Originally Posted by Jeepn-n-tx
Drives me nuts that most new, base line cars ... nothing special ... start around $20k+.
You are paying for the IDIOT FACTOR.
I didn't know about the idiot factor until I started doing a manufacturing job, instead of just retail...
Manufacturers have to build in the cost of litigation when some idiot decides to use a screw driver as a pry bar or chisel and hurts himself.
You have to build in the cost of testing for every conceivable way some idiot can screw things up... Wouldn't drive up a telephone pole? Must have been a manufacturing defect, lets SUE!
There are still places in Europe you have to PROVE you can change a tire, change a water or fuel pump, you can read a map, follow traffic signs, ect.
In America, a drivers licence is a necessary form of ID to cash your welfare check at Wall-Mart,
Not that you are qualified to operate SAFELY, and obey traffic laws, signs, ect. and operate somewhere between 2 tons and 15 tons of steel at highway speeds...
You have to pay for anti-lock breaks, traction control, air bags, ect.
All that 'Safety' stuff that is required to keep the average highway going idiot alive when he/she ignores the basic principals of physics and can't keep even one eye on the road for the CD player, cell phone, text messages, ect.
Common sense tells you when a major winter storm blows through, KEEP YOUR BUTT OFF THE HIGHWAY UNTIL IT'S CLEARED...
Common sense isn't an 'App' on a cell phone, so most don't posess it.
They get out to see what the roads are 'Like'... When the TV and radio tell you they are LOUSY, STAY OFF THEM!
Then they get on the phone to call someone to tell them what the roads are like, Instead of DRIVING LIKE THEY HAVE ANY SENSE.
That's were the air bags, anti-lock breaks and traction control come in...
1/2" of ice, 7" of snow around here, and a 7 car pile up against the median wall... All because they couldn't grasp the fact a 2 to 6 ton vehicle at 60+ miles an hour can't stick to the road in a curve... WELL DUH!
With air bags, every one of the idiots survived. Now my insurance rates go up because of them, and they will be back out here next week in a new vehicle doing the same thing on the same cell phone...
For those of us that travel for a living, I do wish a drivers licence would REQUIRE YOU to have some common sense, and actually be able to operate a vehicle instead of just being an insulated passenger from one accident site to the next....
Originally Posted by djrsml
The rich want more and more, thus we have inflation.
Some blame it on pay for workers, but that hasn't changed much in 38 years.
Republicans, big business and Ronald Reagan started busting unions in the 80's...
Wages haven't held pace with inflation since.
The 'Red States' complain about "Where did the middle class go?"
It went the way of the labor unions and collective bargaining, so it pretty much died with the labor unions...
Nothing like trying to make a living in a 'Right To Work' state...