The View From 1776

Putrescent Green

Obama’s hailing the new Chevrolet battery-powered, green automobile as evidence of success for his administration’s nationalization of the auto industry is ludicrous.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/03 at 12:13 AM
  1. The post fails to note that GM finished paying back all the money lent in April of this year, and is now operating at a profit.

    So, it is the claim that the administration nationalized the auto industry that is "ludicrous."

    Bankruptcy of the entire auto industry would have been preferable? I don't think so.

    The Chevy Volt is actually quite an advance toward shedding our oil addiction. And yes, early versions of all prototypes tend to be expensive.

    Do you remember the early computers? The IBM mainframe computer model 360-70 occupied a large room but had less computing power than what today is found on a tiny chip the size of a fingernail.
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  08/03  at  10:57 AM
  2. The above comment makes the case for limiting the vote. Your vote jj, would do no harm within the framework of a constitutionally limited government but not today. The market will determine the fate of the 41,000 dollar volt. A 40 mile range from a fully charged battery and a 80 horsepower gasoline engine at the above price is absurd. The government is a joke.
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  08/03  at  05:02 PM
  3. Tom,

    Most daily trips taken by Americans fall within a 40 mile radius, so that range is hardly "a joke." After the battery is depleted, a small gas engine recharges the battery, so that the car actually has no range limit.

    And since when is horsepower a valid criterion for vehicle cost? Your Cartier wrist watch may cost a bundle, but have relatively little horsepower.
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  08/04  at  11:25 AM
  4. JJ- Again, see comment #2.
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  08/04  at  02:08 PM
  5. Tom:

    Again, see comment #3. If an 80 horsepower engine does the job, why use a 350 horsepower engine? Why use a chain saw to cut butter?
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  08/05  at  01:00 PM
  6. An 80 hp engine for $41,000 ? What happens to the battery after 8 years? Yucca flats? How do you charge the battery? Where does the power come from? You greenies and tax-eaters are gullible to say the least. What does the price of a piece of jewelry have to do with the price of this joke?
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  08/05  at  03:47 PM
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