Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Massachusetts is becoming a giant condo association

It seems these days that if someone is offended, annoyed or inconvenienced by something, they will start a campaign to get a law created to appease their narrow minded agendas. If you've ever lived in a condo, you know what I mean. Now, this mentality is spreading into everyone's lives.

Here in Massachusetts, we have a bunch of people who feel that whatever they think is right and just should also be applied to everyone.

The truth is everybody believes they know what's right and what's best.
For themselves.
That doesn't mean it's necessarily best for EVERYBODY ELSE.

Look, the country is so polarized now that it's come to the point where any politician from either side drifts toward the middle on any issue is branded a traitor.
We can't keep going on like this.
We have some narrow-minded, relentless, agenda driven people on both sides of the political ideology who absolutely insist that what they believe and what they think everyone should do and say should be the law of the land.

Take the town of Concord for example. It's a wealthy bedroom town that's ironically become the home of moonbats who have managed to ban the sale of bottled water and also tried (but thankfully failed) to enact a bylaw that requires cats to be leashed. You've heard of Concord, it's where the American Revolution began.

How ironic.

As the late great Johnny Carson used to say: "You can't make this stuff up folks."

I actually kinda understand the bottled water ban, the idea behind it is to reduce waste. I'm still not sold on this whole recycling deal, but that's a subject for another time. The main reason I don't agree with it is because all it will accomplish is hurt local businesses and likely do little to curb bottle use and people throwing them on the ground. In spite of all these 'good intentions' It's not going to stop people from buying bottled water in another town!! What's the solution then? Why try to get them banned statewide!

I can see it now, it'll be just like the old days when you couldn't buy beer on Sunday in Massachusetts. We'll have people doing bottled water runs up to New Hampshire! Maybe it'll create a black market for Poland Springs and Aquafina! Hell, it might even create a bootleg bottled water industry! Who says moonbats aren't about creating jobs?

The intent of the deposit on bottled beverages is to stop people from throwing them on the ground and to reduce waste. Here's an idea, how 'bout going after litterers? Whatever happened to that campaign?

Remember, we had the crying Indian (who turned out to be another fake) bumming out about trash? That ad was like 30 years ago, I guess litter's not an issue any more!
But cats on a leash?

It gets even better:

The city of Arlington* has enacted a ban for leaf blowers.
They now cannot be used after May 15 through October 15 on private proerty because of the noise they make.

Instead of making a bylaw like, you know, saying you can't use them before 9 am, they ban them for 5 months.

Thankfully there's a bunch of sane people who have gathered up some signatures to repeal this nonsense.

The point is now the mentality is to shove whatever is bothering these cranks down everyone's throats.

*Arlington was formerly known as Menotomy - yep, another town where the American Revolution took place.

We also had a ban on bake sales.
Yes, bake sales.

Yes, Americans are more obese than ever and we do eat a lot of bad food. I have a feeling that somehow legislating good nutrition ain't gonna work. The Massachusetts Health Department  is trying to raise awareness with good nutrition which is good, banning bake sales is a bad idea. Many school programs and class trips rely on these bake sales to raise money. Banning them only hurts fund raising and will do very little to increase nutritional awareness. That begins at home. Schools should look to improve awareness and promote healthy eating, but it's not the school or the state's place to force people to eat healthier.

This is where the message gets lost, the intentions are noble but the methods are faulty.

Years ago we had a state rep who tried to pass a bill requiring all restaurants serve margarine as an alternative to butter. It was ridiculed as the 'mandatory margarine' bill. Again, that would be nice to have a healthier alternative,  but not all margarines are not created equal. Care to guess what most restaurants would choose if they were required by law to serve?

Update: One more thing, my wife and I bought a couple of really nice red ornamental grass plants last year. When they didn't come up this year we were bummed. We took the little plastic tag that comes with the plant back to the nursery where we bought them. I asked one of the guys there what did we do wrong? He said it's an annual. I laughed so hard because we assumed it was a perennial and didn't read that on the tag.

Then he said, perennial red grasses are illegal in Massachusetts. Okaaaaaay.

My pet peeve is people who don't use their signals when driving. It should be a law that everyone use their turn signals...

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