Sunday, December 30, 2007

Someone fetch the world's smallest violin...

I think this was a Simpsons episode earlier this season...
Milwaukee's crackdown on towing unregistered vehicles has caught some motorists by surprise, leaving them grumbling about the hassle and expense of retrieving their rides.

If the numbers in the article are right, it looks like you can save about $50 by registering your car instead of getting it towed. Hell, in the neighborhood I work in, you just cut the sticker off someone else's license plate and save the registration fee.

The article doesn't break down numbers (north side vs. east side) but since I have pale skin I'm considered a racist anyway so I may as well say it: I'm reminded of the bit where the Seattle Public Schools called "future time orientation," aka planning ahead, a "White norm" that was not to be imposed on students. Where else would the J-S be going with this article?

Although, frankly, we don't seem to expect anyone to do much planning ahead. Spend your retirement money on electronics and cruises; the government will pay for your medications. Spend your paycheck on jeans and manicures; we'll pay for your pregnancy. Etc.

1 comment:

Steve Burri said...

That nasty old 'Deferred Gratification' schtick raising its ugly head again. The ant and the grasshopper.

Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die.

Cause and effect...Very vanilla.