Sunday, February 7, 2010
The Change. (to alter, make different, to transform) Many people don't like change. In the U.S. people are upset with the change that is taking place. Facebook users don't like the new way it looks. The old saying, "change is bad", or is it "change is good", still sticks in my head.
One of the many things I like about Oklahoma, is that the state is not quick to change. Many changes can be more productive, if more time and thought are given before action is taken.
Change is not always bad. The first seat belt law was a federal law which took effect on January 1, 1968. It has saved many innocent passengers from loosing their life. However, some people will never wear their seat belt, and a lot of people only wear it to avoid being fined for not strapping it on.
This change did not come without expense. It started a new trend in auto safety that has raised the average cost of a new car in 2009 to $27,958.00 according to Wiki. That is as much as my first house in 1990. From seat belts, to padded dashes, airbags, anti-lock brakes, motion sensors, auto dimmers, and back up alarms, these changes have gradually taken place while the American public trusted our legislators and auto makers to build a better car. Then there is the pollution prevention safety devices that have been tacked on due to the heavily populated states, that the entire nation has to pay for.
Granted, these new expensive cars my go many more miles than the that of the new 1976 Camaro Rally Sport that I purchased for less than $7,000 after my high school graduation. Most of the expense is for safety and environmental protection. If you have a slight accident, and the airbag deploys, it will cost thousands of dollars to repair the fiberglass bumper and return the air bags to a certified state that will meet requirements.
I'm not putting the safety change down, but I do believe that it goes along with the mood about change. I'm positive that a safe V-8, with plenty of power can be built for a lot less than what we are paying for them. When running correctly, it won't pollute the environment or use a lot of imported fuel. A lot of new technology has came from change. In fact, I would like to build my next car. Maybe restore an old Chevrolet Nova, or something like that. I never did like the Camaro that much. I think the best year for the Camaro was 1967.
With all that said, car prices are just the tip of the change ice-burg. Tires are another story. You have to pay your tire dealer to take your old tires weather they keep them or not. This is another change, that I don't remember voting on.
Our public officials put rules and regulations together, and if we don't stay on top of it, they soon pass as laws, and we have to live with it.
One of the great things about facebook, is that it allows the American Public to express themselves and even start groups. It allows politicians to speak up and express their thoughts and concerns. Facebook is an avenue for our Freedom of Speech. It is not the only one, so I hope it's owners are proud United States Citizens, and continue to support out country in all ways possible.
written by: Rick Jackson