Well I have been standing on a soapbox, pretty much all alone, no I can’t say that. I have had a little help here and there, but the interest and support I had imagined definitely is not there. I think that folks just do not think they can beat Travis Kalanick at this stage of the game or they just do not care, I do not know. I do know that were this the America I grew up in, there would be serious demonstrations in the streets, probably some violence due to drivers driving while others were on strike, and attorneys would be jockeying for position to support the workers. In the America I grew up in, community Leaders, the Mayors, the Governor, and maybe even Religious Leaders would be all over the media denouncing Travis Kalanick for the damage to the workforce at a time when jobs are so important to this Country. Maybe this Country has a much bigger issue than Uber’s abuse of the work force. Maybe America is willing to accept being treated like shit instead of standing up for what is right. Maybe America just does not give a damn any more. I know it is hard for me to look from the sidelines and do nothing about the economic damage Uber has dealt us. There are many people over the past year or so, that have warned of a more serious depression to come for America. I wonder if Travis Kalanick is the cause of the predicted new depression because the workers as contractors are not eligible for Unemployment or any other form of relief leaving them struggling and seeking other employment when the jobs just are not there for these people. Drivers that were suckered into the Uber Auto purchase Program are likely to have to file bankruptcy or at the very least have a “repossession” added to their credit profile. The drivers that only worked for Uber that have other jobs at the same time will likely survive, but the loss of the second income will likely hurt. I would think that local welfare programs will little by little have to pick up the slack behind Uber’s actions and it is only 160,000 or so people displaced by Uber at this time. In the America I grew up in, a workforce of 160,000 would have stood up for themselves. They would have held demonstrations, would have blocked access to government facilities, and would have created so much havoc that Government would have called for immediate action be taken to protect workers and the economy. Attorneys by the score would be lined up in the Courts with legal actions to be filed, and police would be arresting people for “sit-ins” that blocked access to educational and government facilities. But, in today’s America we take abuse as though we have no rights, nor reason to believe we should do better than this at the end of the day. We expect to see big-business run rough-shod over the people without a care and get away with it. We no longer have a “back-bone” or “heart” enough to stand up against the wrongs committed by empires that create enormous wealth for the few at the expense of the many. I had believed that such abuse and negligence to the American Worker had ended years ago. I had no idea such could even occur anywhere in America today. But, I am an old fool that believes in a better America. Ride-Hail Drivers are as guilty as Uber is in this situation. The failure of the Ride-Hail Drivers to organize and take the necessary actions to stop Uber from running rough-shod over them is a negligence they accept as their own. They choose to lay down and accept their fate as though it is acceptable conduct for Uber to do. Presently, the only UberX Drivers making any income over their expense are drivers playing the Uber “Guarantee” game. If your system has to offer guarantees that require you satisfy dictates of your employer, then you are in fact an employee, or the Company’s system is severely flawed. You would expect those allowing themselves to be subjected to this situation to be lacking education or less sophisticated than the average worker in America today, but such is not the case. With the exception of the few immigrant workers and those bound by inability to find better, many not only are well educated but have the capacity to influence change, but choose not to. I do not understand their reasoning as I believe this to be far more significant than just the workers involved. I believe this is a serious impact upon the economy which likely will not be realized for months to come, after all is said and done.