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Miller: STOP! You’re Killing Me With Your Kindness

By Duane A. Miller

In an erstwhile attempt to protect the American public, our government is imposing more and more restrictions, taking away our individual freedoms, and arrogantly proclaiming that their elite ruling class knows what is best for the rest of us.

The most recent example of government overreach is the announcement by New York City’s mayor that NYC will outlaw the serving of soft drinks in any container larger than 16 ounces.  Now, understand that alcohol, milkshakes, and all manner of other beverages are not being regulated in such a manner, but the mayor has decided that soft drinks, served in restaurants, are the singular cause of obesity in New York and is the enemy-of-the-moment.  He also sees another perfect opportunity for a government power grab under the guise of “kindness.”

In fact, when defending his absurd proposal, Mayor Bloomberg compared the sugar in soft drinks to asbestos and said that it was the government’s responsibility and “obligation” to “warn” its citizens.  Some warning!  Let me think…oh yeah, Prohibition didn’t work, but it was well-intended.

STOP! YOU’RE KILLING ME WITH YOUR KINDNESS!

Let me cite another example.  Did you know that by the end of the year, the 100 watt incandescent light bulb is due to be phased out completely and that its demise is the beginning of the end for all incandescent bulbs?  Bet you were in the dark about that (sorry, the pun was so obvious I couldn’t let it pass).  Edison’s invention which has serve us well for over 100 years is no longer what is best for us (determined by the government) and so will be made unavailable.  Hey!  Did I get to vote on that?  It’s my lamp, after all.

The law which was passed had good intentions, but, as usual, Congress can’t see beyond its immediate nose to consider the implications.  The purpose of the law was to make lighting more efficient and less costly (government kindness) and so bulbs, beginning this year were required to be 25% more efficient than in the past.  Enter the CFL (curly tube) and the LED lamps.

Both CFLs and LEDs meet the efficiency requirement, but cost astronomically more.  Incandescent bulbs can be purchased for about a dollar for a 4 pack.  CFLs in a 3 pack run between $10 and $15.  LEDs can cost up to $30.  How much electricity do I have to save to pay for that?

But the new bulbs are “green,” and the light bulb producing companies and new “green” producers are experiencing a windfall.  The tree-huggers feel good about themselves.  The lobbyists who made this happen are fat and happy, and we get to pay at least 10 times more because our government is taking care of us.

STOP!  YOU’RE KILLING ME WITH YOUR KINDNESS

I have cited two examples of government power grabs that are currently under way.  There are literally hundreds of examples.  I do not have the space to enumerate, much less elaborate, on all of them.  But I’ll bet you can immediately think of other instances where our individual freedoms are being stolen from us by our Nanny-state government.  Send us your best illustration of government “kindness” exposed.  It’s time to end the madness!

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Duane A Miller is COO of The Proud Americans

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  1. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    June 4, 2012 @ 8:35 am

    Just what did you expect when you turned over your freedom of choice and responsibility for your Food, Housing, retirement, and medical care to a government of manipulating dishonest politicians who cannot even pay their own taxes or balance their personal budgets let alone balance a trillion dollar budget or economy? Of course they are going to tell you what to eat, where to live, how easy or how much in poverty your retirement will be, and how much medical care will be dispensed by a morally bankrupt government that leads to a financially bankrupt government, who is now too poor and in debt to provide and fulfill the empty promises of the immediate gratification offered by an unfunded offer of hope and change, by a party of dishonest distributors of your wealth and moral strength? When the money is gone and there is nobody and no wealth left to redistribute, of course they will spend what little individual freedoms you have left to cover the multiple sins, mistakes and failures of an ideology that ruined the Soviets, Europeans and now threatens to undermine America. This is what was on the other side of the Bridge to the 21st century that the Clintons and Obama’s had in mind for you. They have turned a once proud nation of producers who dwelt in a land in individual freedom into a nation of consuming dependents who live in our Democrat designed socialist jails of dependency and entitlement.

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  2. pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
    June 4, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    A couple of years ago or so our state mandatory seatbelt law changed to include ALL passengers in the car, regardless of age or where they sit. I am a grown woman and think I can make my own decision about whether I need to wear a seatbelt. Do I wear them? Yes. Should it be MY decision whether to wear one or not? YES! Not only that, but the state has a big campaign every summer (click it or ticket) to ticket people who are not wearing their seatbelt. Any law enforcement officer can issue these tickets, even game wardens. Most city-folk would be rather confused when pulled over by a game warden while simply driving down the highway.

