Can't remember on the Pinto, but MANY vehicles did have that design
years back. The flange on the tank sat over the hole in the floor of
the trunk and bolted in, forming the rest of the trunk floor. No
straps to rust out, easy to get to the fuel sender assembly, and easy
He's quite useful, but I prefer to bring them home myself in my Toyota
Matrix. We use his Honda CRV for pulling the trailer if we need
extra cargo space.
For us, cars are just tools. If they're not useful, we don't buy 'em.
"The CEOs of the big three automakers flew to the nation's capital
yesterday in private luxurious jets to make their case to Washington
that the auto industry is running out of cash and needs $25 billion in
taxpayer money to avoid bankruptcy.
...Mulally [FORD] made his case Tuesday before the committee saying
he's cut expenses, laid-off workers and closed 17 plants.
"We have also reduced our work force by 51,000 employees in the past
three years," Mulally said."
He's just another thief who put his hacksaw down only after he noticed
how many people were watching.
But capitalism and private enterprise is good? Isn't it?
It allows any, athlete, Hollywood or TV star, 'Kapitan' of industry or
self made 'Madeoff' or scam-artiste, the possibility to make as much
money a possible. Regardless of anybody else! Right?
And the moment that anyone starts talking about a national army,
police forces instead of posses and vigilantes, public schools instead
of private ones, publicly owned water and sewer services, city or
state governemnt operated services and transportation, necessary
organisations such the FAA, proper regulation of financial
institutions etc. is suggested, or 'God Forbid' universal health care
for everybody; the cry of 'No Socialism' or 'No Communism' goes up!
We know that those other extremes don't work either; so somewhere in
What? Theft? Socialism? I reject that.
Just look at the smallest unit of capitalism: a voluntary exchange of
goods between two people.
Both parties willfully exchange property for what they decide is in
their mutal benefit. That is their right as they have a right the
use and transfer of property that they obtained through their own
efforts, their own life energy, if you will. It is not taken from
them against their will.
Capitalism and "free market" are not necessarily the same, but the
"free market economy" is one of the anchors of capitalism.
The "free market economy" is an economy unfettered by regulations,
where "anything goes" to make a buck. From backstabbing to theft to
fraud, and just about everything else in between.
The American banking system and financial services market are two good
cases in point. The "pillars" of the capitalist champion of the world
are both so crooked they have virtually brought the american economy
down around their ears. The Stock Market is another "pillar" of the
Free Market Economy, and capitalism.
The "raise the dtock price at any cost" mentality is paramount in the
"free market economy"
So my widespread observation and evidence, theft is FIRMY enbedded in
the very fabric of the "free market economy" and capitalism by it's
very nature - which is unfettered greed.
You Yanks see socialism and communism behind every bush, door and
And socialism isn't theft if those who have willingly help those that
don't - another quality that "capitalist" America is extremely short
I'm sure glad I'm not American.
And doubly sure glad I'm not an American in government - particularly
You yanks have to be the most difficult country in the world to
govern. I though Canuks liked to complain, but it's just a whisper to
BS. Socialism is by definition the state taking things. Not much
willingly about that.
BTW: The Fraser Institute's 2009 Generosity Index found that on a
national level, 26.6 per cent of American tax filers gave to a charity
compared to 24 per cent of Canadians in 2007.
Total U.S. donations totalled 1.60 per cent of personal income while
Canadian donations were only 0.73 per cent, translating to $10.1 billion
less than the Americans.
"There's a commonly held notion that Canadians are more generous than
Americans, but this is clearly not true," said the report's co-author,
Niels Veldhuis. "In Canada, this generosity gap limits the power and
potential of charities to improve the quality of life across the
Finally got one right.
To find that place where the rats don't race
and the phones don't ring at all.
I looked over their table at
Interesting stuff-- but I'd need to study Canadian Tax law & income
distribution to really know if it meant anything.
A couple things can throw the IRS numbers *way* off. Fer instance--
as far as the IRS knows I never donated a thing in any tax year I
didn't file the long form. And a friend gets audited every once
in a while when his donations far exceed his income-- on paper. By
reinvesting in a good year he might not show any income-- but because
it was a good year he feels particularly generous.
I didn't know we had a competition going. I'll try harder next year.
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[OB- topic- bought a 2010 Focus last year. The only 'foreign car I
ever owned was a Canadian built K-car.]
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