Buried in a story about the thousands of cash-strapped Washington-area residents who have found a way to make a living (or at least some extra spending money) ferrying customers by car from place to place through rideshare services like Uber X is the latest example of government doing its utmost to make things harder for everyone. As the Washington Post reports:
Stated otherwise, the government’s answer to learning that government regulations have put an entire class of local businesses at a competitive disadvantage is to create more government regulations to put more local businesses at a disadvantage, too.
This is clearly the right decision, because the only thing the new, unregulated ride-share companies have done is provide consumers with more choices while giving low-income Washingtonians a safe, convenient way to take control over the hours they work and still earn a good wage. The Post article details how a diverse array of people, including a previously unemployed single mom and an accounting student looking for something he could do while in school, have benefitted from becoming drivers.
The only real complaint is that by offering a better service at a lower price, Uber X and the like have begun to siphon business from traditional taxi companies. And we can’t be having that.