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    • thedoveComment by thedove
      June 4, 2012 @ 12:19 pm

      >> Most city-folk would be rather confused when pulled over by a game warden while simply driving down the highway. <<

      As a journalist specializing in the ecology and outdoor recreation, I deal with "game wardens" of many states. I'm sure there may be some, but I know of no states in which wildlife officers are not sworn law enforcement officers, and yes, they can bust you for speeding, drug violations, anything a sheriff's deputy or metro cop would normally handle. They generally don't, but if you're speeding and a "game warden" hits the red and blues, you'd better pull over.

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    • genesalComment by genesal
      June 4, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

      The trouble started from the beginning of the seatbelt law, it was separate and you couldn’t be pulled over for not wearing the seat belt. But then the slippery slope kicked in and then you could then be stopped just for not wearing a seat belt. All they need is a foot in the door and the rest is history and they’ll lie to get that little foothold. I remember the start of the seatbelt law clearly.

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    • brentComment by brent
      June 4, 2012 @ 6:03 pm

      Yes the dreaded seatbelt law. They say it was for our safety, what a joke. The government does not care about our safety. They had one thing in mind when passing that law… REVENUE. I truely do not believe that the police are in force for our protection. I think of them as modern day tax colectors. The states and fed know that they can’t tax us much more with out revolt. What better way to provide revenue for your state and federal funded welfare programs. Tickets, Tickets, Tickets…

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  3. JDZComment by JDZ
    June 4, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    Over the last 50 years this country has slowly and incrementally moved more and more toward a socialist state where our personal lives are controlled more and more by what some call a “Nanny State” government. This government intrusion and control of our personal freedoms and our private economy is inherently how a modern day socialist/communist/Marxist form of government takes control. In third world countries the takeover is more obvious in the form of a military coupe or in some form of revolution like when Cuba was taken over by Castro. If the political takeover is accompanied by the military within the country, then it is a complete takeover and no longer a form of democracy such as in Cuba where the citizens of the country no longer have any freedoms not approved ahead of time by the government.

    In the USA, it is a much more subtle and sophisticated process, but, over time, can be just as effective as the government passes more and more laws and regulations dictating how we are to live our lives and what we are allowed to do or not do. The same government mindset that continues to take away our individual freedom of choice, etc. is also attacking our private industries. The ballooning set of government regulations are suppressing the ability of our privately based companies to operate in an efficient and profitable manner. This is the modern and subtle form of the nationalization of our private economy by the government which gives the government the power to decide who the “winners” and “losers” in our private economy will be, much like Obama is doing through his use of the EPA regulations on energy companies as we speak.

    This socialist movement, which has taken over and now controls the Democratic political party, has made tremendous progress over the last four decades aided by the collective bargaining rights accompanying the unionization of our public worker segment of our country. This symbiotic relationship between public service unions and liberal/socialist politicians which was created by allowing the unionization of public service employees may be the single most dangerous move allowed by polticians in our country that is aiding the undermining of our capitalist country. Both FDR and George Meany, himself, warned of allowing collective bargaining within our government employees at any level, and they were right.

    The recall election of the Wisconsin Governor, scheduled for tomorrow, was sponsored by the public service union leadership in the state who are angry because the Governor has challenged the union control of the government levels within the state. If the Governor is recalled (only three Governors in our history have been recalled) it will be bad for the country at large as these unions are the ground troops for the socialist/communist politicians and activists in the country.

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    • nickster99Comment by nickster99
      June 4, 2012 @ 11:16 am

      Nationalization of all banking and business is the ultimate end goal. It was started long ago by a man called FDR and his administration. His real intentions maybe were not for this to happen. But his minions and his followers saw that it could happen slowly and how much power they could wield. You have to remember these people in control are there for the power! Not to see how good they can be or how much good they can do for the country! Many do go in with good intentions until the life long power brokers get hold of them! Which is a reason we need TERM LIMITS!

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  4. middlegroundComment by middleground
    June 4, 2012 @ 10:08 am

    No Communist, no Marxist and no Socialist government would ever require its citizens to buy a light bulb manufactured in a foreign country and which may take 25% energy, but which gives off 30% less light. That requirement could only come from a corrupt government ruled by special interests and as these new bulbs are made in China of Chinese materials and require special methods of disposal you can imagine who bought this law. Light bulbs are mainly used when it is dark and that is a time of cheap “off peak” power, so every part of this absurd law reeks.

