Government set to dictate auto choices

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I hope all citizens who value freedom and free enterprise will read this letter.

Our federal government is threatening our freedom to choose the kinds of cars and trucks we can buy. Uncle Sam is proposing automobiles averaging 40 mpg and trucks averaging 30 mpg by 2016.

If this becomes law, we'll lose the option to buy a new full-size pickup or automobile, an SUV, a minivan or a real sports car, regardless of our family size, our business needs or our desires as fun-loving Americans.

Please examine the tiny cars that average Europeans and Asians are driving today. If our government has its way, within six years our choices will be limited to these cramped, less-safe econo-boxes or mundane hybrids.

Big Brother might be happier, but will you?

If this alarms you, please contact your congressmen, telling them that only American consumers and our free-market system -- not the government -- should dictate the kinds of cars and trucks we can buy.

Roy L. Wireman

Augusta

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GGpap
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GGpap 06/02/09 - 02:09 am
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Mr. Wireman, YOU do not have

Mr. Wireman, YOU do not have the right to carelessly and selfishly deplete the natural resources if this world! There will still be trucks and other vehicles for commercial (business) usage, and cars that may hold 6 passengers if necessary. If you and your wife produce 8, 9, 10 children you are more of the problem than are many of the others in America today, and you do NOT have the right to pursue the "desires as fun-loving Americans" when they infringe on the rights of all Americans that might wish to maintain the limited privileges that diminishing natural resources might provide. GGpap

ONLY THE TRUTH
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ONLY THE TRUTH 06/02/09 - 02:11 am
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The local Board of Education

The local Board of Education will sell you a used bus CHEAP. It might need some work on it---------like your head!!!!!

Eyore
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Eyore 06/02/09 - 04:48 am
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Better quote from grouse "my

Better quote from grouse "my head is in the sand! my head is in the sand!"

dhd1108
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dhd1108 06/02/09 - 05:23 am
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better reason for the

better reason for the disposable product mindset to rethink their thinking. howzabout maintaining and keeping your car until it falls apart?

carcraft
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carcraft 06/02/09 - 05:36 am
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Hay GGpap, what about your

Hay GGpap, what about your house, you really don't need airconditoning, it is spoiling the planet for our kids, go down to the community cool center on a hot day! A television, my goodness all the natural resoursces and electricity to run it. Toilets waste 5 gallons of water per flush, buy an eco tiolet to composte your waste and use it on the garden! Veggie food for you! How about Obama appointing a 31 year old about to graduate from law school to dismantle GM!! We are scr*wed and it really doesn't matter if you are a Republican or Democrate! I bet all those auto makers are glad to see the shiney new 31 year old wonder boy show up! HA HA..(I would laugh if it were not so sad..Of course it is Bush's fault Obama appointed a 31 year old!!

carcraft
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carcraft 06/02/09 - 05:57 am
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GGpap, Obama flew to

GGpap, Obama flew to airplanes, two helicopeters and spent $90,000.00 taking His wife on a date and you worry abouot some one with an SUV?

JKeen
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JKeen 06/02/09 - 06:58 am
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I see one of the things that

I see one of the things that the government is doing is forcing the automotive industries hands when it comes to unused technology. There is technology that can easily bring us up to the CAFE standards that the government is proposing. The auto industry has buried patents on things that will make our fuel efficiency a lot better.

as for all the different ways we can save the earth. This is not a "new age" hippy thing to do, this is what our grandparents were doing. Consumptionism is what has been forced down our throats by corporations and the mythical "free market system". Former generations did not waste like we do and products made by the corporations lasted because people did not expect them to break after a few years.

My wife and I had to buy fridge yesterday because the one that we had broke after only 6 years. When I was growing up we had one fridge that lasted the 18 years I was at home plus some. The broken fridge was not due to government regulation but built in obsolescence, a business model that makes sure products are prone to breaking after a few years or are overpowered by new products.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 06/02/09 - 07:04 am
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GGAP, your comment about
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GGAP, your comment about producing 8,9,10 children has me wondering if you have the stones to make such a comment to minority families that quite often have many children. Go ahead, say that to them and get labeled a racist.

