It’s about time, but it’s too late now. I guess there is some comfort in knowing that the even the statist Gray Lady sees what Obamcare actually is. Though I am going to guess that the New York Times editorial board isn’t going to come out for repeal even though the program was sold with out and out lies and is pouring billions in taxpayer dollars into the pockets of the health insurance companies.
Senator Franken sought to stem the blood loss on the issue of Net neutrality so he took to the airwaves on Sunday. Net neutrality was supposed to be a good issue to bring up in the wake of the crushing defeat of the Dems on November 4th. It hasn’t turned out that way.
The logic likely went something like this.
What’d old Judge Nap say? The taxes are coming.
It’s Net control, not Net neutrality. Fight now.
At the top of the list is building trust with the American people. OK, that is key.
Just below building trust with the citizenry? Fighting crony capitalism. No joke. Lee sees it (rightly) as perhaps the issue which will define the success of this Congress and the GOP going forward. If the GOP actually works to reduce crony capitalism, to free up the economy, to reduce the special deals for big business and other large interests, the party will be rewarded. If however the Republicans lapse back into favor pedaling voters will punish the party.
I think at this point I may just have to avoid taxis all together. It’s probably worth it to go out of my way to use services like Uber and Lyft. Thing is, even with all the crony capitalism, with all the inside dealing, the licensing, etc., I probably still won’t have to go out of my way to get a ride from Uber or Lyft. You know why? Because the ridesharing companies want my business and respect me as a customer.
The taxi companies clearly do not.
The big insurers have found a nice big(ger) taxpayer funded stream of income in Medicaid under Obamacare. The giant companies are hoping that politicians who will expand the program on the state level will get elected tomorrow.
The move toward libertarianism just makes common sense. In a world which is more connected, where we are able to do more and more for ourselves in ever more cost efficient and customized ways, (Think banking, research, legal documents, medical information, pretty much everything.) free markets and free prices make life easier and more interesting.
This is almost as bad as the taxi association guy in Chicago who threatened to out local gay alderman if they voted to let Uber operate within the city.
The taxi guys (not the drivers for the most part) are used to getting their way. They are used to cozy relationships with city halls all across America. What they aren’t used to is market pressure to increase the value of their service for their customers. Now, after years of neglect the taxi guys are complaining. Sorry guys.
I am personally on the record as agreeing with this sentiment. Legalization of cannabis nationally and then the state to state regulation of pot is the Constitutional position. It is the limited government position. There should be no federal prohibition of marijuana.
This is a fantastic slice of life from the streets of the Big Apple.
Right now tobacco is in sort of a legal netherworld. It’s legal, but also frowned upon by polite society and it is taxed heavily. The attached article is what it looks like in this netherworld.