Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Knowing Your Environment

The Obama team is doing what we need to save the auto industry. They say they are preparing them for the future, but what they are really doing is denying them a future. Increasing fuel standards does not make the auto makers more profitable or even viable. It simply increases the cost of doing business.
If you owned a company and the government came along and regulated you so that you could only sell your least popular product, how long would you stay in business? If you built homes and the government said you can only build homes under 1200 square feet but the buyers are looking for 2000 square feet, you wouldn’t be selling a lot of homes. You also wouldn’t be in business long.
America is not Europe. We are a nation of big things, ask a Texan. America is a spread out place where you have to be able to get around and bring it back. In Europe you can find businesses intermixed among the residences. Whatever you need or do can be found within blocks of where you live.
In America we chose a different path for our zoning laws. We keep business and residence separated often by substantial distance. This distance translates into needing to move goods and services and often that requires cars and trucks. Motorcycles and scooters won’t do the job.
Given these facts, our government has decided to ignore them. That is not what he said?
"The federal government must work with, not against, states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions," Obama said. He added: "The days of Washington dragging its heels are over. My administration will not deny facts; we will be guided by them."
I guess some facts are more relevant than others. If you were raised in New York, Chicago, or LA perhaps you aren’t fully aware of the vastness of this great nation. I know people in their forties who have never left their building in New York City. They live in their building; work in their building, shop in their building, there isn’t much that can’t be done in their building. These are the rare exceptions to the American way of life.
I currently live 20 miles from work, 2 miles from the closest store, my children’s school is 4 miles away, and these are close in comparison to other places I have lived. I have lived fourteen miles back on dirt and fifty miles from the nearest grocery store. This is the America I Love and Know so well. I have wandered all over this nation and have seen very little that reminds me of Europe. Yet our politicians keep trying to use the systems that in most cases already don’t work for them.
Listen, this is America, Land of the Free and Home of the Brave. We need American Solutions to American Problems. We don’t need foreign solutions that don’t work, haven’t worked and are plain worn out from trying to force them to work.

Articles of Interest:
Obama pushing stronger fuel-efficiency standard
Obama begins reversing Bush climate policies

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