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(The Weekly Standard)   Pass a law that protects some corporations by forcing their competition to charge 35% more and delay orders by customers? Why would anyone have a problem with that?   (weeklystandard.com) divider line 221
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2012-04-27 09:47:32 AM  
Sounds like these fine folks are bored and just passing shiat to pass it.
 
2012-04-27 10:06:44 AM  
What the actual f*ck?
 
2012-04-27 10:07:00 AM  
Taxi business is extremely territorial. I used to drive a taxi in Braintree, a town south of Boston. We were only allowed to pick up fares in Braintree. One exception was picking people up at the airport in Boston to return to Braintree.

The rules were specific. You had to pick them up at Departures, or in a specific parking lot, depending on which airline they were coming from. I took a wrong turn and found my way into the Boston taxi area and no less than five cabbies jumped out of their cab yelling at me ready to break my windshield. I quickly explained I had taken a wrong turn, I wasn't there to steal anybody's money and high-tailed it out of there.
 
2012-04-27 10:55:13 AM  
What the living hell?
 
2012-04-27 11:12:05 AM  

cman: Sounds like these fine folks are getting kickbacks from the taxi companies bored and just passing shiat to pass it.


Yup.
 
2012-04-27 11:12:25 AM  
Government at work...
 
2012-04-27 11:13:03 AM  

lennavan: cman: Sounds like these fine folks are getting kickbacks from the taxi companies bored and just passing shiat to pass it.

Yup.


Yep.
 
2012-04-27 11:13:04 AM  
But we live in a FREE MARKET!
 
2012-04-27 11:13:38 AM  
Ah, capitalism at its finest.
 
2012-04-27 11:14:10 AM  
Not all that uncommon. In NYC, black cars licensed by the Taxi and Limo Commission are not allowed to accept street hails in Manhattan. It's part of the bone he city throws the yellow cab companies. Luckily, they still do accept street hails but they can be fined for it if caught.
 
2012-04-27 11:15:08 AM  
$50 MINIMUM for non-taxi livery rides? What the farking fark?
 
2012-04-27 11:15:26 AM  

A Dark Evil Omen: Ah, capitalism regulation at its finest.

 
2012-04-27 11:17:20 AM  
there are many thousands of similar laws all across the country that are designed to protect incumbent businesses.

every one should be repealed.
 
2012-04-27 11:17:41 AM  
So, large corporations successfully kept out their competition. Why do you hate capitalism?
 
2012-04-27 11:19:16 AM  

skullkrusher: Not all that uncommon. In NYC, black cars licensed by the Taxi and Limo Commission are not allowed to accept street hails in Manhattan. It's part of the bone he city throws the yellow cab companies. Luckily, they still do accept street hails but they can be fined for it if caught.


That's racist.
 
2012-04-27 11:20:37 AM  

youfoundthekingbaby: there are many thousands of similar laws all across the country that are designed to protect incumbent businesses.

every one should be repealed.


This is really where "job-killing regulations come from."

Not Obama.
 
2012-04-27 11:21:31 AM  

skullkrusher: Not all that uncommon. In NYC, black cars licensed by the Taxi and Limo Commission are not allowed to accept street hails in Manhattan. It's part of the bone he city throws the yellow cab companies. Luckily, they still do accept street hails but they can be fined for it if caught.


I think DC (or maybe just the VA airports?) has some stupid laws like that, too. I'm fairly certain Chicago does.

City life means cabs. Cabs mean competition for riders. Loss of ridership often means make-or-break for the cabbies. I can see WHY they want to make laws protecting cabbies, but I don't see HOW these laws help.

TheSelphie: $50 MINIMUM for non-taxi livery rides? What the farking fark?


It makes it harder for a limo or other livery driver (who just got stiffed on a fare, for example) from picking up street fares to make a bit of extra coin, thus hurting the other taxi drivers who were "supposed" to get that fare.

Cabbies are notoriously protective of their unique place to pick up strangers from the roadside and drive them to their desired destination. I'm not certain, but I think hitchhiking laws were also passed partly as a favor to cabbies (as well as "Think of the teenagers!!" hysteria).
 
2012-04-27 11:22:08 AM  

Satanic_Hamster: skullkrusher: Not all that uncommon. In NYC, blackAfrican-American cars licensed by the Taxi and Limo Commission are not allowed to accept street hails in Manhattan. It's part of the bone he city throws the yellow Asian cab companies. Luckily, they still do accept street hails but they can be fined for it if caught.

That's racist.


my apologies
 
2012-04-27 11:25:29 AM  
We should have elected the guy who's wife owns a beer distribution business. He would have protected him us from this sort of bought and paid for legislation that only serves to protect entrenched interests from competition.
 
2012-04-27 11:25:40 AM  
The taxi business is a shady, shady business. I live in San Francisco and the next time I can find a cab, anywhere, within 3 hours of when I first started looking for one, will be the first time.

I just don't understand it. The demand for taxis is much, much higher than the amount of cabs around. Really pisses me off.
 
2012-04-27 11:25:54 AM  
I find it very interesting that many of the articles greenlit/greenlighted for the Fark Politics Tab have appeared much early on the Drudge Report -- including this one.

