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Balanced budget ought to be top priority

Published: February 26, 2014 4:00 AM

Henry Ford started his first assembly line for automobiles just over 100 years ago. Since that time, millions of cars have been produced worldwide. Since safety is a major issue in this field, one can understand government's involvement in establishing and enforcing safety regulations. However, when it comes to fuel efficiency, this should be up to the competition and the private sector. Nonetheless, the global warming nuts, most who seem to migrate to politics, are no longer just encouraging fuel efficiency standards and goals, but passing laws mandating "advancing" the "state of the art" in automobile design.

In a speech on Tuesday, Feb 18, President Obama announced that he will "act without Congress, if necessary" to improve our existing standards, which already require the reduction in fuel consumption of medium- and heavy-duty trucks of 10 percent to 20 percent by 2018.

With a national debt at $17 trillion and climbing, and no proposals for a balanced budget, the president's actions are equivalent to a person running out of a burning home screaming that the dishwasher doesn't work.

We should all be demanding that the first things this president and Congress address and resolve are the issues required to get our fiscal house in order. For starters, this means a balanced budget.

Chuck Marshall, Atwater

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trawl Feb 26, 2014 1:15 PM

I like EFI.

10 below zero, turn the key, fourth compression stroke it fires and adjusts itself to keep running. No fiddling with a choke, frosting off of plugs, no carb ice on humid days above freezing.

It's been so long that I guess we forget who to thank for computer managed engines. The EPA and the regulation that mandated an engine stays in a reasonable state of tune for 50,000 miles. Fuel injection has been around since just about the beginning, major advances in the technology during WWII, some ground vehicles used mechanical FI before the mandate, but it was the mandate that got manufacturers off the dime. First they tried electronically controlled carbs and throttle body, I would rather not remember those. Sure we would have gotten to EFI. Eventually. I doubt FI deployment in mass produced automobiles would be thirty years along. And then there is diesel.

Far as the presentation of Chucks fallacioius either / or, either Barry can have people work on the reduction of fuel consumption OR have people work on ballancing budget, but Barry can't have seperate teams working on different problems at the same time. ? Really? LMAO!!! You can have more than one thing on your plate, or I guess not if it's carrots OR peas and the head explodes at the thought of also having mashed potatoes.



little_r_republican Feb 26, 2014 12:28 PM

have to agree with Mr. Marshall.

Similar is the ethanol mandate. Ethanol has far less power than gasoline, costs far more, but is subsidized by taxpayers to producers  and causes the cost of corn to increase for everything else using corn or in livestock feed,

To promote the ethanol lie, the federal MPG standard is per gallon of gasoline and not per gallon of fuel. The amount of ethanol is ignored. And that is one reason why you never get the reported MPG when you calculate it per gallon of fuel.