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Taxi drivers blast convention voucher plan (Dems rip off drivers)
Associated Press ^ | 6/17/2004 | Associated Press

Posted on 06/18/2004 5:01:18 PM PDT by visagoth

BOSTON (AP) Boston taxi drivers are angry over a city proposal that they accept vouchers from delegates to the Democratic National Convention instead of using their meters for rides to and from Logan International Airport.

The city first offered vouchers worth $8, then raised the amount to $10, taxi drivers said.

''If you take one person to town, it's usually about $30, and I'm going to take one person for $10?'' said 45-year-old Jean Abrahm, a cabbie for 16 years. ''And I have to pay the toll, too? With gas now up, this is just a rip-off.''

The vouchers, combined with convention traffic and road closings, could mean they would lose money going to and from the airport, the drivers said.

Cab drivers and city officials are expected to meet at noon Friday at police headquarters to discuss the proposal, but the drivers already are raising the possibility of taking the week off during the convention, scheduled for July 26 to 29 at the FleetCenter.

''If the city won't go up to at least $45 to take three passengers, we'll go on strike,'' said Balwinder Gill, 37, a 10-year veteran driver from Everett. ''We're just not going to take it. We're going to lose money.''

The voucher proposal is not final, but Carol Brennan, director of external affairs for the Massachusetts Port Authority, said representatives of Massport, the police department's Hackney Unit, and the convention host committee are discussing ways taxi drivers can get a share of the business in transporting the 5,000 convention delegates.

She said conventions historically have moved the business to private contractors. City officials have the taxi industry's ''best interests at heart,'' Brennan said, in proposing the vouchers.

Karen Grant, a spokeswoman for Boston 2004, the host committee, said convention organizers are also looking at using the airport's existing shuttle system or hiring a private carrier to ferry delegates between Logan and downtown Boston.

Cab drivers said the city's proposal includes some incentives, such as allowing drivers who accept vouchers to move to the front of the airport taxi pool line and waiving the $1.75 Massport fee paid whenever a cab takes a fare into the city. Drivers would still pay the $4.50 commercial toll, however.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: boston; convention; demorats; dncconvention; taxi; voucher
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Ah yes -- the party of the working man indeed.
1 posted on 06/18/2004 5:01:19 PM PDT by visagoth
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To: visagoth
Irony and Shangefrued (or however the heck you spell it) bump
2 posted on 06/18/2004 5:05:28 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (I want to die in my sleep like Gramps -- not yelling and screaming like those in his car)
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To: visagoth
City officials have the taxi industry's ''best interests at heart,'' Brennan said, in proposing the vouchers.

Yep, and Liberals always have the best interests of working people at heart if they'd just shut up and pay their taxes.

3 posted on 06/18/2004 5:07:10 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (crime would drop like a sprung trapdoor if we brought back good old-fashioned hangings)
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To: visagoth
''If you take one person to town, it's usually about $30, and I'm going to take one person for $10?'' said 45-year-old Jean Abrahm, a cabbie for 16 years. ''And I have to pay the toll, too? With gas now up, this is just a rip-off.''

Welcome to the Democratic party....remember your the middle class guy and this is the help they promised!
4 posted on 06/18/2004 5:12:27 PM PDT by Hotdog
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To: visagoth
Boston taxi drivers are angry over a city proposal that they accept vouchers from delegates to the Democratic National Convention instead of using their meters for rides to and from Logan International Airport.

Well I hope it makes them angry enough that they and the rest of that state start voting out the limousine liberals infesting it.

5 posted on 06/18/2004 5:12:31 PM PDT by Reaganwuzthebest
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To: Vigilanteman

In a communistic society, the elite have certain--er--privileges.


6 posted on 06/18/2004 5:15:57 PM PDT by bannie (Liberal Media: The Most Dangerous Enemies to America and Freedom)
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To: visagoth
I'm shocked, really shocked.
7 posted on 06/18/2004 5:16:37 PM PDT by crusty codger (Arrogance often covers a minimum of intelligence)
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To: visagoth

Hey, somebody has to pay for the Boston Big Dig. Might as well start with the lowly taxi drivers. That is next in line right after taxpayers.


8 posted on 06/18/2004 5:19:34 PM PDT by taxesareforever
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To: visagoth

Between the cabbies and the cops on strike, this is going to get amusing.


