Remember this when Leftists tell you that they’re fighting for the “little man” against “big business”. Remember. This. Hillary Clinton is set to give an economic speech on Monday (today, as of writing this) where, amidst her usual, leftist pandering, talking points, she’s going to go after the one highlight our economy’s seen over the past few years: Uber, Lyft, AirBnb and the rest of what’s called the “sharing economy.”
Along with globalization and automation, Clinton will peg the sharing economy as “conspiring against sustainable wage growth”, according to Politico. The report says “she will argue that policy choices have contributed to the problem, and that she can fix it.”
Politico also mentions that Airbnb may be in the crosshairs. People renting out their own homes certainly doesn’t stably employ as many people as traditional hotels.
Disregard the fact that globalization and automation are both the result of leftist policies, having directly made business conduction more expensive, (regulation, forced unionization, minimum wage hikes), because the new enemy is the sharing economy. You see, the sharing economy allows people live and thrive on their own terms, without having to rely on the government to dictate how they do so. The ‘sharing economy’ empowers the individual. That undermines the very fabric of liberalism. Liberals can’t divide you into worker vs. boss and play you off each other… when you’re your own boss.
Again, remember this when leftist candidates claim to be the party of “small business”, that they’re standing up for the little guy. Attacking today’s ‘sharing economy’ only serves as a sacrifice at the altar of big corporations, all but ensuring the squashing of the little man.
Drivers, hosts, messengers and other sharing economy providers have the freedom to work whenever they want to. Because her transportation is always taken care of, perhaps Clinton has never bothered to talk to an Uber or Lyft driver and therefore doesn’t understand that a flexible schedule is a top draw. Drivers take great pride in being their own boss. Making their own schedule allows drivers to balance family and work obligations. Drivers can take time to see their kid’s Little League game, visit the doctor, get groceries or go to a job interview.
The sharing economy has facilitated the innate American tendency toward entrepreneurship and independence. It is helping Americans pay their bills and lead more balanced lives. It is allowing Americans to pursue happiness on their own terms. Politicians like Clinton should stay out of the way.
Nope. Can’t have that.