Jul
07
2011

Reason’s DC Taxi Sharecropping video. #tcot #p2

My friend and colleague Caleb Howe already has this up at RedState, but stuff like this irritates the living life out of me:

Short version: (Democratic) DC Council members are putting together a taxi medallion law that will force out independent owner-operator cabbies in DC, in favor of connected cab companies… who will, of course, eagerly rent medallions (at a high markup) to the former independents.  Hence, sharecropping: which, as anyone who has read history can tell you, is feudalism without the charm*.

(pause)

Ever get the feeling that the Democratic party leadership kind of misses that entire patron/client thing? – Because they keep coming up with stuff that would bring those days back.  Old times, they are not forgotten, indeed.

Moe Lane

*Actually, no, feudalism does have its charms.  If you happen to live in a system where its understood that loyalty and responsibility flow both up and down the chain.

2 Comments

  • pst314 says:

    “*Actually, no, feudalism does have its charms. If you happen to live in a system where its understood that loyalty and responsibility flow both up and down the chain.”

    Mostly in the SCA, not real life.

  • BigGator5 says:

    I worked a cab… Briefly. It sucked. The cab company doesn’t really care if you make money or not, they get paid either way.

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