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Whitman Signs Y2K Bill - (STATEWIDE) -- Governor Christie Todd Whitman says she's confident all will be well when the clock strikes 12 on New Year's Eve. But, just in case, she has signed a bill that will protect local governments from lawsuits if the Y-two-K bug does produce some casualties. The measure prevents lawsuits against municipalities if traffic lights, sewer systems or fire alarms malfunction.
-- Linkmeister (email@example.com), December 21, 1999
Interesting by omission. Why not also include all the other state programs? welfare, employee payroll, courts, 911, etc etc etc? Odd. Why did she even bother with those 3 systems? h, maybe that is what is expected to fail? nah...
-- Hokie (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 21, 1999.
The disconnect effect strikes yet again.
Obviously, she is NOT confident that all will be well or she would not have bothered to sign the legislation. The legislation would never even have been proposed if everyone was confident. It doesn't take a degree in rocket science to figure that out.
If everyone is ready, if remediation is all but done, if no disruptions are likely to happen, if Y2K is mostly hype, then there is ABSOLUTELY NO NEED for such silly legislation and these legislators are simply wasting the taxpayers' time and money.
Why not legislation to protect against lawsuits resulting from an invasion of giant angry white rabbits? I'm pretty confident that won't happen either.
This two-faced approach to Y2K bothers me terribly. "All is well", they say, "No need to prepare" "Legislation? What legislation. Pay NO ATTENTION to that legislation behind the curtain..."
Why is it perfectly OK for these folks to protect their own rear-ends but when I do the same thing, I'm labelled an over-reacting extremist doomer?
-- Arnie Rimmer (Arnie_Rimmer@usa.net), December 21, 1999.
Politicos who get in the lifeboat before even the women and children???
"They will burn in Hell!
-- K. Stevens (kstevens@ It's ALL going away in ten days.com), December 21, 1999.
They wont burn in hell, but they might stand trial for crimes against humanity. It has happened before.
-- Earl (email@example.com), December 21, 1999.
Well gee, I feel so much better! I live in NJ.
I also dont care for the term " casualties".
The Three Musketeers come to mind suddenly. " All for one......" Also, " whats yours is mine, and whats mine is mine". Really sounds like they are protecting their interests. I believe they are immediately responsible if a "casualty" occurs due to a y2k glitch. We all know they knew about this years ago, which in my mind makes them accountable. Oh.. but wait.. I forgot, its pass the buck time.
Soon we shall all know.
hanging out in jersey..
-- Danielle (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 21, 1999.
If TSHTF, there will be people challenging these laws in the courts. It may take awhile, but I'll bet these laws will be declared unconstitutional, eventually. If there are a lot of people hurt or killed because of the government's inaction, no law will protect them. But, on the other hand, our tax dollars will be used to compensate those people. Why not just kick these people out of office if they are found guilty and make them personally responsible for the money awarded at the trials? Don't wait to vote them out, just charge them with dereliction of duty?
I'm a little tired tonight, so if this idea sounds silly, just let me know.
-- Darla (email@example.com), December 21, 1999.
If so much as the traffic lights go out in NJ, we're toast. ;-)
-- kritter (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 21, 1999.
Uhhhh...how about some legislation to protect Joe Sixpack from foreclosure on his house or repossession of his pickup, if for some y2k-related reason his payments don't reach the creditor when due...geez, did I say that??
-- Norm Harrold (email@example.com), December 21, 1999.
Watch what they do, not what they say.
-- Servant (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 22, 1999.
Thanks Link, I don't know how I missed this one, being a NJ boy! I did hear about it, but didn't hear that she signed it. But I confess, I haven't been much of a news hound this week. Been off since Wednesday, thru next Monday, resting-up for all of the over-time next week, maybe...
NJ is just keeping up with the Feds. We probably already have laws covering "welfare, employee payroll, courts, 911, etc etc etc". It's hard to sue the .gov. This just makes it a little harder.
Tick... Tock... <:00=
-- Sysman (email@example.com), December 24, 1999.