    Vote for scientific and economic sanity in November.

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    • JDZComment by JDZ
      June 4, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

      The point is that THE government, and in this case those that cater to the environmentalist extremists in this country, who, by the way are liberals and Democrats, are the ones that pushed this law through eliminating the incandescent light bulb. Are the environmentalists being funded by wealthy special interest groups..probably..and, this move on light bulbs is a part of the whole agenda of the environmentalists in this country..and who makes out financially..guys like Al Gore and others that are investing in green energy and other products that we are forced to buy..like these new expensive light bulbs…of which..many are made off shore as well. It is ideologically based to a large extent…mostly the far left liberal extablishment in this country.

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  5. bfranklinComment by bfranklin
    June 4, 2012 @ 10:45 am

    Are the new light bulbs also putting off dangerous mercury fumes? The better to slow kill everyone without any immediate evidence pointing back to the cartel chemical companies owned by the corrupt bankers and Rockefeller.

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    • thedoveComment by thedove
      June 4, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

      I know of no studies that prove dangerous fumes emanate an intact bulb, but if you want a laugh, check out the federal guidelines for dealing with a broken one. All people and pets evacuated, protective clothing, on and on and on.

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    • JDZComment by JDZ
      June 4, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

      This elimination of incandescent light bulbs from our freedom of choice is a perfect example of the nanny state government who just cannot stay out of our way and leave us alone. Yes, and if you have seen the film on how to dispose of these new bulbs with the mercury inside, you would see that it is considered a hazardous waste product and the disposal procedure is so complex that no one is going to follow the government procedure in the disposal process. Most people are just going to throw them in the trash…which in the end is going to be worse all around then just letting us continue using the low cost and flexible incandescent bulb which has been refined and made into one of the most cost effective consumer products in the world.

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  6. cfulbrightComment by cfulbright
    June 4, 2012 @ 10:55 am

    I’m lucky (?) enough to live in San Francisco, so of course we have MANY examples of this madness. Here are a few:

    1. Banning Happy Meals toys, but McDonalds outsmarted the socialists by charging ten cents for the toy, then donating the money to Ronald McDonald House.

    2. Ban production and sale of foie gras, a blatant attack on my European heritage. But no banning of selling live chickens and frogs in Chinatown.

    3. Requiring new housing to have LESS than one parking space per unit, to discourage car ownership.

    4. Putting bicycle lanes on heavy-traffic commuter streets, then lowering the speed limit on them to 25 MPH, rather than putting the bike lanes on nearby less traveled streets.

    5. Mandatory health insurance, which restaurants pass along to consumers in their checks.

    6. $10.24/hour minimum wage, which is higher than the reimbursement rate that the state pays non-profits to provide certain services to adults with developmental disabilities.

    7. Requiring all new office construction to have wasted “open space”.

    8. Requiring all new housing construction to include either 25% low-income units, or a 25% payment into the city’s funds, which of course causes all the other units in this housing-deficient city to be priced higher.

    9. Requiring landlords to pay $15K to get a tenant to move out, even though the tenant is on a month-to-month lease, and therefore has no legal right (in common law) to stay in the unit.

    I could go on, but I’m getting depressed.

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    • pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
      June 4, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

      Wow! That’s pretty bad. Weren’t they also trying to outlaw circumcision of infants?

      We have some stupid city regulations like leaving a certain amount of green area when you build your parking lot. The result is a tiny strip of grass in the middle of a bunch of asphalt that has to have sprinklers installed due to our dry climate. What really cracks me up is the only slighly larger strips of grass with trees planted on them. Don’t they know that trees grow bigger and have spreading roots? They are bound to eventually tear up the parking lot as they grow. No long-term thought process involved there unless their plan is to replace the tree with a smaller one everytime it grows.

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      June 4, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

      San Francisco even makes Los Angeles look good.

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    • prairelivingComment by praireliving
      June 4, 2012 @ 5:25 pm

      Haven’t plastic bags for purchases also been prohibited in San Francisco? I can’t imagine living there…you really are under quite a regime there.

