While the global economy buckles, this guy’s prime concern is that you should be criminalised for smoking in your own car.
Actually, I think the buckling global economy is exactly the reason why Jim Wells, and the BMA in the form of the bloated Dr Vivienne Nathanson (See right. Well no, don’t. I said: don’t!), are calling for smoking to be banned in all cars.
It’s the last chance they’re going to get for a long, long time. You’re on board the Titanic, and it’s sinking fast, and the bar has been opened with all drinks on the White Star Line (the least they could do, in the circumstances). Well, you’re not going to just have a ginger beer, are you? Nope. You’ll ask for a triple Glenmorangie with a Glenfiddich chaser, and pass the bottle over while you’re about it, my good man. And the other bottle too, because I haven’t got all day.
It’s the same with the antismoking zealots and their smoking bans. Pretty soon now, the money’s going to stop. And it’s going to be All Over. So they’re shouting out their last orders while they still can, and while there’s anyone still listening. It’s their version of the last big slug of Jack Daniels before the icy Atlantic waters close over them. It’s their peculiar addiction, which gives them some sort of brief ‘high’ before they start looking for another ban, don’t ask me why.
Because when sovereign states start defaulting, and the banks start going under, nobody’s going to have any money. Nobody’s going to be spending. Nobody’s going to be starting up new businesses (not with money they can’t borrow). And government tax revenues are going to dry up. And the last thing a cash-strapped government is going to do is waste precious money on useless health initiatives like car smoking bans. I read that Alcohol Concern’s government funding got axed a month or two back. Well, that’s going to happen to every single one of these government-funded ‘charities’ pretty soon now. Yes, ASH too.
Sarah Montague: If you pool sovereignty… If the eurozone effectively becomes one country, and Germany stands behind its southern neighbours, doesn’t that resolve the problem, because you have the earning power of Germany?
Kyle Bass: Oh gosh, no. …<snip>… Think about what you just asked me. Basically you’re saying that if Germany goes joint and severally liable with the profligate idiots of southern Europe, will that “solve the scenario”? Think about this: let’s assume that Germany goes to doing a eurobond – first of all the German constitutional court has already ruled that that’s illegal in Germany, but let’s assume they get over that, and they go ahead and issue this bond – what would that do for the profligate members, including Greece, when Greece says, “OK, we’re all in, we’re good. You’re lending us more money. We have a big debt problem, and you’re lending us some more, now we can borrow a little cheaper,” and then Greece keeps spending, and they go back to Germany and say, “OK, Germany, I need some more money,” and Germany says, “No, we’re going to impose this real austerity on you now,” and Greece says, “Well, that’s fine. We’ll default”? Every single time from now on Germany is in the exact same situation it’s in today – we call it in Texas a Mexican standoff, meaning there’s no winner – the profligate members will always have Germany by the short hairs every single time this scenario comes up.”
Angela Merkel’s idea of a fiscal union is one in which EU member states pay their debts, not one in which debts are shared. Germany isn’t going to bail out Greece or anyone else. And so Greece will default. And then most likely Italy and Spain. And that will bring down the French banking system, which is in deep in Greece. And the rest of the world will follow shortly thereafter.
If this doesn’t shatter the EU into several smaller blocs, it will at least reduce its power and prestige. The countries of Europe will be struggling to shake off the burden of hobbling regulation that the EU has gradually been imposing on them in recent decades, as they try to restart their stalled economies. Smoking bans have been just one of these crippling pieces of legislation that European governments have been busily enacting in recent years in order to stay sweet with the EU, and which have decimated the hospitality industry wherever they’ve been enacted. How much income did Spain and Greece and Italy lose with their smoking bans? But with the EU in eclipse, and governments looking for every penny they can, there’s no longer going to be any need to stay sweet with the EU powers, and no sense in keeping their struggling hospitality industries crippled with such unnecessarily restrictive bans.
In the coming new era, smoking bans won’t make sense. Neither will CO2 bans or restrictions. Such bans only made sense (if they ever made sense at all) in boom times when people worried that they were drinking too much, smoking too much, and eating too much – i.e. worried that they were too well off. When the good times have gone, and everyone’s penniless, nobody will be worrying about stuff like that.
The party’s almost over. It’s going to be a return to sober reality – one in which most of the scenery and characters from the previous episode will have been swept away, and be replaced by pressing new concerns.
And maybe this (H/T Captain Ranty and Harleyrider) is a sign of a beginning of a return to realism:
The Greenbelt secondhand smoke trial came to a quick conclusion today after a lengthy trial. Judge Albert Northrop ruled David Schuman deserved no compensation for his claim that his neighbor’s secondhand smoke created a nuisance that Greenbelt Homes Inc. (GHI) failed to solve.
P.S. The claim that tobacco smoke in cars is 23 times more toxic than in a smoky bar is a myth that was first reported in the Rocky Mountain News, as Chris Snowdon reported a while back.