/just an observation
 
2012-04-27 11:28:06 AM  

Dubya's_Coke_Dealer: youfoundthekingbaby: there are many thousands of similar laws all across the country that are designed to protect incumbent businesses.

every one should be repealed.

This is really where "job-killing regulations come from."

Not Obama.


sorry, but plenty come from the federal government. most any federal tax changes and additional layers of rules and regulations always benefit larger businesses over smaller ones/new ones because they already have the means to comply.
 
2012-04-27 11:28:31 AM  
Discrimination against limo drivers? Wonder if they ever heard the word before?
 
2012-04-27 11:29:04 AM  

Mayhem of the Black Underclass: But we live in a FREE MARKET!


Umm... I'm not sure what your point is, but this is just a nice, clear-cut example of the harm that government interference in the free market can cause to consumers.
 
2012-04-27 11:29:39 AM  

Dubya's_Coke_Dealer: So, large corporations successfully kept out their competition. Why do you hate crony capitalism?


FTFY
 
2012-04-27 11:30:20 AM  

Catsaregreen: I find it very interesting that many of the articles greenlit/greenlighted for the Fark Politics Tab have appeared much early on the Drudge Report -- including this one.

/just an observation


Yeah, it's weird how Fark greenlights current popular news stories.
 
2012-04-27 11:31:36 AM  

jaylectricity: Taxi business is extremely territorial. I used to drive a taxi in Braintree, a town south of Boston. We were only allowed to pick up fares in Braintree. One exception was picking people up at the airport in Boston to return to Braintree.

The rules were specific. You had to pick them up at Departures, or in a specific parking lot, depending on which airline they were coming from. I took a wrong turn and found my way into the Boston taxi area and no less than five cabbies jumped out of their cab yelling at me ready to break my windshield. I quickly explained I had taken a wrong turn, I wasn't there to steal anybody's money and high-tailed it out of there.


Yeah, I 'kind of' understand the reasoning behind this, for the same reasons, I just don't think that it is written or implemented correctly, but I understand why there are so many laws concerning taxi service. A lot of people get seriously ripped off otherwise.

To be fair, it's hard to craft a law that guarantees truly fair division of customers/business... By making the law, you are affecting the "free" distribution of potential business, but without it, people get screwed over.

/I'm SURE this is somehow Obama's fault
//Or Mexico's
///The UN?
 
2012-04-27 11:34:17 AM  
"As Ronald Reagan famously quipped, "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'"

Site fail for quoting Reagan, the first true spending and Quadrupler of the Deficit.
Only recent beaten by Dubya. fark Reagn
 
2012-04-27 11:36:14 AM  
imgc.allpostersimages.com
Sympathizes.And not a fark was given.
 
2012-04-27 11:36:17 AM  
I was tripping balls with some girl and we were coming out of a Butthole Surfers show when we were asked by a black car if we wanted a ride. Six bucks to get us home from Civic Center.

I love illegal livery services. And the old guys at the supermarket who would drive us and our groceries home for five dollars.

/CSB
 
2012-04-27 11:36:51 AM  

Why Would I Read the Article: The taxi business is a shady, shady business. I live in San Francisco and the next time I can find a cab, anywhere, within 3 hours of when I first started looking for one, will be the first time.

I just don't understand it. The demand for taxis is much, much higher than the amount of cabs around. Really pisses me off.


I work in The City everyday. The next time I see an available cab in the Financial District will be the first time.
 
2012-04-27 11:37:24 AM  

Glicky: I was tripping balls with some girl and we were coming out of a Butthole Surfers show when we were asked by a black car if we wanted a ride. Six bucks to get us home from Civic Center.

I love illegal livery services. And the old guys at the supermarket who would drive us and our groceries home for five dollars.

/CSB


good thing it worked out. Getting raped, tortured and murdered while tripping would have been awful.
 
2012-04-27 11:39:16 AM  

A Dark Evil Omen: Ah, capitalism at its finest.


I'm surprised no one has come in to defend capitalism and say b b but crony capitalism, as if they are separate things. Ahhh crony capitalism a new buzzword for the masses to slurp up! YUM!
 
2012-04-27 11:40:30 AM  
I hate cab drivers. It's a few hundred copies of the same 3 guys(Older white guy, Arab guy, West Indian Guy) speeding around the city cutting people off while yelling into their cell phones.

I am somewhat of a dickish driver, in general, but I turn it up to eleven when it comes to cabs. fark em.
 
2012-04-27 11:41:05 AM  

Catsaregreen: I find it very interesting that many of the articles greenlit/greenlighted for the Fark Politics Tab have appeared much early on the Drudge Report -- including this one.

/just an observation


I find it interesting that there are people who keep track of this sort of thing.
 
2012-04-27 11:41:18 AM  
is portland city council liberal or conservative? i need to know so i can muster up the proper amount of outrage.
 
2012-04-27 11:41:59 AM  

FarkedOver: A Dark Evil Omen: Ah, capitalism at its finest.