9 posted on 06/18/2004 5:19:46 PM PDT by blanknoone (Gigolos for John Kerry...it has a certain ring to it.)
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To: Reaganwuzthebest

I find it really amazing the the Democrats always state that they are the working man's party but every time it comes to spending their own money they act like "Do you know who I am?"


10 posted on 06/18/2004 5:22:52 PM PDT by crusty codger (Arrogance often covers a minimum of intelligence)
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To: blanknoone
How do you think President-elect Kerry will protect his private partisan rally from the people of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, who might rebel like they did in 1773 if they should hear his proposals, anti-American vitriol, and flip-floppery? This is horrible!
11 posted on 06/18/2004 5:25:20 PM PDT by dufekin (John F. Kerry. Irrational, improvident, backward, seditious.)
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To: freedumb2003
"Irony and Shangefrued (or however the heck you spell it) bump"

Try some "stratenschadenfreudery"

12 posted on 06/18/2004 5:29:33 PM PDT by spokeshave (strategery + schadenfreude = stratenschadenfreudery)
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To: freedumb2003

"Schadenfreude." You were close. It's a tough word.


13 posted on 06/18/2004 5:32:05 PM PDT by EggsAckley (........John Kerry: The talking Barbie of the 21st Century.........)
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To: EggsAckley
"Schadenfreude." You were close. It's a tough word.

Exactly!!!

btw....how you doin'

14 posted on 06/18/2004 5:38:56 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (Simple physics: Heat sand hot enough...it becomes Glass!)
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To: dufekin

The people's republic of Taxachussets supports Kerry's liberal agenda. It is not coincidence that their senators are Kerry and Kennedy. They will not rebel, they have long accepted the leash of government around their neck. It is the rest of the country Kerry has to worry about.


15 posted on 06/18/2004 5:39:47 PM PDT by blanknoone (Gigolos for John Kerry...it has a certain ring to it.)
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To: EggsAckley

I have to bookmark this just to keep that word on hand.

Thanks!


16 posted on 06/18/2004 5:42:49 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (I want to die in my sleep like Gramps -- not yelling and screaming like those in his car)
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To: visagoth
Taxis? Taxis???

Sheesh!! Boston has a perfectly good (subsidized, no doubt) mass-transit subway system called the "T" (once "MTA"). It's faster and much cheaper than taking a taxi, even if it feels ever-so-slightly grimy and you have to have at least two (2) brain-cells firing to navigate it successfully. You might even have to walk a block or two.

On my last stay it cost $25 to take a cab from the airport to the hotel. It cost $1 to take the train back to the airport.

But then I try to watch out for my (and my employer's) bottom line. I don't pretend I am one of the ruling elite, zipping about in my yellow limousine (by Checker).

17 posted on 06/18/2004 5:46:46 PM PDT by sionnsar (Resource for Traditional Anglicans: trad-anglican.faithweb.com)
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To: EggsAckley
"Schadenfreude."

If German were easy we might not have fought so hard in WWII to keep from having to learn to speak it.

18 posted on 06/18/2004 5:47:01 PM PDT by bayourod (Can the 9/11 Commission connect the dots on Iraq or do they require a 3-D picture?)
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To: crusty codger
I find it really amazing the the Democrats always state that they are the working man's party but every time it comes to spending their own money they act like "Do you know who I am?"

Right, like we're supposed to kiss their ring or something. The whole Northeast is filled with these losers.

19 posted on 06/18/2004 5:51:01 PM PDT by Reaganwuzthebest
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To: visagoth
"drivers already are raising the possibility of taking the week off during the convention"

Might as well, Democrat delegates don't tip.

Why you ask is the City of Boston trying to save delegates money, when the purpose of a city hosting a convention is to make money off of the delegates? I'll tell you why.

43% of the delegates will be traveling on AFL-CIO expense accounts. The AFL-CIO owns the Boston city council and is looking for ways to pass their expenses on to the taxpayers. Next will be hotel and restaurant and hooker vouchers.

20 posted on 06/18/2004 5:53:55 PM PDT by bayourod (Can the 9/11 Commission connect the dots on Iraq or do they require a 3-D picture?)
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To: visagoth

Airplanes, taxis . . . Those gas-guzzling Democrats, raping and pillaging Mother Earth in their selfishness and lust for power.


