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Author Topic: Blasts from the 2012 to 2013 past when there was more HOPE 🌟  (Read 677 times)

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Agelbert NOTE: Eddie did follow through with his plan to buy an EV (I still can't afford one  :() and now drives a Volt ⚡.

That said, he was totally wrong about Tesla, which is now making more excellent EVs than ever.  

I fully support development of electric cars and feel that eventually they will be commonplace, if not the primary means of transport. But right now, we have a situation where the owners of such vehicles get a number of tax breaks that are of debatable value to the country as a whole. We're talking about fairly affluent people here (ones who can afford a 100K+ car).

They get a $7500 tax credit (equivalent to more than a 20K tax deduction for those in a high marginal rate tax bracket). They also get to NOT pay the fuel tax we pay at the pump for gas (in most places about 50 cents a gallon). At the same time they are driving a car that very well might gets its energy indirectly from a coal-fired power plant. ( Last I checked, I think 60% of our electricity comes from coal.)

I think Tesla will likely not make it as a going concern due not to anything having to do with their cars, but simply because they are unaffordable to most Americans. I know they say they're doing okay right now. Let's see where they are in five years.They were always a niche market rich man's car.

(Unless the government gives them more money. They already have been the recipient of 465 million in government loans, which to their credit, they are paying back early at the moment.)

I intend to buy an electric car in the next two years myself, but not a Tesla. Most likely I'll go with the plug-in Prius or even a Volt(if those are still in production). I drive too many long commutes to depend on a completely electric car unless battery breakthroughs change the game. I had a regular Prius, which I gave to my daughter. I liked that one.

I intend to buy an electric car in the next two years myself, but not a Tesla. Most likely I'll go with the plug-in Prius or even a Volt(if those are still in production).

This is my plan as well. As to the rebates for EV purchases, when compared to the massive hidden subsidy to big oil that ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) type cars are getting along with Government bailouts whenever they get squeezed, it is small potatoes. Considering what is coming out of ICE car tailpipes, we are being robbed by these supposedly "cheap" cars (see the interview with Robert F. Kennedy Jr.).

Now here's some food for thought about what it means to be a productive (i.e. fullfilled AND happy) human being.

Virtues Of The 21 Hour Work Week‏

British economist John Maynard Keynes wrote an essay in 1913 in which he predicted that by this time, we'd work an average of about 15 hours a week and we'd be 4 to 5 times richer.
That famously did not happen (See my post on "what happened to the $14.75?").

We are working more, earning less, and the whole culture is greedier, more exhausted, and much more damaging to the environment.

Meet some people who say that 21 hours is the ideal work week, that can reintroduce balance, sanity, health, ecological benefits, employment for all, and yes even increased prosperity into the equation.

About Time - 21 hours

Somehow, my favorite all-time economist, Scott Nearing, was able to run his subsistence farm with everyone involved working four hours a day. And he was so healthy he had to stop eating to be able to die when he was 100 years old and ready to depart this mortal coil.

He always said you have to be vegetarian to do that, because it takes too much work to raise animals. Maybe he was right.

Me, I will work for bacon.

Eddie, this one's for you.

Where's the Scallops??   :D

That is just beautiful. Who says Americans have no high culture?

Are there teeny tiny filet mignon inside those bacon rolls? And how do they do that without toothpicks?    ;D
Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. Pr. 13:12


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