Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Our Half Assed Government

Paper money has been around since... well it was around when I was a kid, so it been around for longer than 40 something years.

The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed by our government in 1990. Since then, the government has been very diligent about making sure that every business, building, parking lot, and place has handicapped parking, ramps, and bathroom stalls wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair. Frankly, I’d like to thank them for this, as it allows me to change clothes in a stall without risking a shirt or something falling into the toilet. Hey, shut up, I’d vacate the stall if someone in a wheelchair rolled up!

So, the government has been all up in everyone else’s business about making sure handicapped people (is that what they like to be called nowadays? Disabled Americans? I missed the PC term of the week, so forgive me) have access to everything they need, is it any surprise that its taken a lawsuit for the GOVERNMENT to actually comply with a law THEY voted in?

I’ve always wondered how blind people could use money. I always wondered if there was some secret way they could tell what denomination those same sized, shaped, feeling bills were. I thought there was some trick to it, but apparently not. Apparently they are all the same and blind people can’t tell if they’ve paid for that candy bar with a $1.00 bill or a $100.00 bill except for the kindness of the merchant, and frankly nowadays there are probably some totally ripped off blind people, as “merchants” are the same buttheads that cross three lanes of traffic at the last minute to get to an exit they almost missed.

So I have to totally agree that money does need to be changed so that the blind can better function in life. I’m sure there are some businesses that are totally sweating about what decision will be made on how to make the different denominations... different. Of course, the easy solution would be to simply add some brail on the bills to tell the person what denomination it was. But this is the government we’re talking about, so everything must be the hardest, most difficult and most expensive “solution” there is. It will involve consultants and meetings, and working groups, and white papers, and well, you get the picture. I'm sure the "sure thing" solution would be to change the size.

If you change the size, then what about the cost of changing vending machines, change machines, token machines, etc. What about cash registers that hold this newly sized money? I’m always up for shopping, so buying a new wallet that will hold the money will be fun, except if the money is some gargantuan size, then I’ll just fold it and stuff it in my already really cool wallet.

Of course, this lawsuit was brewing for a while, as a matter of fact its been brewing through the whole process of the “new” bills that are hideously ugly and “impossible” to counterfeit (unless you have a halfway decent printer), but I guess nobody stopped and said “hey, we could save a bunch of money on lawsuits if we just implement something in these new hideous bills”.

Yep, our government in action.


The Brat Pack said...

This process will be a total cluster f*. An expensive one.

Tracey and Huffle said...

Our notes are different colours. Doesn't help in the slightest if you can't see them anyway. They used to be different sizes which was much more sensible.