That's pure bullshit Conservative non-sense. I've had a pilots license for nearly 20 years and with the introduction of Part 61 licenses and the expansion of the aircraft allowed under sport and private pilots licenses its much easier to qualify these days.
But hey, don't let me get in the way of a good old fashioned big government hatefest. I know it must be terrible to have regulations for people who want to operate a vehicle that requires specialized training, and I'm sure that fuel costs and aircraft costs have nothing to do with it whatsoever. Right?