Monday, August 18, 2008

Dumber Than Not Drilling

A return to 55 mph?

As you zip down the highway at 70 mph, remember that your lead foot will cost you at the pump in these days of $4-a-gallon gas.

Some lawmakers in Congress have certainly considered the consequences of your driving habits. And they want you to slow down.

Record-high gas prices have triggered talk that it may be time to lower the speed limit on federal highways to 55 or 60 mph.

"I think that's a great way to save fuel," said U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, N.C. "I think it would be the right thing to do."

U.S. Sen. John Warner, R-Va., raised the possibility of reducing the speed limit to 55 or 60 mph early last month. He asked Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman to study whether a lower speed limit would reduce gas prices at the pump and report back on how much fuel it would save.

In the House, U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., has filed legislation that would impose a national speed limit of 60 mph on highways in urban centers and 65 mph in less populated areas. A hearing on the bill hasn't yet been set.

The push for a lower speed limit harkens back to 1974, when the country was facing another energy crisis and Congress and President Richard Nixon reduced the limit to 55 mph in response to the Arab oil embargo.

Wear your own damned sweater Carter Shuler. Quit being a nanny and let us drive without you, Warner and any other government overseer sitting in the backseat driver's seat.

Pelosi: Bitter, Bible-Thumping & Looking For Her Gun?

Pelosi Praise: Obama is a 'leader that God has blessed us with at this time'...

Ah, now we find that Nana is a closet GodBot in a town full of Godless empty closets. If only the good sisters of Institute of Notre Dame had not spared the rod.

Another graduate of the "Institute" is the estimable Barbara Milkulski, class of 1954.

Question: Which god is Nana referring to?


Uncovering Montpelier's Hidden Past

After five years, and a restoration costing millions of dollars, James Madison’s Virginia home stands revealed once again

The landscape alone is breathtaking. Imagine clearing the land, fighting off interlopers and forging a new life in a new land thousands of miles from home.