There were a bunch of stories on the front page of CNN.com this morning so I felt I would take a minute and give a quick comment about a couple.
Story 1: FCC To Upgrade Citizen's Internet http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/03/16/life.without.broadband/index.html?hpt=C1
The FCC is planning to get 9 out of every 10 Americans on a broadband connection. The FCC says that 2/3 of the American people do not have high-speed internet in their homes. They base this one a sample population of 5,005 people. There are 300,000,000 people in the United States (as of 2000 Census). Assuming the family of 4 is the norm, that would leave 75,000,000 households in the US. (I know, these are crude numbers.) So, how can 5,005 represent 50 million people (2/3 of 75k)? Furthermore, is it the government's job to spend our tax dollars to give someone else faster internet? This is internet welfare! However, there is an underlying reason for this. The faster the connection, the quicker the Government can get to your personal information. Remember the Cash for Clunkers deal?! The website stated that by proceeding through it, your computer became property of the Federal Government.
Story 2: Toyota Disputing Runaway Car
I've felt this since the beginning. This Toyota accusation of hybrid malfunctions doesn't seem to add up. Remember when SUVs were the evil killers on the earth? Remember news stories that portrayed SUVs as actually thinking beings, capable of search and destroy?! (Note this story http://wcbstv.com/local/fatal.van.accident.2.1543802.html) Now, the wonderful hybrid car, the one that the Government needs to have towards a "cleaner earth" is now the subject of much scrutiny, much like the SUV. However, cars do not accelerate on their own. It requires input from the driver - either directly on the gas pedal or by pressing the increase speed button on the cruise control. This whole circus is just another way that irresponsible people are trying to get something for nothing. However, since it costs half of your estate to buy one of these things, perhaps the tree huggers have programmed these cars to fight back against the evil rich people. Just goes to prove that Capitalism and Environmentalism do not mix. The only logical conclusion? Give Environmentalism a lethal injection and get it out of our way for good!