Archive for June, 2009

Maybe We Should Hope it FAILs

June 15, 2009

As we are all painfully aware, the NY Senate has done nothing but further their reputation for dysfunction for over a week now.  In the last 5 days, we’ver had a Democrat majority, a Republican “coalition” majority, and now we’ve got a stalemate.   I heard somewhere that a judge has ordered the two sides to find a way to decide who’s in charge of things so that they can get on with their work and actually do the shit they’re supposed to do.

Sadly, I think that judge is seriously misguided.  I think it would be hilarious for the whole damned government to screech to a painful halt, and for every one of the fools in the Senate to demonstrate just how little support they deserve from the people that they fail on a consistent basis.  The entire Senate runs like a fraternity with pettiness, patronage, and power plays the major factors in the decisions made.  The people, through their own apathy, have become secondary to the narrow interests of the political parties, their benefactors, and the furtherance of their aspirations.  I know that if the government shut down, there would be some undesirable consequences.  Vital services could be interrupted, and surely some unfortunate situations may occur.  I don’t ask for disaster, but if some minor chaos in regular peoples’ lives is what it takes, so be it.

I know that this probably won’t happen, and even if it did I wonder if it would be enough to sound the death knell of our bloated, inefficient, and irresponsible government.  I fear that it will take something drastic, and possibly tragic, to wake up enough people to finally make a difference.


A Sticker Situation

June 2, 2009

One of my friends at work came in today with an interesting story.  His automobile inspection is past due, and like 99.7% of the population, he waited until it was actually late to get the inspection done.  The first place scheduled was the actual VW dealer where he bought the car.  Strangely, they couldn’t do the inspection because they were out of inspection stickers.  Happens.

So then it was off to a local oil change place.  Oddly enough, they were out of the stickers as well.  Not only that, they called several other of their locations, and they were all out.  WTF?

I know this sounds a little paranoid, but it makes you wonder.  Is NY so desperate for revenue that they can’t afford to print the damned things?  Or is this a planned shortage that will be quickly resolved – right after a week-long ticketing blitz?  Hmmmm…..