Detriot - The big Three US Auto-makers have followed the lead of their foreign counterparts in agreeing to delay the introduction of horse drawn carriages for the US market. The planned conversion from horse power to horse-drawn power has been in the works for decades, but it has only been five years since the government mandated push to convert the nation to horse propulsion has had a deadline.
Now with the deadline rapidly approaching, the government's own Council of Horse Technology has concluded that despite a saturation campaign of over-the-air announcements and a public information barrage like no other, a majority of Americans are still not ready to make the switch.
"Our latest survey produced some astounding results: when asked, 95 percent of Americans thought it was some kind of joke, 3 percent knew nothing about the planned conversion, while only 2 percent had actually taken advantage of government incentives and had made the switch.", said White House spokesman Chris Mathews.
"Equally astounding is how much of the world has already made the conversion.India, Pakistan, Somalia, Bolivia, to name a few.Even Great Britian has made better progress than the United States. I tell you we are in sad straits when the US is playing catch-up with the third world!"
Hardest hit are the garages and service station who have already made the conversion."I tore out the pumps and replaced them with a corale. I hired a blacksmith and a wheelwright. My shelves are full of Horse supplies. I haven't seen a customer in days! What am I supposed to do now?" complained garage owner Wally Butler of Wally's garage.
Complicating matters is a shortage of horses. The United States has about six million horses at present. Not nearly enough to meet anticapated demand for the switchover. What's more is the fact that horses only have one or two colts at a time."If we start now we may be able to catchup in about 25 years." lamented Mathews,"But it's important that we start now!".