TechLover
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TechLover 06/02/09 - 07:40 am
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car: I don't seem to remember

car: I don't seem to remember you griping about every trip W took. Mr. Wireman:It's a fleet average. Some will get higher MPG, some less. The best selling cars in the US are the Accord, Civic, Camry, and Corolla so there seems to be no aversion to smaller cars. You can bet the foreign carmakers will meet the standards without difficulty. If the US automakers had made similar cars they wouldn't be in the shape they're in.

TechLover
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TechLover 06/02/09 - 07:49 am
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southern: Please add redneck

southern: Please add redneck peckerwood to your label. There was no mention of race until you chimed in. Those dang black and hispamic Mormons and all their kids.

55 F-100
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55 F-100 06/02/09 - 07:59 am
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Get in line to pick up the

Get in line to pick up the keys----I mean the toggle switch--- to your new Dahli-Bama-mobile with the 22" spreewells. If you get the mirror finish on your rims, you will be able to clearly see the reflection of your "O" tattoo-----now that is change you can believe in!

WW1949
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WW1949 06/02/09 - 08:04 am
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TechLover, Have as many kids

TechLover, Have as many kids as YOU CAN AFFORD. Just do not look to the tax payer to take care of them with food stmps, welfare etc. Cut all that out and I bet you will see shrinkage. The money I earn is mine and not theirs but some are trying to redistribute that. What a shame. Those fact finding trips(pleasure for the taker) use more fuel in one trip than I would use in 10 years or more. Cut them out also. But some would say they are needed to find out how to give our taxpayers money to Africa, Sir Lanks, Lebanon and all other countries

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 06/02/09 - 08:04 am
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It seems that Obama will run

It seems that Obama will run America as he sees fit with no oversight from any government agency. The Presidency of the United States is one of the most powerful leadership positions in the world, but the Constitution does provide for checks and balances. Those of you who think Obama is leading you down a yellow brick road, remember this: there is a big mud pit at the end of it, and when you are mired in the mud and have no choices as to how to get out of it, Obama will have no time for you then.So, when you pull up to the hardware store and need to purchase some building materials, and have to pay a fee to get it delivered,instead of being able to drive a nice full sized pickup truck to haul it home in, then you will think twice. Or when you are traveling dow the interstate on your roller skates with a gas pedal and the "commercial" delivery vehicles blow by like you are standing still, then you will remember that you once had a choice.When I was a teenager, my gandfather once told me:"Be careful,because the choices you make now, may live you the rest of your life."

HotFoot
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HotFoot 06/02/09 - 08:35 am
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55 F-100, do you always write

55 F-100, do you always write offensive comments? I mean, the racist innuendo just trips off your tongue.

TechLover
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TechLover 06/02/09 - 08:38 am
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WW:Sir Lanks? One of King

WW:Sir Lanks? One of King Arthur's knights? All your money is yours? Wow you must be loaded to only drive only on your own private roads, have your own personal police, firefighters and military.Strange you didn't mention Iraq in your list of countries.

jack234
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jack234 06/02/09 - 08:42 am
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What a wonderful job our new

What a wonderful job our new president is doing with the GW mess. He deserves a night out on the time. HELLO! HELLO!

JKeen
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JKeen 06/02/09 - 08:51 am
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I'm sorry but GM dug its own

I'm sorry but GM dug its own hole a long time before Obama became president. Large Corporations are just as slow moving as large governments and GM is one of the largest of them all. That and presidents just like normal people take vacations. Deal with it!

carcraft
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carcraft 06/02/09 - 08:52 am
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Techlover, are you older

Techlover, are you older thanm 31? Have you gotten your college dgree? have you attended graduate school? Good you can run GM like Deese...HA HA Yes the presdient can go on a date, but GGpap was decrying the "carbon foot print" of American fun mobiles etc, but it is OK for Obama to spend 90 K use two jets and two helcoptors, give me a break, the only thing worst than a limosine liberal is a Gulf stream environmentalist...

