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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review April 3, 2014 / 3 Nissan, 5774

Uber versus cabs not a fare fight

By Ron Hart




JewishWorldReview.com | I was just out of grad school, broke, and working in New York City. Buddies and I split a Brooklyn apartment where we spent five hours a night sleeping.

Everything in New York is expensive, particularly cabs. We used gypsy cabs to take us home late at night. Traditional Yellow Cabs would usually not go to Brooklyn, and, if they did, the fare was twice the rate of our guy, Raul. His motto was, “We will go anywhere; we ain’t yellow.”

I have always had a soft spot for a hardworking immigrants pursuing the American Dream. Raul was reliable and affordable. There is nothing more American than a foreign taxi driver.

It was clear to me even then that certain things are expensive because they are government-regulated. Invariably, the most-expensive products and services are the most regulated: Cable, health care, energy, education, etc. Costs rise, and value declines, whenever the visible and sticky hand of government is involved. When the “invisible hand” of the free market is allowed to operate unfettered, costs go down, and value goes up.

In the case of the taxi monopoly, much of that governmental “regulating cost” takes the form of bribing, donating to and taking care of the politicians who protect it.

Now comes the app-based industry disrupter to those cab cartels: Uber. Instead of calling a fixed-rate, local cab company and hoping it does not send a felon in a 20-year-old nasty car that he probably lives in, you can use your cellphone to e-hail an eager-to-please owner/operator of a nice Lincoln Town Car or GMC Yukon.

Uber drivers are remarkably efficient and affordable. They are courteous, tell you when they will pick you up, send you a receipt (no tipping), and have bottled water for you. You rate them online immediately, and they are paid accordingly.

Drunken driving is reduced, and lives have been saved. The system works for the consumer – but not if some politicians have their way.

What is unfolding now with Uber cabs is the itching attempt by big, urban (aka Democratic) governments to run them out of business. Government bureaucrats looked at Uber and realized that something was wrong: They were not getting a cut. Too much value was going to the customer!



Government’s grimy hands are everywhere. It is not unusual for me to rent a $19-a-day-car on Hotwire. The government taxes and fees can total about as much as the car rental charges, and for what? Hertz or Dollar bought the car (including taxes), registered it (including taxes), got the car to the airport, booked my reservation, shuttled me to the car or delivered the car to me, and took it back. They pay additional city, state and federal taxes on profits.

The government makes more per gallon on your gas than Exxon does. What did government do to deserve almost half the revenue?

If you think there is not a cabal of government and the cab companies they “regulate,” look no further than New York City. I have traveled there monthly for 30 years. Why are there no trains to Manhattan from any of the airports? You have to take cabs, and nothing is done to encourage cab sharing to the city. In New York, the only way a cab is “shared” is when a cab breaks down, and one New Yorker takes the hubcaps while another steals the tires.

Even the credit card tipping system in taxis starts at 20 percent and only goes higher. Prices are fixed. It’s a quasimonopoly.

As homage to his taxi lobby and real estate cronies, the first move of New York City’s new socialist mayor, Bill deBlasio, was to get rid of the city’s iconic horse-drawn carriages. The only thing “green” about libs is the money they expect.

New York cabbies drive dangerously. Few taxis have shocks, and they smell. In a cab ride during Fashion Week in New York, my driver kept introducing his new fragrance.

Uber cabs would put many NYC cabbies out of business. Put out of work by American ingenuity, they would be reduced to hanging around all day, angry at America. What could go wrong?

“Limousine liberals” like Nanny Pelosi and Harry Reid are chauffeured around Washington, so they don’t have to worry about cabs or their cost. They probably would not get picked up, anyway, because cabbies tend to refuse rides to passengers who are likely to rob them.


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JWR contributor Ron Hart grew up in Tennessee and began writing a column for his hometown paper in 2002. He attended The University of Memphis and the Institute for Political and Economic Systems at Georgetown University. Ron graduated Magna Cum Laude and was elected student government president. Upon getting his MBA, he went to work for Goldman Sachs. He was appointed to the Tennessee Board of Regents by then Governor Lamar Alexander and is now a private investor. He appears on CNN and has been quoted in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal.



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