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Cheap Gas… Big Problems

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Some happy news: Gas is officially cheaper than it’s ever been. In my area – southwest Virginia – it is about $1.59 per gallon as of Feb. 7. Of this, about 60 cents (18.4 cents federal, 36 cents state)  is taxes, so the actual gas costs about $1 right now. Back in 1967, the low water…

Another Volt… Called The Bolt

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Why does GM continue to throw money at electric cars? Perhaps because it’s not their money. It’s yours. And mine. In the form of apparently endless taxpayer-extorted “help” (via federal taxation) to spur the design and manufacture of vehicles that have to be given away at a loss because – channeling Donald Trump – they…

Is it a “Good Idea”?

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The other day, I wrote about ethanol – the corn-sourced alcohol that’s used as a fuel additive in almost all the “gas” sold in the United States. Air quotes used because the “gas” is actually 10 percent ethanol. Or, more. I got replies – mostly favorable, a few not. Some of the nots touted the…

Cruzing on Empty

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Ethanol – corn alcohol – won’t take you as far as a gallon of gas. But that doesn’t mean it is isn’t powerful stuff. Politically powerful stuff. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is feeling the heat right now as the ethanol lobby pressures him to openly commit to expanded support for federal ethanol mandates – a kowtow every…

Anarchy Works!

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“Anarchy” is one of those words that many people react to emotionally – having been conditioned to do so. The word has become generally synonymous with chaos and disorder. Dog eat dog. As EPautos’ king troll (Clover; see here for more about him) puts it, anarchy means “do whatever the hell you like.” Well, no. Anarchy, strictly defined,…

Paying for Electric Cars… Twice

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Imagine that the government decided to tax you to finance a step ladder project to the Moon. In a very real way, that’s exactly what’s happening. In California right now – and probably soon, other states as well. The “moon shot” in question is a $22 million project (just for openers) to build thousands of…

It Is “Just a Piece of **** Paper”

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We’re supposed to revere – and follow – the Constitution. But if they don’t, why should we? By they, I mean the people who lord it over us. Our rulers. I choose the word deliberately, in the interests of editorial accuracy. We’re certainly not ruled by the Constitution. And neither are they. Consider, for instance,…

New Year’s Wish

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This coming year is an election year, when some of us will vote to take things that don’t belong to us – or have things done to other people that would get us locked up if we tried to do them ourselves. My New Year’s Wish, therefore, is that people give thought to what they’re voting…