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Boogie With Stu

Posted Wednesday, September 1, 2010, at 4:45 AM

I see that car sales are at a near thirty year low. This is sad news when you consider how much money the Obama Administration threw at the United Auto Workers.

Liberals always get it wrong.

You see, auto companies use to be in business to provide a product. Automobile manufacturers, especially American auto companies, were in the car business ... to make cars.

That was their reason for being. That was their passion.

Not today. Today, in the liberal reality, American automobile companies exist, not to build cars, but to support unions.

It took years to do it, but liberals work that way. They slowly turned a thriving American manufacturing industry, into a taxpayer subsidized union welfare business.

No longer is the love of cars paramount.

The love of unions and socialist politics is paramount.

No longer are the American auto companies producing products that people really want, or that folks can really afford.

That brings us to the Chevy Volt. Actually, the Volt is a fairly neat little car. It will go forty miles, producing no emissions, until the battery runs low, and then a small gasoline motor kicks in, powering a electric generator allowing the car to go much further.

It comes with a price tag of over $41.5K, but the taxpayers will throw in an additional government/union kickback of $7.5K, so you can grab one for $34K.

In 1911, the Baker Electric Company produced the Baker Electric, a electric car that would go 50 miles on a charge. So I guess after waiting 99 years, after spending untold billions in liberal fantasies and union payoffs, we have improved on the 1911 Baker Electric by adding a small gasoline motor. Nice.

Again liberals get it wrong. Our energy policy, guided by years of environmental hysteria and outright lies, is terribly misguided. All the money that has been wasted supporting thug unions, money gobbled up by trial lawyers and greedy government bureaucrats, could have been invested into nuclear energy.

You self employed people out there, when you see the price of a new car, do you ever wonder how much of that car's price goes straight into the pockets of over-paid assembly line workers? Or wonder how much of that price has to do with pleasing a bunch of tree huggers?

Remember the GTO, the Mustang, or the Thunderbird? Liberals took cars like that away from us.

Remember the pleasure you got from driving a 1968 Mercury Cougar or the 1964 Chevy Malibu Convertible SS with a 327 and a four speed? You never had the pleasure of such vehicles? No wonder you'll settle for a golf cart disguised as a car.

Right now, hidden out in the high plains of eastern Colorado, are miles and miles of empty rail cars. Not just any rail cars, but super duper deluxe 86 foot long automobile haulers, stuck out in the wilderness, useless.

When I went through the area a couple of weeks ago, I registered over 20 miles of empty rail cars. A friend of mine said he measured 26.5 miles of cars. Many of those miles, there were two sets of tracks, both crowded with now useless auto haulers. Since there were approximately 64 cars per mile, you do the math.

It is such a shame, to have our talent wasted on building a better mousetrap or re-inventing the buggy whip. Our engineers should be working on realistic energy solutions. Our country should be leading the world in nuclear energy and oil shale energy.

I'd sure like it if we had car companies that built fun cars again, cars that were affordable, cars in which the average person could actually change the oil.

I remember a day in early 1976. I had just headed out of a Denver Chevrolet dealership with a new 1975 Camaro. I had saved most of the money for the car while in the Air Force. I think I had to finance about a thousand bucks of the purchase price. I slapped in a new Led Zeppelin tape, and as I drove up to the mountains to enjoy the ride, a great song by Zeppelin, "Boogie With Stu", blasted through the sound system.

Whenever I hear that song, I think about that Camaro.

Today, if you want to go down and get a new Camaro, be prepared to spend allot of money. Too much of your money will go to fund union thuggery, and then, you'll pay sky high sales taxes, sky high license fees, and sky high insurance rates. Not even Zeppelin will take away the pain and suffering your wallet will endure.


Boogie With Stu - By Led Zeppelin, on the album "Physical Graffiti", 1975

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Bitch, bitch, bitch. Moan, moan, moan! Gosh your complaining is getting old. Do something Sam! If you think there is an opportunity to build and sell muscle cars then you should look into doing so. Call it the "Red Devil" after your local mascot. Keep in mind that oil is being imported from the "Islam" countries and if there is a crisis then the price of gasoline may shoot to over $4.00. This is America. Go for it but quit tearing the country down! America, love it or leave it.

-- Posted by BuffRoam on Wed, Sep 1, 2010, at 12:10 PM

If they make more cars like the new Challenger, we can at least pretend like we're buying a brand new muscle car.

