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Fast Lanes Are Not Fair!

    I published the bit of Foolishness below to my Wildly Popular (Or is it?) Foolishness...Or Is It? Blog Site ( in October 2011.

    Now I have tweaked it a bit and re-published it for those of you who read my Wildly Popular Postings (Or are they?) in Beaufort County Now.

    As you decide whether or not you want to read such an outdated posting, please consider the following...

If it was Funny back then, it is still Funny today because Silliness is Never Outdated.


Fast Lanes Are Not Fair!

    We have all become accustomed to High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lanes. In our area we have now moved to High Occupancy Toll (HOT) Lanes.

This is progress! ... Or is it?

    Here is how HOT Lanes work...

     Tens of Thousands of transponders have been issued to drivers interested in using the fast HOT Lanes.
     Vehicles that have three occupants can drive in the HOT Lanes without charge.
     Vehicles that have fewer than three can use the HOT Lanes but they will have to pay a toll.
     Depending on how heavy the traffic is at the time that the lane is to be used, the toll can range anywhere from 10 to 90 cents a mile.

    Officials have been quoted as saying, "This provides a transportation advantage to people in that corridor who are willing to pay for that advantage".

    As you would expect controversy surrounds this progressive step. There are a lot of lawyers who are chomping at the bit to file law suits. The basis for their anger, as is so often the case in the Good Ole USofA, is Fairness.

    I put on my Potted Plant Outfit and slithered into a conference room at one of the law firms preparing a suit against this Unfairness and here is what I overheard...
Their law suit will contend that it is unfair that these fast lanes will be limited to the Rich. It is only fair that Working Folk should be allowed to get to Wal-Mart just as fast as Moneyed People get to Bloomingdale's.

    The Fella thinks the lawyers have a very valid point. I think that everyone ought to be allowed/required to use only the fast lane!

    It ought to be against the law to drive in any one of those other six lanes because why should only the Rich get to go fast?

    Would I kid u?

    Lagniappe: Notice the reference to "Rich" and "Working Folk" above. It is always struck me as interesting the way our society assumes that the Rich do not Work. They are pictured as living on the golf course where minions bring lots of money to them all day long. Can't you just hear them saying, "How many times have I told you not to bring me lots of money in the middle of my backswing!"


( June 26th, 2017 @ 7:10 am )
Thanks for the reposting of this article. As one who was firmly planted between the "Working Folk" and "Rich," I too took some umbrage with the HOV and HOT lane. In the final analysis, I however succumbed to the lure of hobnobbing with the "Rich."

I signed up for the Peach Pass (Georgia's version of HOT) and dutifully use it whenever I am on the highway. My way of getting even with the "Rich" is to enter the designated lane and drive at 55 MPH. Since it is, only one lane and it is against the law to cross the double lines it serves the purpose of really making "Rich" people angry as they thought it was solely set up for their benefit to pass the "Common People"

I have thought of ordering a bumper sticker just to rub it in.

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