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Collateral Damage – A Rant

Much is made by the anti-capitalist/anti-consumerism/anti-American folks with regard to expected collateral damage.  How much money does the drug company make versus pays out in lawsuits from problems with the new wonder drug?  What about cars and auto safety?  Food?

And it all seems to fall back on capitalist ventures.  After all, isn’t making money intrinsically evil?

bikeHas ANYONE ever done a study regarding gov’t-mandated bicycle paths?  I live in a liberal-minded college town, with numerous ‘free’ bike paths (SOMEONE had to pay for the paint and signs), and a circuitous ‘free’ city bus line.  I’m guessing they cost money, too.  (Getting us used to bicycles by providing paths to make us more like Europe and Asia sounds like a ‘nudge’ to me!  Remember when soccer was what other-than-Americans played?) 

And then there’s the Metro Rail Line, which inconvenienced thousands and businesses during construction, but now is having regular accidents as it’s running Valley-wide.  This does cost the riders money, at least.

trainAnd did someone crunch the numbers over raised medians (with or without grass and trees) constructed of concrete, versus the painted street-level ones people use as a third lane?  Dollars saved versus accidents?

medianWhat does all this crap cost, in extra tax dollars, injuries and lives?

I’m betting, as the powers-that-be wanted them, the numbers were never crunched.  Or were fudged.  Or nudged.

I know, I’m a cynic.

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I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.

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8 thoughts on “Collateral Damage – A Rant

  1. A cynic? Nope. Substitute “realist”, and I’ll believe you.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | August 8, 2013, 7:05 am
  2. Consider automobiles. Due to horrendous increases in regulations and mandated equipment, the average new car costs 42 weeks of the average family income. In 1990, the cost was 28 weeks. Are cars today safer and more efficient? Yes. Could the average family use that 14 weeks of income for other expenditures that would add more to their lives? I think so.

    Posted by WellSeasonedFool | August 8, 2013, 7:33 am
  3. Nah, you’re a realist just like most of us that actually THINK…

    Posted by oldnfo | August 8, 2013, 4:52 pm
  4. “Or were fudged. Or nudged.” That would be my bet on things like this.

    Posted by ProudHillbilly | August 12, 2013, 5:24 am

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