Sunday, December 31, 2006

How Can This Be???

This simply can't be true!

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) -- As 2006 draws to a close, New Hampshire can celebrate a reduction in the number of highway deaths this year.

Division of Motor Vehicles Director Virginia Beecher said fatal crashes dropped from 161 last year to 122 this year.

But, the voters of Massachusetts were told this past year that they needed primary-enforcement seat belt laws, inorder to make their roads safer and reduce the number of highway fatalities.

Yet, New Hampshire doesn't have any kind of seat belt law on the books.

Further, the voters of Massachusetts were told by the state's liquor store owners that allowing wine to be sold in supermarkets would result in an alarming spike in highway fatalities, as ordinary people would, apparently, be powerless to resist the urge to drink two or three bottles of cabernet sauvignon on the way home from Stop & Shop, and end up mowing down large crowds of schoolchildren on the sidewalk.

Yet, here, in my new home state of New Hampshire, I am able to drive to the nearest gas station, supermarket, or convenience store and buy all the beer and wine I want (if I CHOOSE to do so), any day of the week, including holidays.

Why, it's almost as if the government trusts the people here to act as responsible citizens, and therefore doesn't feel the need to cradle them, monitoring and controlling every aspect of their lives, as if we were a bunch of undisciplined seven-year-olds.

And, it's almost as if the voters of Massachusetts have been fed line after line of complete and uttter bullshit by those who profess to know what's best for them, and have, as usual been eating up every last bite...

...from their plastic Winnie the Pooh and Spiderman dishes.