Saturday, January 10, 2009

How To Balance The Budget

Kentucky and Tennessee, like so many other states are facing budget shortfalls. What can they do to balance their budget's? I have an idea! Enforce the law!

I'm talking about laws against speeding. You may have heard the old police saying "9 you're fine, 10 you're mine" when talking about how far over the limit people can drive before getting a ticket. It's a license to speed and there's a lot of truth to it. I even met one officer who told me he was reprimanded for writing speeding tickets to people who drove between 5 and 9 mph over the speed limit. How about this idea: triple the fine and write tickets for 3 mph over the speed limit and up!

There are some who point to research that in bad economies, this is already going on. Then there are "speed traps:" small towns which write tickets to help the city coffers. Medina, TN, a well known "speed trap" was alleged to have a novel approach to help the city coffers and not upset the locals: Only write speeding tickets to non-residents!

Of course this is easy for me to say. I don't speed. Most of us love to. Some of us buy newer cars which can go 160 mph and up, even though there's nowhere to legally or safely drive that fast on the highway. Many countries are trying to get their drivers to slow down and some have launched creative campaigns. I'll let YOU decide what THIS ad in Australia is talking about. If we enforced the speed limit, fewer would be injured or killed, gasoline consumption would go down and we'd be less dependent on Middle East Oil. Who wants THAT!??

Hey my idea makes more sense than some of the other proposals! If we increase the cigarette tax, we can only balance the budget if more people smoke, and smoking bans are popping up everywhere. If we increase the tax on alcohol it's tougher to find the money to drown our sorrows thinking about how bad the economy is. It doesn't make sense to increase the income tax because income keeps going down. It makes no sense to expand gambling, because nobody has enough money to gamble!

Oh well.....just a thought. Drive Safely!

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