Ka$h for Klunkers
Is anyone else amused and amazed by the Ka$h for Klunkers program? I love the program because of how helpful/unhelpful/brilliant/idiotic it is. There are so many beautiful levels to this thing. On the one hand I think it is great, we are encouraging people towards fuel efficiency in a way that is actually working. On the other hand is $4500 a reasonable way to encourage people to buy less gas? How many years of driving a more fuel efficient car will it take to make up that much money? On the other hand the car dealerships are really thankful for the business and car sales went way up. On the other hand the system set up for them to get paid back for all the rebates people earned has left many dealers millions of dollars in debt. On the other hand what are we going to do with all of those clunkers? Are we going to sell ship them to other countries and resale them? Are they going on ebay? I am just asking. The more I think about 3 billion dollars we are paying to help people buy cars, many of which are foreign (although domestically made such as Toyota and Honda) the more I just laugh at how upside down and backwards everything is right now.
If you want to know if your car qualifies for the program check out the New Yorkers take on the criteria.
Why you should never forward me an email
I have been reading up on the health care package before Congress and I am still left with the same lingering questions, objections, and sense that we desperately need to do something, this just isn’t it. What I am not doing, however, is forwarding emails with half truths, posting ridiculous lies on Facebook (seriously Palin!?!) or waging a personal attack on anybody because of this very imperfect effort at improving our health care system. Why do we buy into these things? Why do we ever put belief into an email with quick phrases, page numbers and partial information from a massive document? Why do we take a complex issue and try to boil it down and slap a label on it? I am so confused by our self imposed idiocy.
Now that I have all that leadership stuff out of the way I can focus on really important things like GI Joe. While filling my mind with all the glorious ideas of the Leadership Summit, my buddy Dave and I went to a midnight opening night showing of GI Joe. There was a lot of concern about how bad this movie was going to be, especially after the studio didn’t prescreen it for critics. I had mild enthusiasm for it going in, I just knew it wasn’t going to amaze me. But you know what, GI Joe was filled with all the silly funny worthy of a Hasbro toy line. The action was fun, the weaponry was ridiculous, there was corny humor, there were beautiful people who appeared as fake as an action figure, there was a barely coherent story line, and there were all the appropriate lines from the cartoon. It was delightful.
Seriously, it was like going to the circus and getting some cotton candy. (Which I don’t recommend I took my daughter to the circus and promised her cotton candy and they cotton candy cost $12. This was especially painful because I knew she wouldn’t like it anyways. But you better believe I ate ever tiny sticky piece of that cotton gold, but I digress) It was sugary goodness that didn’t offer anything but fun and entertainment. It isn’t a movie I would buy, but four years from now when it is showing on TNT or VS or TBS every night I will stop by every time to watch.