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      June 4, 2012 @ 5:33 pm

      Los Angeles just passed the law banning plastic bags, but I heard it doesn’t actually take effect until January of next year. I may just do my shopping in Burbank after that, since it’s not that far from me. I also used to live in the Bay Area, and it seems that as long you don’t live in the city of San Francisco you’re not subject to their stupid laws. None of the surrounding cities were anything like that when I was living there. So “The City” might be an OK place to work just as long as you can commute.

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    • cfulbrightComment by cfulbright
      June 4, 2012 @ 5:58 pm

      Yes, not only has our “Progressive” board of supervisors banned plastic bags, but they also require stores to charge shoppers ten cents for paper bags, even though paper is recyclable, and SF has the highest rate of “redirecting” recyclables and compost of any city in the country, at 78% of total garbage. The theoretical maximum is 85%, but of course the Board of Stupes wants to mandate 100% redirect.

      The measure was introduced by Ross Mirkarimi, who since then pleaded guilty to misdemeanor spouse abuse, and supported by the mayor, who said, “Some level of charge has to go with behavioral change and it can’t just be voluntary.”

      What gives the government the right to engage in “behavioral change”, to set prices, and to interfere in local commerce and contractual relations between buyers and sellers? Oh right, ObamaCare!

      And yes, there was a ballot measure to ban circumcision, but a judge removed it from the ballot after it got the necessary signatures.

      If you want to be depressed, just type “San Francisco bans” into Google. One article that comes up is “10 Things that are Banned in San Francisco” and includes:

      1. Happy Meals
      2. Plastic Bags
      3. Bottled Water (only among the city government)
      4. Smoking
      5. baby chickens, ducks, and rabbits
      6. Segways (because “they promote laziness”)
      7. Soda (from vending machines on city property)
      8. City employee travel to Arizona!
      9. Firearms in advertising (seriously)
      10. Sitting or lying on a sidewalk (this would be a good one if they actually enforced it against the bums it was aimed at)

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      June 5, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

      cfulbright:
      Just read your last post. That’s really unbelievable! San Francisco is probably the closest thing to a fascist dictatorship anywhere in the United States. You wonder how the people there put up with this. The 10 cent charge for the paper bags is also going into effect here in L.A. along with the ban on plastic, so maybe there’s some kind of conspiracy here. And no employee travel to Arizona? How does anyone know where an employee travels on vacation, and what the hell business is it of theirs? Like I said, I used to live in that area but left in 1996, and nothing like this existed then.

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  7. wolfComment by wolf
    June 4, 2012 @ 10:59 am

    Mr. MIller…
    The “kindness of the Government” has allowed millions of people in this country to commit murder and not be prosecuted.
    Over 60,000,000 babies have been killed since 1970′s due to the “kindness” of the Government.

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  8. omakleinComment by omaklein
    June 4, 2012 @ 11:03 am

    If you really want to save energy how about turning off all those extra outdoor lights at night. Some of them serve no better purpose than to keep the neighbor’s bedroom lit.

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    • LenaComment by Mona
      June 4, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

      To the contrary, outside lighting is the best way to reduce home burglary and property crimes.

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    • pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
      June 4, 2012 @ 12:59 pm

      Move to the country omaklein. They put a car lot near my neighborhood when I lived in town. Talk about lights keeping you up at night. You can actually see the stars at night when you live outside of town.

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    • effwingerComment by effwinger
      June 4, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

      Mona, you might be mistaken. As city lights are installed, crime rates rise. There is NO connection between lighting and crime, you just might “feel” safer….

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    • LenaComment by Mona
      June 4, 2012 @ 4:54 pm

      If you think having outside lights on makes it more likely your home will be a target of crime then turn off the lights. I would never presume to tell you that you should leave them on.

      I pay the bill for mine and I will have them on, at least I will until our all intrusive government makes me turn them off.

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    • genesalComment by genesal
      June 4, 2012 @ 6:15 pm

      An inside gun is better than outside lights.

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    • LenaComment by Mona
      June 4, 2012 @ 6:29 pm

      I like both. :)

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  9. Dingbat36Comment by Dingbat36
    June 4, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

    And the unintended result of changing our delivery method of light is what? It actually increases our heating costs, incandescent bulbs generate much more heat than other types of bulbs. We are saving nothing in energy prices, whatever savings produced by those ugly CFLs are more than offset by our heating bills.

