Something that happened recently, which I thought was pretty notable, was The Barack’s limousine, nicknamed “The Beast” (which I find very appropriate), breaking down in Israel. Truthfully, other than when this same car, or maybe one of its look alike copies was stuck on a sharply angled drive sometime back, I hadn’t given the Presidential limo a lot of thought. Of course what did pop into my mind when I saw the video of a limo stuck trying to do something as simple as come out of a driveway was “that driver is a moron” (and if any morons who saw that same clip are insulted by being compared to that limo driver, I apologize). Is that particular driver somebody’s idiot brother in law?
While reports on why the “Beast” broke down differ, the general consensus seems to be that the limo runs on diesel, but the driver filled it with gasoline. Frankly, I’m shocked. The Barack’s personal limo runs on filthy hydrocarbons? You’ve got to be kidding me. Isn’t this the same person who has thrown awa…, ahem, I mean “invested” billions of dollars of our tax money championing electric cars and “green” energy? Are you trying to tell me that with all of the billions of dollars that went to GM (and despite what the main stream media tries to make you believe, they have not paid all that money back) nobody at GM has found the time to build The Barack an electric limo? Man, a gift of a few billion dollars just doesn’t seem to go as far as it used to does it? As taxpayers, we should demand better return on our political largesse.
Of course, it could be the reason we don’t have an electrical Presidential limo is because electric cars are itty bitty underpowered, short ranged, problematic vehicles. Additionally, the Secret Service may view the tendency of electric cars to catch on fire in wrecks as a drawback. Or then again, looking at recent history with the Secret Service, it may be it’s just harder to attract babes when you’re taking the Presidential hybrid out for a test run than it is if the car you’re driving is so big it needs its own name. You know, come to think of it, there sure are a lot of SUV type vehicles in Presidential motorcades. Those Suburbans, Escalades, or whatever they are, are electric, aren’t they?
Getting back to a driver putting the wrong kind of fuel in the Presidential limo, this is neither the first or last time this kind of thing has happened. As long as there are different types of fuel for different kinds of motors, this problem will never totally go away. In fact, here in the United States, different fuels come out of different colored and sized dispensers. I have no idea if this is something distributors and car companies have come up with or it’s some kind of federal regulation meant to protect us from our own stupidity (good luck with that, as humans, we are never going to stop making “stupid” mistakes). Regardless of how all of this came about, getting the wrong kind of fuel in a fuel tank is a recognized problem. By the way, of all of the different ways to screw up when filling up a car’s tank, putting gas into a diesel is the worst one. Gasoline in a diesel engine causes a lot of damage. If that is what happened, I wouldn’t be surprised at all to find out that it would be more expensive to repair the engine in The Beast than to just replace it (and diesel engines aren’t cheap).
So if getting the wrong fuel into a vehicle (keeping in mind this should be an electric vehicle which doesn’t require any hydrocarbons, except at the generation plant of course, but we aren’t supposed to think about that) happens to other people, why am I making such a big deal out of it? By the way, the mainstream media didn’t spend a lot of time on this, basically reporting on it and moving on. The reason I want to give this so much attention isn’t because The Beast got the wrong kind of fuel, but rather because Obama is such a fan of the minimum wage and raising the minimum wage to nine dollars an hour. While The Barack’s personal vehicle being damaged by the wrong kind of fuel at an embarrassing time, and his belief in the minimum wage law don’t seem to be related, I beg to differ.
One of the things a minimum wage does is to set a zero level for employee output. Basically, right now the federal government, by setting the minimum wage at $7.25 per hour seems to hold the position that there is no employee out there whose labor output, no matter how bad it is, is worth less than $7.25 an hour. While the government and Barack Obama may feel everybody’s labor has that kind of value, I disagree. I think if we take a look at whoever is responsible for filling the gas tank on the Presidential limo, we can see not everybody is worth what they are getting paid.
Granted, I’m sure the person responsible for hanging the beast up on sharply angled drives, and putting the wrong kind of fuel in it is probably getting more than minimum wage, but personally, I think whatever their salary is, it’s too much. After all, I’m sure we could get that level of dysfunction for much less money. In fact, if it weren’t for the federal government making it illegal, I bet we could find someone who could put the wrong kind of fuel in the gas tank for five dollars an hour or less. No need to pay a skilled employee for that.
So as nearly as I can tell, somebody who is employed by the federal government has as part of their responsibility putting fuel (nasty old hydrocarbons) in the tank of the Presidential limo. Also as far as I can tell, they’ve failed to do it properly. Now, here’s my point: looking at how the federal government has legislated a zero value for employee output, or care of duties, it would appear that The Barack and the federal government would still argue that no matter the damage caused by this person, their value to any employer who might hire them is at least $7.25 an hour. This is despite the fact that if they did put gasoline into a diesel engine, they likely did thousands, or tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage, not to mention the embarrassment and potential security problems.
For those who might think this is “much ado about nothing”, I would like to make a couple of points. First, I’m not picking on the federal government because they have an idiot employee. I’m picking on them because they have legislated the cost of low-value employees up to $7.25 per hour for all employers and The Barack wants to further increase that inflated amount to $9.00. An employee that does their job so poorly they cause thousands of dollars worth of damage is not worth $7.25 an hour, except according to law, that’s what they have to be paid.
Secondly, for the people who think getting the wrong kind of fuel in a vehicle is an “honest mistake”, or not that big of a deal, hold that thought until next time you’re about to board a jet at the airport. Sure hope any ex-limo driver who might be in charge of fueling that baby got the right kind and amount of those nasty old hydrocarbons in the tank. But if they didn’t and it works out poorly for you, just remember that according to The Barack, that person’s labor is worth at least nine dollars an hour.
Bruce Kreitler is the author of Obamageddon (the Culmination of the Progressive Looting of America) and posts this and other articles at BruceKreitler.com.