I Rode Uber For the First Time Today and Loved It

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I’m going to come out and say it: Uber is awesome.

Don’t know about Uber? Here’s more information about the ride-sharing service:

Uber is evolving the way the world moves. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through our apps, we make cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for drivers. From our founding in 2009 to our launches in over 200 cities today, Uber’s rapidly expanding global presence continues to bring people and their cities closer.

I finally used the service for the first time today here in Boston (where I’m currently on a business trip). In true conservative fashion, I take time to adapt to certain things. (Sorry, not sorry!) Back home in the D.C. metro area, I drive my car everywhere so I don’t see the need to use a taxi apart from traveling. (However, I plan to use it again for an upcoming family vacation in December!)

For those of you who know me, I’m an unabashed supporter of free markets and start-ups. Companies like Uber and Lyft pique my interest, so I’ll happily support them if they give consumers greater choice, employ standards, break monopolies created by unions, and offer a great service. (They should reconsider hiring former Obamanite David Plouffe. Not exactly a free market guy.) Though I fully support such enterprises as the aforementioned private ride-sharing services, I hadn’t used them until today. Better late than never, right?!

How do I rate my first Uber ride? 10 out of 10. Overall, riding an UberX is quite a pleasant experience. Regular taxis are too cramped, unpolished, or dirty. Their rates are expensive and their drivers are generally irritable. By contrast, Uber drivers are friendly, punctual, and professional. Uber cars are clean and presentable. Best of all? The iPhone app allows one to pay beforehand by making it easier to process a transaction and not deal with unnecessary fiddling of receipts. (Thanks to a $20 off coupon for first-time use, my ride was free.) I doubt after today I’ll ride in a regular taxi again.

Free enterprise is the most liberating and uplifting economic system ever devised. (Suck it, collectivists and Bolsheviks.)

Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft are reviled by anti-choicers, particularly unions and those who despise ingenuity. In June of this year, the Department of Motor Vehicles in my adopted state Virginia issued a cease and desist letter to Uber warning them to stop operating in the Commonwealth. Uber didn’t cower to Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Richmond and remained vigilant. After many people expressed their discontent with this move, McAwful, Attorney General Mark Herring (another leftist ideologue), and others in Richmond thankfully backed off.

No government regulation or bureaucrat can kill the American entrepreneurial spirit–no matter how relentless they are in stifling consumer choice and freedom.

If you haven’t already, sign up for Uber! Long live private ride-sharing services.

 

SCOTUS Rules in Favor of Freedom Today

Two landmark Supreme Court decisions were decided on today. Here’s how I responded on Twitter:

Here’s the gist of these two cases:

  1. 1) Union case: In Harris v. Quinn, SCOTUS limits power to compel contributions to public employee unions but does not forbid it. Says collective bargaining can’t be imposed on employees that aren’t full public-sector union employees. Essentially, this stifles public sector union control to some extent. (Collective bargaining is bad policy.)
  1. 2) Hobby Lobby: From SCOTUS blog: “SCOTUS holds govt can’t require closely held corps w/ religious owners to provide contraception coverage.” HUGE win for religious liberty.

Freedom of association is an inalienable right enumerated in the First Amendment of our Constitution. It allows us the right to subscribe to a belief system without having to compromise or go against our conscience. It allows for dissent/debate in the public square. SCOTUS basically affirmed that government can’t coerce people into paying dues or paying for contraception.

This is a good day for freedom.

#winning

Thoughts on 50th Anniversary of Johnson’s “War on Poverty”

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of Lyndon B. Johnson’s “War on Poverty”

What has become of welfare policy in America? Cradle-to-grave government dependence and lack of initiative to work hard. What else has this “war” brought us? Bloated bureaucracy, food stamp abuse, broken families, and more debt. When politicians sign off on legislation that bolsters governmental assistance programs, liberty always shrinks.

Where’s the pride in being autonomous, self-reliant individuals today? Why are Americans becoming leeches to feel empowered? It’s absolutely demoralizing to see relatively free people subvert themselves to paternalistic government. What a sad state of affairs.

