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