St. Louis Government Regulators v. Uber and St. Louisians

Here is a letter to the St. Louis Business Journal:

To the Editor:

I have been following the contest in St. Louis between Uber and St. Louisian riders, on the one hand, and the forces of darkness, repression, and crony capitalism on the other. I object to the title and first paragraph of your report this afternoon. They are misleading.

On the title: “Taxicab commission changes pave way for Uber to enter St. Louis.”

No. The taxicab commission has done no paving to facilitate Uber’s entrance. Rather it has removed some, but not all, of those heavy concrete barriers it has been using to block Uber’s entrance.

On the first paragraph: “Officials with the St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission said they’ve done all they can to make the regulatory climate in St. Louis friendly enough for Uber, the ride-sharing app based out of California, to do business” (emphasis added).

Horsefeathers. All they had to do was get out of the @#$%^& way.


Howard Baetjer Jr.
Lecturer, Department of Economics
Towson University

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