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Free hot dogs

Standing in line at my local convenience store. I'm buying a soda and a couple of candy bars for my kids. The young 20 something construction worker at the counter next to me is buying a soda and a hot dog. He is short 50 cents on the total. His buddy loans it to him. What kind of a world do we live in? We live in the richest nation on Earth, and we can't even buy a young man a hot dog. Disgusting!

Why should a guy have to pay that much for a soda and a hot dog? When a guy is out working in the sun all day, he needs some food. How is he going to work all afternoon without a hot dog in his stomach. That C-store owner is basically gouging anyone who needs to buy a soda and a hot dog. The price should be much lower than what it is.

A hot dog is a basic necessity of life. The argument could be made that a hot dog for lunch is a right. Think about it. And the fact that it is a right means that the people who control the hot dog should not be able to set the price any way they see fit. There should be some form of control on the price.

I propose a public option on hot dogs. Lets look at the above scenario from a new angle. The young guy goes into the C-store for a hot dog. Instead of worrying about the price, and having to beg from his buddy, he simply picks out a hot dog and carries it to the counter. Heck, he picks out a couple of hot dogs, or as many as he wants. When he gets to the counter he simply says " I am buying these on the public option". The clerk at that point fills out a little online paperwork to be submitted to the govt authorities at the end of the business day. The guy gets his hotdog(s) with no squabbling over price. Simple.

Maybe we could even go one better and set up hot dog stands at all govt buildings. Just cut the greedy C-store owners out of the picture altogether. When a guy needs a hot dog, he just drives over to the nearest govt building. No matter if it is a city, county, or state run building. They could all offer the public dogs. Walk-in and come out with how many dogs you need. The DMV wuold be an excellent place to offer hot dogs. We may have to wait in line while the clerk files her nails or plays solitaire on the computer, but that is something we are all used to anyways.

As far as paying for this thing, we could take money away from some kind of food program. School lunches or food stamps or one of those. Take away what we need to pay for this program and bammo, it is paid for. no need to raise taxes. At least for a while.

Another way that we could keep the costs down are to be reasonable about who can get the public hot dogs. We do not let people over 50 get them. They need to watch their cholesterol and fat intake. Plus they probably do not work that hard anyways. No one who makes over $30,000 per year can get one. They can afford their own. We will do one thing though. Anyone who can get a free hot dog who does not needs to be fined. Here we are giving away free hot dogs to those who can't pay for them, and some guys are not taking advantage of it. That will cost the rest of us money in spoiled hot dogs.

Lets all consider this idea.

 

Comment balloon 17 commentsKevin Robinson • October 18 2009 10:56AM

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that justs sounds like so much fun! have a great day!

Posted by Melissa Polce, Lake to Land, I've Got It Covered! (ERA, Wilkinson Real Estate Charlotte) over 9 years ago

Kevin.

Is this just the basic Hot Dog Plan?  Would Cadillac programs be allowed where toppings are included, such as ketchup, mustard, onions, relish, chili, and so on?  Also, does this require a White House Czar to oversee the Program?

 

Posted by Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844 (Century 21, The Real Estate Centre, 410-665-0200 Office) over 9 years ago

Government Hot dogs would have to meet the Federally approved standards of good taste (not taste good).  They would probably be soy dogs and rather than grilled over a Carbon emitting unit they would be steamed in a solar oven.  Served on a multigrain bun with fresh seasonal organic vegetables on top. 

The Hot dog Czar could eliminate waste in the Hot dog market chain and get the cost of "Obama Dogs" down to about $23.00 each.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Kevin I only have another year and a half before I turn 50 so I,m going to get some hot dogs now.

Posted by Hugh Krone, Realtor, Sussex County NJ (Weichert Referral Associates) over 9 years ago

Kevin - hot dogs and legislation are similar, if you watch how they are made you won't ever want either of them again!

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) over 9 years ago

Kevin,  In order to be the real deal Nancy Pelosi would have to wave her ceremonial broom to consecrate them.

Posted by Bonnie Vaughan, CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin over 9 years ago

Mike - How unAmerican of you.  Nothing like a dog and a beer at a ball game.

Posted by Bonnie Vaughan, CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin over 9 years ago

Gene,Thats too funny but I volunteer to be hot dog czar

Posted by Hugh Krone, Realtor, Sussex County NJ (Weichert Referral Associates) over 9 years ago

Are illegals allowed to have the hot dogs?

Posted by Tchaka Owen (Galleria International Realty) over 9 years ago

I only want Sabrett Hot Dogs, they taste the best. I deserve the best because after all I am an American.

Posted by Broker Nick, Broker Nick Relocation Broker Service (South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc.) over 9 years ago

I'm too tired to think of something clever to say, but certainly got a kick out of this.  I am a closet gas station hot dog eater, there is just nothing better to eat on the fly, anywhere!

Posted by Janna Scharf, Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene) over 9 years ago

I say we let Hugh be hot dog Czar and he can decide if illegals can get one.

Posted by Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer over 9 years ago

Kevin, I think everbody has the right to everything they desire. Cost? Don't be a penny pincher! You know as well as I, we won't ever run out of money as long as we have printing presses, paper, and ink.

Posted by Jon Budish (Resident Realty) over 9 years ago

When it comes to hot dogs I prefer Hebrew National.  After all, they answer to a higher power.

Posted by Bonnie Vaughan, CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin over 9 years ago

The ones at costco are not bad either. They may be Hebrew National.

Posted by Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer over 9 years ago

Kevin,

I am not sure I like this idea very much.  Just seems to me that if all dogs are free then all dogs will just meet the minimum requirement and that would not be a good thing because it would reduce the amount of choices and quality available.

Posted by Ross Westerman over 9 years ago

Ross- Right on the money.

Posted by Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer over 9 years ago

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