Re: Didn't need no welfare state (Was: Re: news...)

Date: Wed Apr 19 2000 - 15:44:03 MDT

In a message dated 4/19/2000 2:20:26 PM Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

> One comedian had the best idea I have ever heard. Make inmates peddle
> bikes
> > all day and night to provide electricity for the whole nation. No one will
> > ever want to go back after ten years of that.
> Eh. I like it.
> Actually, hard labor is not a bad alternative for this purpose. If the
> choice is between stocking shelves at the grocery store or breaking rocks in
> prison, the guy who doesn't want to bother working has a clear incentive not
> to become a criminal. I think you'd still want shorter sentences that we
> have now -- maybe 4-6 months of labor instead of a year of current-style
> jail.

Yeah but that's not the same. For one thing the bike/electricity idea serves
to solve TWO problems at once, Greenie conservationists AND Law and Order
Goons will like it. Criminals will be put to a higher purpose, instead of
making things, they'll be like little power supplies....
Second, hard labor isn't new, the bike idea is.

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