Company scrip and other great ideas pushed out by employment regulations

The relationships between unrelated services that the government imposes on us often don’t make any sense:

* Why should my choice of doctor depend on my job?
* Why should my kids be forced to attend a school based on where I live?
* Why does my retirement plan depend on the provider my employer choose?

But other relationships would probably be more common if the government did not force them to be separate:

* Why doesn’t our employer pay for our education? If a certain skill is needed to perform our job, then our employer could pay for it on-demand, rather than workers paying for four years of education, and finding that only 1% is relevant to their job.

* We leave our homes empty all day while we go far away to the office. Why don’t we share our living and working spaces? Corporate campuses with serviced housing should have built-in housing. This would be common if school districts and zoning laws went away. Employees could save years of their lives by skipping the commute.

* Whatever happened to the company store? The IRS makes company scrip difficult to account for, but companies often share a common culture, and employees could save big by buying in bulk or sharing big purchases like cars, jets, and hot tubs.

What else would we see combined if the government got out of the way?

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