HotFoot
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HotFoot 06/02/09 - 08:56 am
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You Southern-Americans (I've

You Southern-Americans (I've decided your identity politics are deserving of a hyphen) are fond of talking about responsibility. You just don't want that to impinge on your freedom to rape the environment. I bet fewer than 20% of the people driving big pickups actually need them or use their capabilities. And don't get me started on all the little housewives driving monster SUVs while yapping on the cellphone (they're just SO important, doncha know). Your freedom to drive a gas guzzler ends where my lungs begin. So many of you are rabid Christians, you'd think you'd feel some responsibility to take care of your Creator's creation. Not so much.

carcraft
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carcraft 06/02/09 - 08:56 am
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Jkeen, that wasn't a

Jkeen, that wasn't a vacation, that was a one night date! deal with it!

LaTwon
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LaTwon 06/02/09 - 08:58 am
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in 2005 the highest volume of

in 2005 the highest volume of cars sold ever was 19,000,000.
gm had the largest share. they lost 10 billion dollars. thats unions for ya............

carcraft
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carcraft 06/02/09 - 08:58 am
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Hotfoot, when the little wife

Hotfoot, when the little wife in her SUV is hit by a truck she will survive, you on your carboad incrusted motorized hybide rollar sake will be road grease Ha Ha

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 06/02/09 - 09:01 am
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If all the people who

If all the people who claimed they supported the efforts to reduce their carbon foot print then the rest of us could still enjoy our muscle cars, 4 wheel drive SUV's and Trucks, Boats, and ATV's. The problem is that liberals do not practice what they preach. Liberals call for lower emission, but you see them enjoying all the available resources as the rest of us do. I can say that I do plant, and support wild life. We lease land where trees have been harvested, and plant food plots for game and non game species. Also, people that hunt and fish pay for licenses that goes to conservation of our natural resources. The liberals do nothing, to support our local wildlife, but complain about people like me.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 06/02/09 - 09:03 am
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Hotfoot what have you done

Hotfoot what have you done for conservation of our natural resources, except preach what you don't practice.

colcamp1
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colcamp1 06/02/09 - 09:20 am
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First they are coming for our

First they are coming for our guns, now you say they are coming for our cars? Can you say PROZAC?

Bizkit
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Bizkit 06/02/09 - 09:24 am
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The problem isn't that the

The problem isn't that the Prez can go blow money on personal relaxation and every Prez has. But this Prez is doing so during what has been portrayed as an economic catastrophe and a time when "everyone has to make sacrifices". Well apparently Obama thinks that applies to all but him. It is difficult to respect a boss or leader who won't do what he expects and asks of his employees to do for him. As far as global warming it is global so without a global effort it is a waste of time. The problem with many of the conservation efforts is that many produce more problems, pollution, and costs. Many recycle efforts consume more energy, produce more greenhouse gases, and produce other pollutants. But it looks good on paper. One active volcano can produce more greenhouse gases in a week that man-made in ten years. Remember too this, as yet, isn't China where you can have one child and forced abortions and sterilzations, but apparently many of you would support such actions.

colcamp1
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colcamp1 06/02/09 - 09:24 am
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Southern guy you continue to

Southern guy you continue to be an idiot. Have you ever heard of the Mormons or even Catholics? They have more children per family than any " Minority family". You continue to insert your B.S, about minority and then end with go ahead and call me a racist. Don't need to, you already have.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 06/02/09 - 09:26 am
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Colcamp you will be agreeing

Colcamp you will be agreeing with me soon enough, just give it 6 months to a year.

HotFoot
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HotFoot 06/02/09 - 09:27 am
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I drive a hybrid, Milton.

I drive a hybrid, Milton. When I bought it, the dealer made sure to tell me (even against his own economic interests) that it would be hard to trade in down the line because there's not much market for them down here.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 06/02/09 - 09:28 am
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The GM bankruptcy is the

The GM bankruptcy is the fourth largest in history. Funny I don't remember the Government taking a similar action with the larger bankruptcies. They too had to be too large to fail. What about our country -too big to fail?

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