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Cash strapped cities, states, and municipalities are increasingly looking to raise revenue by issuing tickets instead of cutting expenses.

Thank goodness for all those "cult of busyness" tweakers with their nervous systems cranked to eleven who ride my back bumper when I'm doing the speed limit and then cross the double yellow line to roar past me in a fury. Keep it up guys. You're keeping the Sheriff of Nottingham out of my wallet by offering your, admittedly, much fatter one up as a sacrificial decoy.


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May. 30th, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
where there

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May. 30th, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC)
Well such a blanket proposal only points out to me that someone has been asleep at the helm for a few years.
Having lived in L.A. for 17 years myself, I must admit I found it ironic that I couldn't get medical care, but an illegal alien could.

I've got nothing against the multi-cultural aspects of California, in fact I love it. It's just, well... I did pay a lot of taxes that I naively thought might come back to me in part through a social programme should I ever need it.

And why not legalise pot? I guess that's a debate for another day.
May. 30th, 2009 11:17 pm (UTC)
Of all the things libertarians complain about, I'm most baffled about seatbelt laws, since the cost is negligible and the cost/benefit ratio is through the roof. Plus, it's incredibly selfish, since you're possibly handing someone else the job of scraping your bleeding and broken ass off the road when you could have skipped the whole ordeal with what, a week or two of mild discomfort while you get in the seatbelt habit?

Of course, I'd interpret the 10% have arrest warrants statistic through totally different idealogical blinders: Is Texas really so lawless (or so poor?) that 10% of the population will risk arrest rather than pay a traffic ticket?

(Of course, I agree that there are issues with fines as a form of punishment (which can be mitigated or exacerbated depending on where the money goes). If stock market fluctuations change your law-enforcement priorities (beyond the usual putting a patrol car in front of Edward Liddy's house), then you have a problem.)
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