When you consider the fact that one person picks it up, takes it to the post office, there several people sort it, move it around, spend one to three months getting it sorted, then another brings it to the recipient, you’re looking at far less than a penny a day.
Give me a mean person any day and I’ll strike a deal on a handshake (and a signed contract).
Have you noticed who is almost always called nice? Whenever a serial murderer is found his neighbors always say, “He was such a nice man.”
I’ve had it with nice. I’m done with nice.
The frontal assault that anyone on the left typically makes of their enemy, always occurring when their enemy is correct, is that the person is mean-spirited. They will say he is mean instead of responding to the criticism itself. Liberals (comprised of Democrats and almost all elected Republicans) say this to deflect the argument away from the point being made.
For example, if I were to tell someone that they are stealing from hard-working, productive people when they send their kids to public schools, I would be called mean-spirited. The ultimate Welfare Kings and Welfare Queens – parents of public school children – tell me I’m mean-spirited because I say it’s wrong to steal.
If I were to tell someone that giving free food to the homeless encourages them to remain homeless, I would be called mean-spirited. (Most are homeless by choice.) Hunger is a great motivator and when a liberal removes that motivation they keep the person homeless longer. The left finds it far easier to toss someone else’s tax money at a problem than to do what is necessary to end the problem. Yet, the ultimate don’t-care socialists – homeless advocates – tell me I’m mean-spirited because I say they’re killing the homeless in slow-motion by keeping them homeless. I say you don’t give a wino a drink and you don’t buy him one either.
If I were to tell someone that the handicapped in this country would be better off morally and financially if the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) were eliminated by noon today, I would be called mean-spirited. Someone read an article of mine recently and sent me an email. She said that until I walk a mile in a handicapped person’s shoes that I have no right to speak on the subject. Of course, I replied, “Don’t you mean ‘roll a mile in his wheelchair?’”
Those who only know me from my writing think I’m mean. I’m always glad to hear that. The problem is that those who know me in person think I’m really nice. I’ve tried to work on that character flaw for years without success. I still have a lot of years left in me. I’m going to try to correct that flaw because I don’t think it’s good that people who know me think I’m so nice. Please stop thinking I am nice… it will help me improve my mean ratio and be far more trustworthy.
A few years ago, my wife and I began seeing refrigerators and air conditioners lining the ditches on roads outside of Tulsa. It was strange; in the middle of the night people would come along and push old air conditioners off trucks into the ditches and fields.
Sure, there will always be those who litter instead of taking such items to the dump. But what made us wonder was the sheer number of them and the ones kept being added once we became aware of the problem. Why were so many people littering the outskirts of an otherwise lovely town?
(True conservatives already know why this particular thing takes place, right?)
The Cool Cruel Answer
It was a mystery to us. The answer was revealed a few months later. After that I was tempted to become one of those scofflaws myself. I was ready to rent the truck and get my friend to stand back there in the dark of night and do the same thing.
I owned some rental properties and one unit was small enough to require a window air conditioner. My tenant complained that it wasn’t cooling properly. I’d had this air conditioner for a few years and knew it was probably on its last leg. Unlike the only landlords that Hollywood knows how to portray, I cared about my tenants and wanted to keep them happy. They were my customers.
So I bought a brand new air conditioner for them, replaced it with the old one, and took the old one to the dump.
When I got to the dump expecting to pay the usual $4 or so to drop off the A/C, the man at the dump asked to see my permit.
I told him that I didn’t work for the city; I just had this old air conditioner that no longer worked.
He asked again to see my permit.
I told him that I guess I didn’t know what he was talking about.
He explained to me how I must pay a licensed coolant specialist a bunch of money to remove the Freon from the air conditioner and get a statement that permits me to get rid of the air conditioner. Only with that permit would any dump take my air conditioner. So I went back home shell-shocked and not really understanding the whole thing.
When I found an air conditioner service man, he said he’d be glad to remove the Freon and give me the proper permit for $60. He said it would only take about 4 minutes so I could be on my way quickly. (Hmmm, I thought, that averages to $900 an hour.) (Actually, I probably calculated it incorrectly at the time because I’m a public school graduate.)
So I could pay this guy $60 for 4 minutes of his time or tonight at 2 AM me and a friend…
The Law of Unintended Consequences
The Freon law that requires the certified removal of CFCs has no confirmed basis in scientific fact. There seem to be just as many (or more) anti-global warming promoters as there are pundits. A petition with 17,000 scientists who declared that global warming is a lie was refused a place at the Kyoto Accord. When it comes to environmentalist jobs and power, detractors need not apply.
Let me ask you a question. The environmentalists who got this CFC/Freon regulation passed would say they want to protect the environment by the CFC ban. They don’t want you to toss your air conditioner in a dump when the Freon will be released as soon as the dump compacts the waste. My question to you is: do you think they care at all about the air conditioners and refrigerators that now line back streets across America?
The answer is axiomatic. They do not care. They are happy that you must pay from $40 to $75 to get a certificate of Freon removal from a unit that is worth absolutely nothing. They are happy that you can no longer cool your cars, homes, and food as efficiently as you used to be able to do. They are happy in spite of the fact that a street lined with air conditioners along its ditches (all still with Freon!) is far more of an environmental problem from the garbage alone than the Freon would ever create.
Freon is the best and most efficient coolant we know of today for general use. Our air conditioners and refrigerators do not cool as well as they did before they banned Freon. Every summer day that I get in my car and try to cool the interior I realize that an acquaintance of mine said it best: “Give me Freon or give me death.”