Cashing in on stupidity 2

Some years ago the Marxist-Leninists councillors who ruled the London Borough of Islington came up with an idea for getting rid of the rats that infested alleys, sewers, yards, dustbins, and the darker corners of unmodernized houses: they would pay the sum of one pound  for every dead rat brought to a certain council address. In  the wink of an eye, thousands of basements, garages, garden-sheds and even corners of kitchens and living-rooms were turned into rat-farms. Barrow-loads, car-loads, truckloads of dead rats were delivered day after day to the collection point. It took the brilliant brains of the council chamber weeks to realize what was happening and withdraw the offer.  They had not suspected that the spirit of free enterprise was still alive in the red borough.

This weekend in the pleasant American town where we sit and blog, signs are appearing on the windshields of hundreds – perhaps thousands – of older cars parked in the streets, in driveways, and even in open garages. They are offers to buy the vehicles. If the owners haven’t had the sense to exchange them for $4,500 and a new car under the Democrats’ cash-for-clunkers scheme, there are those who will.

It’s fun to watch the left encouraging entrepreneurship out of sheer stupidity.

Posted under Britain, Commentary, communism, Economics, Environmentalism, Socialism, United States by Jillian Becker on Sunday, August 9, 2009

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  • roger in florida

    It is just incredible that the “do-goody” marxists among us do not understand one of the simplest rules of economics: If you tax something you will get less of it (or drive it underground) and if you put a bounty on something, you will get more of it, in this case the morons put a bounty on rats, so they got more rats.
    On the wider societal scene; if, as is happening in the US, you tax, regulate and otherwise express hostility towards business: Presto; you get less of it.

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