"But the amendment protects all the "privileges or immunities" of
all Americans."---Really? How is it then, that the
"privileges and immunities" that thegovernment provides heterosexual
couples in the form of "marriage" are denied glbt American citizens?There are many times that government takes these liberties, apparently.
When the majority doesn't want it. Or in the case of this article when the
"majority", which is entrenched business doesn't want it.
Mandating $45 for a ride anywhere is ludicrous. Legislating in favor of
entrenched businesses is also ludicrous as it stiffles competetion.So, yes, I agree. Allow the little guy to operate as long as what he's
doing is safe. But please don't claim that the Constitution protects all
Americans equally, because, apparently it doesn't when the
"majority" doesn't agree with it.
Antonin Scalia, seemingly a hero to many here, says that the fourteenth
amendment applies only to black males. The freed slaves were the intended
beneficiaries of the amendment, and the framers of the amendment obviously
didn't have women in mind when it was written. Mr. Will and Justice Scalia
are natural allies, I wonder if Mr. Will would accept that theory.
Just give out my tax cuts. That's what the repub solution is to everything.
You might be poor today. But with a tax cut, you'll be so rich
that you'll be installing a new car elevator in no time!
Certainly there is a need of "good" regulations, which can and must
serve valid and legitimate functions. What makes the difference between a good
and a bad regulation? Those designed to both level and define the market playing
field are necessary and welcome. Regulations resulting from "collusion
between entrenched businesses and compliant government", designed to produce
a specific outcome, such as squelching the competition, or punish success with
taxes, exorbitant or discriminatory fees, or redistribution will soon put a halt
to new businesses entering the market. While I question the use of
the 14th amendment protect the rights of businesses and corporations, I agree
with Mr. Will's point of view regarding the rampant misuse of regulations
and the need to put a stop to it. Unfortunately,we won't see that happen as
as long as politicians, from local to national, are the handmaidens of
Business is the child of society. It is the people of the society, their wants
and their needs, that provide the opportunity and permission for business
operations. A business operation only exists to serve the society wherein it
exists. The government of the society is the voice of the society
and has all the power and rights of the society, as given and limited by the
parent government and the Constitution.There are no constitutional
rights for business or business operations. Only real people have the right
to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.Society owns the business.
Only a license to operate a business is given to businessmen. Society makes the rules that the business operation must follow. Society is the employer and business operators are the employee While it is wrong for unscrupulous politicians in government to favor one
business operation over another, it is the prerogative of the people of the
society to do so.
Heck, the Utah state government is just as bad. They just banned bars from
offering drink specials. What other business is told that they aren't
allowed to put things on sale?