Federal Trade Commission is singing off the wrong song sheet.
The association did everything possible to appease the peevish regulators, including expunging the offending language from its code of ethics. The code has never even been enforced, because the obligation for members to follow the code is moral, not legal. This wasn’t enough. “Although MTNA demonstrated to the FTC that its code of ethics is voluntary,” the group explained in a statement, “and that the Association has never enforced the solicitation provision, the FTC offered MTNA the unappetizing choice of entering into a settlement or spending hundreds of thousands of membership dues dollars fighting the federal government.
Read more: Washington Times