The other day, as I slapped a case of bottled water on the checkout counter, the very chatty lady who was ringing up our groceries posed the question: "Did you ever think we'd actually be paying for water?" Followed by "If I had come up with that idea I wouldn't be ringing up groceries."
I resisted using logic and informing the nice lady that since she never thought anyone would be paying for water -- the odds are pretty good that she would not have come up with the concept.
Anyway, the water commerce question has been posed before, and yes, while I remember the ubiquitous drinking fountains in schools, and most public buildings, offering free water, the bottled stuff fills several needs -- purity, portability, preference. You can chill the bottle to your liking -- unlike most drinking fountains where the H2O is often lukewarm, so yes, I get it. We are paying a premium for convenience, but these days, the concept of paying to drink something that long was free is nothing compared to the other things we've had to accept of late.
Some things are harder to believe. Remember the big scandal involving Pentagon procurement policies. Seems the knuckle heads who ordered stuff for the military didn't raise an eyebrow when defense contractors took Uncle Sam for a ride: charging $400 for a hammer, $600 bucks for a coffee pot and $500 bucks for a toilet seat. The Pentagon argued that certain specs had to be met, so a price had to be negotiated and paid.
That should have been our first clue that getting the government in the Health Care Business would be a bad idea. But can you believe it's such a mess? The government spent millions on a website that doesn't work; promised at the highest levels that if you liked your policy and your doctor you wouldn't lose them, and folks are losing both in big numbers.
Can you believe nearly a million Americans dropped out of the work force last month. Can you believe when a million folks can't get work the stock markets are enjoying record gains? And when thousands have died in a what may be the worst storm ever recorded, can you believe what we're all talking about? Bullies in the NFL -- Please. Two 320 pound millionaires who can't get along. Can you believe I don't care?