THE FORGOTTEN MAN
As soon as A observes which seems to him to be wrong, from which X is suffering, A talks it over with B and they propose to get a law passed to remedy the evil and help X. Their law always proposes to determine what C shall do for X or what A, B and C can do for X. I want to look up C to show you the manner of a man he is. I call him the Forgotten Man. Perhaps the appellation is not strictly correct. He is the man who is never thought of....He works, he votes, generally he prays - but he always pays...."
William Graham Sumner
He goes on to challenge any adult as to whether "they have more wisdom and insight into life 'now than they did ten years ago". Of course this is true for nearly everyone (except maybe our Vice President). Prager goes on to ask why people are more likely to get conservative as they get older and also more idyllic in nature because of their wisdom. He poses the following;
If you were walking in a dark alley at midnight, which would you fear more -- a group of teenagers or twenty-something or a group of senior citizens?
Do older people or younger people give more of their time to charitable institutions?
Are our prisons filled with young people or old people?
"The fact is that not only do people get more wise and more conservative as they get older, they get more kind and more generous, too."
Well done Dennis and thanks for pointing out that we get better with age. That gives The Forgotten Man some hope as he approaches 50.
"Chinatown bus service started in 1998 to provide a cheap way for Asian immigrants to get from New York to Boston. You lined up at the curb, paid your $20 fare to the driver and settled into a comfortable bus for four hours or so. Now there's service to multiple destinations (including gambling casinos) from New York and on the West Coast, too. And competitors have arisen. Megabus routes exist between Maine and Memphis and Minneapolis, notably including many college towns. The buses have bathrooms, AC power outlets and free wi-fi. They're not as fast as the much more expensive Acela train, but they tend to run on schedule."
Funny thing, my college aged son told me a few weeks back he was going to take the bus from Indianapolis to Chicago. My immediate thoughts went to grimy, unsafe buses that pick up/drop off in dilapidated areas of big cities. Or worse, another beheadeding like the one in 2008. However as Barone writes, "Chinatown and Megabus operators ditched this model for one that works for travelers for whom money is scarce and time plentiful. Who needs a station? Intercity buses can occupy curb space briefly just as city buses do. Who needs multiple stops? You can make money on people who want to go from one specific location to another. "
Meanwhile government run rail service lost over $500 million last year moving passengers through multiple stops into/out of grimy trains in dilapidated parts of town.