(From December of 2007)
Congress Mandates Massacre on US Highways!
By: J. D. Longstreet
In 2006 there were approximately 40,000 Americans killed on this nation’s highways. Compare that to the nearly 4,000 Americans killed in the Iraq War in nearly five years. But this is not an article about the war. This is an article about the grace of God.
God MUST REALLY LOVE Americans. How else does one explain how we have managed to survive, this long, considering the stupidity of those we elect to govern us? There IS no other explanation!
On Tuesday, December 18th, 2007, the Congress passed a bill the President says he will sign into law, which will mandate boosting automobile mileage by 40 percent to 35 miles per gallon by 2020. On top of that the bill will mandate the increase in ethanol use by six times as much as we use now to 36 billion gallons a year by the year 2022. And another annoying mandate in the bill eliminates the use of incandescent light bulbs and eventually phases them out in favor of the god-awful fluorescent light bulbs which do not give you as much light as the incandescent, no matter what they say, and cause migraine headaches in a lot of people including “yours truly”! I tried the damn things and had to remove them from my home… or continue to eat migraine medication. I got rid of the bulbs… no more migraines… not yet, at least.
You can read an excellent article about this bill at:
About that massacre on the American Highway: The only way the American car manufacturers can get to the 35 MPH mandate, with today’s technology, is to reduce the weight of autos. That means less steel and more plastic and aluminum. That means less safety in a car on the highway…. less protection of the fragile human body in a car crash. It adds up to a frightening increase in highway deaths. It happened before… when America bought into the fabricated oil shortage in the 70’s. The car manufacturers began making smaller, lighter, cars and the highway death toll ratcheted up at a fantastic rate. Plus, the smaller cars are just plain UGLY! The so-called “crossovers” on the highways today are some of the “ugliest” automobiles ever designed by man! If one of those tiny little “crossover” SUV’s happened to run into my daughter’s big ole Yukon that Yukon would crush the “crossover” like “a stomped-on beer can”. My daughter’s vehicle is a TANK compared to the crossovers. But, by golly, she and the grandchildren are safe in it!
In the meantime, what is going to happen to cars and trucks like mine? I have a Dodge pick-up. I love it, and I intend to continue to drive it until one of us is dead! You can bet millions of American owning cars and trucks made out of honest to goodness steel will hold onto to those vehicles as if they were gold plated. Eventually, we’ll begin to look like Cuba with all their 1950’s model autos roaming the Cuban roads.
Ok, so millions of people holding onto their old cars and trucks means millions of auto owners will NOT BE BUYING NEW CARS and TRUCKS! How long do you think the American auto industry will survive? Not long, you can be sure of that.
Nanny (Not a misspelling) Pelosi was quoted as saying this bill was “ground breaking”. Yes it is! Digging a grave is also “ground breaking” and that is what she and her cohorts in Congress have just done for the American Auto Industry.
Oh, and about those rising prices at the grocery store…. Blame it on ethanol. Corn, or some derivative of corn, is used in nearly every product we buy across the counter in the grocery store. Every item with any substance derived from corn will continue it’s upward trek in price as more and more ethanol is burned up on America’s highways. Not to mention the price at the pump, for gasoline and ethanol, will NOT BE COMING DOWN! (Ok, so they’re going to start making the stuff from grass. Who’s going to tell America’s farmers this bit of news? Huh?)
Can you spell: D-E-P-R-E-S-S-I-O-N
Well, what would YOU call it? Thousands of auto workers out of jobs, the poor and elderly unable to afford to buy food to eat, people starving around the world because the price of corn, a daily staple in their diet, is unattainable? Add to that the slaughter on the American highways… and if that doesn’t depress you, then there is something seriously wrong with you.
I had thought this Congress was the most disconnected Congress, from the American people, I had ever heard of, or read about… and that was bad enough. But now, their “disconnectedness” from reality, and from sanity, worries me even more! We’d better pray for an extension of that grace period from God! Something tells me we’re going to need it!