In Act of Anti-Competitive Protectionism, Massachusetts Will Tax Ride-Hailing Apps to Subsidize Taxi Industry

I originally posted the following information and commentary onto my Facebook wall…

A driver displays Uber and Lyft ride sharing signs in his car windscreen in Santa Monica, California, U.S.

A driver displays Uber and Lyft ride sharing signs in his car windscreen in Santa Monica, California

Massachusetts to Tax Ride-Hailing Apps, Give the Money to Taxis:
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-massachusetts-uber-idUSKCN10U1ST

(David IngramMassachusetts is preparing to levy a 5-cent fee per trip on ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft and spend the money on the traditional taxi industry, a subsidy that appears to be the first of its kind in the United States.

Republican Governor Charlie Baker signed the nickel fee into law this month as part of a sweeping package of regulations for the industry.

Ride services are not enthusiastic about the fee.

(Read entire article here…)

My Commentary: Pathetic…

Corporate Welfare Whores

The following correspondence originally took place upon the Facebook wall of family, after they posted artwork being shared the page, “Young Americans for Liberty“…

Genaire:

“WELFARE: When you love strangers so much that you’re willing to have government steal money from another stranger to help them out.”

RaynWELFARE: When you love *CORPORATISM* so much that you’re willing to have the government steal money from the entire population to line the pockets of billionaire CEOs.

According to the CATO Institute, the U.S. federal government spent almost $97 billion of our tax dollars on corporate welfare during fiscal year 2012:
https://www.cato.org/publications/policy-analysis/corporate-welfare-federal-budget

The most regular recipients of corporate welfare include BOEING, XEROX, IBM, MOTOROLA, DOW CHEMICAL, GENERAL ELECTRIC, APPLE, McDONALD’S, and WALMART:
https://www.cato.org/publications/policy-analysis/corporate-welfare-state-how-federal-government-subsidizes-us-businesses

Apple, Walmart, McDonald’s: They All Stiff Their Workers as They Get Subsidized by Taxpayers:
http://truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/item/18113-apple-walmart-mcdonald-s-they-all-stiff-their-workers-as-they-get-subsidized-by-taxpayers