Your Veggies… Or Else!
NHTSA and the
insurance Mafia want to see fines for not buckling-up jacked up
to as much as $100 in order to “encourage” higher compliance
with mandatory seatbelt laws.
the $25 hit imposed at gunpoint that’s the current national
average fine just isn’t sufficient. Neither are the DMV demerit
points some states and (of course) the District of Columbia) assign
if you’re found unbuckled and which the insurance Mafia uses
as the basis for “adjustments” to your can’t-say-no-thanks,
enforced-at-gunpoint insurance policy
would improve “compliance” by 6 to 7 percent, according
to (yet another) taxpayer-financed study
of the obvious.
with violence and – surprise – they’ll do what
But the question
more people ought to be asking is whether it’s right to threaten
anyone with violence for such things as not wearing a seatbelt.
And if that’s ok, then shouldn’t the system
at least be consistent and hit people who don’t exercise
– or who are grossly overweight – with fines
as a well? Call it it the Tubby Tax. After all, the same reasoning
Or at least,
it ought to.
NHTSA and other
buckle-up-at-gunpoint advocates argue that wearing a seat belt is
“safer.” True enough. Just as it is also true that it’s
safer to exercise regularly – and to not be grossly overweight.
Why, then, aren’t couch potatoes and fat slobs threatened
with violence by costumed goons? Is their “safety” of
less importance than the unbuckled driver’s?
The beefy impose
higher actual costs on society, too - in the form of major
health problems such as early-onset diabetes, arteriosclerosis,
degenerative joint diseases and so on than do unbuckled drivers
– most of whom never impose any costs on anyone at all. Because
most people don’t get into major wrecks, buckled or unbuckled.
Which means, their seatbelt usage is irrelevant. Or at least, not
necessarily “unsafe.” Being grossly overweight, on the
other hand, all-but-guarantees premature death and significant health
the Society of Actuaries, the add-on
cost of obesity is nearly $300 million annually: $127 for medical
care, $49 billion for productivity losses, and another $72 billion
for disability payments. Hasn’t society got a “right”
to insist that Large Marges and Sloppy Sams behave more responsibly?
That they be encouraged – at gunpoint – to
behave in a less “risky” fashion?
a mere $8.8
billion might be saved if everyone buckled-up.
It’s time for a War on Fat. A Crusade to the Gym. Daily physical
jerks for all. Lower, Smith! You’re not trying hard enough!
Anyone under the age of 40 is perfectly capable of touching his
toes! Try harder, please!
Well, why not?
be funny, except people – most people – miss the underlying
point. This Piers Morgan-like, un-American notion of collective
everything, always to be imposed at gunpoint. You’re not an
individual, responsible for your own life – and so, free to
decide how best to live it. You’re part of the collective.
It owns you – and you own it. No one is
allowed to own themselves. Your actions affect others –
even though this “affecting” is only possible as a result
of coercive collective policies that cause us all to prey on one
another like a pack of hyenas.
A pack of intellectually
hyenas who revel in selective persecution based on arbitrary
no reason, for instance, that fat people shouldn’t
feel the full force of the state – if the reasoning used to
persecute seatbelt-avoiders applies generally rather than subjectively
and arbitrarily. Anything the individual chooses to do
that can be convincingly argued increases his “risk”
– or which might “impose costs on society” –
must be forbidden at gunpoint.
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