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“Uber” Obstacles To The Free Market

CAN THEY BE OVERCOME? || By FITSNEWS || Three Democrats in the S.C. Senate could be on the verge of dropping their opposition to Uber – the free market ride-sharing service that is staring down a regulatory jihad in the notoriously “nannified” Palmetto State. According to our sources the three…

CAN THEY BE OVERCOME?

|| By FITSNEWS || Three Democrats in the S.C. Senate could be on the verge of dropping their opposition to Uber – the free market ride-sharing service that is staring down a regulatory jihad in the notoriously “nannified” Palmetto State.

According to our sources the three Senators – Joel Lourie, Creighton Coleman and John Scott – have been holding up Uber legislation at the behest of Dallas Ball, a local attorney and constituent of Lourie’s who runs a taxi company.

“They know Uber has invented a better widget and they don’t like the competition,” a supporter of Uber told FITS.  ” The Senators blocking the bill are trying to use partisan politics and public safety scare tactics as reasons for holding the bill up.”

Other objectors?

Municipalities – who covet the prospect of a new revenue stream and want to make sure they get their cut before assenting to Uber’s presence in South Carolina. Unfortunately, their lobbyists have been insistent on collecting a 21-cent fee per ride – which is more than twice what Uber is paying in other cities.

Finally, bankers and credit unions are looking to block Uber on the grounds that comprehensive auto insurance for its drivers should be mandated.  A similar law was passed in Kansas, which prompted Uber to pull out of the state in protest.  Eventually the mandate language was dropped.

FITS has previously praised Uber as representing ““the very best of technological innovation, free market principles and environmental stewardship.”

“Here’s a private sector innovation providing a needed service to people and putting some extra money in drivers’ pockets,” we wrote a few months back.  “Yet rather than embrace it – and its positive impact on our consumer economy – state leaders want to kill it (while simultaneously working to raise gas taxes).”

It’s a bad time to be a motorist in the Palmetto State, people …

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9 comments

shifty henry June 2, 2015 at 10:19 am

It’s really all about the secret plot by UBER to take control of driving all of the school buses in SC……

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Che June 2, 2015 at 10:21 am

Ueber alles? Heard that before. Keep accelerating the loss of lower middle class jobs and feed to Californian oligarchy. The faster this transformation is initialized the less money Will be available for foreign adventures and wars and the less we have to deal with ‘American exceptionalism’.
Make 1,2,3 Uebers ….

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TroubleBaby June 2, 2015 at 10:23 am

If the legislature wanted to throw a bone to crony Dallas Ball, they’d allow him to let his workforce become independent contractors so he had a chance to compete with Uber at least.

Deregulation is always a good thing, despite what authoritarians say.

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guest June 2, 2015 at 10:23 am

I would try get a job with Uber if I wasn’t trolling Fits all day!
LMAO!!!

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shifty henry June 2, 2015 at 10:43 am

10+

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guest June 2, 2015 at 10:46 am

Thanks shifty! Just for that I’ll make sure Haley only taxes your gas at $500 a gallon! You’re welcome! LMAO!!! LMAO!!!

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Uber Depressing June 2, 2015 at 10:48 am

Uber is a shitty company in more ways than one, not just to their competitors but even their drivers.

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john from irmo June 2, 2015 at 12:14 pm

Lourie, Coleman and Scott need to look at how Ball insures his taxi drivers. He holds Fastserv out as self-insured yet claims his drivers’ coverage is capped at $25,000.

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Shifty Fred June 2, 2015 at 2:49 pm

Ahh, but tell the whole story. Uber doesn’t want it’s drivers to be in anyway considered employees (even though all bookings go through Uber, Uber makes money, the driver makes money and Uber pays the driver). Essentially they want all the benefits of an employee, but one they can dispose of if and when that employee commits a heinous act, a felony, kills someone while driving. Then that person is NOT an employee and Uber has no responsibility whatsoever. You cannot have it both ways.

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