At least I am not exaggerating when I lament about the demonetization of the taxi industry and its owners and drivers. Mark Rogowsky's article on Forbes.com entitled "Seattle And It's Taxi Mafia Want Uber To Sleep With The Fishes" about says it all. The Forbes link is entitled "Birthplace of Microsoft & Amazon Moves To Protect Dinosaur Taxi Monopoly." All I am doing now is trying to figure just what kind of dinosaur I am. Could I be a Tyrannosurus or a Triceratops? Or perhaps instead a long and lanky vegan Brachiosaurus or a ponderous Iquanodoan? I bet what I really am is a taxiosurus, completely yellow from head to tail, known for my thick hide. And of course I smell like death-warmed-over!
All this of course is silly business, Rogowsky and again today, 03/14/2014 The Seattle Times editorial staff complain how no one appreciates the great public service those modern day carpetbaggers Uber, Lyft and Sidecar provide all those victimized taxi passengers. Be wary of bullies! Once Chris Christie is run out of New Jersey I can guess who he will start working for. What a natural fit!
Also in Friday's edition is an article about how the ride-shares, under pressure from the Seattle City Council, are upping their insurance coverage. Everyone should keep in mind that nothing the ride-share (TNC) industry is doing is voluntary. All of this is happening under the threat of the bureaucratic gun. All they appear to want is essentially free operating costs and maximum profit. How surprising is that? It seems if there are any bodies to be tossed off the pier, it will be the corpses of the taxi industry, the billionaries backing the ride-shares clearly not in any personal danger, surrounded and protected as they are by thousands of Ivy League lawyers. Maybe Rogowsky knows something I don't, or like Ray Mundy and James Cooper, is just another self-appointed expert upon on all subjects taxi. Good grief, can we ever have any sanity and relief!?
Monday 03/17/2014 Taxi Rally & Seattle City Council Hearing
Noon at City Hall join all interested taxi drivers in pre-hearing protest. The city council meeting begin at 2:00 PM.