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    Gov Granholm wants lower speed limits

    Granholm: State should look at lower freeway speed limits
    Mark Hornbeck / Detroit News Lansing Bureau

    LANSING -- Gov. Jennifer Granholm said today the state should look at lowering the 70 mph speed limit on freeways to conserve energy in the era of $4-a-gallon gas.

    "It's something we should consider," she said during a news conference in Lansing.

    Granholm didn't say what she thinks the lower speed limit should be.

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    "I'm not proposing something at this point," she said.

    She added she also will talk to the Department of Transportation about adding bicycle lanes to state trunklines.

    The governor made her comments after introducing a new state Web site that contains information to help Michiganians save money at the gas pump, on home energy costs and on college expenses.

    At www.michigan.gov, click on SAVE MONEY to gain access to the site, which includes ride sharing and bus schedules, where to buy the cheapest gas in your neighborhood, how to reduce home heating and cooling bills and other information.

    "People are hurting. We are trying to do everything we can to allow citizens access to information to help them save," Granholm said.

    She said her family is driving two hybrid cars and she rides her bicycle to work two days a week to save on gas. She added that the first family is "greening the governor's residence" by putting in LED light bulbs, using timers and energy efficient devices.

    "We're going to make the residence an example," she said.

    You can reach Mark Hornbeck at (313) 222-2470 or mhornbeck@detnews.com.

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    Re: Gov Granholm wants lower speed limits

    Quote Originally Posted by Henry

    "People are hurting. We are trying to do everything we can to allow citizens access to information to help them save," Granholm said.
    Got to love this line of bull. If Gov. Granholm was really concerned about this she would support repealing Michigan's taxes on gasoline.

    This is nothing more than a cleaver ploy to entrap Michigan citizens into paying more fines due to the increased tickets if speed limits are lowered in Michigan. A lot of drivers have it ingrained to go the current speed limits, when the limits are lowered it's hard to retrain to go slower.

    Gov. Granholm is indeed a very cleaver con artist, seems she picked the right profession. ;D

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    Re: Gov Granholm wants lower speed limits

    Uhh, if people want to save gas, they'll voluntarily drive slower, as already has been noted around the country.

    This is yet another case of "Don't just stand there ... appear to be doing something!"

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    Re: Gov Granholm wants lower speed limits

    Quote Originally Posted by Henry
    Granholm: State should look at lower freeway speed limits
    Mark Hornbeck / Detroit News Lansing Bureau

    LANSING -- Gov. Jennifer Granholm said today the state should look at lowering the 70 mph speed limit on freeways to conserve energy in the era of $4-a-gallon gas.

    "It's something we should consider," she said during a news conference in Lansing.

    Granholm didn't say what she thinks the lower speed limit should be.

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    "I'm not proposing something at this point," she said.

    She added she also will talk to the Department of Transportation about adding bicycle lanes to state trunklines.

    The governor made her comments after introducing a new state Web site that contains information to help Michiganians save money at the gas pump, on home energy costs and on college expenses.

    At www.michigan.gov, click on SAVE MONEY to gain access to the site, which includes ride sharing and bus schedules, where to buy the cheapest gas in your neighborhood, how to reduce home heating and cooling bills and other information.

    "People are hurting. We are trying to do everything we can to allow citizens access to information to help them save," Granholm said.

    She said her family is driving two hybrid cars and she rides her bicycle to work two days a week to save on gas. She added that the first family is "greening the governor's residence" by putting in LED light bulbs, using timers and energy efficient devices.

    "We're going to make the residence an example," she said.

    You can reach Mark Hornbeck at (313) 222-2470 or mhornbeck@detnews.com.
    What a termagant....

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    I know things are bad, and the tendency is to look to our wonderful, intelligent, and OH SO CARING elected leaders to do something about this oil commodity mess. But if ever there was a time for the free market to be left alone to do its work, it's now. Prime example: If instead of getting "hummers" in the Oval Office, Billy Bob Clinton had signed the ANWR bill back in 1995, oil would probably be at or about $60-70/barrel. We, Nixon's Great Silent Majority, have been poorly served, neglected and ignored by a government that's spending itself into oblivion protecting Preying Mantises (or something equally ridiculous) while being completely neglectful, reactive and not proactive, on the issue of energy in general, and oil in particular. Government has proven time and time again (ie. 1973 and 1979 oil embargos, with no real follow-up long range plan to prevent this crap from happening again) to be completely flaccid and vacuous on this issue. Market adjustments and accommodations have proven to be infinitely more productive than the government in dealing whith similar issues. Let's get the hell out of the way and let old fashioned capitalism, combined with an aggressive, but PRIVATE SECTOR initiative to get us away from oil, or get the price back down in due course.

    A fellow Southerner named Thomas Jefferson once said (paraphrasing) that an occasional revolution against an oppressive or non-responsive goverment was not necessairily a bad thing. I honestly believe that that is why the Second Amendment is in the Constitution. Up for a coup, guys? Get out your Beatles White Albums and get fired up!

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    "A fellow Southerner named Thomas Jefferson once said (paraphrasing) that an occasional revolution against an oppressive or non-responsive goverment was not necessairily a bad thing. I honestly believe that that is why the Second Amendment is in the Constitution. Up for a coup, guys?"

    I'm with you! Jefferson is a hero of mine. Which is why I loathe and despise Abe Lincoln - who destroyed the republic Jefferson and the other great men of the 18th Century created - and gave us the omnipotent state in its place.

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    Maybe what we should do is disregard the federal government altogether. They have raped our pockets and the Constitution. If my college history isn't failing me, there was an old concept in the 1830's and 1840's called Interposition. It was attempted in South Carolina and Kentucky. Very simple concept. Any federal law that the state/commonweath found objectionable, was simply ignored. The state legislatures would "interpose" themselves between Washington and the citizens of their respective states. Very Jeffersonian.

    I wonder what would happen if we tried it now? What would Washington do? A famous fellow Tennesean named Andrew Jackson once said, after a negative Supreme Court decision, (paraphrasing) "The Supreme Court has made its decision. Now let them enforce it". Needless to say, they had no enforcement mechanism. Hell, we already have so-called "sanctuary cities" for illegal aliens. Basically the same thing. The Fourteenth Amendment might prove to be an obstacle, but maybe we out to try it. Those who legislate inside the Beltway have NO concept of what America is all about. As for speed limits, they're clueless that, in some parts of the country, you might have to drive 100 miles to go to the post office and grocery store!

    Jefferson Rules!

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