Originally Posted by AverysMomma
Yes, I care very much how my tax dollars are spent...and if we took a quarter of the dollars that wash through the Military Industrial Complex each year....
You said that you are against seat belt laws, and you dislike that supporters of the law often say that injuries and deaths caused by not wearing seat belts cost taxpayers money. If seat belt laws were repealed, and injuries and deaths did, indeed, cause taxpayers more money, that would not have anything to do with whether money is being inappropriately spent elsewhere.
and let it pay for the injuries sustained by people who both lack the means to pay for their own medical care AND find themselves the unwitting victims of Human Projectile Injury Scenarios, we would have a SERIOUS padding in our HPIS fund. I can think of a solid few TRILLION dollars a year that, if it had to be spent, I would rather see going to a fund to ease the pain of HPIS survivors and the families of those left behind.
Where would this money come from if there were no taxes? There are mamas on MDC who use government assistance. Are you against food stamps? Medicaid/Medicare?
I also believe that there are much more serious causes of injury and fatality the world over.
This sort of ad-hoc reasoning doesn't negate that auto-related injuries/fatalities may increase with more unrestrained motorists.
But please do not be confused....legislators pass seatbelt laws, because in recent years, state budgets are hurting more and more...any time they can give an officer of the law another reason to write you a ticket (generate revenue for the state) they are going to do it.
You're preaching to the choir, and I'm not confused. They don't call this state Rogue Island for nothing. However, whether money/funding is connected to seat belt legislation has little to do with my concern for human projectiles, which you scoff at but which I have seen more than my share of when I was an EMT.
Billy Clanton was a product of the very systems you seek to prove as the better model by reminding us all of his depravity.
Um, no. He was raised in Arizona Territory....a.k.a. The Wild West. He was behaving immorally and trampling others before the law arrived there.
I feel like we're hijacking the thread and I have homework to do, so I think I'll end my contribution to this portion of the thread now.