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ABC News seems to be headlining the recent crane tragedy in Houston by pointing out Texas to be one of 35 states not requiring crane operators to be licensed achat cialis quebec.

Here is the direct quote:

Texas is one of 35 states that does not require crane operators to be licensed. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires cranes to undergo annual inspections, but it is up to crane owners in the state to police themselves.

I note that New York is a state requiring crane operators to be licensed. It hasn’t stopped cranes from collapsing up there. I’m not sure what their point is, besides suggesting we need more regulation driving up the cost of construction here in Texas. Especially since the quote above is prefaced with the following remark:

The crane’s operator, Deep South Crane & Rigging, has an excellent safety record.

I am tired, disgusted and amused, all of that, by the knee jerk reaction to every tragedy calling for more government. More government? As Newt Gingrich points out in this video, our federal government can’t find 10 million illegal immigrants, most of which are not moving, when we can get on the Internet and track 10 million FedEX and UPS packages that are moving in real time every day. More governemt? Why?

More government will not fix crane mishaps. Increasing insurance rates may lead to more safety concerns regarding cranes, and we don’t need government for that.

The Trouble With Boxing

Back in the days of heavyweight champions like Mohammed Ali, Joe Frasier, George Foreman, etc. those boxers were stars and household names. Even a little later in the day of Mike Tyson and Evandar Hollifield championship fights were the stuff of headline news and common conversation. Now I can’t name a current champ and I don’t care.

I am not what you call an avid sports enthusiast, but I do follow some sports. I’m usually aware of what teams are competing in the World Series, or NBA playoff finals. I watch the Superbowl most years. I pay some attention to local teams and my wife and I usually watch the local Texans games when they are broadcast on Television. I’ll watch quite a bit of the Olympics.

I don’t watch boxing. Maybe once every ten years I’ll watch a boxing match. I’m not interested.

I suppose some who care for me would like to think me losing interest in boxing is a result of some form of evolution toward becoming a higher being. Some would like to think I’ve been turned off to the senseless violence, the brutality of the sport. That’s not it. I watched Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini kill Duk Koo Kim in 1982 on CBS Sports, and that didn’t stop me from watching boxing. And for those needing a history reminder, Mancini didn’t “kill” Kim as in beat badly. Mancini hit Kim with an uppercut lifting him off of the mat and Kim hit flat of his back never to get up again. Kim died five days later as a result of brain injuries from the fight. It changed Mancini and it changed boxing, but it didn’t stop me from watching it on television.

What stopped me from watching boxing is I lost interest because I didn’t watch it. In a chicken and egg scenario, me not watching boxing resulted in less interest, so I don’t watch it. But what precipitated me not watching it in the first place is Pay Per View. I stopped watching it because it was and is no longer free.

Watch almost any interview with someone from the world of boxing (competitor, trainer, manager, etc.) and you will hear them talk about the need to get young people interested in boxing. I agree. Boxing will not become more mainstream again until young men start watching it, and young men are not going to get acquainted with boxing as long as it cost fifty dollars to tune into a match.

When I was young I watched several boxing matches on ABC’s Wide World of Sports on Saturday afternoon. I didn’t do it because I had a particular interest in the sport. I did it because I couldn’t find anything else to do or watch for a particular Saturday afternoon. But I did develop an interest because of the boxing matches I saw and I checked out a book on boxing from the library, learning the difference between a left hook and a right cross. I saw Frasier vs. Ali with the whole world on television, and we didn’t have to cough up cash to do it.

What killed the sport of boxing was Pay Per View. What keeps boxing from coming back into the limelight it enjoyed in the 1970’s is Pay Per View. The promoters found interest in the sport was great enough people would pay to see it. But as people payed to see it, fewer people saw it, leading to fewer people becoming familiar with the champions and stars of the sport, leading to fewer and fewer stars and more and more champions nobody recognized. I can be interested in boxing, I have been interested in the past, but I will not get interested at fifty dollars a match, and in that respect I am not alone.

There is a saying on Wall Street: Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered. It means while a healthy desire to make money is good for your pocketbook, too much greed results in costly mistakes. Promoters in the world of boxing got greedy with Pay Per View and destroyed widespread interest in the sport. They killed the goose laying the golden eggs. Kids don’t get interested in boxing because they don’t see it. The world of professional boxing does not “see it” either. What keeps boxing down is the greed of Pay Per View.

Gas Prices

The FED lowered interest rates today, which means we will soon pay even more for gasoline. The link is a little tortured, but direct. We, the USA, finance a lot of our government debt by selling it overseas. The FED today said we will pay less interest on that debt, making it less attractive to foreign entities. That lowers the value of the dollar, and indeed, the dollar’s sinking value has also been a matter of news lately in this country. Since we buy a lot of our oil with dollars, a weaker dollar means we have to use more of them to purchase a barrel of oil. Higher oil prices of course mean higher gasoline prices. With lower interest rates it may cost you less to buy a new car, but more to drive it.

Today’s economics lesson brought to you by Pedigree Dog Foods (We’re For Dogs). Bo gets Pedigree in the morning and sure seems to look forward to breakfast, which must in some way contribute to him being so smart and good looking.

Banks

I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.
Thomas Jefferson

They [banks] used to be illegal in Texas. – Melinda Patrick

WalMart

From NPR:

Morning Edition, November 8, 2007 – The power of Wal-Mart can now be measured on The Billboard 200 music chart.

The Eagles are No. 1 this week. Their new album Long Road Out of Eden almost didn’t make the trip to the top because of Billboard’s longstanding rule that albums must be sold in more than one outlet. But, if that one outlet is Wal-Mart, just maybe that rule could be changed. And this week it was changed, bumping Britney Spears Blackout from the top spot.

Personally, I like WalMart. They save me a lot of money.

Good Pay

A postal employee in San Antonio got 14 months in jail for taking $128000. According to my calculator that is $9142.86 per month. Tax free. That’s a good paycheck in my book.

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