The New York City taxi industry is a fetid microcosm of crony capitalism. Taxi companies profit from a government-imposed cartel that quashes competition and rips off consumers.

To make it clear: Taxi companies like the strict regulations. Reform would involve loosening the rules.

Liberal New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, the progressive hero, is in bed with the taxi incumbents. Now he's put them in charge. Capital New York reports:

The de Blasio campaign paid Izabella Vais nearly $50,000 between December 2011 and December 2013 for fund-raising, campaign consulting and professional services. ...

Ultimately, the mayor raised more than $350,000 from taxi interests, while championing the industry's fight against Mayor Michael Bloomberg's efforts to bring green taxi service to the outer boroughs. Several sources in the taxi industry told Capital that Vais was a point person handling donations. ...

[Vais] has since been named an assistant commissioner for policy and intergovernmental affairs at the Taxi and Limousine Commission, the agency charged with regulating New York City's fractious, litigious, and monied taxi industry.

In de Blasio's New York, the rivals of government -- or government-appointed monopolists -- cannot be tolerated.