We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Coburn's bill would have been just a modest first step. As he has put it, ethanol enjoys "a triple crown of government intervention: its use is mandated by law, it is protected by tariffs, and companies are paid by the federal government to use it."
RE: Land of the Free? Not surprisingly, MD is among these Liberal Dynamo's... A virtual One-party state. Its no wonder why buisness is fleeing, Baltimore is becoming Beruit, and without Gov'ment jobs, it would be pretty much unemployed.
And, to add to that Gov. Marty wants to both hike the tolls on 95 and other 'state resources' charge increases. Nothing like adding a 'buisness friendly climate' in an economic down-turn. Wonder if he got a Red Star on his recient Asian MD drum-beat tour...?
Hooray for Subaru! Unfortunately, the article doesn't describe HOW they are able to do what they do and why they are different from other auto makers. It's nice that they are able to provide such nice bennies. My only question is when there is a slowdown (and every company has one), what will they do and what will the results be. Apparently, they are doing a lot of things right. I hope they continue to and show everybody else how it's done.
Here is a money quote from commenter autothreads at the LegalInsurrection link : Our President Really, Truly Does Not Understand The Economy.
Actually, there's a kernel of truth in Obama's remarks. One reason for the decline in manufacturing jobs, for example, is increased productivity. A modern car assembly plant employs about 2,500 workers, compared to 10,000 workers 40 years ago. In many ways, some manufacturing jobs will never come back.
The problem, though, is that very few people in the current administration have any kind of real world private sector experience. Obama and his crew have never made a product nor provided a service. They're mostly professional politicians, academics or have worked outside the private sector for labor unions or non-profits. Likewise with many of the most powerful Democrats in Congress. Has Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi ever run a small business?
I'm not saying that they aren't smart, but these are the folks who wouldn't take math and science classes. They're mostly lawyers and policy wonks, people that don't know how to use even a hammer or a screwdriver. They don't know how the real world works, and are intent on forcing others to serve them. They think they're too smart to change the oil in their car.
So they implement all sorts of regulations and mandates that have little to do with practicality or practicability. At least King Canute knew that he could not command the sea.
But then, maybe the Democrats know they can't command the sea. They're more interested in implementing a command economy. Perhaps the Democrats don't care if any of their policies work or not, just so long as they can make fundamental changes in our society.
That sums up a lot of our current situation rather well.