Monday, May 13, 2013

Chinese Lightbulbs

Everything falls apart, eventually.

That is a given.

For proof look no further than your bathroom mirror. What stares back at you now as compared to what stared back at you last week, or last year, or 10 years ago?

With time, and the proper medication, we can expect and accept that sort of decay....

However, when things fall apart long before they should, long before they once did, well, that's a horse of a different color.

As a society, we seem to be on an endless quest to find cheaper ways to do things.

Cheaper is not always better, the Wal Mart family's fortune to the contrary.

Cheaper usually involves lower wages, lax safety and environmental standards, poorer quality, compromises all along the line.

It is cheaper to pollute. It is cheaper to let infrastructure decay. It is cheaper to incarcerate.

In the short run.

It is always cheaper and easier to do nothing.

One thing we can be sure of: somewhere, someone is making a killing off of cheaper.

And that profit is used to buy a Congress full of short-sighted grifters, libertarian nihilists, religious hypocrites, corporate toadies, and just plain, run of the mill imbeciles.

And once that bought and paid for Congress convinces us that we as a nation can't afford to do the things that once made us great, well, heaven help us all.

If they are allowed to, it only takes a handful of very rich folks to impoverish a multitude of regular folks.

Everything falls apart.

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