Obama starts Cracking Down on Food Co-op’s!

A New York based food co-op is looking into ending it’s well-known, volunteer-based model over concerns it leaves them open to federal complaints, according to reports Sunday. Federal agencies have moved to redefined employment under President Barack Obama. The definition has grown to include workers who were not traditionally considered employees. Some members at Honest Weight Food Co-Op are concerned the widening definition puts their business model at risk of federal scrutiny. Food co-ops Read more […]

The U.K. Government Tries to Cripple Uber under Pressure from Cab Industry

Speak of the devil and he shall appear. After writing about crony capitalism just yesterday, a story popped up on my Facebook feed about how London is trying to handicap Uber drivers with arbitrary regulations. Uber, for the uninitiated, is a taxicab-like service that has exploded over the last two years. Uber employees are not cab drivers, but “private contractors” who use their own vehicles. The operation is run on an app with which you digitally hail the nearest driver. The app also uses your Read more […]

Your Government at Work – Regulators Complain that Uber Drivers are “TOO” Efficient

No, this is not a story from the satirical website the Onion. Yes, this is really an idea that your elected (and unelected) government officials have developed in an effort to make our lives “better.” No, I don’t think the people who thought this up realize just how stupid their idea is or just how foolish we all think they are. In major cities across America the ride-sharing company known as Uber has been forced to fight against the entrenched taxi lobby and their prostitutes in the local Read more […]

Airbnb Responds to SF Hotel Tax with Snarky Ad Campaign

Airbnb is quite upset about being forced to pay hotel taxes by the city of San Francisco. In case you’ve been living under a rock, Airbnb is an online platform people can use to rent out rooms from their own homes to other people who wouldn’t mind lodging with a stranger. It’s a cool concept. It’s currently less regulated (and was less taxed) than hotels, so hotels didn’t like it much. Airbnb’s troubles are similar to all the hot water Über has gotten into. Airbnb claims it is not Read more […]

Uber Wins Big Against the City of New York

Uber and other ride-sharing platforms have been handed a major victory after Queens Supreme Court Justice Allan Weiss threw out a legal challenge to ride-sharing companies’ freedom to be hailed from apps. Four credit unions with significant financial interests in yellow cab medallions argued that app-based services such as Uber are more akin to street private-hire vehicles, that can only pick up pre-booked passengers, but the app enables them to act like a street hail service. However, Weiss Read more […]

Chicago Uber Driver Saves the Day with his Concealed Gun

An Uber driver with a concealed carry permit in Chicago saved pedestrians’ lives by shooting at an armed criminal who had opened fire on a group of people. The Daily Caller reported: Assistant State Attorney Barry Quinn said that 22-year-old Everardo Custodio began shooting at a group of pedestrians shortly before midnight Friday, the Chicago Tribune reported. The group was passing in front of a vehicle occupied by an unnamed 47-year-old Uber driver. The driver, who has a state-issued firearm Read more […]

Taxi Cabs vs Uber: How Too Much Government Regulation Kills Our Economy

“Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.” – Milton Friedman It’s not wholly the fault of Barack Obama that we, as a society, have advanced further into a socialist mindset, but the president has certainly done his part to make socialistic ideals more popular than they were prior to his election. He has done this very surreptitiously—well, if you’re a typical, uninformed American voter, that is. For those of us who take the time to understand the Read more […]

Virginia Chooses Freedom over Labor Unions

Virginia announced Wednesday that it would grant temporary operating authority to ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft, allowing them to operate legally in the commonwealth. In response to concerns about insurance coverage and passenger safety, Virginia sent cease-and-desist letters to Uber and Lyft on June 5, which both companies initially vowed to ignore. (RELATED: Uber, Lyft Defiant in Face of Los Angeles Ban) The cease-and-desist orders were withdrawn as part of an agreement that “will help Read more […]