Archive for the 'Transportation' Category

An alien in my own land

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

I was born in April, many years ago, at Grace New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Conn. Or so I am told, on good authority. That explains why I got a little postcard from the Nevada DMV a few weeks ago, reminding me it’s been eight years since I last had my picture taken, that […]

And sink giggling beneath the waves

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

America has borrowed too much; her government has grown too large. The only hope of an extended economic recovery is to reduce not only the size, intrusiveness, and cost of government, but also to stop the way government borrowing is eating up all available credit, leaving too little for the growth of private, non-subsidized business […]

We use your money to build ‘em, and then we use your money to buy ‘em

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

When the Obama administration took over financially ailing General Motors instead of allowing the bankruptcy courts to reallocate the bloated firm’s assets to sharper entrepreneurs, more than one wag dubbed the resulting state-socialist enterprise “Government Motors.” Since then, GM has geared up production of pricey “hybrids” that supposedly cause less pollution — until one considers […]

Sort of like a “pet ID” chip … for you

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

(No, unfortunately, this one is not an “April Fools” joke.) Some 35 years ago, Americans first became generally aware that there could be a “gasoline crisis” — that our dependence on imported oil could combine with taxation, price controls, and other “well-meaning” government interventions to create fuel shortages, lines, all kinds of chaos.

‘The time is right!’ … to hand them billions

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

In the early 1870s, Thomas Alva Edison declared “The time was right” to introduce the stock ticker and the printing telegraph. It was. Americans, grasping the benefits of his inventions and finding them affordable in relation to those benefits, willingly purchased Mr. Edison’s inventions; he and the capitalists who invested in the enterprise grew rich.

The goons find new ways to keep busy

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

Delinda Epstein, 51, was living in a townhouse in the swanky Las Vegas suburb of Summerlin, a few years ago. She owned a brand new truck, worked as an administrator for a Henderson construction company. But she lost her job in the recession. She lost her truck and had to move into a smaller apartment […]

‘Are they going to take my horsepower down?’

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

“Obama’s new rules will transform U.S. auto fleet,” read the May 19 headline. “Some soccer moms will have to give up hulking SUVs,” explained Associated Press auto writer Tom Krisher, fanning himself to keep from flushing with excitement. “Nearly everybody else will drive smaller cars, and more of them will run on electricity. The higher […]

Then, on the sixth day, He took over the auto industry …

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

The typical American automobile in the early 1920s was easy to describe. It was boxy and black, offered a manual transmission only, and sported a straight-up four-cylinder engine. Creature comforts were few. On the bright side, if your car tipped over on a sharp turn — as the top-heavy contraptions were wont to do — […]

‘They can’t tell you you’re going to fail. He has to run it’

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Peggy Brown, a retired poker dealer whom I’ve known for some years as an upstanding and truthful sort, writes in that her 2003 Dodge Neon was in storage for nine months while she was out of state. When she got back, “I needed to get it re-registered and get new plates for it.”

We’re from the government — we’re here to raise the price of gas

Friday, January 18th, 2008

In Washington Tuesday, a special commission appointed to study the need to repair the nation’s aging bridges and roads said the answer is to more than triple federal gasoline tax — increasing it by 40 cents per gallon over the next five years. The two-year study by the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study […]