Original Article by George Will
Commentary by Robin Lennon
“(NASHVILLE, TN) Bokhari bought a black Lincoln sedan and began offering cut-rate rides — an average of $25 — to and from the airport, around downtown and in neighborhoods not well served by taxis. After one year he had 12 cars. Now he has 20, and 15 independent contractors with their own cars, and a Web site, and lots of customers. He also has some enemies, including the established taxi and sedan companies and a city government that is, as interventionist governments generally are, devoted to regulations that protect the strong by preserving the status quo.
With the quiet support of the taxi companies, which have not raised rates since Bokhari and some similar entrepreneurs went into business, the limo companies got regulators to require a $45 minimum charge for any ride. Not content with that gross injury, government added crippling insults: It limited the age of cars and number of miles on them — regardless of the cars’ condition — and forbade dispatches via cellphones, which is how start-up limo companies operate.”
This happened with UPS and Fed Ex, Solyndra, GM. It’s why all the major companies and banks kowtow to the government and why the cost of living continues to rise along with the tax burden on productive Americans.
Our freedoms that had been slowly eroding over the last century are being destroyed by leaps and bounds. And now, we have POTUS continuing to escalate racial tensions. Dare I even say it, hoping that violence and intimidation will result. Of course since his army of anarchists and black revolutionaries will be at the center of this mob, none of it will be considered criminal by our Attorney Generalissimo and his Department of Injustice.
Things are escalating, and now I hope that the majority of Americans are praying with me, not just hoping, that this President fails at bringing anymore “Hope and Change” to America.
Trickle-Down Misery in L.A. (Click for original)
George F. Will
From the magazine issue dated May 17, 2010
Riordan and Rubalcava say two numbers—8 percent and 5,000—define the city’s crisis. L.A. has conveniently but unrealistically assumed 8 percent annual growth of the assets of the city’s pension funds. The two main funds’ actual growth over the last decade have been 3.5 percent and 2.8 percent. And Villaraigosa added 5,000 people to the city’s payroll in his first term.
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