21 posted on 06/18/2004 5:55:12 PM PDT by Cultural Jihad
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To: visagoth
''If the city won't go up to at least $45 to take three passengers, we'll go on strike,'' said Balwinder Gill, 37, a 10-year veteran driver from Everett. ''We're just not going to take it. We're going to lose money.''

Can't they just put a little sign in their windows, "Say No to Vouchers"? After all the Dems don't like vouchers some I am sure they would be happy to pay cash or take the mass transit or... that most green of all options... just walk from the airport to the hotel.

22 posted on 06/18/2004 5:57:34 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Latine loqui coactus sum)
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To: Focault's Pendulum
F.P. !!! Long time no post!

pretty good.....and you?

23 posted on 06/18/2004 5:59:02 PM PDT by EggsAckley (........John Kerry: The talking Barbie of the 21st Century.........)
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To: freedumb2003
Heheheh. There MUST be an easier way. Maybe write it on a post-it, and stick it next to the monitor. Eventually you'll be able to throw it away.

BTW, if you think THAT one is tricky, try this one:

Gesamstskunstwerk. (means: total work of art)

24 posted on 06/18/2004 6:02:26 PM PDT by EggsAckley (........John Kerry: The talking Barbie of the 21st Century.........)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

Yeah, I mean we all know how the Dems feel about school vouchers, so "Say No to Vouchers" signs on the taxis would make them feel right at home.


25 posted on 06/18/2004 6:04:32 PM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: EggsAckley

I do like German that way --- big ol' words.


26 posted on 06/18/2004 6:09:41 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (I want to die in my sleep like Gramps -- not yelling and screaming like those in his car)
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To: freedumb2003
One of my problems is a terrible case of "Weltschmerz." Means "pain for the world."

These big German words are quite unique, as we English speakers don't really have singular words for these concepts. It's an interesting phenomenon about the German language.

27 posted on 06/18/2004 6:12:10 PM PDT by EggsAckley (........"John Kerry changes positions more often than a Nevada prostitute".........)
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To: visagoth
The taxi drivers should consider it a privilege to drive the ruling political elite.
28 posted on 06/18/2004 6:14:48 PM PDT by BJungNan (Stop Spam - Start Charging for Email - You get 2000 a month for free, then you pay!)
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To: EggsAckley
F.P. !!! Long time no post!

Working insane hours living the American Dream. I worked only twelve hours today...feels like I'm on vacation.

I've been busy trying to figure out why the government wants %50 of my money when I die.....which could be any minute now......you need a loan???

29 posted on 06/18/2004 6:15:07 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (Simple physics: Heat sand hot enough...it becomes Glass!)
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To: visagoth
Easy enough problem to solve. They just made it legal for trucks from Mexico to drive into the U.S. Just extend the law to include Mexican taxis.


30 posted on 06/18/2004 6:19:09 PM PDT by BJungNan (Stop Spam - Start Charging for Email - You get 2000 a month for free, then you pay!)
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To: Focault's Pendulum

FP. My folks worked very hard to leave a nestegg to my bro and I, and then the IRS demanded 1.2Mil when they died. It left us with some property, which is highly taxed and therefore is threatened. And THAT was with a very complex Family Trust. I feel your pain........(sorry, yet another bit of language that Clinton TARNISHED for us!)


Keep the faith!


31 posted on 06/18/2004 6:20:54 PM PDT by EggsAckley (........"John Kerry changes positions more often than a Nevada prostitute".........)
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To: Reaganwuzthebest
Well I hope it makes them angry enough that they and the rest of that state start voting out the limousine liberals infesting it.

Come November, 90 percent of these pissed off cabbies (the ones that bother to vote, anyway) will faithfully pull the levers for John Kerry and every other Rat running for office. I hope they'll understand if I have a hard time working up much sympathy for the tooling they are about to receive.

32 posted on 06/18/2004 6:22:12 PM PDT by CFC__VRWC ( "While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future. " - R. Reagan)
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To: visagoth
Hmm... party of the working man.

And what happens if the taxi drivers go on strike? The car rental places and parking lot operators make the money.

33 posted on 06/18/2004 6:34:18 PM PDT by Frohickey
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To: CFC__VRWC
Come November, 90 percent of these pissed off cabbies (the ones that bother to vote, anyway) will faithfully pull the levers for John Kerry and every other Rat running for office.

Most likely they will keep shoving these liberals down our throats for many years to come. The Camelot mentality has them brainwashed in that state and living in the past. Not that NY is much better...

