Modern business and big government
Businesses are trying to gain market advantage, not by being competitive on service, products, and prices, but by getting the government to tilt the odds laws in their favor.
This is nothing new, really, and is like some forms of protectionism. Quite a lot of licensed professions merely serve as a racket for controlling entry into particular business and generating revenues for the state. Do you really need a license, for instance, to paint someone’s fingernails or sell homes? Sure, some jobs may actually require a certification for safety or competency reasons but given the current state of our legal system, I’d rather have a lawyer who was smart than one that just had a license.
And I say that as a CPA.