Strangling UsPosted: February 12, 2012
When I was a young man, I wanted a Corvette so bad I could taste it. It was not to be, because there were bills to pay and I needed a truck to get me and my tools to work. My first truck was a new ’75 Isuzu Pup, purchased on time for $2088. I sweated the $149 payments. When that truck wore out, I tried used trucks. I went through a succession of old beaters, thinking I could fix them up like new, for cheap. It didn’t work. The more things I fixed, the faster the trucks broke. So I finally settled on a strategy, if you can call it that, of buying the cheapest truck on the lot and driving it until it wasn’t dependable. I didn’t have an air-conditioned truck until the late 90’s. But through it all, I would loved to have bought a nice 4-wheel-drive truck, like the one pictured above.
Enter my golden years. A little more financially settled, not much wiser, but savvier. My lust for a Corvette is long over, but the yearning for a 4-wheel-drive truck is still with me. And I could probably afford one now, but there are problems. Work is sketchy and intermittent, and prudent purchases are necessary. I never know where my next job will be, or if there will be a next job. I could even deal with that, except for the next problem. Half the cost of keeping a truck for ten years is the insurance, DMV fees, and the sales tax from the purchase. Now I’ve had insurance on my vehicles since before it was “required.” It sticks in my craw that I’m forced to do something I would have anyway. Only now that it’s mandated, the cost is hugely inflated. The insurance companies have us by the balls and they know it. And sending sales taxes and DMV fees to the state so that they can pay more and more po-leece to harass us just doesn’t seem like a good idea.
So I have to wonder. How many others, like me, are digging in their heels and holding off on vehicle purchases because of out-of-control state governments? How many houses are not being built because of building departments and property taxes? How many tools are not being purchased because houses aren’t being built? The list of such questions is as endless as the “recession” is deep. Say all you want about how government “protects” us, “they” are strangling us. And we’re letting them.
Posted by Dave