Laundry: Why bother?

Why bother fighting a war when the rules of engagement force soldiers to release enemies caught placing bombs in the road?

Several Taliban detainees who had been captured in February after being observed placing bombs in the culverts of roads used by civilians and military convoys near Kandahar were fed, given medical treatment, then released by American troops frustrated by a policy they say is forcing them to kick loose enemies who are trying to kill them.Despite what American soldiers say was a mountain of evidence, which included a video of the men planting the bomb and chemical traces found on their hands, there was nothing the soldiers who had captured them could do but feed and care for them for 96 hours and then set them free.

Why bother following the rules and saving for retirement when socialists start eyeing your Roth account like the fat kid in the candy store? Megan McCardle:

I’m less excited about Roth IRAs than most people who write about personal finance, and that’s because over the years, I expect we’re going to see a lot more op-eds like Scorse’s.  When I look at the budget problems we face, I’m skeptical that Congress is going to live up to its promise to keep its hands off that money.  At the very least, I’d bet that high earners are going to see some sort of surtax on their Roth withdrawals.Of course, I think this is true of non-Roth retirement savings as well.  Ultimately, Congress is going to be faced with penalizing people who didn’t save adequately for retirement by cutting their benefits, or penalizing people who did save, by raising taxes on their savings.  For a lot of reasons, I expect them to err on the side of penalizing savings.  This may have some very ill effects on capital formation in the US–but by the time they’re making this decision, everything they do is going to have some very ill effects on something.

Why bother trusting government vehicle standards when it appears the very same government making cars can’t keep its own lemons off the road? Lonely Conservative:
Can you imagine driving down the highway at 65 miles per hour and having your steering wheel literally fall off the steering column? That’s exactly what happened to one driver of a Chevy Cruze. According to the video below the car was carrying a mother, a grandmother and a 19 month old baby. Luckily, the driver was able to slow down and swerve onto the shoulder, barely missing the guardrail.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the wrong steering wheel was installed in the car, and Government Motors has recalled 2,100 Cruzes. I’d be a bit nervous if I owned one of the 48,000 that weren’t recalled.

Recently GM’s Vice President of U.S. Sales Operations touted the Cruze saying: “Vehicles like the Chevrolet Cruze and Equinox put us in great position to benefit from consumer’s increasing desire for fuel-efficient vehicles.” Something tells me the consumer’s confidence in GM cars is going to be down after hearing about this. Speaking of things going down, GM’s stock plunged over 2% today, so it looks like it’s going to take a bit longer for we the “investors” to get our money back.

Why bother sending your kids to a state school when even the choice to make their lunches is taken away?

At Little Village, most students must take the meals served in the cafeteria or go hungry or both. During a recent visit to the school, dozens of students took the lunch but threw most of it in the garbage uneaten. Though CPS has improved the nutritional quality of its meals this year, it also has seen a drop-off in meal participation among students, many of whom say the food tastes bad.

“Some of the kids don’t like the food they give at our school for lunch or breakfast,” said Little Village parent Erica Martinez. “So it would be a good idea if they could bring their lunch so they could at least eat something.”…

“This is such a fundamental infringement on parental responsibility,” said J. Justin Wilson, a senior researcher at the Washington-based Center for Consumer Freedom, which is partially funded by the food industry.

“Would the school balk if the parent wanted to prepare a healthier meal?” Wilson said. “This is the perfect illustration of how the government’s one-size-fits-all mandate on nutrition fails time and time again. Some parents may want to pack a gluten-free meal for a child, and others may have no problem with a child enjoying soda.”

For many CPS parents, the idea of forbidding home-packed lunches would be unthinkable. If their children do not qualify for free or reduced-price meals,
such a policy would require them to pay $2.25 a day for food they don’t necessarily like.

Allahpundit notes:

Wasteful, expensive, counterproductive, irritating to countless people who are subject to it: Clearly this is a policy the feds should consider taking national.

Clearly. 

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4 Responses

  1. Why bother? Who is John Galt?

  2. I’m curious to see if federal government will give GE the Toyota treatment, and if we are going to have congressional hearings on safety of Government Motors.

    • Fabulous point, though I think we’ll be waiting a while (if ever) to see it happen. I’m sure (unlike the fabricated Toyota nonsense) that it was “just a small mistake,” right?

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