commented on After an Ultimatum, Gay Couple Sues Florist for Discrimination
Life in a democracy means compromise. I'm a Quaker and a pacifist. My tax dollars go directly to funding things against my religion, funding the war machine - missiles, cluster bombs, you name it. There is a balancing point on religious issues. I get to be a conscientious objector and not have to fight myself. I still have to pay taxes for what the majority wants. I'd suggest selling people flowers is not nearly as significant an infringement of religious rights as being required to fund killing against ones religion.
And somewhere in between there lies the issue of insurance being required to fund abortion. I'd suggest the $1000s I have paid for war and violence in my name are not near the infringement of the pennies abortion adds to an insurance bill. Trying to turn everything into a "fundamental" religious is inflammatory nonsense. Civilized society has been making these compromises for a long time. It's the cost of civilization and society that you have to do somethings you'd rather not. Selling flowers is nowhere near the core of religious freedom.
commented on FYI, We Already Tried Deregulating Seattle's Taxi Industry. It Didn't Work.
When you deregulate cabs including entry you get a race to the bottom. If you allow unrestricted entry, you get a flood of drivers living just above starvation competition. Look at the airlines - how often do they declare bankruptcy? Cabs (and flying) are better when regulated. I miss the days when airline fares were regulated and they had to compete on service to get your cash. But regulation should not equal monopoly like it did at the airport with only one cab company allowed to pick up there.