Ready to Drive a Smart Car or a Mini Cooper?
get me wrong. If you choose to purchase and drive a Smart Car or a
Mini Cooper then by all means please feel free to do so. I believe
everyone should be able to drive the car of their dreams whether it is a
muscle car, a big SUV, a luxury automobile, a study sedan, or whatever
you choose. That’s what freedom is all about, that’s what being an
American is all about, or at least has been about until the current
Administration came along.
Sometimes I think the folks who
populate this Administration have rocks in their heads. What are they
thinking? Why are they so intent on reducing the American standard of
living? Where did they get the idea that because America prospers,
Just the opposite is true. The more America
prospers, the more other countries and other peoples benefit. The
United States is the economic engine of the world and if President Obama
succeeds in lowering our standard of American living, other nations and
people all around the globe will suffer accordingly.
is not a zero sum game. When two free people decide to exchange their
products with each other, both benefit. When a man who builds rocking
chairs and a man who grows oranges live freely, they can decide to
exchange their products and both benefit. The orange grower who wants a
rocking chair and the rocking chair builder who wants to eat oranges
can freely exchange one for another and both smile and benefit. Dollars
are simply a representation of the many goods and services created and
when I use my dollars to buy oranges or a rocking chair, I’m simply
exchanging the value of the goods and services I create for someone
else’s goods and services. It’s all about freedom.
government intervenes and decides that I can only buy certain oranges or
rocking chairs that meet certain specifications, they diminish my
choices and thus my freedom. Government intervention into the
marketplace always diminishes freedom and makes goods and services more
costly. Always. There are no exceptions.
But let’s get back to Smart Cars and Mini Coopers. In the Monday, June 27th edition of the Wall Street Journal, there was an article on page A3 that caught my attention. Titled, Your Mileage May Vary,
this piece announced the White House proposal that the Corporate
Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards be increased to 56.2 miles per
gallon by 2025. This is a dumb idea for many reasons, but in my book
the worst part of it is the fact that the government wants to once again
reduce your personal freedom. This government, this Administration,
has zero concern about reducing freedom. They just don’t care.
means you won’t be able to choose to buy the car or van or truck you
want. Instead, you will be forced to purchase something like a Smart
Car or a Mini Cooper because that will be all the government will allow
to be produced and purchased. That’s an outrage.
It all springs
from the same dumb liberal idea that a small group of self-styled
intellectuals should decide how you should live instead of you deciding
how you should live. It means no more Corvettes, 400 HP Mustangs, no
Suburbans, no SUVs, and no nice big luxury cars (except for the big
government bosses, of course). Just like the Soviet Union, the
government bosses who create nothing, add nothing, and live off of the
efforts of those who do create and build, will live like princes, while
you and I settle for what they decide we shall have the opportunity to
I said this was a dumb idea for a number of reasons and
it is. Another reason it is dumb is that you cannot legislate or
bureaucratically mandate (since this Administration has a proclivity for
ignoring the Constitution and bypassing Congress) scientific advances.
Legislating or mandating an average gas mileage of 56.2 miles per
gallon simply means smaller, lighter and clearly more dangerous
automobiles. It means driving little, underpowered, undersized
automobiles like they do in Europe. They have already removed spare
tires from new cars just to reduce weight and meet the arbitrary
government CAFE standards.
It’s what Obama wants. He wants you
and me to lower our standard of living by forcing Socialism on us. It
has absolutely nothing to do with pollution or global warming or any
other imagined or real problem. It’s all about control over your life
and mine. He and other self-styled decision makers believe they know
better than you do how you should live.
Obama has made it clear
that he would be delighted if gasoline prices slowly rise to those of
Europe. Earlier this year I was in Italy and the price of gasoline was
$13 (US) per gallon. Much of that cost was related to gargantuan taxes
on gasoline. Regulations like CAFE regulations cost young people and
those just entering the business world more than all the taxes imposed
by big government. It hurts your children and ultimately your
grandchildren more than it does you.
Another thing wrong with
this idea is that today the United States has the world’s largest known
combined reserves of oil and natural gas. That’s known reserves. And
with the advent of fracking, we now have access to billions of cubic
feet of natural gas and billions of gallons of oil (“fracking” refers to
the new process of recovering oil and gas from shale). We have vast
resources in Alaska, offshore and within federally owned land. If
government would get out of the way the price of gas at the pump would
be no more than a dollar per gallon.
There is no purpose
whatsoever to raising the CAFE standards. None. In fact, the very idea
that government can tell a private business how a product it produces
must perform is of questionable Constitutionality. In fact, I suspect
that there is no Constitutional basis for such governmental authority.
But more to the point, the CAFE standards should be eliminated
entirely. If you want to drive a car that burns more gasoline per mile
and I want to buy one that burns less per mile, that’s your business and
my business, not the business of some government busybody.
the government would simply get out of the way and let the free market
work, we could see an early return to prosperity. It is unreasonable to
think that a few people, even if they are über smart, can make better
decisions than free people deciding for themselves what to buy, what to
drive, what to wear, what to eat, where to go, and who to worship. It’s
the silliest and most dangerous idea ever conceived by man and it
always leads to serfdom.
The American dream is dying. The idea
of the United States as the land of opportunity is dying. It’s being
killed off by folks who think this nation has prospered by stealing the
wealth of other nations. While Obama can’t blame Americans for
colonialism, he calls us neo-colonists. In other words, we may never
have held colonies, but through our economic might we have raped and
pillaged the wealth of other nations.
It’s nuts, but that’s what
he and his liberal friends believe. They believe that our economic
system has exploited the poor in order for you and me to prosper. The
truth is that the United States of America has been not only the most
free and most prosperous nation in the world, but also the most
compassionate and generous nation in the world. Unique in the history,
we have shared our wealth with other nations as no other people ever
have. We have been peacemakers, while others have been aggressors. And
when, in the lead up to World War II, Germany’s National Socialist
Party (NAZI) attacked their neighbors, we came to their rescue. Then
after WWII the United States of America did something that had never
been done before. We not only gave aid to our allies so they could
rebuild, but we also generously gave aid to our enemies to help them
rebuild. It was totally unprecedented. In fact, while we were
providing help to those in need, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
(USSR) under Stalin enslaved millions of people.
In today’s world there is always a choice—either socialism or freedom. What will that choice be?