Sunday, September 07, 2008

I Don't Think You've Thought Your Cunning Plan All The Way Through

I guess Florida has a law requiring gas stations to have self contained generators in case society collapses. This sounds like a great idea to lawmakers who don't actually have to pay for the burdens on the cost of doing business themselves. As the article points out you can have all the generators in the world but if your evacuate the staff who's going to turn the pumps on?

I don't think the law is really for the evacuating citizenry at all. If the power goes out forcing the gas pumps on does no good to the station owner if there's no way to pay for the gas. No electricity in the state, people are fleeing disaster and you expect their credit cards to clear? The gas stations will have to go to cash only but who carries $100 to fill the Escalade?

I can't believe the entire legislature forgot to think about that when passing this law. So I have to draw one of two conclusions about the government that passes such a law. They either don't care about passing half hearted and poorly reasoned laws that burden their commonwealth. This would be the lesser of two evils despite the almost malevolence and malice against their constituents. The other conclusion would be that the generators aren't there for the refugees at all but are there to ensure that the occupying army of state and federal and Blackwater jack booted thugs have access to fuel during a crisis.

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Blogger Zach said...

They didn't think it all the way through. It's a learn as you go from each passing storm. That's always the best approach, seeing as each storm is exactly the same.

Sep 9, 2008, 1:25:00 PM  

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