Uber and Lyft denied free markets

Even better, the driver was a delightful man who knew how to carry on a conversation using flawless English, with just a slight Sudanese accent. His name was Abbas. He came to the U.S. as a political refugee from Sudan 10 years ago. When he arrived, he had little more than the shirt on his back. A decade later, he has a college education, owns a fleet of 10 cars and employs over a dozen people.

Protecting the candle makers

Published in the Tampa Tribune, Wednesday, April 23, 2014

By Chris Ingram

I frequently travel on business to Jacksonville and have used local cabs to get to and from the airport. On a recent trip, the cab I was dispatched can only be described as less-than-suitable. It was old, smelled like cigarette smoke, the air conditioning didn’t work, and I had to dig between seat cushions, assorted crumbs and trash to find a broken seat-belt locking mechanism.

After picking me up, the driver asked if I minded if he stopped for a second to pick up some items that someone had left out with their garbage. He collected his new-found treasures and placed them in the trunk on top of my suitcase.

My prior experiences with cabs in Jacksonville haven’t been much better, and my occasional cab encounters in Tampa have been similar.

Last week in Jacksonville, I tried Uber. My car showed up early. It was a late-model sedan. It was clean. Everything from the power windows, air conditioning and seat belts all worked.

Uber
Photo: Uber’s ap allows customers to place their ride request.

Even better, the driver was a delightful man who knew how to carry on a conversation using flawless English, with just a slight Sudanese accent. His name was Abbas. He came to the U.S. as a political refugee from Sudan 10 years ago. When he arrived, he had little more than the shirt on his back. A decade later, he has a college education, owns a fleet of 10 cars and employs over a dozen people.

Abbas is an American success story with deep lessons about the value of a good education, picking yourself up from nothing and turning yourself into something, through hard work and determination.

He has learned a lot about American government and burdensome regulations by helping with Uber’s fight in Tallahassee to break the monopoly that traditional cabs have in most markets.

Hillsborough County is one of those markets. In fact, we’re one of the worst — (Click here to read the column in today’s Tampa Tribune).

Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him at: Chris@IrreverentView.com.

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What happens in Jacksonville, stays in Jacksonville…

One thing is clear: Mike Hogan was an extremely flawed candidate. He was afraid of his own shadow, was not highly accessible during the campaign, and refused all but one debate. Hogan was also something of a, shall we say, wing-nut.

…or does it?

The blame game is running fast and furious in Jacksonville over who is responsible for Democrat Alvin Brown’s win over Republican Mike Hogan.

One thing is clear: Mike Hogan was an extremely flawed candidate. He was afraid of his own shadow, was not highly accessible during the campaign, and refused all but one debate. Hogan was also something of a, shall we say, wing-nut.

On the subject of abortion, Hogan showed how much of an extremist he is. Continue reading “What happens in Jacksonville, stays in Jacksonville…”

Duval REC shows how to support a candidate

Seeking to avoid a repeat of Tampa’s mayoral race, Duval comes out big for Republican Mike Hogan

Seeking to avoid a repeat of Tampa’s mayoral race, Duval comes out big for Republican Mike Hogan

By Chris Ingram

The Duval County Republican Executive Committee came out big for Republican candidate Mike Hogan earlier today. Hogan is in a run-off with liberal Democrat Alvin Brown for Jacksonville Mayor. Duval REC Chairman Lenny Curry issued a check in the amount of $50,000.00 to Hogan at a press conference complete with a huge faux check.

Curry is seeking to avoid a repeat of the mayoral election in Tampa earlier this year. In that race  Continue reading “Duval REC shows how to support a candidate”

Less government, not more, solution to problems in U.S.

While the leadership of our party lost sight of our fiscally conservative principles over the last few years (we spent like Democrats), this should not prevent us from pointing out the ills of the ways of the Democrats and their efforts to further spend away our children’s future with greater debt.

Finally, someone in the G.O.P. is talking the truth about challenges in our party — I.V. editor

By Leonard Curry

The Republican Party needs to be forward-thinking and visionary about the future of our nation while considering the mistakes of the past to ensure we do not repeat them.

While the leadership of our party lost sight of our fiscally conservative principles over the last few years (we spent like Democrats), this should not prevent us from pointing out the ills of the ways of the Democrats and their efforts to further spend away our children’s future with greater debt.

And while some in our party lost focus of the need for open, ethical, honest, transparent and accountable government, the whole of our party believes in these principles and the pursuit of liberty and personal responsibility over big government. Continue reading “Less government, not more, solution to problems in U.S.”

McCain Unites the G.O.P.

America needs a little tough-love and discipline. John McCain will provide it with a steady hand.

But not before a mild scolding

By Lenny Curry

Last night John McCain gave his acceptance speech at the Republican convention.

Today the pundits are commenting on his speaking style and questioning whether or not Governor Sarah Palin’s speech the night before has eclipsed him. The prognostocators have also speculated as to whether or not Palin is more of a maverick than the original maverick.

I doubt John McCain really cares. Continue reading “McCain Unites the G.O.P.”