Wednesday, March 12, 2014

First Cars, Then What?

Now New Jersey has a law banning Tesla Motors from the state. Tesla will close its showrooms at the end of the month.

The new New Jersey law is black market logic, more suited to the underground economy of heroin and counterfeiting. Our boys are going to be wanting a piece of the action if you are going to be doing business around here.

Of course, New Jersey can’t actually prevent people from buying new-generation cars. The new law only makes it illegal to sell new cars in the state. Sales of used cars remain relatively unregulated, and 100 percent of New Jersey is within a day trip of Philadelphia or New York, so if drivers have to go to another state to buy a car that is no real obstacle.

With a little imagination, it is easy to see how this kind of official corruption can create zones of economic deprivation. After people get used to the idea of leaving New Jersey when they need to buy a car, they may think of leaving the state for other purchases and purposes. As the economy declines, the more enterprising citizens think of leaving the state just in general. But this is how it starts.