Monday, October 05, 2009

D.C.'s Diversity Follies

From the Washington Times:

Federal law-enforcement authorities Friday unsealed indictments against 39 D.C. taxicab drivers, charging them with conspiring to bribe the head of the city's taxicab commission in a widening criminal investigation into the industry.

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The indictment charges Yitbarek Syume, 51, of Silver Spring; Berhane Leghese, 47, of Arlington; and Amanuel Ghirmazion, 53, of Hyattsville with giving Mr. Swain $220,000 in bribes in a two-year period from September 2007 to last month in exchange for licenses to operate multi-vehicle taxicab companies. The District imposed a moratorium on multi-vehicle taxicab company licenses in July 2008.

Is this what they mean when they say "Jobs Americans won't do"?

3 comments:

Professor Hale said...

Without DC's city culture of corruption, there wouldn't have been any bribery. If every attempt results in a polite refusal, people stop trying.

Further, the only reason there is a taxi commission, is to give the commissioners an opportunity to squeeze the industry for fees. A law that places a moratorium on new licenses is like advertizing that the only way to get one is to bribe the guy in charge.

Eumaios said...

First, kill all the licensers?

Justin said...

When they outlaw taxicabs, only outlaws will drive taxis...