Wednesday, March 18, 2009
American Auto Industry is doomed.
Michael J. Jackson, chief executive of AutoNation Inc., said on Thursday that the surest way to reduce fuel consumption and wean the country off foreign oil is to make consumers pay more at the pump.
If the government increased gas taxes to push prices higher, drivers would opt for smaller, more-fuel efficient cars and drive less, he said at the Wall Street Journal’s ECO:nonics conference here.
“We need more expensive gasoline to change consumer behavior,” Mr. Jackson said. Otherwise, Americans will continue to favor big vehicles, not matter what kind of fuel-economy standards the government imposes on auto makers. Four dollars a gallon, he added, “is a good start.”
Mr. Jackson’s stand – in the past he’s called for increasing gasoline taxes 10 cents a year for 10 years – elicited some support at the conference, which examines issues affecting business and the environment.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Don't Enlist. Do Not Re-Enlist
Thursday, March 12, 2009
House Passes good Resolution. Encourage them to do more.
Sunday, March 08, 2009
President Obama wants to reach out to Moderates.
The real views of many in Obama administration were laid bare by a State Department official involved in planning the Brown visit, who reacted with fury when questioned by The Sunday Telegraph about why the event was so low-key.
The official dismissed any notion of the special relationship, saying: "There's nothing special about Britain. You're just the same as the other 190 countries in the world. You shouldn't expect special treatment." The apparent lack of attention to detail by the Obama administration is indicative of what many believe to be Mr Obama's determination to do too much too quickly.
Yeah, nothing special about England, who's always had our back, and we've always backed them since World War One? Nothing special about what could only be considered our longest, and most reliable friend in the world? This from the State Department that couldn't find one single person who could read Russian? Now the Russians are mocking us, and with good reason.
I wonder if the person who came up with the idea of Moderate Taliban, was the same person who thought that a big red button was a good gift to the Russian Federation. It's probably the same dolt who told England that there is nothing special about our relationship with them. In the mean time, we're trying hard to re-establish ties with the bankrupt nation of Cuba, to normalize relations with them, while we're taking a dump on our friends from around the world. Great move Mr. President. Get your enemies to hate you a little less, but still hate you, while your friends move from like, to dislike.
Apparently, the Change we could believe in, was letting the amateur hour winners move into the pinnacle of prime time slots. I for one can't believe the number of mistakes that have been made in less than two months, and still counting.
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Tacky, Tacky, Tacky.
Mr Brown’s gifts included an ornamental desk pen holder made from the oak timbers of Victorian anti-slaver HMS Gannet, once named HMS President.
Mr Obama was so delighted he has already put it in pride of place in the Oval Office on the Resolute desk which was carved from timbers of Gannet’s sister ship, HMS Resolute.
Another treasure given to the U.S. President was the framed commission for HMS Resolute, a vessel that came to symbolise Anglo-US peace when it was saved from ice packs by Americans and given to Queen Victoria.
Finally, Mr Brown gave a first edition set of the seven-volume classic biography of Churchill by Sir Martin Gilbert.
President Obama emulates worst traits of former Presidents