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Big Government Intrudes in Your Life, Part II. by The Elephant's Child

The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have set aggressive national standards for fuel economy (35.5 mpg by 2016) and the first ever “greenhouse gas emission levels” for passenger cars and light trucks.

Responding to one of the first major directives of the Obama Administration, DOT and the EPA jointly established “historic” new federal rules that set the first-ever national greenhouse gas emissions standards and will significantly increase the fuel economy of all new passenger cars and light trucks sold in the United States.

Essentially, the administration is announcing that the American people are not making the “proper” choices about the cars they drive.  The government is better qualified to make those choices, and you will obey.

Since the only way to increase fuel economy is to make cars lighter, there will be an increased highway death rate.  Decreasing “greenhouse gas emissions” will have no effect on climate. It will have little effect on cleaner air, since CO2 is not a pollutant as claimed by the EPA.  Cars will cost more, at a minimum something in the range between $1,100 and $5,000 per car, which means that people will hang on to their old cars longer, meaning  more jobs  (estimates are 50,000) will be lost in the automobile industry, for car companies will sell fewer new cars.

Taxpayers spent $60 billion to bail out GM.  They now own 60% of the company.  Now they are going to buy its cars.  Obama announced that Washington DC will purchase the first 100 plug-in cars to come off the line, which will have to be Chevy Volts, since they are the only ones available, at $40,000 each, or another $ 4 million from the taxpayers.

Somehow all of Obama’s new directives end up forcing something on Americans that they don’t want, that will cost more, that will accomplish absolutely nothing that it is intended to accomplish, and will destroy another large number of jobs in the process.

If you remember, GM didn’t even want to try to produce the Volt.  It costs too much, will only go 40 miles on a charge (if you’re lucky) and its gasoline engine is wimpy.  Obama insisted.  He knows best.


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Everything is historic with this administration.
They admit that it’s just a start.
G.M did not want to build the Volt because gas
was cheap , people wanted S.U.V’s and pickups.

Now gas isn’t quite so cheap.
http://www.epa.gov/otaq/climate/regulations/420f10014.htm
http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/63656
http://reason.com/blog/2010/04/02/what-the-new-cafe-standards-re lol the comments

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Comment by Ron spins

“Since the only way to increase fuel economy is to make cars lighter, there will be an increased highway death rate. Decreasing “greenhouse gas emissions” will have no effect on climate. It will have little effect on cleaner air, since CO2 is not a pollutant as claimed by the EPA. Cars will cost more, at a minimum something in the range between $1,100 and $5,000 per car, which means that people will hang on to their old cars longer, meaning more jobs (estimates are 50,000) will be lost in the automobile industry, for car companies will sell fewer new cars.”

And I thought the free market was to complex to understand even for the government and yet here you are a market theologian giving us the chilling details of how the market will respond.

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Comment by Mark Baird

That is the beauty of learning history Mark. By learning what has happened when they have increased fuel standards in the past, we can easily predict what will happen this time.

But alas, if “progressives” were willing to learn from history, they wouldn’t be “progressives” in the first place.

Those who refuse to learn from history are doomed to repeat it, and the rest of us are the ones who suffer for it!

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Comment by American Elephant

“Those who refuse to learn from history are doomed to repeat it, and the rest of us are the ones who suffer for it!”

Is this the reason Republicans did not learn from history when they started to deregulate the financial markets in the 90’s. Maybe they should have read a few books by Hyman Minsky instead of spraying testosterone all over the floor year after year. Is this why the efficient market hypothesis was up and running for the past several decades, because we forgot about our history.

The free market is an excellent tool for the short term allocation of scarce resources. Free markets do not get society everything they need and want. Free market theologians are just as bad as big government theologians.

If the free markets got us everything that we need or that society needs we would not have Medicare, we would not have any government regulation.

We have these things because contrary to popular belief the free markets are not always efficient nor are they capable of getting society everything they need for many reasons.

I find it hard to believe that the world will come to the end or that we will all be 100 times more miserable because of some insignificant policy such as fuel standards.

Yes, this neurosis of materialism and this Utopian quest of consumerism is the way to live life.

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Comment by Mark Baird

Perhaps you would agree that we have a struggling economy. No one suggests that the world will “come to an end” because of new fuel efficiency standards. They will cost automakers $51.5 billion over the next five years and add big chunk to the price of a car. That means lost jobs in the auto industry. Lighter cars mean more dead Americans. All in pursuit of environmental goals that don’t stand up under investigation.

