The Shame of Taxi Medallions

This is a must-read column from Jonah Goldberg.

A taste.

Jonah Goldberg: Let the taxi app roll – latimes.com: Uber is a car service that you ‘hail’ with a smartphone app. Because it’s fast and reliable, it’s a threat to established taxis, and they’re trying to kill it.

So it’s no wonder that New York’s cab industry loves its regulators and vice versa. The Taxi and Limousine Commission exists to regulate taxicabs. If taxicabs — as we know them, at least — go out of business, what’s the point of having a commission?

Such thinking has given birth to a national movement to kill Uber and companies like it. Uber, a San Francisco start-up, is a car service that you “hail” with an app on your smartphone. In Washington, where I live, it is a life-changer. It’s a bit more expensive than conventional cabs, but because I can’t hail a cab in my suburban neighborhood and calling for one can take hours (if they show up at all), a fast and reliable car service is a real boon. The fact that it’s a much nicer car that has been cleaned more than once since Jimmy Carter was president is a bonus.