it's just wasteful over consumption IMHO
& one man's wasteful over consumption is not another man's. I could (& will in a bit) give you all the reasons against this theory but the underlying fact is people need to mind their own business. Period. If some want to live where everybody drives a coffin on wheels go do it, but that is not how it is in the land of the free.
So you want to tisk tisk someone over the size of their car. Fine. Lets move on to houses. How much square foot per human should we dole out? How about those rich fat cats with vacation homes who heat & cool them with no one there? How about the fat guy who consumes twice the amount of food as me?
If SUVS pose a threat to bikes & getting rid of them helps a little, then lets get rid of bikes cause cars are safer than bikes, & remember it does not matter what you are in when that 18 wheeler rolls over you.
You see Scott, I read your posts & believe at least on this issue, you are pretty much on my side & simply trying to "see the other side" but I am not. I can see it from here & it ain't pretty. Please don't take this personal, but I'll use you as an example. You currently have more motorcycles in your garage than you have fingers & toes correct? + cars, trucks, etc. to boot. Is that not a "wasteful over consumption"? IMHO--no. I defend you to have that provided you didn't steal it. Its none of my business what you have. But is it reasonably prudent that a man & his wife don't need such a lot of vehicles? Why do you need a 919 when a 599 will do? Why a 599 when a Vulcan 500 will do? Cause this is America & people don't tell you that's why.
How much garbage do you & your wife have each week? Is it more than your neighbors with the Prius? What if you have one bag of garbage a week but your neighbor with the Prius has 3? Is he not consuming more than you? Do you look down at him in the same way he looks at people in those wretched gas guzzling Hummers? How much garbage should we allow per person?
I live by myself. I waste little IMHO. I have a small kitchen bag of garbage or less every week. I keep my thermostat no warmer than 62 in the winter & no cooler than 80 in the summer--& I am in IA where you need BOTH---ALOT. But, I like you, have a garage full of bikes & vehicles. So why should I be singled out for driving a truck or suburban (really a Chevy 1500 not F350), & yes by myself, by Johhny Prius with that smug look of elietism on his face when he has 3 cans of garbage every week & keeps his twice as big house 5 degrees more comfortable than mine year round? I dont have kids. People with kids consume more--alot more. Should I get a credit or those with kids a tax for consuming more? You know what though--I dont care--its not my business---so they should stay out of mine.
& finally the logistics. My uncle has 5 kids within 18 years of each other. He had a suburban & crew cab truck. To go anywhere together they need a Suburban, yet my aunt drove it to work everyday by herself cause that was their vehicle. I use my truck as a truck somedays, but not everyday, do I need a Fiat too for days when I don't use it as a truck? What if I tow a boat or camper on the weekends but not my way to work? I know Obama's plan--nix the boats & campers. Whola--problem solved.
But none of this mattered because we used to be free & back then you were in a land of individuals. But now, everbody needs to worry about everybody else instead of minding their own damn business & worring about themselves. Too bad so many hoped for change
Just because I choose to keep my heating & coolling usage down as how I want to live does not mean I have to force it on anyone else--I why should I get to? Same with cars. BTW--Obama wants a smart grid where he can turn off your lights & control your HVAC system. Says Pandora: "How do I close this damn box?"