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GET WITH IT, MR. BOBBIE
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Mr. Bobbie is a friend of mine. He has cancer, incurable, for which he gets radiation. His wife, Glendale, has a brain tumor--undetermined at present whether its malignant or not.

Mr. Bobbie gets a social security check each month. His rent alone accounts for over half. Not long ago, we cleaned out a storage building on my property. Mr. Bobbie took most of what I had to sell at the Jockey Lot, something he tries to do just to keep living.

Mr. Bobbie drives a 1983 Chevy Caprice. Its not all tricked out like. Its pretty beat up, shabby--runs used tires on it.

Makes about 10-12 miles to a gallon...


I was watching a news debate type show called "Bulls and Bears" on one of the cable network news channels. There were three people debating, with one moderating. There was a pretty young blond woman, Laura who indicated that the recent rise in gasoline prices was a good thing because it battled global warming, that it would force auto makers to create more "hybrids" and also force consumers to buy more "hybrids."


Mr. Bobbie is having to borrow money from friends and family to get enough gasoline to get him to his cancer treatments and the jockey lot and back. Money that he pays back out of the meager sales he makes.

Its a good thing Mr. Bobbie has to pay high prices for gas, because he really needs to break down and buy himself one of those shiny new hybrids.


"Some wealthy elitists in our country who cannot tell fact from fiction, can afford an Olympian detachment from the impacts of draconian climate change policy. For them, the jobs and dreams destroyed as a result will be nothing more than statistics and the cares of other people. These consequences are abstractions to them. I can name many of the thousands of the American citizens whose lives will be destroyed by these elitists' ill-conceived ‘global goofiness' campaigns."

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posted by Jack Mercer @ 4/11/2007 12:29:00 PM  
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  • At 4/16/2007 09:00:00 AM, Blogger Ann said…

    Its a good thing Mr. Bobbie has to pay high prices for gas, because he really needs to break down and buy himself one of those shiny new hybrids.

    "Some wealthy elitists in our country who cannot tell fact from fiction, can afford an Olympian detachment from the impacts of draconian climate change policy. For them, the jobs and dreams destroyed as a result will be nothing more than statistics and the cares of other people. These consequences are abstractions to them. I can name many of the thousands of the American citizens whose lives will be destroyed by these elitists' ill-conceived ‘global goofiness' campaigns."


    Jack, I so hear you on this one!
    Only some of us, it seems, can afford "postmaterial values"!

    Reminds me of a line in George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, later adapted into My Fair Lady:

    Professor Higgins: Have you no morals, man?

    Mr Doolittle: Can't afford then guv'nor

    I'm sorry to hear about your friend.

     
  • At 4/16/2007 09:16:00 AM, Blogger Jack Mercer said…

    Hi Ann!

    Thank you so much!

    I am all for being responsible. I am all for bringing about change that will benefit future generations. I am all about a better planet. But I am not about sacrificing people needlessly for the sake a nebulous cause. I know the American left is obsessed with the global warming issue, but radical action (like the invasion of Iraq!) can claim as many lives in the process as an war ever did. I think about the brainless and unscientific banning of DDT and the possibly hundereds of thousands of lives this policy has claimed.

    http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1272/is_2713_133/ai_n6240945

    We are living in a world of extremes. People still think in extremist terms when extremism is more often than not unnecessary.

    GW Threat - Ban oil, raise taxes, hurt the poor

    WMD Threat - Bomb a nation, hurt the poor

    Environmental Threat - Ban pesticides (all!) hurt the poor.

    Mr. Bobbie's main concern this coming year is how he is going to keep himself and his wife warm enough to keep from freezing to death--to him, global warming may be a good thing.

    Comment is right on, Ann! (As always:)

    -Jack

     
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