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Old 01-15-2016, 06:01 PM
 
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I was hoping that the weak dollar would result in increased exports for
the US economy resulting in a reduction in trade deficits. Imagine my
surprise when I saw this:

Trade Deficit Up Significantly: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance (broken link)

It seems that we are importing so much oil (and boatloads of opium
from china) that it does not matter what we export, we are still
in the red.

Can you please stop hurting my country with your hummer?
I drive a Silverado pickup every day to work (ditched my caddies when they stopped manual transmissions.

I have five hot rods, all of which have 600+ HP. I rev the engines at the stoplights to burn more gas. All get about 4-5 milles per gallon.

I burn about a ton of organic material every week on my farm.

I keep the temp at 70 degrees in the winter and 68 in the summer on my farm, which is only occupied 8 hrs per week, to keep my cats comfortable. I keep the temps in my house at 76 in the winter and 68 in the summer.

I keep all of the lights on in my house and farm, 24/7.

I run my tractors 8 hrs every week, whether they are needed for work or not.


Why do I do all of these things? Because it pisses off liberals and global warming is BS.
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Old 01-15-2016, 07:28 PM
 
Location: The South
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I don't think you'll find a single person who has a problem with someone using a truck when there is legitimate need. What I don't like is seeing someone in a vehicle that's measured in gallons/mile, instead of miles/gallon, and they're driving to the grocery store, or commuting to work, alone. That's so incredibly wasteful. And while I would NEVER support government intervention, I do hope that the focus of our society moves away from such obscene wastefulness.

We should definitely spend more time studying John Stuart Mill and Utilitarianism, as a society. This country only adopted half of his philosphy, the militant individualism, but didn't adopt the self-regulating portion of his philosophy.
I've driven some fairly heavy vehicles(tractor/trailer rig) and I have not driven one that gets gallons per mile.
Please name this vehicle .
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Old 01-15-2016, 07:41 PM
 
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I've driven some fairly heavy vehicles(tractor/trailer rig) and I have not driven one that gets gallons per mile.
Please name this vehicle .
Agreed.
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Old 01-15-2016, 07:56 PM
 
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I drive trains. Mile long monsters with distributed power. Burning bunker oil I got four engines up front, one in the middle and three on the rear. Stick the throttle in notch 8 going up a grade and I will turn day into night with the exhaust.
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Old 01-15-2016, 08:28 PM
 
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Most people will drive what they want.......even if/when gas goes to 5 bucks a gallon.

Established technology exists to make a car, probably a subcompact, that gets 80mpg, easily. But guess what, 40k for a subcompact that people will not buy.....not happen.

Hummers, monster-trucks and other land-yachts will always be around......and lots of people will buy them.
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Old 01-15-2016, 08:34 PM
 
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I drive a Silverado pickup every day to work (ditched my caddies when they stopped manual transmissions.

I have five hot rods, all of which have 600+ HP. I rev the engines at the stoplights to burn more gas. All get about 4-5 milles per gallon.

I burn about a ton of organic material every week on my farm.

I keep the temp at 70 degrees in the winter and 68 in the summer on my farm, which is only occupied 8 hrs per week, to keep my cats comfortable. I keep the temps in my house at 76 in the winter and 68 in the summer.

I keep all of the lights on in my house and farm, 24/7.

I run my tractors 8 hrs every week, whether they are needed for work or not.


Why do I do all of these things? Because it pisses off liberals and global warming is BS.
No you don't.
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Old 01-16-2016, 09:17 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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No you don't.
Correct. Tractors are usually ran 8 hours per day, not week. Probably a typo.
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Old 01-16-2016, 11:37 AM
 
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Wow, a pro-business guy who's for redistribution of wealth. What a concept!

That's actually not a bad idea. Or maybe use the credits toward covering the premium for hybrid technology. Or put it toward better mass transit or car-pool/HOV lanes.
There is one slight problem with such ideas .... That is, the collector of the taxes has long ago proven complete incompentence, irresponsibility and unbridled corruption in the disposition of taxes collected from the other hundreds of sources being used to bleed the public dry. So why would anyone expect that another tax would be used appropriately, or better yet, why would anyone embrace MORE TAXES, when we are already being taken to the cleaners now?

To be brutally blunt, much of this stems from the obnoxious, authoritarian mindset endemic of liberals who claim to know what's best for everyone else without actually bothering to consider, in this case, why someone might have a legitimate need for a truck or SUV. Of course, the more fundamental flaw is actually believing one has the authority to make such arbitrary decisions for others in the first place.

Truthfully, here in Texas, you'll have a hard time finding a pickup truck with a pristine bed that looks unused, or one without a receiver to haul a trailer. Those who spend the significant additional expense of purchasing a $40,000+ pickup instead of a compact car at half the cost actually REQUIRE the capabilities of that vehicle in the vast majority of cases. Nevertheless, it isn't anyone else's business to decide such things, nor is it legitimate to impose a penalty (tax) upon someone under the extremely flawed idea that such a penalty would discourage the purchase of a type of vehicle that is actually needed. All the this would accomplish is adding an additional expense, rather than reduce the use.

Frankly, taxes are much more a tool of control and theft, than a solution to problems. This probably explains why we have such massive debt, massive deficits, and GROWING PROBLEMS.

I know this is hard to grasp for the urban city dweller who lives in a small apartment 12 blocks from their place of business, but not everyone can take the bus.

The "tax it to death, or ban it" solution to every problem so embraced by liberals doesn't work. If it did, we wouldn't have any problems left to "solve".

The reality is, each attempt to solve problems in such misguided ways only tends to create more problems.
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