Monday, March 23, 2009

Impertinent Observations

It has been a while since I did an IO post so here goes:

The next time I find myself in the market for a new car, the first place I’m gong to go is a Ford dealership. That is because the company, precisely like it did under FDR’s New Deal price-fixing scheme, refused to kowtow to government mandates and control. Besides which, its not like that car company bailout crafted by the political class up in Washington has worked out so well.

The recently ill-advised expansion of SCHIP – you know, the government health care plan targeting “poor children” that is now open to those who are neither – was enthusiastically called a “first step” to nationalized health care by some of its proponents. Of course, the expansion assumes that 22 million people will take up smoking to pay the increased cigarette taxes required to fund the program. Of course, when that predictably does not happen, we taxpayers will have to make up the difference – again.

Finally, a local matter. Has anyone heard when Fire Station No. 6 may be up and running again? The snow storm of a few weeks back damaged the roof covering the engine bay. I’ve noticed that the station has been closed since the storm – and within the last week a chain-link fence appeared around the building.

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