Monday, March 30, 2009

Signs of the Apocolypse

I never in my adult life thought I would ever see this headline anywhere except possibly in the Onion:
Uncle Sam Wants to Warranty Your Car
Here is the article - seriously.

I'm not a huge believer in the idea that the Constitution should be taken literally because the Founders themselves tried to figure out ways around the limits. Jefferson bought Louisiana and Hamilton set up a national bank (neither of which were particularly "Constitutional") right after we ratified the thing for Pete's sake. But does this quote really reflect the spirit with which the Framers wrote the Constitution:
"Your warranty will be safe. In fact, it will be safer than it's ever been. Because starting today, the United States government will stand behind your warranty," President Obama said on Monday.
In my humble view, the fellows who met in Philadelphia in 1787 and ratified what, up till now, has been the most successful experiment in self-government in human history never in a MILLION YEARS wanted the U.S. government to do something like this.

And as I wrote about three months ago, enough with the plan a day strategy. It's not helping in case people hadn't noticed. What would help GM and just about every auto manufacturer, bank, financial institution, homeowner, and local government official would be doing nothing more. Enough with the programs and bailouts. If 2 trillion plus is not helping, another trillion won't make it any better.


  1. "the United States government will stand behind your warranty"

    lol. Next we'll be going to the DMV to get an estimate on a new transmission!

  2. Or asking your local state senator to help you do an oil change............

  3. It worked beautifully in the Soviet era. Cheap, environmentally friendly, safe, and stylish -- ZIL & Volga come to mind.