-- Posted by McCook1 on Wed, Sep 1, 2010, at 3:51 PM

Personally I love old muscle cars. I actually have an older nova myself, sadly though with the price of gas I can't use it as a daily commuter or I definitely would.

-- Posted by Damu on Wed, Sep 1, 2010, at 5:52 PM

There's no way the traditional muscle cars could meet the CAFE standards, as set by the government in 1975, so the auto companies started redesigning their cars to meet the government's requirements that were to be met by 1980. I wouldn't exactly call that the "free market" that killed the muscle car. Sedans were able to adapt as commuters but muscle cars were never the same after the new CAFE standards took effect. Many of the names are the same and they've even tried similiar body styles but they will never be the monsters they used to be. Most companies are expected to be ashamed of rolling out powerhouse machines like this in favor of more economical, green friendly nap machines. One things for sure, I've never known anyone to fall asleep driving a 69 Camaro but I suspect the quietness mixed with the boredom of the Volt will see a lot of drivers falling asleep behind the wheel. Vehicles that boring are just plain unsafe. :)

-- Posted by McCook1 on Wed, Sep 1, 2010, at 6:47 PM


If you and your friend are measuring how many miles of unused rail cars there are, I think it's time for you to find a new hobby. Wow that's just kinda sad in my opinion.

-- Posted by SWNebr Transplant on Wed, Sep 1, 2010, at 7:47 PM

YEAH like Gay Marriage, Them Gays are sure lucky they can still get muscle cars, makes me sad I'm not gay. :(

-- Posted by SWNebr Transplant on Wed, Sep 1, 2010, at 9:19 PM

You're right, I'm not sad I'm not gay, just trying to inject a little levity. Although, since you said the institution of marriage helped killed muscle cars, I was hoping that muscle cars were still alive for gay people since they can't get married most places. Naturally in those states they can be married, the muscle car is dead to them as well. I guess that's just another knock on marriage.

-- Posted by SWNebr Transplant on Wed, Sep 1, 2010, at 9:34 PM


Chillax bro, both of those posts were meant to be a joke, no need to get so upset and call me a liar about it.

If you want to get all nit-picky about it I gave you credit in my joke. I quote: " Although, since you said the institution of marriage helped killed muscle cars" So there I clearly gave you credit for your combination and never implied you said marriage alone killed the muscle car......nanny nanny, boo boo.

-- Posted by SWNebr Transplant on Thu, Sep 2, 2010, at 7:57 AM


A 20 mpg requirement is all that was needed to kill the muscle car. People don't buy muscle cars because they get good gas mileage.


It's a political blog not a date site.

-- Posted by McCook1 on Thu, Sep 2, 2010, at 11:28 AM


Haha, you're joking right? Wives and kids? I'm pretty sure people still had wives and kids when muscle cars were being sold. Yet, they still sold. The people who would buy a muscle car are not the same people who would be worrying about gas prices as their reason to buy or not to buy. They are a specific marketing demographic. They're like the SUV demographic, they obviously don't care what gas mileage they get or the price of gas when they buy. They might drive less as prices go up but that doesn't stop them from buying the vehicle in the first place.

-- Posted by McCook1 on Thu, Sep 2, 2010, at 12:01 PM


Muscle cars were around for decades before the new cafe standards. During that time, people did have kids and probably did have to get rid of the muscle car but there were others there to replace them and buy the newest version. Like I said, people had wives and kids when muscle cars were being made and they still managed to sell muscle cars. A muscle car is bough for its muscle and style not gas mileage, just like an SUV or minivan is bought for size and functionality not gas mileage.

I never said anything about liberals killing cars so I dunno where that one came from, wasn't me, I know that. Government regulation aka CAFE standards which DID apply to muscle cars, made the traditional muscle car illegal to sell. How does that not kill it?

-- Posted by McCook1 on Thu, Sep 2, 2010, at 12:37 PM


Nobody has said there aren't any old muscle cars out there. People pay more for those cars than they do brand new cars. There was always a market for them but CAFE standards made them illegal to manufacture and therefore, the auto companies responded to those regulations. The demand for gas guzzling, 2-door muscle cars didn't just disappear because people had wives and kids or because gas was more expensive. In fact, the demand is still out there, they just don't build vehicles to perform at the top level like they used to. They changed how they design vehicles to meet CAFE standards and we a haven't seen the real battle among muscle car manufacturers that drove it in the past. It's more appearance over substance. I have no desire to make this a liberal or conservative issue like what is being attempted. It's a just a sad fact of history.

-- Posted by McCook1 on Thu, Sep 2, 2010, at 3:03 PM

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