NYC Taxis

Economic Conspiracies

A general economic principle is that any law or regulation that restricts market entry tends to impose the greatest burden on those who can be described as poor, latecomers, discriminated-against and politically weak.

The president of the NAACP’s St. Louis chapter, Adolphus Pruitt, has petitioned a circuit court judge to reject the St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission’s conspiratorial call to issue a temporary restraining order that would force Uber to shut down. He says the order would negatively impact nearly 2,000 African-Americans who work as Uber partners in black neighborhoods that have long been ignored by taxis and other transportation providers. In a statement, Pruitt said, “The immediate harm of a (temporary restraining order) would strand thousands of African American riders who depend on Uber to travel around a city that has measurable gaps in its transportation system and has failed to serve our neighborhoods for decades.”

  • stubb

    Uh… those black neighborhoods are “ignored” because cabbies foolish enough to go there have a much higher chance in those neighborhoods than anywhere else they might go in or around the city of being gypped out of the fare / threatened / beat up / vomited on / urinated on / raped / tortured / set on fire / disappeared / murdered / cooked and eaten in esoteric tribal rituals.

  • Blacksmith

    Really, and do you have any idea why the cabbies might be avoiding the black neighborhoods? Does the phrase ‘crime ridden cesspool’ mean anything to you?

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    OMG, it’s a cabbie desert!

    Quit robbing killing and cheating the cabbies and they will do a better job of servicing your area.
    That last paragraph of that article however was classic NRO bullshit.

    Crank the minimum wage to $20/HR and institute 100% mandatory E-Verify laws that prevent illegals from working and watch the economy take off.
    If you think we can’t afford a 20/HR minimum wage, just remember that’s about what it was in 1968 (adjusted for inflation) and we did just fine.

  • GrimmCreeper

    Relax Adolphus. When brother Barack’s Syrian “refugees” come flooding the streets of St. Louis there will be an overabundance of taxi drivers.