You're not broke enough, in debt enough, miserable enough or dead enough-yet
Last night I was listening to the Community Organizer in Chief (COC),on the official Janet Napolitano certified radical right wing terrorists on Fox News, proclaim the virtues of new CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards. Afer hearing how the we should all be grateful to pay an average of $1300 more per vehicle (as per estimates-ya), the vehicles will be smaller (where do you put the kids?) plus a number of other great reasons we should declare 19 May a new national holiday in gratitude for the depth of experience and wisdom COC brings to us, the servile masses. What really caught my attention was this: A spokesman for the Washington Policy Institute said, regarding the vehicles that will be manufactured under the new CAFE regs, "More than likely, all the safety features that the buyer would like will not be available." Let that sink in.
According to a Heritage article, the National Highway traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that the CAFE standards have, over the past years, been responsible for the deaths of an additional 49,000 people. That translated into 7,700 lives for each mile/gallon (MPG) improvement. Again, that's just deaths. It does not not include the 100,000's of injuries, permanent pain and suffering, the disruptions of lives forever.
If we take the 7,700 lives lost in each MPG gained and extrapolate the ten MPG the Mandater in Chief proclaims, that means 77,000 of you are going to die. That includes children who can't read this blog entry. It does not include the, again, the 100,000's if not 1,000,000's of you who will be injured, many permanently. And of course, it will include the innocent children.
So, next time you meet someone who extols the virtue of CAFE and the "green" movement, first cite these statistics. Then ask them "How many people dying are acceptable to you? How many permanently scarred and painfully injured children are acceptable to you?"
I'd be interested in hearing what they have to say.