Saw on Twitter:
This is like saying that before we allow competitors to McDonald’s, we must have viable competitors to McDonald’s in every inch of the U.S.
In other words, nonsense. Ed has cause and effect backwards, putting the cart before the horse.
The infrastructure Ed desires results from a system that incentivizes it, not from hoping it happens while preventing the incentives that results in it.
The best way to get competition to McDonald’s is to allow it to happen by opening the system to let competitors emerge. Some of those have resulted in large chains like Burger King, Wendy’s, Chili’s and Red Robin, and a plethora of local joints.