Pictured above is an oil train running through busy “for railroads” Chesterton, Indiana where many of the East Coast to Chicago trains go. So important that for a while after 9/11 that it was patroled by the Indiana National Guard. Picture came from a Webcam.
This is from a railroad blog by our friend Jim:
> Anything goovermin get their hands on gets ruined or totally screwed up and extremely expensive ultimately.
Yes — we all remember the terrible defeat we suffered by the Germans and Japanese in WWII. And how the GI Bill that followed ruined so many lives, as has Social Security and Medicare.
>We can all do things that help but we will never, in our lifetimes, be able to do without a great quantity of oil. My thoughts on oil and gaseous gas is that >God didn’t give us this wealth to just sit on it and make oil Arabs fat, well armed and happy. If technology was applied by our great minds in America, surely >we could develop clean ways to burn the stuff…but gooverment would rather brainwash people to believe we can stay on top without it and that for >sinister motives.
Government redistributes wealth to subsidize the use of the private automobile. Anyone who drives a car votes (with their foot on the gas pedal) for government incompetence, building all those roads with their pot holes and all.
>BTW, China is now the #1 top economy in the world, and guess who made them?
Attention Wal-Mart Shoppers.
> Where is the logic and reasoning that allows for China and India to poison the world while we have restricted ourselves into a corner all the while buying >arms indirectly through oil purchases from Arab nations who are our enemies?For one thing, they look at us and want to build far more highways and make sure everyone can use private automobiles as a sign of modern progress and personal convenience. And, of course, we like to discourage nuclear power (they might build bombs!) while encouraging exports of coal from the U.S>
The Libertarians in California figured out years ago that the public subsidy for private autos is 88% of the public cost, including externals. IOW, your gasoline tax is only 12% of what it ought to be if people believed n free markets (the other shoe dropping is that they suggested reducing other taxes by the equivalent – no windfall for big gummint).
But nobody who drives a personal auto has any business complaining about big gummint – without it, they wouldn’t get the car out of the driveway
As Jim would say: “Cheers”
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