26 January 2011

Time Poorly Spent

One of the latest trending search terms hitting Yahoo has been this story:

The class action lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in California by the Montgomery law firm Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles claims the Taco Bell meat mixture contains binders and fillers.
An attorney for the law firm, Dee Miles, said Taco Bell saves money by adding fillers because the beef is the most expensive part of their products.
"It's giving them a competitive edge. It's an economic edge" over other companies that sell Mexican-style food, Miles said.

No, you think?  Fast food restaurants with dollar menus are trying to keep costs down?  You don’t say.  Hey, I’ve got a news story for you:  the sun rose in the east today!

Seriously, do people really think they are getting Grade A beef at Taco Bell?  I’ve eaten there.  It’s pretty obvious to me that they use low-quality foodstuffs.  Anyone who eats their food knows this.  This is not exactly a surprise.

The problem here, folks, is that the government (and by “government” I mean “all the morons who vote for idiots politicians) has been trying to kill businesses for decades.  Between unnecessary costs brought about by compliance to idiotic regulations and rampant inflation by the Fed, businesses have been bled dry trying to make sure consumers don’t feel the hurt of these developments.  (I worked in fast food for a couple of years, so I know how stupid regulations can be.  The branch where I worked was once fined because the ice scoop was hanging on the wrong side of the ice machine.  Seriously.)

The sickening irony of the whole situation is that when businesses are eventually forced to either raise prices or cut quality, everyone gets their panties in a knot and demands that the government solve the problem, usually by “doing something.”  Who do you think caused the problem in the first place?  Corporate greed isn’t the reason why ice cream went from $2.00/half-gallon to $3.50/one-and-a-half quarts.  The dear old Fed, and its wonderful inflation machine is the reason.  But you want to blame business for dealing with the reality that the government, at the behest of you, the voters, created for said businesses.

So stop complaining, and eat the stupid “tacos.”

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