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Robert Reich Suffers From a Lack of Imagination

President Bill Clinton's former Labor Secretary Robert Reich is worried about the sharing economy. In a recent column, he bemoaned the fact that the rise of services like Uber and Lyft have initiated a shift away from salaried employment towards more independent contractors. The cost of this, he argued, is the security and stability of the American workforce, stripped of the labor protections government has installed for the benefit of the salaried employee. These protections, including retirement benefits, health insurance, and minimum wage requirements, are in Reich's view necessary to a healthy economy, and he fears that a shift away from them will prove catastrophic to America's future.

12/16/2015
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Socialist Sanders Criticizes "Unregulated" Uber but Uses It on Campaign Stops

In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) hinted that he has "serious problems" with Uber, the popular app-based ridesharing service, and called it "unregulated." Though it is no secret that Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, loathes free market capitalism, his comments are strange considering that his campaign exclusively uses Uber to get around at stops on the campaign trail, according to the National Journal.

11/05/2015
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The Compassion of Competition

Those who promote strict labor regulations always couch their arguments in terms of compassion for society’s underdogs. Mandated benefits from employers are meant to help workers struggling to make ends meet. Licensing requirements on businesses are meant to protect the unwary consumer from greedy snake oil salesmen, eager to take advantage. It all makes for good TV. But like most good TV, the truth is hidden behind a thick layer of stage makeup and soft focus. The very regulations that are supposed to help the little guy actually have the opposite effect.

09/14/2015
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Judge Brings California One Step Closer to Killing Uber

In the state of California, the popular ridesharing service Uber is under serious attack. We’ve covered how earlier this year, the California Labor Commission issued a ruling that the company’s drivers should be classified as employees, rather than the independent contractors Uber claims they are. This classification has major implications for Uber and all similar services in the future, since employees are subject to massive labor regulations from which contractors are exempt. The cost of complying with these regulations would be crippling, if not fatal, for Uber’s services in California, and the door would be closed on any businesses with a similarly innovative business model in the future.

09/02/2015
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Uber Fights Massachusetts State House In Order To Stay in Business With Unlikely Supporter

The never ending war on Uber is, well, still not ending! Uber is currently circulating a petition amongst its Boston users in advance of a proposed bill in the Massachusetts state House that would essentially place harsh regulation on Uber and other ridesharing services. The bill proposed by State Rep. Michael Moran and Sen. Linda Dorcena-Forry:

08/05/2015
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How Uber Runs Afoul of Government’s Monopoly Protection Machine

Anyone who has ever taken an economics class will have heard some variation on the following lesson: Monopolies are bad. They stifle competition, increase prices, reduce production, and generally abuse consumers. Images of greedy, mustachioed robber barons surveying their smoke-spewing factories with glee are called to mind, as we learn of how the good and noble government must step in to break up these evil and corrupt institutions.

07/23/2015
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Mayor de Blasio Calls off Uber Cap Bill

Capitalists and customers throughout the country are celebrating a major free market victory as news that progressive NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that he will not continue to push a city council bill that would have placed a cap on the number of Uber drivers allowed to operate in the city. The news coming from the Mayor's office came in several days after Uber general manager, Josh Mohrer, publicly announced that he wanted to hold a live streaming debate between himself and de Blasio in order to discuss the bill for the public at large to witness; in addition to Mohrer's challenge, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo who recently called Uber “one of the great inventions of this new economy”, which struck a more political blow to de Blasio, seeing how Cuomo has always supported the [populist progressive mayor in the past. There are four key points to understand about this whole situation:

07/23/2015
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Empower: CL Bryant chats with Iris Somberg of FreedomWorks

CL Bryant, host of The CL Bryant Show, chatted with FreedomWorks Press Secretary Iris Somberg about the upcoming 9/12 Summit and Hillary Clinton's war on Uber.

07/17/2015
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FreedomWorks CEO: Why is Hillary Trying to Destroy the Startup Economy?

Following the roll-out of Hillary Clinton's economic agenda in New York City on Monday, FreedomWorks CEO Adam Brandon commented:

07/15/2015
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New Bill to Limit the Number of Uber Drivers in NYC

Over this Independence Day weekend, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito stated that proposed legislation that would limit the number of app-based driving services (such as Uber and Lyft) was motivated purely by the need to control "traffic congestion, pollution and labor standards," not because of the falling value of taxi cab medallions. In an interview between Ms. Viverito and radio program host Brian Lehrer:

07/07/2015

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