Toby's Issues: Taxi Cabs in NYC

Dear Constituents,

You may have heard lately that we're having a bit of a budget crisis here, and it's causing some economic problems, or vice verse—kind of a chicken/egg thing, I guess. The point is we got both here in NYC. And not just here, but all over New York State! (Technically I guess upstate always has economic problems, but they're probably even worse now.) And not just in New York State, but all over the country! California! Kansas! Michigan! (see preceeding parentheses and change «upstate» to «Michigan.») People are hurting everywhere. I heard on a news report today that a bunch of recently laid-off people in the financial services sector have gotten hack licenses and started driving cabs. In fact, there are so many people flooding the cab companies, they get turned away every shift. (Probably because they glut the driver pool in two ways: they take themselves out of the market as a customer and put themselves in the ever-increaing driver pool.--If this keeps up, we'll all be driving cabs around the city, and there won't be anyone to pickup!)

Now, this new type of driver poses some serious risks for you, the consumer. They deserve a right to earn a living the way anyone else does, and while you might think it's cool to boss around one these former financial giants. But you, the customer, gotta be careful. This is just a friendly, Public Service, «heads-up», from Toby Morton, but you might not want to have your next cab driven by a former Wall Street Big Shot for the following reasons:

My friends, I just offer the suggestion to be careful—after all, they screwed a lot of people already. It must be said, though, what makes this country great is the freedom we enjoy. That includes the right of these guys involved in the toxic mortgage crisis and the hedge funds, and Madoff Ponzi schemes to try to make dough in a new way. Please remember that the next time you're about to give one of them a tip.

And remember me. I'm Toby Morton and I'm running for Mayor of NYC Watch for me, and I'll watch over you. Best, Toby Alouiscious Morton