From the midweek Morning Jolt:
Pro-Hillary PAC Staffers Love Using Uber
You probably saw Hillary Clinton lamenting Uber:
In comments aimed squarely at companies like Uber, Hillary Clinton, a candidate for the Democratic party’s nomination, said Monday that she would “crack down on bosses who exploit employees by misclassifying them as contractors or even steal their wages.” While she didn’t call out Uber by name, the ride-hailing giant has come under scrutiny for its practice of classifying drivers as independent contractors rather than employees.
“Many Americans are making extra money renting out a small room, designing websites, selling products they design themselves at home, or even driving their own car,” Clinton said during a speech at the New School in New York City. “This on-demand, or so-called ‘gig economy,’ is creating exciting opportunities and unleashing innovation. But it’s also raising hard questions about workplace protections and what a good job will look like in the future.”
Guess what ride service Ready PAC – the pro-Hillary SuperPAC formerly known as Ready for Hillary PAC – uses? You guessed it, Uber!
Hillary’s concerned about “workplace protections and what a good job will look like in the future”… but not, you know, concerned enough to discourage her team from using the company. I guess Uber’s only morally problematic when you use the service.
Look, this woman has been driven around in limousines and black town cars just about every day of her life since 1992. Maybe she’s just irked that mere plebes like us can now afford it every now and then.
The boss: “When Hillary pledged to ‘crack down on bosses who exploit employees by misclassifying them as contractors,’ it was clear what she was talking about. She is signaling her intention to declare open season on innovators not to the liking of the regulatory-business complex. One would think that new services that link up workers and customers in creative ways would be welcomed, not feared. But Democrats are increasingly the party of economic nostalgia. They still want that bridge to the 21st century; they just want to travel the other way.”