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Yesterday, one MNB user criticized me for the positive things I said about an Audi commercial on the Super Bowl:

While I agree on your take regarding the commercials, the one showing the “green police” and Audi left me feeling different than you.  It reminded me that our big and growing government has decided what kind of light bulb we have to buy (compact fluorescent), has told us what kind of car to drive (hybrid, SUV’s are evil), is telling us what kind of energy to use (wind & solar),  what kind of healthcare we are going to have or at least trying to (government run “public option”), how much money people can make (limitations on CEO pay), and more.  I realize that good humor is based on reality.  The reality of the “green police” is too close to reality for me and I don’t find it funny.

Another MNB user took issue with this analysis:

Kevin, I couldn't help but comment on the reply someone sent about the Green Police Superbowl commercial.  At the very least, the reply was awfully hyperbolic.  Someone needs to call BS, and since you passed on the chance, I suppose it has to be me.

"...our big and growing government has decided what kind of light bulb we have to buy (compact fluorescent)" = BS.  Our government has done nothing to make us buy compact fluorescent bulbs.  They haven't done a single thing to curb the use of incandescent bulbs.  I need the reader to explain to me precisely what piece of legislation or what regulation they referenced to make this baseless statement.

"...has told us what kind of car to drive (hybrid, SUV’s are evil)" = BS. Our government has done nothing to force us buy hybrid cars.  They haven't done a single thing to curb the purchase or continuing use of SUV's or any other low fuel efficiency vehicle.  My 15 mpg Jeep has not been confiscated from me.  I need the reader to explain to me precisely what piece of legislation or what regulation they referenced to make this baseless statement.  And don't feed me the Tax Credit for Hybrids because that originated under the prior Congress and Executive administrations.

"...is telling us what kind of energy to use (wind & solar) = BS.  Our government has done nothing to force us use wind or solar power.  As a nation, we use just as much Oil, Coal, Nuclear and Natural Gas energy today as we did in the past.  I dare say we use more.  I need the reader to explain to me precisely what piece of legislation or what regulation they
referenced to make this baseless statement.  Oh yeah, and I'm not buying the Cap and Trade legislation as proof of this.  I need things that are fact... not things that haven't happened yet (and likely won't happen in the current environment.)

"...what kind of healthcare we are going to have or at least trying to (government run “public option”) = BS.  First of all, the legislation that is in the House and Senate do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING with respect to what KIND of health care we will receive.  It is Health Insurance reform.  Period. It does nothing do force anyone to do anything differently, including which doctors you can see or what procedures you can or cannot undergo.  Read the bills.  I need the reader to explain to me precisely what they refer to in the current legislation to make this baseless statement.

"...how much money people can make (limitations on CEO pay)" = Partial BS. Our government has put limitations on CEO pay ONLY in those organizations that were bailed out using OUR money.  Now I'd like to know if your reader is OK with a bailed out CEO being paid a 3.5 Million bonus when it was HIS money who allowed him to retain their job in the first place?  I'll need your reader to explain this one to me as if I'm a second grader, because I'm baffled.

"...and more."  I hope there's more, because not a SINGLE THING the reader
listed is true.

Let's start dealing in the truth, people.


I’m glad someone wrote this email. I didn’t do a good enough job of being a BS detector yesterday...but sometimes it is even better when someone else does it.
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