Depending on others could be a bad idea
You may be aware of the rolling blackouts across Texas and New Mexico, but you may not be aware of all the problems home owners were faced with, and the repairs they’ll have to make.
Many of us believe it all starts with the new mentality that if it hasn’t happened in the last 20 years, then there’s no requirement to prepare for it. Fact is, many Americans and Corporations appear to think the FEDs are responsible to help repair the mess and property damage created by the lack of preparedness of individuals and corporations!
Imagine, some cooler air comes into Texas and New Mexico and they experience temperatures about 15F on average cooler than normal, and this keeps generating capacity off line, and unable to cover the cooler dip! It just wasn’t that long ago, that our Fathers and Grand-Fathers were prepared, they knew that anything that had happened in the last 200 years or more years could happen again, and they also knew that there wasn’t going to be anyone there to save their dumb asses, so they were prepared for anything. This is a perfect example of how things really are, 99 percent of the population were certain the Power Companies were responsible enough to have their equipment winterized, and ready for a cold spell. Fact is, they weren’t, but it’s far worse than that, reports I got from some folks in New Mexico is they lost Natural Gas to many homes and commercial buildings and since a lot of people were seeing temps well below zero F, it took very little time for water pipes to freeze and a lot of damage to occur. Some reports indicate that the natural gas pumping stations were totally dependent on the power grid, and the natural gas suppliers have no standby generators or engine powered back up pumps to keep the gas flowing when there is a grid outage! If there is a lesson to be learned here, it will be forgotten in a year or two by 99% of the population. Hopefully DIYers will remember the lesson.
We live in a new age when society has made every excuse for failure, there are few expectations of individuals or even corporations to manage their own affairs and assure they can take care of their responsibilities as we might see them. Fact is there are often penalities for Corporations who choose to be more responsible. An example might be a big fat pension plan. The Plan Manager might realize that the economy could dip, and earnings might take a huge tumble (like right now), but if the Corporation holds too much in the pension fund, Raiders could seize a portion of the pension assets to fund their takeover! Thank your Government for this. Pension funds can fail because your Government won’t let a pension fund run flush enough to get through hard times. You also know that FDIC insured means ‘you the taxpayer’ picks up the tab, govenment does not make money, they consume it.
We all know.. if we want to make the situation even worse, give it to the Government! In closing I think I have a great idea, have you been to the hardware store lately? have you noticed that even a small steel washer is 3 cents or more? Why is the federal government still making pennies! Let’s lobby to give up the Penny and adopt a steel flat washer as our smallest coin, they’re worth three or more times what a Penny is, they’re likely cheaper to make and we can always find a use for them!