Originally posted by skyshow
That has to be one of the funniest analogy I have ever read on here. Bravo!!! Thanks for the reply too. Do you think she actually flushes her own
toilet? If that family has say 5 bathrooms on each floor, they could easily pay people, with benifits, in three rotating full time shifts to do the
flushing, or stand there and wait for someone to come around...and then someone else to turn on the tap for handwashing and a third set of workers to
run towels. I'm pretty sure she uses two ply however, that I'm certain of. lol.
Sorry to take so long to respond, I'm been busy with work, anyway thanks for the compliment. Although it was a joke I did mean it with some
sincerity, I just don't think punishing people because they are rich justifies that they should be taxed more. Yes, they may afford it but does it
make it right? And on what grounds? Because people are rich?
I noticed you didn't comment on aircraft preventative maintenance regulations.
I thought I did. Well, think of it this way; do taxi companies have incentives to upkeep their taxis? I think they do. If they don't
then why replace the brakes, change the oil, and prevent their taxis from being a hazard on the road? I think just like the taxi companies the
airlines have an incentive to prevent their aircraft from falling from the sky. They certainly have always maintained a ground repair crew to
maintain their planes running, simply because it is way to expensive to replace a plane every three years with a new one. Just like taxis car,
companies can generally gauge the life of their asset, and accordingly have preventative maintenance to keep things going as best as possible.
On the rotten meat, I'd have to say that it was tried before and it didn't work...people got sick and died when it was left up to the "free
market". I for one don't want to return to those days and repeat the experiment over again, besides being stupid, it could be fatal!
skyshow, here you are making the case that without the FDA we would all be eating poisoned food. I think this is a highly dubious argument. Put
yourself in the shoes of a business owner, "Would you stake your reputation...strike that...the possibility of losing everything you owned on trying
to sell people bad food?" Certainly not!!! The FDA does nothing about discovering bad food. They are in the business of expropriating income and
fining businesses when and if a discovery of neglect was discovered. The FDA does not have the manpower to make sure every piece of food you eat is
safe. The reason you don't get sick or hardly get sick because of eating bad food is because business try their darnedest to give you the best
product they can.
Your line of thinking would also assume restaurants are also in the same business of giving you bad food...
Another interesting thing about power is that it costs a lot more to run power lines out into rural areas, so if we pulled regulations, the folks who
live out in the rural red states would have to pay 10 times more for their juice...same with phone service and road costs. Why should the urban
democrat subsidize the country republican? I'm being facetious, but you get the picture hopefully. We do these things in the interest of creating
infrastructure and making our nation strong.
I agree. I think a lot of you liberals contradict yourselves when you say, that you want less people on the roads, less urban sprawl, but yet support
Federal construction/subsidizing all of this activity. If you want to cut down on this type of urban sprawl, and traffic on the road wouldn't you
favor a "Market type of solution"? Where the roads are private and people have to pay for their use? And those that decide to move in rural areas
would pay their own way, instead of subsidizing? This would cut down on pollution, traffic congestion, and urban sprawl into the environment. This
is a free-market solution, that you guys want to completely ignore.
We regulate not just in the interest of profit for shareholders, but we regulate in the interest of other stakeholders such as consumers (who want to
live after eating the product), employees, even the birds and the fish. You can't have good productive employees if they are home puking because the
sausage they ate for breakfast had axel grease and rat turds in it.
I think you are exagerating here a bit. Reember what happened to "Wendy's" food chain, when that woman lied about finding a finger in
her Chilli? The company lost millions, it still barely recovering from the "Scam" this lady pulled. You really think businesses are trying to hurt
you the customer? I'm a bit sad if you really see that, the world doesn't work that way. And if you think it does it is more of a reflection of
you than it is of the rest of humanity. Come on man, you know better!!!
You can't sell products to consumers if they are shot and killed by stray bullets from an automatic assault weapon on their way to the store.
Well, if this does occur how is it Corporations fault? Wouldn't you say its more a direct result of the individual shooting said gun?
You can't run a modern dairy out in the sticks without power and transport the milk into town without driving on a paved road.
No, you wouldn't need a multi-million dollar plant out in the "sticks", but the market would fill the niche with, smaller mom and pop
farms that may fill this void. Small towns have small shops that still provide life's necessities, small towns have no need for Macys, Nordstrom, or
Without safety regulations, and integral infrastructure it would be difficult if not impossible to meet the obligations of the constitution and the
people's right to persue happiness with life and liberty. I think the issue then becomes not one of do we have it or not, but one of where is the
Businesses try to make the best product they can, sure they may not be 100% safe 100% of the time, but the market corrects this and makes
adjustments. People's tastes change consumers punish those companies that make shoddy products, and reward those that take care in what the
customers want and preferences. Think of it this way, does the company "Gerber" want to sell you something that may hurt your Child or your family?
[edit on 17-9-2008 by Gateway]