Sunday, January 12, 2014

Robert Duvall disappoints. Votes against slashing transportation price-fixing.

Robert Duvall
Last night shortly after the council voted on the bill to slash the minimum fee for a vehicle for hire from $45 to below $10, I got a call from someone who was there to tell me it had passed. The caller told me of the vote and said, "You won't believe who voted against it."

Who would one think would be the votes against it?  Maybe three of Nashville's most "progressive" council members?  Maybe Bo Mitchell, maybe Ronnie Stein, maybe Brady Banks, maybe Megan Barry?

One would not expect a person who identifies himself as a Republican or calls himself a conservative to vote for against the bill that essentially repealed price-fixing. Conservatives believe in a market economy. They believe in getting government out of the way and letting the market flourish. Conservatives do not believe it is the job of government to protect businessmen from competition. Conservatives believe in competition.  Conservatives know that a free enterprise is essential to freedom.  Conservatives know that over regulation strangles innovation and economic growth. 

The three votes against the bill that slashed the minimum allowable fee for vehicles for hire to an ineffective level and which made it possible for black sedans, Lyft and Uber to ply their trade in Nashville were Bo Mitchell, Steve Clover, and Robert Duvall.

Robert Duvall is often considered the most conservative member of the Council and is chairman of the Davidson County Republican Party.  To say the least, I am very disappointment.

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  1. It's not the first time he has sold out; he should be voted out.

  2. Rod, thank you for fighting the good fight on this issue. Success! The work and publicity of you and others on this issue turned around the story that put Nashville on the map--and on the front page nationally--as an over-regulated town.

  3. I spoke with Robert Duvall, who worked to get this bill passed in the first place, and he said he voted against it because an amendment was tacked on that he opposed. The amendment included was to authorize the new Lyft services in town, which offers a taxi service, but is not meeting any of the normal regulations applied to the other taxi services in town. The amendment gave Lyft the go-ahead to operate, even though none of their drivers have passed any of the physicals, licensing, or other requirements the other taxi services do.
    So it may be that we have a case of democracy at work, spoiling a good bill with poison pills.
    Stephen Clements

  4. Another RINO. Thanks for showing your true colors. We have to vote these libs out!!