I'm surprised no one has come in to defend capitalism and say b b but crony capitalism, as if they are separate things. Ahhh crony capitalism a new buzzword for the masses to slurp up! YUM!


A) people have corrected his stupid and B) they are two different things.

LOL capitalism == crony capitalism! Let's replace it with socialism because the best way to end government corruption in the economy is to increase government involvement in the economy!
 
2012-04-27 11:43:15 AM  

youfoundthekingbaby: there are many thousands of similar laws all across the country that are designed to protect incumbent businesses.


Just look at the thousands of laws across the US regarding regarding alcoholic beverages and the licensing of places to distribute them or sell them by the drink. Very few of them have intrinsic sense but the people who benefit from them fight like mad to keep them in place. On the other hand if they were rationalized we might wind up in a situation where most liquor stores are driven out of business by WalMart which captured 90% of sales.
 
2012-04-27 11:43:18 AM  

FarkedOver: A Dark Evil Omen: Ah, capitalism at its finest.

I'm surprised no one has come in to defend capitalism and say b b but crony capitalism, as if they are separate things. Ahhh crony capitalism a new buzzword for the masses to slurp up! YUM!


I'm just not sure how negative consequence from government interference in the market is a slight to the free market.

But have fun
 
2012-04-27 11:45:05 AM  

skullkrusher: Let's replace it with socialism because the best way to end government corruption along with private sector corruption in the economy is to increase government involvement in the economy!


Fixed that for you. Capitalism is always corrupt. It's the nature of the game. I know you're a smart guy, and I know you know there's more to socialism than just that.
 
2012-04-27 11:46:33 AM  

FarkedOver: skullkrusher: Let's replace it with socialism because the best way to end government corruption along with private sector corruption in the economy is to increase government involvement in the economy!

Fixed that for you. Capitalism is always corrupt. It's the nature of the game. I know you're a smart guy, and I know you know there's more to socialism than just that.


point is that crony capitalism exists because people are corrupt and looking out for their own self interests. Replacing the system with one that features FAR more involvement between government and business is not going to change that.
 
2012-04-27 11:47:10 AM  
crohny capitalism is more like it amirite???
 
2012-04-27 11:48:20 AM  
"The Portland city council two years ago put in place regulations that force limousine and sedan services to charge a $50 minimum for rides to and from the airport, and at least 35 percent more than taxis for trips to any other destination. And these transportation companies cannot pick up customers until at least an hour after the customer calls for a ride."

That doesn't sound very free market like to me. That sounds like someone got bribed.
 
2012-04-27 11:49:02 AM  

colon_pow: is portland city council liberal or conservative? i need to know so i can muster up the proper amount of outrage.



Portland, OREGON is the liberal hell on earth where stripping is considered a protected expression of speech under the 1st Amendment. The bars are full nudity to

Also, Portland is as close to Beer Heaven as you can get. So many breweries. So little time.

But yeah, it's bad stay out. It rains a lot too. And the bicyclists will kill you if the rain doesn't
 
2012-04-27 11:50:04 AM  
Boy, looks like a hit a nerve there. I guess all the Fark Libs who balst Drudge and his "ilk," secretly visit his website. Kinda like how anti-gay Deerps visit the local glory hole.
 
2012-04-27 11:50:43 AM  
meanmutton: Mayhem of the Black Underclass: But we live in a FREE MARKET!

Umm... I'm not sure what your point is, but this is just a nice, clear-cut example of the harm that government interference in the free market can cause to consumers.


You aren't very bright.
 
2012-04-27 11:50:52 AM  

skullkrusher: Not all that uncommon. In NYC, black cars licensed by the Taxi and Limo Commission are not allowed to accept street hails in Manhattan. It's part of the bone he city throws the yellow cab companies. Luckily, they still do accept street hails but they can be fined for it if caught.


I can see the rationale for that. You could wind up with random Lincolns abducting people.

Mandatory pricing and wait times, like those mentioned in the article, are a different story.
 
2012-04-27 11:51:17 AM  

meanmutton: Umm... I'm not sure what your point is, but this is just a nice, clear-cut example of the harm that government interference in the free market can cause to consumers.


More like a nice, clear-cut example of the harm that business interference in the government can cause to consumers.

Unless you think somehow the government was doing this on their own, and wasn't lobbied to hell and back by taxi companies.
 
2012-04-27 11:51:31 AM  

Catsaregreen: Boy, looks like a hit a nerve there. I guess all the Fark Libs who balst Drudge and his "ilk," secretly visit his website. Kinda like how anti-gay Deerps visit the local glory hole.


[facepalm.eps]
 
2012-04-27 11:52:15 AM  
meat0918: colon_pow: is portland city council liberal or conservative? i need to know so i can muster up the proper amount of outrage.


Portland, OREGON is the liberal hell on earth where stripping is considered a protected expression of speech under the 1st Amendment. The bars are full nudity to

Also, Portland is as close to Beer Heaven as you can get. So many breweries. So little time.

But yeah, it's bad stay out. It rains a lot too. And the bicyclists will kill you if the rain doesn't


I hate Portland, too, but for reasons that diverge from yours.
 
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