As Americans, it’s our duty to encourage personal responsibility and private charity to eliminate the welfare state once and for all. Lead by example and share the gospel of free enterprise.

Join Rand Paul’s Class Action Lawsuit Against President Obama and the NSA

Yesterday, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) announced that he’s suing President Obama and the NSA in a class action lawsuit .

In December, a federal judge ruled NSA’s domestic phone data mining as unconstitutional.

If you’re concerned about the lack of transparency from our government and this clear violation of Fourth Amendment rights, then sign this petition in support of Paul’s class action lawsuit. Sign it and then share it with your family and friends!

Raising the Minimum Wage Undermines Free Enterprise

There’s a lot of talk surrounding minimum wage this week. Somehow the issue has become important again…Why? Oh right, because this president always finds a way to deflect from Obamacare’s disastrous roll out.

Are workers being exploited by greedy business owners? Is the free market so oppressive the government has to intervene? Before you reach this foolish conclusion about employment, I encourage you to read about the implications of raising the minimum wage.

Here’s how I feel about the issue:

The crusade for raising the minimum wage is quite laughable. $10/hr, $15/hr, $20/hr? Why not $100K/hr? Do people understand how businesses operate, or are they really convinced money grows on trees? Don’t claim “oppression” or “exploitation” if you aren’t adult enough to work a basic job.

Whenever someone hires and chooses to employ you, you should thank your lucky stars they have given you the opportunity to work and prove yourself. Success doesn’t come overnight. In high school and college, I worked many unpaid gigs and paid internships to end up where I am today – gainfully employed at a respectable organization. Many people follow the same course to achieve success. Whether it’s an entry-level job or working for a fast food chain, make the most out of your experience, work hard for bonuses/promotions, and make as many connections as you can before better opportunities come your way. If you want to be self-made, you must work your way to the top.

Raising the minimum wage sets a dangerous precedent…This policy admonishes hard work, punishes small business owners, and ultimately worsens our economy.

Agree? Disagree? Weigh in below!

Get Used to Bold, In-Your-Face Conservatism

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Credit: blurbrain.com

In recent days, there has been much uproar about Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and the campaign to fully #DefundObamaCare.

Cruz, who’s been in office since January, has stood out from many of his GOP colleagues for boldly articulating conservatism. He hasn’t wavered on campaign promises. He’s also been a tireless defender of strong national defense, traditional values, and economic freedom. Cruz has irked the GOP establishment and rightly so – they aren’t acting like contrarians.

Imagine that – a U.S. senator who’s actually doing his job? How radical!

It’s no surprise that the Old Guard, chiefly Senator John McCain and Karl Rove, is attacking Sen. Cruz. Why? Because they fear him.

To the John McCain’s and Karl Rove’s of the world: Your ilk — the kind that seeks to grow its influence, win or lose, at the expense of principles — is a hindrance to our success as a movement. It was recently revealed that McCain said “he “f***ing hates” Ted Cruz (he previously called Cruz and Rand Paul “wacko birds“), while Karl Rove adamantly worked to defeat Cruz in the U.S. Senate primary in Texas and has routinely bashed him.

Their blatant arrogance, their continual caving to our opponents, and their tireless efforts to undermine conservative candidates has shown through. They could care less about the ramifications of awful legislation like ObamaCare because it’s easier to settle for the status quo. They don’t care about the values that make this country great because they want to be nicey nice with the very people who wish ill on her. They are a gutless, spineless bunch that obstructs and prevents us from implementing true, lasting change. They cave on ALL issues – fiscal and social – because politics is just a game to them.

Enough is enough.

We in the grassroots, along with ordinary Americans struggling to keep their businesses afloat and those who wish to lead a good life, desire real leadership. We like Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Rand Paul, Senator Mike Lee, and others because they actually do their jobs, follow through with promises, and aren’t afraid to shake things up. If people like them upset you, John and Karl, tough luck. President Reagan said it best: “When you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.”

Empty GOP platitudes are now a thing of the past. Get used to bold, in-your-face conservatism.