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I'm not sure we're approaching the certification issue correctly. Our
goals are too mundane. Look at what doctors and lawyers have achieved
through THEIR certification programs:
* Greatly increased average personal income by restricting the number
of new entrants to the profession.
* The protection of incompetent members through a decertification process
that makes it far easier to absolve than to punish.
* The fostering of a lofty, godlike stature in the eyes of the public
through a combination of good P.R. and the relentless sweeping under
the rug of all unseemly happenings.
* Massive power at the governmental lobbying level, which leads to
protection and patronage.
* An arrangement by which most of the work is done by low-paid uncertified
workers and virtually unpaid apprentices (i.e., nurses, med students,
and interns), leaving the certified people ample time for leisure.
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