Tuesday, October 11, 2005

A good Question

I found this question on Werner's site of socialism. Since he oly prints comments which reflect his own point. I decided to answer the question on mine.

Although I'm a lefty, I do have a bit of a libertarian streak.
Why are their artifical controls on the number of taxi s in the city (any city for that matter, we have the same here in Ottawa)? I mean, what is the rationale for rationing the number of licences?
If the only requirement for a licence was a safe care, a good driving record and the payment of a $500 fee, there would be a lot more taxis and better services and prices.
Honestly, I've never understood this. If there is a good rationale for doing this, then I'd be ok, but I've never heard it.

Of course there is a rational. If you restrict the number of people in a given profession then you can keep wages artificially high. Welcome to Unions and all other forms of job regulation. Why would you need a license to give manicures? For Safety? No, because white people want to get paid a certain amount to give them, and Chinese immigrants are willing to do them for a third of the price and this would eat into the white beautician’s clientele. Taxi licensing, as are most other forms of job licensing based on racist policies meant to prevent competition. Welcome to leftism. Welcome to Socialism. Welcome to the ideology that promotes itself based on its compassion for people. The only people that succeed with leftism are the people closest to the bureaucracy—unions, civil servants and people with government ties.

-Angry Roughneck


At 4:22 PM, Blogger ferrethouse said...

The Calgary Observer is a freak show. It was only a couple of months ago that he was a die-hard conservative. Here is a quote of his...

Opposition leader Stephen Harper has said that this shows that Martin is moving from dithering to desperate and dangerous.

It is dangerous, indeed – no two ways about it. Canada at this point has no official government, because a majority in Parliament has voted them out of office. Paul Martin’s attempt to cling to power has now established an undemocratic banana-republic “government” that no longer has the confidence of a majority.

This won’t be good for Canada’s international ties and economy. How can the US, for example, deal with Canada at an official level when Canada no longer has an official government?

Canada, as a nation, needs clarity, and Canadians deserve a democratically elected government that is not given to corruption and mafia-style tactics.

What does one have to do to restore democracy in Canada? Call on George W. Bush to send his troops to Ottawa?

Here is the link for that quote...

At 5:08 PM, Anonymous Werner Patels said...

I see Craig Smith (ferrethouse) is up to his usual lies. I never wrote that piece that he quotes, but I am sick and tired of explaining the background to that story over and over again, so that even a nimrod like Craig Smith can understand it.

Just for the record, the article here contains yet another lie, because I publish all comments on my blog (including angryroughneck's recent comment on this subject); the only ones that don't make it are those filled with personal insults and foul language.

Oh, and Craig Smith, I hope you are feeling really good about yourself for being a pathological liar.

At 6:19 PM, Blogger ferrethouse said...

Mr. Patels,

You are welcome to come over and talk about it. I only live a few blocks from your house now ;)

At 6:23 PM, Blogger ferrethouse said...

Oh and George. All items ever posted on the Blogging Tories website are cached. I went through the cached file the other day and found some very interesting posts by you. I won't post them - for now.

At 6:32 PM, Blogger AWR said...

Post them if that makes you happy. I did not write those things (at least not most of them). I did spend a short amount of time with the BT, so there will undoubtedly be a few entries that I did write, but that's not true of the majority of entries that you may or may not have cached.

As I said, feel free to post them and ascribe them to me. You'll either expose yourself to ridicule or even a lawsuit.

At 6:59 PM, Blogger ferrethouse said...

You'll either expose yourself to ridicule or even a lawsuit.

Not with the lawsuit again George! Well, if nothing else, you are good for a laugh :)

At 7:54 PM, Blogger Aaron said...

HERE is a good analysis, like this:

The main reason these restrictions exist is that taxi drivers are organised to lobby for them but passengers are not organised to lobby against.

If there is a market for tradable licenses, then an increase in supply of licenses will devalue the price of cabbies who have paid thousands of dollars to buy a license from someone.

Calgary's a very spread out city and cabbies might not be paid by the kilometer.

I can understand regulating quality to operate a taxi cab, but not regulating the number of cabs.

At 8:05 PM, Blogger OttawaCon said...

Werner, you are full of it. My one and only post on your blog responded with an argument, and made no personal comments, let alone foul language.

To engage the original post, in Ottawa, the largest donor to municipal politics is the corporation that controls Blue Line (and several of the other names). The economic term is 'rent-seeking'.

At 12:25 AM, Blogger BBS said...

I agree OttawaCon. I seem to remember a number of my posts being deleted from CO. There was nothing rude, abusive or profane about them, just good logical arguement. But I guess that's profane in Werner's eyes. I seem to remember having a .jpg around somewhere - a screen capture where the CO banner reads something like Blogging Tories aren't allowed to post there. I took the capture right after he had deleted my posts. It was changed back by the next day, but you gotta love screen captures. I'll dig around and see if I can find it.

At 6:44 PM, Blogger angryroughneck said...

threats of legal action? Werener, come on it may be you that emberasses himself. I for one have been censored several times on your web site and what reason would all these people have to lie. People are randomly and unjustly attacking you. Oh well the jury has decided


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