Want affordable energy? Too bad:
Keep in mind how the government is doing its best to destroy Toyota via Congressional hearings over recalls as you read this next one:
By presidential proclamation [Bill Clinton] set nearly 1,700 square miles of Bureau of Land Management lands in Utah off limits with his surprise designation of the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument and, with it, access to over 11 billion tons of recoverable, low sulfur, high btu (energy) coal. Several more such designations followed in what many felt was a War on the West.
A recently revealed Department of Interior “internal working document” has set off similar fire alarms across the West. It identifies BLM lands as potential sites for designation as new national monuments, as possibly meriting “special conservation” status or as targets of “land rationalization”. Unlike a national park or national wildlife refuge, these actions are carried out by the Executive Branch without any need for Congressional approval.
The Department of Interior document in question - reportedly drafted at the behest of Obama’s Interior Secretary Ken Salazar – identifies more than six times the land area locked up in the Grand Staircase designation and, like it, has the potential to thwart access to a wealth of natural resources including oil, gas, gold and timber. The document’s brief descriptions of the potential national monuments in AZ, CA, CO, MT, NM, OR, UT and WA does not include acreage figures for all of the14 BLM sites. The total for where figures are given is 13,535,000 acres, an area larger than Maryland and Delaware combined. In counties with land bases predominately held by the BLM, eliminating access to natural resources on these lands can be near mortal economic wounds.
General Motors said tonight it will recall 1.3 million cars in North America to replace a power steering motor that could fail, following a federal probe launched in January.
GM said the recall would cover 2005-2010 Chevrolet Cobalts, 2007-10 Pontiac G5s and similar models sold in Canada and Mexico.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Agency in January had opened a probe of 905,000 Cobalts from the 2005 through 2009 model year following 1,132 complaints of power steering failures that could make the cars hard to control. The complaints included reports of 14 crashes and one injury.
“After our in-depth investigation, we found that this is a condition that takes time to develop. It tends to occur in older models out of warranty,” said Jamie Hresko, GM vice president of quality, in a statement. “Recalling these vehicles is the right thing to do for our customers’ peace of mind.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and predict these execs won’t get the same treatment from the mind-numbed, know-nothing, bloated Congressional bigots as the Toyota executives did.
It's interesting to see how some of the most Lefty papers try to give Obama some helpful suggestions. One is now suggesting that he try to pack the Supreme Court:
This is a serious action that we discussed before Obama even took office, but it's nevertheless somewhat laughable to think he can just wave a magic wand and make it happen. Fortunately for us, Obama's radical Leftist agenda has sapped his popularity and political capital far too much for that. But, this sort of thing also indicates what the Left thinks of such petty concepts as democracy, too.
This may come as a surprise to some people, but the U.S. Constitution does not specify the size of the Supreme Court…
So if nine justices is not writ in stone, the embattled President Obama should deal with this hostile conservative/reactionary court by adding three members.
The court’s recent controversial decision equating corporations with individuals turned an already overly money-influenced campaign system into a veritable free-for-all of propaganda for corporate and vested interests. It was met with criticism by most legal scholars, praised only by corporate mouthpieces…
Had Roosevelt needed his court-packing plan, he would have had to do a better job of winning over the public. Secrecy undermined the proposal, including the president’s failure to bring Democratic leaders into his confidence before a news conference announcing the plan. Kentucky Sen. Alben Barkley complained that Roosevelt was a “poor quarterback” on the court plan.
That’s an easy enough mistake for Obama to avoid. He can easily be a quarterback for change on a court that will give the president continued grief as he tries to implement his agenda.
Global (still) warning causes everything, and provides excuses, too:
Cause remember, snowstorms are caused by global warming. What an amazingly handy tool, that global warming! It can even bail a President out of some lousy unemployment numbers.
White House economic adviser Larry Summers said on Monday winter blizzards were likely to distort U.S. February jobless figures, which are due to be released on Friday.
“The blizzards that affected much of the country during the last month are likely to distort the statistics. So it’s going to be very important … to look past whatever the next figures are to gauge the underlying trends,” Summers said in an interview with CNBC, according to a transcript.
Construction activity was hit particularly hard by the storms, but many restaurants and stores also had to close, putting the brakes on hiring plans and temporarily throwing some employees out of work.
You're too stupid to live:
In addition to trying to cut the deficit, reform health care, stop global warming, and fix Washington's broken political culture, President Barack Obama has taken on an even weightier task: Getting rid of killer hot dogs. It seems that around a dozen kids choke to death every year eating hot dogs.
The threat--of more government meddling--is real. Reports the Washington Times:
Believe it or not, the government is about to regulate the shape of hot dogs. Bureaucrats at the Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Agriculture and the Consumer Product Safety Commission are studying how to change the shape of hot dogs to prevent youngsters from choking. As a result, recent headlines have warned about "killer hot dogs" and "Doctors urging for a safer, choke-free hot dog."
Undoubtedly the administration will next turn to killer chicken, killer gum, and former President Jimmy Carter's nemesis, killer rabbits (one of which attempted to bite him while alive rather than choke him after being cooked).
The money the government is likely to spend on this effort would probably save several lives if spent on better health care for needy people. There's a larger issue at stake, however. Observes the Times:
Any child's death is tragic, but the government cannot regulate everything and create a risk-free kindergarten utopia. Perhaps bureaucrats will go after bathtubs next. More than 90 children younger than 5 died from drowning in bathtubs in 2006. Forty-three children younger than 10 died riding bicycles. Even in extremely regulated areas, there are many more deaths. In that age group, more than 1,100 died as a result of motor-vehicle accidents that year.
Life involves some risks. If government agencies don't have anything better to do than regulate hot dogs, their budgets should be cut to help them focus on essential duties.
Every now and then we get one of these stories that illustrates just how much competence the liberal Left thinks normal Americans have. They're seriously going to regulate such inanities as hot dogs? Tragic accidents happen, but you simply cannot legislate everything under the sun, nor protection from everything under the sun...that's why they're called accidents.
With a liberal Leftist government in power, there is nothing they won't attempt to control in the name of what's good for you, because you're too stupid to live your own life, you see. Hot dogs and all.
There's my two cents.