Note that I am describing people negotiating on price. I do not suggest that people lie, cover up flaws, collude, or participate in other similar immoral activities to achieve this maximization.
I paid a one-time fee of $650 to get in, $60 / month in dues, and that gives me access to two C-172s, (about $80 / hr), an Archer II (~$80), Dakota ($120) and Saratoga ($140). All rentals are "wet", meaning that they include fuel. The 172s and Archer cannot take full fuel and four people, but the Dakota and Saratoga certainly can - about 800 lbs of people and baggage with full fuel.
The 172s are great for two people though; my wife and I flew direct from the Cincinnati OH area to Raleigh NC a few weekends ago in a Skyhawk. 3 hours each way, about the same cost as airline tickets, beats the hell out of the 10 hour drive through Charleston WV (there is no good route by car), and the view was better.
It's not cheap, to be sure, but it's not a millionaire sort of thing. I don't mean to be argumentative, just to realign the elitist image many non-pilots have of the small piston airplane crew.
If you are willing to settle with 130 mph instead of 200, a serviceable used Skyhawk can be had for less than the price of a decked-out F-150, and get similar fuel mileage.
You could successfully argue that people would balk even if the computer crashed the car 1/100 as frequently as humans do, but to say you wouldn't feel as safe with a calculated, reviewed computer system compared drunk, tired people with limited vision and slow reflexes texting and shaving their lady-bits while driving... that's silly.
Like the recent economic recession is billed as "The Economic Crisis", this kind of linguistic drama does a disservice to the people who really got screwed, e.g. Haiti in their earthquake, Japan in the tsunami, etc.
A functioning society needs money to circulate. Earning more than you need and hording it is bad for everyone.
If people "hoard" money, demand decreases, and prices fall. As prices fall, the "hoarders", one-by-one, decide that a "deal" can be had, and buy. This slows the decline of prices until equilibrium is attained.
If you are arguing that growth slows if people don't buy, I'll somewhat agree, but I'll exchange a few points of growth for more meaningful growth, e.g. McDonalds toys, DVDs, cigarettes, thousand-dollar purses, etc. VS investment in efficient manufacturing techniques, sustainability, etc.
Suggesting that the economy must operate on deficit spending like the government and many households is irresponsible. China manages to pull off growth and a trade surplus.
This was somewhat disjointed, sorry. No time to edit; back to work.
Another thing is when nitwits link porn and call it something else, which is what lead slashdot to post the root domain for all links (specifically goatse, AFAIK).
We play a game to search for something totally innocuous with Google Image search and see how many pages we can get through before finding porn.
One can get to page 11 of "photo" results for the search string "Slashdot" before finding a naked woman's ass.