Okay for now, we avoided the Fiscal Cliff albeit we still must address spending cuts and entitlement reform if there is any hope for American to balance the budget. It is amazing that politicians at the local, state, and federal level cannot solve or agree when it comes to important problems, such as debt, unemployment, and the like; yet state legislatures seem to find plenty of time to pass stupid laws. Here are some examples.
#5: Illinois: taxicab drivers can now charge customer a $50 cleanup fee for vomiting in a cab. Okay to deter drunks; I can’t say I blame cab drivers. But most vomiting is involuntary. A patron could ride with a baby that just has a sour stomach.
#4: Kentucky: it is illegal to release a wild hog into the wild. Isn’t a wild hog a wild animal by definition?
#3: Virginia: if you show up to vote without your driver’s license, you can use a concealed weapon permit as an alternate ID card. Hmmm. I thought we need to make it harder for random shootings in public places. If they have a concealed weapon permit there is a fair chance they have the concealed weapon on them too.
#2: Colorado: legalization of recreational marijuana. I don’t think I need to comment on the health aspect at this time. As the Christmas season winds down, if you remember the airing of the old Rankin-Bass Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Rudolph was denied asylum on The Island of Misfit Toys because …unlike a play thing, a living thing can’t hide from his problems on an island. I guess Colorado is not the place for creative problem solvers.
#1: This one takes the cake: Illinois: motorcyclists can lose their licenses for two years if they pop wheelies; however, they can legally run red lights. Okay, popping wheelies is dangerous no matter what, but motorcycles being allowed to run red lights, with the light green in the other direction charging cars going at full speed…this is very dangerous. This is insanity at its best. Not to mention what it is going to do to both automobile and motorcycle insurance rates! Interesting enough, Kansas and Georgia have similar laws on the books. This is the stupidest law yet!
So we can’t get a balanced budget, but we have time to think of these stupid laws. Ask yourself what are you paying (through your taxes) your elected representatives to do? And they want to balance the budget on the backs of taxpayers? Taxpayers of America, the most fundamental definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Think about who you are voting for over and over again!