>The Uber driver won't be paying it unless they lower their fares so the customers pay the same as before,
Yes. But the customer sees that as a significant fare increase, and Uber fares are where they are to make them much more attractive than cabs.
>they just collect it.
Which is a pain in the ass, especially for people who are making shit money and will likely spend the extra collected money and worry about paying the taxes in April (except I think GST remittance is quarterly... it's been a while). Anyway, it won't work out well for them.
>If the drivers are smart, they'll register themselves as a business, get a tax number, and get reimbursed for whatever GST they pay for business purposes, things like gas, vehicle maintenance along with the vehicle, clothes, phones etc. Might actually come out ahead.
I agree in theory, but I suspect in practice the extra overhead in paperwork will be too much for the kind of person who is trying to make a living as an Uber driver.
I certainly don't expect Uber to handle the GST for them. In fact, as long as they're treating the drivers as contractors, they can't.
...and probably everyone else.
What else do you call it when you can connect your phone to an external keyboard, monitor, and control devices? The phone did most things by Bluetooth but video (and audio optionally) over HDMI. It would also connect to Samba shares for file access.
Now, if I can put my phone down on the opened 'laptop' and it's smart enough to act as a trackpad for the external device while drawing power from it and sending video and audio to it, that'd be nice.
I don't really need massively upgraded processing power or video - my phone itself is already good enough for most purposes, and if the external device has all those upgrades, I'd probably use it instead of the phone and not bother with the whole 'docking' part.
In theory, taxation takes a percentage of all productivity and redirects it to the common good. That makes Regan's rule "Take a little from everywhere, and if it looks like it's killing something important, use some of the money taken elsewhere and give it to that thing".
Though meant as a joke, that seems like a decent guideline for funding a government... as long as you cap your taxation at 'enough to fund government programs' even if things keep moving briskly despite what you're already taking.
The regulation part is kind of silly. That's part and parcel of the taxation - you have to define something to tax it, then find new definition for the stuff that falls outside the initial ones, etc.
>Federal tax laws already offer small business owners a break on collecting sales tax, but unfairly exclude taxi drivers. The best way to support taxi drivers and level the playing field is to extend the same exemption to them."
This is because the taxi driver's an employee everywhere but on paper. Uber's model is to exploit the system (which is good for cracking the cab licencing scheme but no better for tax collection and worse for the drivers).
If those drivers had resources (and at their wages they'll never save up enough to do anything), they could get together and pay some other entity to handle dispatching them, pay another entity to handle the money, and a third to vet drivers and vehicles. Keep 'em separate so they can't collude against the drivers.
But what really needs to be done is to reform the cab licencing systems.
Until we have the medical technology to make people to thrive in microgravity, Mars' 0.38g is the best chance we have at surviving off-Earth. Of course, we still don't know if 0.38 is enough.
Regardless, making the Martian surface marginally habitable (meaning self-sustaining colonies, not walking around without a pressure suit) is only just beyond our reach right now. The Moon isn't worth considering as more than a more distant space station. If you're really focused on the resource and manufacturing issues, then you should focus on asteroid mining instead.
By which I mean, someone wants to claim ownership of their creation for the sole purpose of denying others the ability to patent it.
If there is such a thing, that patenting process ought to be government subsidized and possibly given processing priority.
IIRC, we tore that apart in the comments. Political spin on a budget cut, that's all.
>With one statement, you show yourself the fool,
You wasted a lot more time showing everyone you're an idiot, so I guess you win.
> the American obsession with self-reliance, which makes it more acceptable to applaud an individual for working himself to death than to argue that an individual working himself to death is evidence of a flawed economic system.
It's a choice between community and individuals. Self-reliance was great back in the day when you could (in theory) walk into the wilds and build your own civilization, but if you want a modern standard of living there are simply too many things to do, too much to know. We rely heavily on people taking on highly specialized roles and ultimately everyone lives better as a result.
Modern 'self-reliance' is more like modern 'fuck you, I got mine'. It's people exploiting others and making them like it by holding out the carrot of their own anomalous success. And we eat it up because the human brain is shitty at probabilities... we all think WE are going to be the next big exploiter when the odds are far better that we'll win the lottery, and the truth is we're more likely to die by lightning strike than have either of those things happen.
Americans have to get over their fear of socialism and accept that, all other things being equal, a community that works together is stronger and more prosperous than one that does not. Or they can watch wealth disparity continue to increase, a smaller and smaller portion of the population living like near-Gods while the greater portion has less and less. It'll take time for that to become apparent, so long as bellies are full and everyone has an Internet connection, but eventually the mob rises up and you get a revolution.
I guess I'm older. I used to travel with a Perly's Guide for the Toronto area and big folding maps for the rest of the province. And some change for a pay phone.
I got pretty good at dead reckoning and knowing my approximate position at different scales. It's also pretty easy to estimate your travel time when the highway markers count kilometers and traffic goes at 120 km/h. 2km/min. Of course, you have to know where the highway terminus is (or at least your exit) so you can figure out how far you have left to go, but that doesn't take long since exit numbers match the distance from the terminus.
Big trips are easy. Head to the biggest road that heads the way you want to go. Bump over to a country concession if the highway's blocked. Big cities... everything's nicely marked even if some of the roads twist and wind a bit.
Small towns, though... I could get lost on a postage stamp. For that I am immensely glad for smartphones, ubiquitous cellular coverage, mobile GPS apps, and Google Streetview.
Still, I'm glad I have the navigation skills I developed the difficult way even though I now generally rely on GPS. When the navigation directions are poor, I'm not a slave to the device.
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