34 posted on 06/18/2004 6:51:56 PM PDT by Reaganwuzthebest
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear
or... that most green of all options... just walk from the airport to the hotel.

You ever been to Boston?

You're not going to be walking from the airport to the hotel. I don't even want to drive it. It's a protracted series of chutes & ladders that makes the actual game by that name seem simple.

A more screwed-up city is hard to imagine. I don't think there is one. Tiajuana maybe. Perhaps Mexicali.

The taxi drivers deserve their $45.

35 posted on 06/18/2004 6:58:41 PM PDT by The Other Harry
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To: The Other Harry
You ever been to Boston?

Yes. :)

The taxi drivers deserve their $45.

Oh I agree.

36 posted on 06/18/2004 7:01:38 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Latine loqui coactus sum)
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To: EggsAckley
FP. My folks worked very hard to leave a nestegg to my bro and I, and then the IRS demanded 1.2Mil when they died....

And that doesn't count the attorney and the rest of it.

Well, my kids will get exactly nothing from me. They're a pair of spoiled brats. My daughter is better than my son, but neither one is worth a ****.

I'm working on this currently. Doing a trust, and they ain't the beneficiaries.

37 posted on 06/18/2004 7:05:10 PM PDT by The Other Harry
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To: sionnsar
Sheesh!! Boston has a perfectly good (subsidized, no doubt) mass-transit subway system called the "T" (once "MTA")...

You may be too young to understand this, but is Charlie still riding it?

38 posted on 06/18/2004 7:12:38 PM PDT by The Other Harry
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To: visagoth

I love it when a plan comes together!


(Actually I didn't plan it, but it couldn't be going better if I did!)


39 posted on 06/18/2004 7:23:03 PM PDT by thoughtomator (The New York Times: All the Lies that Fit the Socialist Agenda)
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To: visagoth

Would the $4.50 commercial toll be one way or round-trip? If they have to pay $9.00 to get to the airport and back that may present a slight profitability obstacle.


40 posted on 06/18/2004 7:32:42 PM PDT by Rockpile
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To: Reaganwuzthebest

Can I borrow this set of Earrings? Oh I am so sorry they got stolen. I shouldn't have to pay for them because I am special!


41 posted on 06/18/2004 7:49:44 PM PDT by crusty codger (Arrogance often covers a minimum of intelligence)
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To: The Other Harry

I'm sorry to say that he never returned....


42 posted on 06/18/2004 7:51:22 PM PDT by TexanToTheCore
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To: visagoth

43 posted on 06/18/2004 7:53:36 PM PDT by thatcher ("To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it."~ GK Chesterton)
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To: visagoth
I drove a yellow cab in NYC for 2 years in the 80's.

Beastly business, everyone from the cops to the crooks to the con men to the union to the passengers to the TLC out to get you.

Unreal

44 posted on 06/18/2004 7:56:07 PM PDT by Rome2000 (I'm losing my head for Kerry!!!!!)
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To: crusty codger
I shouldn't have to pay for them because I am special!

As Tip O'Neill used to say: "all democratic politics is loco".

45 posted on 06/18/2004 8:03:17 PM PDT by Reaganwuzthebest
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To: TexanToTheCore
I'm sorry to say that he never returned....

You're not too young to understand it. ;)

46 posted on 06/18/2004 8:26:24 PM PDT by The Other Harry
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To: visagoth

I wonder what Travis Bickle had to say about this?


47 posted on 06/18/2004 8:34:20 PM PDT by Michael Smith
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To: Rome2000
I drove a yellow cab in NYC for 2 years in the 80's.

Beastly business, everyone from the cops to the crooks to the con men to the union to the passengers to the TLC out to get you.

Unreal

I'm sort of a pacifist, but in my thoughts that is an argument for guns.

48 posted on 06/18/2004 8:36:43 PM PDT by The Other Harry
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To: rdb3; mhking; Trueblackman; Howlin; NYC Republican
Wow! Dems want vouchers for taxi drivers but not for inner-city minority children and private schools!
49 posted on 06/18/2004 8:42:21 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: visagoth
Hey Taxi Drivers: How do you like that Democrat Plantation they just put you on???

Take NOTE as to who is trying to SCREW you....it's NOT the Republicans and NEVER has been!!! You have ALL been taken for fools and easy marks!!! SUCKERS!

50 posted on 06/18/2004 8:44:48 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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