Liberals Destroy Businesses In Nashville

Price-fixing. Outrageous over-regulation. Small businesses attacked. Artificially increasing the cost of doing business. You have it all in Nashville, Tennessee.

Have you ever wanted to start your own limo service? Figure you can charge less than the over-priced big limo service companies? Well, in Nashville, Tennessee, you no longer have that option. That’s right, Nashville has decided the minimum you are allowed to charge your clients. Nashville has decided you have to start from your base of operations before you can pick up a client. Nashville has decided you cannot pick up a client less than 15 minutes after you drop off a previous client. Nashville has decided how old your car is allowed to be.

Price fixing. Anti-Free-Market. Over-burdensome over-regulation. Micro-managing business. Central planning. None of this is good for the economy, for business in general, for employment, for anything but special interests. It’s Big Government in bed with Big Business. It’s not capitalism. It’s not Free Market. It’s not freedom, or liberty, or self-determination.

Ed Morrissey has the sordid details.

Until 2010, sedan and independent limo services were an affordable alternative to taxicabs. A trip to the airport only cost $25. But in June 2010, the Metropolitan County Council passed a series of anti-competitive regulations requested by the Tennessee Livery Association—a trade group formed by expensive limousine companies. These regulations force sedan and independent limo companies to increase their fares to $45 minimum.

The regulations also prohibit limo and sedan companies from using leased vehicles, require them to dispatch only from their place of business, require them to wait a minimum of 15 minutes before picking up a customer and forbid them from parking or waiting for customers at hotels or bars. And, in January 2012, companies will have to take all vehicles off the road if they are more than seven years old for a sedan or SUV or more than ten years old for a limousine.

These regulations have nothing to do with public safety. Nashville could have limited its requirements to those regulations that are designed to genuinely protect the public’s health and safety, such as requiring insured and inspected vehicles, and driver background checks, but instead, Nashville is stooping to economic protectionism to put affordable car services out of business in favor of more expensive services that happen to have more political power. Many Nashville residents who regularly use limos and sedans will be forced to spend twice as much money for exactly the same service and hard-working sedan drivers will be driven out of business.

This is Liberalism/Progressivism/Socialism/Big Government run amok. It’s unAmerican. It’s immoral. It’s destroying jobs. It’s driving small business owners into bankruptcy. And it’s artificially driving up the costs to the consumers. But it’s exactly how Big Government works. And it’s disgusting and indefensible.

6 Comments

  1. This is Liberalism/Progressivism/Socialism/Big Government run amok.

    “But in June 2010, the Metropolitan County Council passed a series of anti-competitive regulations requested by the Tennessee Livery Association—a trade group formed by expensive limousine companies.”

    God, but you’re a fucking moron at times, PB.

    That’s late-stage, crony capitalism, dickhead. That’s monopolistic businessmen using teh power of the state to cement their market position. That’s the end result of things like Citizens United, the Republican Party and most Democrats, and the endless worship of money.

    Go read “Cornered” by Barry Lynn and start learning something.

    Moron.

  2. Nashville is one of the few major Southern cities that has remained loyal to the Democratic Party. Most local elections are officially nonpartisan. However, Democratic dominance is so absolute that most local races take place between the populist (moderate-to-conservative) and “good government” (liberal) wings of the Democratic Party. ; the “good government” faction has held the upper hand for some time; Mayor Dean may be said to represent that perspective. Elected Republicans are few and far between. At the state level, only two Republicans—one in the State House and one in the State Senate—represent significant portions of Nashville. Most area residents who prefer conservative politics generally live in the outlying suburban counties (which themselves were represented by conservative Democrats well into the late 1970s).

    I know reading comprehension is next to impossible for you, NZT, and reasoning is absolutely impossible for you. But there are facts that get in the way of practically everything you spew. Face it, NZT, Nashville is a Liberal enclave.

  3. “That’s the end result of things like Citizens United, the Republican Party and most Democrats, and the endless worship of money.”

    Boy, don’t you look foolish – yet again.

    Just to add a further demonstration – you called this “Socialism”.

    Socialism is the public control of the means of production, dickhead.

    This is private industry taking over government. It is capitalist making a rational investment in buying politicians and reaping a return on that investment.

    Moron.

  4. I’m with Phoenician on this, but just out of curiosity, where would you, John H., draw the line between a limo company and a taxi company? Do you think it’s not a matter for regulation? (Silly question. I know that part of the Constitution is invisible to Righties.)

  5. It’s not a matter for regulation. None of the regulations put in had anything to do with safety or anything the State should be concerned about. They were already licensed to do business.

    Silly radical Leftists and their thinking Government should micro-manage business.
    Silly radical Leftists and their thinking Central Planning is better than Free Market.
    Don’t they know the Soviet Union collapsed?

    And the sheeple… they don’t even realize the radical Leftists are destroying job opportunities left and left.

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