D.C. City Council Promotes Crap

In its efforts to protect the local taxi industry from healthy competition… and the people of D.C. from clean, affordable transportation… the D.C. City Council has fully embraced the crap…I mean crapitalistic process of using their elected offices to stack the economic deck in favor of their pet constituency.

On Tuesday… the D.C. city council is planning to meet to make ensure that Uber — an efficient and reliable luxury town-car limo service — does not lower its fares.

“The council’s intention is to prevent Uber from being a viable alternative to taxis by enacting a price floor to set Uber’s minimum fare at today’s rates and no less than 5 times a taxi’s minimum fare,” Uber co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick wrote in a Monday press release.

The move by the council follows an Uber announcement that it was planning to launch UberX — a less expensive version of Uber with less luxurious cars.

Uber’s concept is simple: Sign up and download their mobile phone application, and when you need a car, click a few buttons. Within a few minutes, a luxury sedan will arrive at your door, announce its presence with a text message, drive you to your destination and charge your credit card. It’s more expensive than a cab ride, but there is no waiting on the hold, and the cars and drivers are clean and professional.

…“It was hard for us to believe that an elected body would choose to keep prices of a transportation service artificially high — but the goal is essentially to protect a taxi industry that has significant experience in influencing local politicians,” Kalanick wrote in an email to users. “They want to make sure there is no viable alternative to a taxi in Washington D.C., and so on Tuesday (tomorrow!), the DC City Council is going to formalize that principle into law.”

via DC city council blocks limo service from lowering its fares | The Daily Caller.

Thank heavens that the D.C. City Council is protecting D.C.’s residents and  visitors from affordable, convenient transportation.  It’s a good thing they don’t have any more pressing issues to deal with like…

Look at the School Stats again…85% of 8th graders in the district are failing in English or Math…or both!  Now check out that last bullet…the biggest employer in the city…is the city!

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