However you dress it up it's about stifling competition.
That's just ridiculous!
Just have a quick look here:http://www.bloomberg...es-price-table-.html
But keeping prices high enough that only wealthy and successful people can afford them, you guarantee that non-successful people, e.g. young adults, stay out of the industry. This keeps quality and safety high.
Now, that chart is somewhat out of date now, and things have improved significantly. http://www.nyc.gov/h...edallion_price.shtml
As you can see there, prices are now well above $1,000,000 for individuals.
Indeed, here you can see the improvements are quick and dramatic:http://www.nyc.gov/h..._price_2013_july.pdf
In fact, prices are rising so fast that it would make a good investment to simply purchase New York city taxi/limo licenses, sit on them, and allow the price to rise. As you can see there, had you purchased a license in January and sold it in July, you would have profited by over 30%. This again would help keep individuals from thinking that they are competent enough to drive people around the city in exchange for money. Any sane person would realize the folly of this, and that only corporations are truly fit to assume the responsibility for the safety of people in New York traffic. Why, anything could happen!
And aren't New York taxi drivers simply the best in the world? They have the best cars. They have the friendliest people. They have the nicest artificial air fresheners. They have the best and greatest city on the planet that everyone loves because it's the seat of all that is good and virtuous.
And who do we have to thank for that? Well... it certainly isn't your average Joe. It's the all the TLC in New York from the New York Taxi & Limousine Commission.
If we could apply that same rigor and dedication to the software industry, wouldn't that bring more jobs there? Wouldn't companies and potential employees flock to the higher regulations and standards knowing that by being a part of that they are serving the greater good and making the world a better place for everyone? Including all the children that everyone in this thread seems intent on killing!
I think I've illustrated a solid case here.