Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Boulder proves Forest Gump correct.

In case you have forgot, Gump noted, "Stupid is as stupid does."

The city council of Boulder, CO is weighing whether or not to impeach Bush and Cheney.

Seems like a harmless little exercise in nonsense by a group of people with too few smarts and too much time on their hands, right?


Consider this.

Q: Was the American antiwar movement important to Hanoi's victory?

A: It was essential to our strategy. Support of the war from our rear was completely secure while the American rear was vulnerable. Every day our leadership would listen to world news over the radio at 9 a.m. to follow the growth of the American antiwar movement. Visits to Hanoi by people like Jane Fonda, and former Attorney General Ramsey Clark and ministers gave us confidence that we should hold on in the face of battlefield reverses. We were elated when Jane Fonda, wearing a red Vietnamese dress, said at a press conference that she was ashamed of American actions in the war and that she would struggle along with us.

Link to Bui Tin Interview

There are things the government should do.

And one of them is product safety. Oh, I know it seems that Big Brother has his nose in everything, but many times he does because industry won't fix a problem.

Case in point, antifreeze.

Conventional antifreeze tastes sweet to dogs, cats and other animals. The industry knew about this for years and did nothing. It leaks out of your auto and is lapped up by your dog, or maybe your neighbor's cat and the animal does of kidney failure. Solution? Put some chemical in the antifreeze that repels the animal. Simple, eh? Costly? No. Oh I know it costs something. But do you really believe it could be more than a few pennies?

What brought this up was the rant by one of our local talk radio drive time jocks who was complaining that the state had passed a law mandating that this be done. He's a sometimes libertarian and I agree with him sometimes, but this time he is off the chart wrong. His solution, of course, is to let the market fix the problem. Companies wanting to protect the animals can sell antifreeze with a bittering agent, companies that don't want to, don't.

What's next? Shall we get rid of the FAA? Let the airlines that want air control put their own system in place and pay for it. Those companies that don't want the expense can just fly VFR. Makes sense? No. Of course not.

And meat inspection. Why do it? If a company kills a few hundred consumers, well the survivors can sue. Right? Well, if they have enough money, sure.

I have a libertarian streak in my psyche. But I also have become old enough to know that a large part of that streak is based on the government sticking its nose in things that I don't want to be bothered by. e.g. I have car insurance and have always had car insurance. Why should the government make me prove I have car insurance? Because people lie. I like to drive fast. Why should the government have and enforce speed limits? Because some people drive too fast.

Common sense seems to be as lacking on the libertarian side as it is on the Leftie side.