Heritage Intern Award Winners: A Free Market for Taxis (VIDEO)

Each semester, we bring together more than 60 young leaders from across the country to participate in our internship program in D.C. They are given the opportunity of practical experience working on policy research, marketing, and business, and training in communication skills like blogging and public speaking. They learn about America’s founding principles while visiting important sites including the Pentagon, National Archives, and Mount Vernon. Combining an engaging curriculum with each intern’s individual talents and passion, the Young Leaders Program prepares students for success.

This summer, we challenged the interns to use their creativity to bring conservative principles to life. Heritage President Ed Feulner selected the winning projects. Alex Anderson is the first place winner.

In a city where regulation is abundant, I found it only appropriate to pick an industry where the consumer is directly affected. The D.C. taxi industry is an essential asset to commuters and tourists. Recently, Uber Taxi has entered the market, providing a clean and efficient service. With Uber’s success comes resistance from the City Council and the Taxi Commission.

Why is the council trying to stifle innovation and quality, when the mission of the council is to protect the consumer? Is crony capitalism the root of the problem? Is the council trying to protect its political friends, the Taxi Commission? Cronyism is everywhere. We the consumers need to step up and keep our elected leaders accountable. We need to fight for a free market that ultimately benefits all. Enjoy the video.

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Alex Anderson is a junior at Hillsdale College pursuing a career in politics and television broadcasting. He just won CNN’s iReport contest with a video he submitted and will be sent to the Republican National Convention to report for CNN iReport.

Source material can be found at this site.

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