Thursday, November 18, 2010

America Loko: Housing and Hangovers

This is the stupid state to which our society has fallen...
The aftermath of the party, at which police found students passed out all over the house and rushed nine to the hospital, has renewed calls for bans on the drink Four Loko, which combines as much alcohol as a six-pack of beer and the equivalent of one cup of coffee.
"One girl was sitting on a bench and she fainted, and my friend and I were like, 'Oh my god, oh my god.' We rushed out to help her and I gave her CPR," said one freshman who was at the Oct. 8 party but asked not to be identified. (ABC News - Four Loko)

College kids chug enough caffeinated booze to drop a horse, and people stand in slack-jawed amazement that some were hospitalized.  Dingbat college officials and government nannies pass up an opportunity to punish the kids and teach them a lesson.  Instead, they go after the manufacturer of a legal product.

What do the kids learn?

"I can get drunk and stupid without owning the consequences"

The kids should be arrested and prosecuted for underage drinking.  Parents should demand the firing of university officials who allow this to go on inside campus walls.  And dim bulb politicians like Governor Gregoire should be hounded from office for thinking a ban on Four Loko is a solution .  They've obviously never heard of Red Bull and vodka, Rum and Coke, or Irish Coffee.

The real "problem" here is that the drink is powerful and the alcohol taste is masked by other flavorings.  People get stupid and chug them, resulting in vomiting and passing out.  People did this before these drinks appeared on the market and they will continue doing it the old fashioned way now that the drinks are banned.  You can't fix stupid, on the individual level or at the government level.

I've got a housing hangover, let's get high again

It's no wonder "solutions" such as the four Loko ban are so popular.  These same "adults" cry and howl about those evil predatory lenders who shoved billions of dollars into the hands of irresponsible homebuyers.  These same dolts who decry the housing bubble are now trying to reinflate it.

The deleveraging by our households and businesses is not a pattern to be arrested, but good prudence to be celebrated.
Larger, more liquid corporate balance sheets and higher personal saving rates are the reasonable and right responses to massive government dissaving and unpredictable government policies.
The steep correction in housing markets, while painful, lays the foundation for recovery, far better than the countless programs that have sought to subsidize and temporize the inevitable repricing. (WSJ - Kevin W. Warsh)
Whether you're a clueless college kid or an irresponsible homebuyer, getting high has consequences.


Christopher - Conservative Perspective said...

I think the drunk college people are more analoglise to the government, the former gets drunk on a product while the latter is drunk with other peoples money.

Both need to be clamped down on and severly punished for their unsvaory habits.

Leticia said...

They say picture is worth a thousand words, just got proven by the moron hanging off the toilet.

Both the university officials and the students should all be reprimanded, fired and/or expelled.

This type of behavior should not be tolerated and sever consequences should be in place.

Always On Watch said...

Once in college, I got "ambushed" by some sangria, the homemade variety with lots of brandy.

I had to get a ride home.

Lesson learned.

Intoxication isn't the drink's fault. Sheesh.

Most Rev. Gregori said...

"These same dolts who decry the housing bubble are now trying to re-inflate it."

A sure sign of insanity, doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

As for all of the drinking binges among college and university students, is it any wonder each generation is getting dumber and dumber? With all the drinking, drugs and sex going on, who has time to get an education?

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