Talk about surreal.
I did some shopping at my local Market Street grocery this afternoon. I was checking out, preparing to pay with my debit card, when the cashier began ringing a bell and dancing up and down, soon to be followed by the bag girl.
Had I been in Britain I would have been nonplussed, here I settled for slackjawed. Was Market Street now hiring Hari Krishnas? Was I an unwitting participant in a cosmic joke?
Fortunately, nothing so bizarre. Shortly the cashier paused her bell ringing to inform me I had won free groceries. Sure enough, the register screen was displaying $0.00 where seconds before it had read $208 and change. I shop there all the time, and had no idea they even did such a thing.
And 208 bucks beats a gaggle of Krishnas any day.
Monthly Archives: May 2012
Talk about surreal.
For all my Progressive/Liberal friends who, in spite of all the evidence to the contrary, still subscribe to the mantra that more government regulation and/or involvement in the banks, or healthcare, or whatever, will make those things safer, cheaper, fairer and so on, I offer up some info on one example where the U.S. did actually deregulate an industry:
In 1978, Congress deregulated the airline industry. Between 1950 and 1978, the Civil Aeronautics Board had received 79 applications for startup interstate airlines, and rejected every one of them, effectively protecting the business and profits of a handful of legacy carriers.
Since 1978 however:
- Airline fares have fallen eighteen percent in real dollar terms,
- Airline safety has improved year after year and air travel is now safer than it has ever been,
- Air travel has been opened up to the vast majority of Americans. Prior to 1978, fewer than 20% of Americans had ever flown on a commercial airliner, today it is estimated that 85% have done so, and
- Competition has increased dramatically, with airlines such as Southwest, Jet Blue, Horizon, and Virgin America (to name just a few) forcing what is left of the legacy carriers to reorganize, retool, and rethink their approach to the business.
Penn Jillette takes President Obama to task for his cavalier attitude about, and harsh treatment of,
non-violent drug offenders.
One more example, two actually, of how Government Poisons Everything:
A Libertarian friend, Jeffrey Jones, sent me the following info. It portrays as well as anything I have seen the awful impact out of control government spending and a money-printing Federal Reserve have had on our real wages and inflation. Imagine how much better off we’d be today if we were paid in gold, even without receiving a raise over the past 50 years.
Average wages in 1959: $5,016 – or 143 oz. of Gold
Average wages in 1977: $15,000 – or 120 oz of Gold
Average wages in 1999: $28,970 – or 104 oz of Gold
Average wages in 2008: $41,335 – 53 oz of Gold
Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing?
Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing?
Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing?
Then why call him God?