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To: PureSolace

I grew up learning that thrift was a virtue. I have worked all my life to keep machinery running smoothly and to prevent this sort of failure.

Now our government is bribing people to destroy machinery and create waste, and spending my money to do it.

This is the polar opposite of everything I have been taught. It is deeply offensive to me. I know it is just a machine, but it is the work of somebody’s hands and somebody else has put a lot of money and effort into preserving it.

Our government is acting like Vandals. They are destroying for the sake of destroying, because that is all they know how to do.


4 posted on 07/31/2009 7:28:44 PM PDT by bondjamesbond (Don't blame me... I voted for PALIN!)
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To: bondjamesbond

“Our government is acting like Vandals. They are destroying for the sake of destroying, because that is all they know how to do.”

Fight fire with fire.


6 posted on 07/31/2009 7:32:13 PM PDT by jim-x (You cannot protect people from themselves.)
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To: bondjamesbond
Go to some Eastern European nation where they still have trucks and tractors from the Soviet days that they keep running — even better than when they were new. You do what you gotta with what you got.

Thrift used to be a specially characteristic American virtue. No more.

11 posted on 07/31/2009 7:46:53 PM PDT by thulldud (It HAS happened here!)
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To: bondjamesbond

The Chief Vandal’s numbers are tanking :)


14 posted on 07/31/2009 7:49:55 PM PDT by MissDairyGoodnessVT ("Economy is the method by which we prepare today to afford the improvements of tomorrow"C.Coolidge)
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To: bondjamesbond
I glad that I'm not the only one that was more than slightly irritated watching that.

I really enjoy working on "clunkers" just like that, and I get a lot of satisfaction when I have the opportunity to get one back running for someone.

If those guys bought that on their own dime and decided to burn the engine up like that, while then their being dumb but thats their choice. What gets me is knowing that the engine being destroyed for no reason was bought on the national credit card.

Maybe I'm going to far with this, there is probably bigger things to get worked up over.

19 posted on 07/31/2009 8:17:17 PM PDT by voteNRA (A citizenry armed with rifles simply cannot be tyrannized)
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To: bondjamesbond
Our government is acting like Vandals.

True, except they're not acting.

22 posted on 07/31/2009 8:31:03 PM PDT by Interesting Times (For the truth about "swift boating" see ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: bondjamesbond
I have a 1976 Chevy van with over 800,000+ miles on it (believe it or not, original drive train) and it still runs damn good. I've been working as a mechanic for over 40 years.

It has a 250 CID straight 6 cylinder engine. Turbo 350 Tranny. The only options are front disc brakes and power steering and the awfulmatic. My mother and father bought it new in '76. Mom passed away in'98 and pop gave it to me. Pop died 3 months ago at 90 yrs old and I'll never, ever get rid of it.

I've kept regular oil changes, tranny tune ups every 50 - 75,000 miles. Keep it well lubed, everything well kept.

Aside from the normal parts like brakes, tires, distributor caps, plugs, wires, belts etc.
The only parts that have been changed are:

1). Alternators (3),
2). Universal joints front and rear six sets,
3). upper and lower control arm bushings (at 600,000 miles),
4). Batteries (5),
5). Power steering hose high pressure side (1),
6). Shocks. 4 sets,
7). Exhaust front to rear (excluding manifold)4 sets,

It still has the original module in the distributor as well as the original power steering pump.

I as you were taught to be frugal and make things last.
The only other vehicles I have is a 1972 VW (good shape), 1981 HD motorcycle.

I personally think new cars are all junk. Expensive junk.
Kept well tuned my VW gets 25-30mpg. The car only costs $1,000.00.

Today people brag about getting 25mpg while paying 30k for the damn thing.

People brag about their cars lasting 250,000 miles. I tell ' em to call me when it hits a 1/2 a mil.

We've gone from a frugal do it yourself society to a throw away I can't do anything society. pitiful.


29 posted on 07/31/2009 9:11:01 PM PDT by Mikey (He that refuses to know and exert his rights, doesn't deserve them.)
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