Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Yellow Dog UAW

by Daniel Short

Did anyone catch the full page ad in the A section of the Courier-Journal today? Right there on page A5 is a big waste of money that thanks Congressman Baron Hill from the ninth district of Indiana for supporting higher fuel mileage standards. Here is the kicker - it is endorsed and in part paid for by the UAW! Isn't this a little like a hen supporting Colonel Sanders? This ad states the legislation "will enhance our energy security, protect jobs in Indiana and preserve vehicle choice." HUH? It will precisely do none of the three. Energy security will be achieved by new technology. Until that technology is available, we need to utilize our own oil that is under our own ground. With the environmentalist wing lining the pockets of the Democrat party, any chance of bringing it up to relieve pressure from foreign markets is slim. Second, this legislation does not protect jobs anywhere. Someone please tell me how added restrictions and regulations helps to expand an economy? Indiana has a Navistar plant that produces not so efficient diesel engines for one of the Ford plants in Louisville where many Hoosiers work. I figure that more restrictions = higher costs = less produced = fewer jobs. Finally, the ad says the bill will preserve vehicle choice. If the legislation keeps it up at this pace, the only choice you will have will be between a Prius and a moped. The government once again feels that we cannot make decisions for ourselves. Why don't we just let the consumers and the market figure this one out?
Now it makes me wonder what Baron Hill has done for the UAW? Why else would they endorse this plan? Aren't the big three in Detroit in bad enough shape as it is?
Ah but I am reminded that the UAW would endorse even a yellow dog so long as he was a Democrat!