So far nothing special is going on. These are routine events in a typical drive. My wife is assuming rational driving behavior. He doesn't pull into the turn lane all the way. He stops halfway in, blocking both the center lane and my wife's lane. She shoots a look to her right, but cars are blocking her! She slams on her brakes and skids to a stop, thankfully in time! It was close. If she'd hit his truck, the way the law is written it would have been her fault, but on the road with rational drivers when someone's turn signal is showing they're going to change lanes or turn, we just naturally assume that's what they're going to do and we drive accordingly. She saw him slowing down and changing lanes. Her experience told her that the distance she had between this slowing vehicle and the time necessary for him to complete his lane change was more than sufficient.
There are lots of reasons why a driver wouldn't want to slow down to a near stop on a busy thoroughfare with 45 mph traffic pushing 50 mph: wear-and-tear on the brakes, loss of momentum which will have to be paid for with expensive gasoline, and finally the threat of being hit from behind by somebody else in a hurry. Traffic rules state that a driver must maintain a safe distance behind the car in front of them, but common sense tells us that if a car is no longer going to even be in our lane, then that distance factor no longer applies. Except that in cases like this one, obviously it does apply, because an idiot might be driving.
- Elderly Woman Plows Into Strip Mall
- Elderly Woman Crashes Into Donut Shop
- Elderly Driver Loses License For Fatal Accident
- Otto Jensen, Struck, Killed By Elderly Woman
- Mother, 2 Young Girls Killed by 74 year-old driver
- 11 Kids Injured When 100-Year-Old Driver Crashes
The elderly voting block is also the reason that Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid have remain untouched even though these programs are so far out of whack that they're bankrupting the country. Our politicians can't touch these programs because that would cost them their job.
Well, Oh great and esteemed leaders of the free world, what will you do when in a few years we find ourselves as bad-off financially as Greece? There will be no bailouts for us, because what country is rich enough to bailout the Titanic? What will you do when there is no longer enough money to pay the bills and suddenly no one is willing to buy your Treasury bills? Will you just print more money? Of course you will and everyone will become the poorer for it. Then what will you do when no one accepts the dollar in trade for goods and services? So much for that vaunted political career.
No matter how you slice it, whether at the hands of elderly voters, or an enraged mob, your cushy government funded sinecure is as ephemeral as that soap bubble floating above the drain. You might as well do the right thing and push through comprehensive entitlement reform. Yes patriot, you might well have to find a new job. Can you live with that? Because otherwise we all go down with this foundering ship.