Daylight Savings Time – polls show massive opposition to this time-switching twice a year, but Congress isn’t listening. Why do they do it? Nobody knows. The energy-saving excuse has been debunked. Most people in the polls don’t care which kind of time is used, they just don’t like changing their clocks and being out of sorts until their bodies adjust to the change.
Ethanol in gasoline – wrecks small engines and marine engines, and ruins gas mileage in cars, yet it is almost impossible to find gasoline without the dreaded additive. Oregon, to its eternal credit, has published a list of places you can find what they call “Clear Gasoline.” It’s the Oregon Marine Board’s doing. Be patient, it takes a while to load, then you have to click on the menu button, then click on the item named “More Views.” Up pops a list by counties.
Hybrid cars – in spite of massive disinterest, the government keeps pushing electric and hybrid cars on us. After years of propaganda, people still make fun of Toyota’s effort, calling it the “Pious.” Only 3.2 percent of all cars sold in February were hybrids, according to a story in Investors Business Daily, which says, “Gasoline prices are near $4 a gallon, but drivers are snubbing the Volt, Leaf and most other hybrid and all-electric vehicles.”
Remember the Metric System? We don’t either. Measurements in the European metric system just haven’t taken off in the U.S., despite DECADES of propaganda. Maybe it was the suggestion that Americans were out of touch, unsophisticated, ignorant rubes still using the outdated English system? And who uses it anyway? Some scientists.
Mandatory Medical Insurance, known as Health Care, as if Insurance = Health Care. Unless the Supremes toss it out, we’ll have that in a few years, to the tune of an extra TRILLION dollars or two in federal spending. The Court will hear “oral arguments on the constitutionality of the nation’s health-care overhaul” starting this March 26-28.