Thursday, July 07, 2011

Is Obama Trying to be like Jimmy Carter?*Intercontinental Edition

I read about these new EPA CAFE standards and I am taken back in time. Not a good feeling, not a good time, but now it's worse:
Now Obama's decided to ban cars outright.

Not in so many words, perhaps, but his just-announced proposal that new cars be required by law to average 56.2 miles per gallon by 2025 will effectively do just that.

Not one car sold in the United States currently averages 56 MPG -- not even on the highway. Not even hybrids like the Toyota Prius, the best of the lot -- which maxes out at 51 on the highway and 48 in city driving. The maximum highway mileage achieved by a current non-hybrid car (the 2012 Honda Civic HF) is 41 MPG. Its average mileage is 33 MPG.
This is going to go over big in areas where you need a car to get to work, or anywhere for that matter. Like most of the country.

Americans settled in the New World because they wanted freedom. They settled the West because they wanted to pursue a better life for themselves--and more elbow room. The transcontinental railway outstripped the pony express for speed and quantity. Why would we want to regress for an ephemeral climate change worry we can do very little to influence, if it's a worry at all? It certainly pales in comparison to what we face right now.

One of the reasons Americans soured on Jimmy Carter--aside from his misery index and Iranian hostage crisis--was he felt America's best days were behind us.

Barack Obama wants us to regress, not progress. That's not winning the future, is it.

Bobby Kennedy once captured America's imagination by asking, why not?

Here's another such leader:
The Undefeated Teaser Trailer from Dain Valverde on Vimeo.

Anne Leary

57 minutes ago
P.P.S. #AskObama An $8 billion high speed train leaves Chicago for Iowa City at 8:15am at 40mph. Why?

Related Carter posts: An Inept President, Barack's Half-Brother's Bogus Charity. Yes We Cannabis, Ryan "I’ve Never Seen a President Give a Speech Like This Before", Nearing $5 gas in Chicago. Obama Approval Plunges. Hold your Horses

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