Michele Hickford
December 5, 2013

In the face of growing criticism of Obamacare and a startling poll that says a majority of Americans under age 25 would like to see Obama thrown out of office, our Dear Leader is trying to change the conversation to “income equality” and a push for higher minimum wages. Like magic, fast food worker strikes have appeared all over the nation calling for unionization and higher wages.

As usual with the progressive agenda, it’s unions (good), entrepreneurs (bad). But of all people to target, the federal government is even going after independent music teachers.

According to Kim Strassel in the Wall Street Journal,

In March of this year, a small nonprofit in Cincinnati—the Music Teachers National Association—received a letter from the FTC. The agency was investigating whether the association was engaged in, uh, anticompetitive practices.

This was bizarre, given that the MTNA has existed since 1876 solely to advance the cause of music study and support music teachers. The 501(c)(3) has about 22,000 members, nearly 90% of them piano teachers, including many women who earn a modest living giving lessons in their homes.

According to the FTC, a provision in the Association’s Code of Ethics regarding members not actively recruit students from other teachers could be construed as an attempt to raise lesson prices. As Strassel writes, “Given that the average lesson runs around $30 an hour, and that some devoted teachers still give lessons for $5 a pop, this is patently absurd.”

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