The other day I was waiting at one of those lights that never changes – or at least, takes a really really long time to change. Of course, there was no traffic around, so there was no reason to just sit there; just The Law – and fear that there might be a cop nearby just waiting for someone to ignore it. Multiply such things by the several times each day our lives are interrupted or delayed or made more expensive for no good reason and you will begin to have some idea of the opportunity cost of Cloverism.
Businesses have what are called “compliance costs,” a reference to the endless paperwork that must be handled in order to comply with equally endless government ukase. Now, of course, much of the paper has been dispensed with. Instead, businesses have to hire drones to sit behind computers all day, entering data instead. But the work remains and the costs are the same, if not more so.
Our doctor’s office, for example, has more sour-looking fraus up front than MDs in the back. Each frau – whose presence there has zip to do with diagnosing or treating medical problems – probably draws a salary of around $40,000 a year (plus benefits). I counted four fraus. So, there goes at least $160,000 annually from the practices’ bottom line. The doctor must cover these expenses before he has earned a single cent for himself.
And people wonder why “health care” is so expensive. Actually, it isn’t. The actual medical care, that is. But the opportunity cost of Cloverism sure takes a bite.
Cars. Last week, I wrote a review of the 2012 Chevy Camaro SS, which is a very nice car but also a very expensive car, to a great extent courtesy of Cloverism. The base price is almost $32,000. As a fan of these cars – and having owned several of them in years past, I thought to myself, wow, they have sure gotten pricey. And it turns out, they have. I used to own a 1980 Camaro – a Z28, which at the time was top-of-the-line. Its sticker price, new, was $7,120. Adjusted for inflation, that would be about $19,000 in today’s money. And $19k will not even get you into the base model 2012 Camaro, which starts at $23,200. The difference then vs. now is the relentless advance of Cloverism. My 1980 Z28 did not have to have multiple air bags, or elaborate fuel injection (or even a computer). The 2012 version must have these things – and more. Because the Clovers, who run the show, insist.
It is very, very hard to just do something today. In almost every instance, one must first comply. There are rules – often arbitrary – everywhere. And people whose sole function in this life, other than producing fecal matter and C02, is to codify, administer and enforce them.
They did not ask our consent. Such a thing is impossible. They simply presume to speak for each and every one of us, subsuming us into a Cloveronian blob, a mass, some agglutination of their own creation. “The public.” Or “consumers.” And of course, “our children”- even if your children are not their children anymore than “we” won the NFC Championship this year.
And so it goes.
Many of you will be traveling next week – or a few weeks after that – to spend the holidays with family (or they with you). But your trip will be much longer – and filled with countless unnecessary hassles – because of Clovers. If you are driving, you will be forced to operate your car at a speed much lower than the highways (and your car) were designed to safely handle – adding perhaps 20-30 percent to your transit time. You may be forced to halt and present your papers, too. And air travel is unspeakable now, courtesy of Clovers – who require each and every one of us not only to submit to degrading treatment but also extract billions from us to fund the process, to feed the useless eaters who bark “Opt out! We have an opt out!” at the terminals.
Cloverism has become so pervasive that we hardly notice its presence anymore. We fill out forms as a matter of course; we wait in line; we Submit and we Obey. Hence, many of us have become indifferent to its costs – even though we are now much poorer in our pockets as well as our humanity as a result. And likely to become even poorer than that, as the proverbial wheel continues to turn.
The question I have – the question many of you probably have too – is simply: How do we stop Cloverism’s further advance? How do we roll Cloverism back? I wish I knew. I am hoping some of you do know – and will share your answer with me… .
Throw it in the Woods?