Saturday, March 31, 2012
Nashville Taxis, Michigan Pigs and Economic Liberty
What, you may be asking yourself, do Nashville taxis, Michigan pigs and economic liberty have in common? On the surface, it would seem that Nashville taxis and Michigan pigs have nothing in common, though I suppose both could be considered as a means of conveyance. But that is not the connection. The connection between Nashville taxis and Michigan pigs is an economic one, and the governments of both states are attempting to kill them both off as a method of crushing economic liberty.
In Nashville, a startup taxi service, which has been exceptionally succesful in comparison to established Nashville taxi services, is being gradually killed, via legislative strangulation.
Bokhari bought a black Lincoln sedan and began offering cut-rate rides — an average of $25 — to and from the airport, around downtown and in neighborhoods not well served by taxis. After one year he had 12 cars. Now he has 20, and 15 independent contractors with their own cars, and a Web site, and lots of customers. He also has some enemies, including the established taxi and sedan companies and a city government that is, as interventionist governments generally are, devoted to regulations that protect the strong by preserving the status quo.
With the quiet support of the taxi companies, which have not raised rates since Bokhari and some similar entrepreneurs went into business, the limo companies got regulators to require a $45 minimum charge for any ride. Not content with that gross injury, government added crippling insults: It limited the age of cars and number of miles on them — regardless of the cars’ condition — and forbade dispatches via cellphones, which is how start-up limo companies operate.
In Michigan, long established small time family pig farmers are being killed off, but rather than gradually utilizing legislative strangulation to kill off these small time family pig farmers, the state is bringing in the guns.
The state of Michigan is only days away from engaging in what can only be called true “animal genocide”—the mass murder of ranch animals based on the color of their hair. It’s all part of a shocking new “Invasive Species Order” (ISO) put in place by Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This Invasive Species Order suddenly and shockingly defines virtually all open-range pigs raised by small family farms to be illegal “invasive species,” and possession of just one of these animals is now a felony crime in Michigan, punishable by up to four years in prison.
Seattle’s .30 Cal Gal
Here’s a gal, Annette Wachter, aka the 30 Cal Gal, who must drive her oh so progressive neighbors crazy, what with carrying rifles to and from her condo in downtown Seattle and being a champion shooter and all. Her blog banner intro.
My name is Anette Wachter. I am an unusual woman in an unusual sport. I am a member of the U.S. Rifle Development Team, 2011 B.C. Rifle Champion, 2011 Wa. St. 300 Yd Champion and Civilian National record holder at 300 yards. A High Master in Mid and Long Range and Master Class in High Power. Now I am starting the fast and exciting sport of 3 Gun. SHOOT LIKE A GIRL! IF YOU CAN…..
Check out this 2:16 viddie interview of her at Joe Huffman’s place filed under the heading Winning.
I like this gal.