    As far as Mayor Dumberg is concerned, he’s being intentionally stupid. People who love their sugary soft drinks will just order more of them to go with whatever they intend to eat. Let’s see if the Mayor can limit the number of drinks consumed with one order of food. Is that next?

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    • pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
      June 4, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

      A German company is actually marketing 75 watt and 100 watt incandescent bulbs as heaters. They call them “heat *****.” It is their loophole for the EU ban on the bulbs. Gotta hand it to those Germans for finding a way around the beauracratic nonsense.

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      June 4, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

      That’s great! I love to see things like that happen.

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  10. TRUTHTELLERComment by TRUTHTELLER
    June 4, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

    This story reminds me of the method for cooking a live frog.

    If you boil the water first and then put the frog in, the hot water will cause him to jump out. If, instead, you put the frog in cold water, in a pot and then turn the stove on, the water will heat slowly and the frog will never know his goose is cooked, until it’s too late.

    The Commys know that a violent takeover of our government is out of the question. Too many guns in the hands of our citizens.

    If, however, they whittle away our freedoms, one light bulb or one soft drink at a time, before we know it, our freedoms will be gone and it will be too late to do anything about it.

    Solution: We need to excise the growing cancer in our government, NOW!

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    • MorganComment by Morgan
      June 5, 2012 @ 10:24 am

      You would think that with all the REAL problems facing America,like high gas prices, crime, high taxes, deficits beyond the imagination and all the rest, that politicians would attack THOSE problem, But instead, they sit around and come up with this stupid stuff like charging 10 center for a plastic/paper bag, or outlawing sugar drinks, Happy meals and such.

      It is almost comical if it wasn’t so sad.

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  11. Mary SComment by Mary S
    June 4, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

    I’m just wondering why the power elites are trying to kill the soft drink industry. Not enough corporate money going to their re-election campaigns?

    I have been buying up incandescent bulbs ever since I found out about the ban. And then I found out who manufactures the majority of CFLs and it all became clear.

    It’s all about the money. Who has it, who uses it, who takes it. Just follow it.

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  12. MorganComment by Morgan
    June 4, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

    I know our government means well, but here are a few more “regulations/requirement” that are costing us our freedoms.

    The Auto industry. The government required better gas mileage for cars so they increased the CAFE standards. They legislated side impact air bags, from end collision air bags. They required a special kind of car seat for kids under a certain weight and age and booster seats for bigger kids.

    For years cars had only 2 tail lights, but now, all trucks over a certain size have to have the extra little 3 tail lights in the bumper or tail gate.

    Cars now have to have the extra little tail light in the rear window or on the car trunk.

    To protect us from emissions etc, all cars are required to have all sorts of emissions controls on the motor, catalytic converters etc.
    We now pay $45,000 for a car that a few years ago was $10,000 or less.

    I’m not saying any of the above are really bad things, but….

    Remember folks, When the government gets involved in anything, the taxpayer picks up the tab.

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  13. freetarComment by freetar
    June 4, 2012 @ 5:32 pm

    Can you believe that our very own government has helped so much in its plan to destroy this country. Yes I mean the destruction of America.

    This is now a country we can’t even use are our own natural resources. We are buying energy from our enemies so we can fund the destruction of this country. What happens when the oil from the Middle East stops when the Muslim Brotherhood takes over Egypt, Libya, Syria etc?

    Also our government is so good to us by borrowing money from China to pay for what the politicians are spending on behalf of you and me

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  15. sullyofTexasComment by sullyofTexas
    June 5, 2012 @ 10:16 am

    Want another example of BIG BROTHER intrusion? How about “Red Light cameras”? These cameras catch a person running a red light and send the “ticket” to who ever owns the car. In the state of Texas they figured out that there would be too much outcry about someone getting a ticket in the mail when they did nothing wrong, so they just made it so a lien will be placed on your car and you cant register it unless you pay the “ticket”.

    It doesnt seem to matter if you were driving said car or not. You must pay as the owner of the car. What about the concept of guilty till proven innocent, or was it the other way around?

    This does NOTHING to lower crime and “catch” red light runners. This is mearly a way for city and state governments to make more money. Those cameras infuriate me. George Orwell had things right in his book 1984, just the wrong date on the title.

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  16. jkgould0607389Comment by jkgould0607389
    June 6, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

    Liberals are the word police, the food police, the thought police, the everything police……yet some of their people have special rules, most of them have double standards-triple standards etc..It is all about control! Every one needs to realize that!

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