Surely you didn’t swallow that nonsense that the financial crisis was caused by deregulation? The free market will never get us everything we want or need. There is no free lunch. Economics 101. But our government does not contain wise people who know just how to regulate either. I’ll take the free market every time over a bunch of control-freaks who find the Constitution of the United States to be an annoyance that needs to be “gotten around.”

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Comment by The Elephant's Child

Oooh, look at all the pretty red herrings and funny straw men!

Funny how Democrats and Obama blame the economic crisis on President Bush and “the failed policies of the last eight years” while you claim its because of “Republican” deregulation during the 1990’s.

At least you admit, unlike your pathological liar party, that Bush didn’t deregulate anything. Unfortunately for you, ,Democrat Bill Clinton, was the president responsible for the deregulation you cite.

The problem is, as Bill Clinton has explained, that that deregulation is not responsible for the SUB-PRIME MORTGAGE crisis that brought down our economy.

It was banks giving away sub-prime loans to anyone who wanted them, like candy at halloween, regardless of their credit-worthiness, without down payments, and even without any proof of income in many cases that caused the SUB PRIME mortgage crisis.

Democrats socialist policies caused such an extreme bubble and such reckless behavior that TV shows even sprang up to capitalize on the gold rush mentality of the “Flip that House” craze, where people without any regard to their credit were given loans to buy, briefly fix up and resell homes they had no intention of ever keeping. All because Democrat socialist policies and illegal guarantees by Democrats at Fannie and Freddie had created a real estate bubble feeding frenzy.

But banks dont give out loans like that. At least they never DID. Banks know better than that. Banks know that such risky behavior is a sure-fire way to go straight our of business.

UNLESS, someone is guaranteeing to assume that risk.

And THAT is precisely what Democrat operatives at Fannie and Freddy did. (illegally by the way) Banks engaged in that extremely reckless, irresponsible, completely uncharacteristic behavior because Democrats at Fannie and Freddie told them that the government would GUARANTEE the risk.

And by the way, not only did Bush and the Republicans not have anything to do with this behavior that destroyed the economy, but they tried over 25 TIMES to REGULATE fannie and freddie to STOP this crisis from happening. They even predicted exactly the kind of crisis we had if we did not.

But Democrats, either out of ignorant ideological stubbornness, corrupt greed for the multi-million dollar bonuses they were awarding themselves, or out of a treasonous effort to ignore Republican warnings knowing that the warning were correct and that they would gain politically if such predictions came to pass — the Democrats in congress, including Barack Obama, BLOCKED every single one of those attempts to reform Fannie and Freddie.

And exactly the crisis Republicans predicted (its ALL on the official record, in case you try to deny it) came to pass — almost exactly as their predictions said it would.

And yes, capitalism and *gasp* big, bad, evil *consumerism* has lifted hundreds of millions of people around the world out of poverty, and now Democrats are thrusting those millions back INTO poverty, destroying commerce, destroying jobs, with their greedy, socialist hate of free markets.

Obama and the Democrats are returning America and the world to the despair and malaise of the Carter years as quickly as they can.

Because they, and you, are unwilling or unable to learn from history.

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Comment by American Elephant

All of which is why, by the way, this Democrat congress STILL hasn’t had any sort of non-partisan congressional investigation into the causes of the economic crisis.

If Republicans were to blame, such an investigation would surely prove it.

But the reason there has been no investigation is because Democrats know damn well what that investigation will prove.

But dont worry, there will finally be an investigation once Republicans take back control this fall. Actually, at the rate this criminal administration and congress are going, there will be many investigations, and many Democrats will be going to jail.

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Comment by American Elephant

I can’t wait for Big Government intrudes into your
life part , III.
In 2003, I purchased a 2004 PRIUS , about the
same day , and was identically optioned as this
guy. http://john1701a.com/

On trips to eastern Washington several times
I got (averaged) 55 miles per gallon.
The trip was over Chinook pass and I was not
driving slow.
I totaled the 2003 model and now have a 2009.
It is a safe car to drive as would be a lighter
car. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/lightweighting-solutions-key-to-helping-meet-tough-new-fuel-economy-standards-aluminum-industry-says-89706172.html

The Volt is basically a plug in series hybrid
car , a Diesel Locomotive is a series hybrid.
A Toyota hybrid is a series / parallel hybrid.
This is not new stuff.

About the mortgage industry
http://www.slate.com/id/2189576/

I don’t claim to be as smart as Obama.

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Comment by Ron spins




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