How Can I Afford …

First, the average electric car cost more than twice what I paid my VW and just barely has the range to handle reliably my typical commute a work site—assuming I run the air conditioning in the summer or considering the effect of cold temperature on battery capacity in the winter.

But even if I can handle the initial capital outlay, will there be a reliable source of affordable electricity available from my public utility? Or will still have to buy gasoline or diesel fuel to run a generator to charge the EV?

A Bit of ECON 101

It’s beginning to look as if the economy shrank again in 2Q 2022. That would be a second quarter of negative economic growth which meets the formal definition of a recession

Informally, it’s generally agreed that a recession is when you neighbor loses his job, a depression is when you lose yours, and a recovery is when a whole lot of politicians (mostly Democrats) lose theirs.

T minus 135 days.

Joe Biden Frustrated?

Politico would have us believe so. They’ve got a post up that leads with this:

President Joe Biden and his aides have grown increasingly frustrated by their inability to turn the tide against a cascade of challenges threatening to overwhelm the administration.

From the tone of their post you get the impression they think that’s a bad thing.

The Frustration of Fauxcahontas

Fauxcahontas is ranting about the results of today’s abortion vote in the Senate. The bill went down 49-51. (But of course, wrong votes aren’t supposed to count in “Our Democracy.”}

Umm, that wasn’t the work of a minority. The larger group of votes were nays.

Also, Cocaine Mitch didn’t bother with a filibuster against a losing bill. Indeed, it was in the Republican’s interest to allow most of the Democrats to vote in favor of killing babies.

Overreach. Desperation. Panic. It’s going to be an interesting campaign season.

Whoda Thunk It?

I would not be surprised to learn that Peppermint Psaki doesn’t know who Larry Summers is or how he warned about inflation last year.

A Modest Proposal

The idea of forgiving student loan debt keep resurfacing. I’m sure some folks think it’s a good idea, but is it fair? What about those of us who paid our tuition as we went along? Shouldn’t that be refunded to keep things fair?

Let’s see … I graduated from Vanderbilt in May, 1970, having spent $9600 on tuition. The legal rate of interest in Tennessee is 10 %, so [punches calculator buttons] I’d be due $1,364,000.

Seems fair to me.

Quote of the Day

It would be a very good thing for all involved—the country, an independent judiciary, and the Left itself—if liberals take a page from David von Drehle and their own judges of the New Deal era, kick their addiction to constitutional litigation, and return to their New Deal roots of trying to win elections rather than lawsuits.

—Neal Gorsuch

Is Reality Intruding On The Narrative?

The WSJ reports that the Xiden administration will resume oil and gas leasing on federal land. The administration’s moratorium on leasing was shot down by a federal judge, and pressure to resume leasing has been increasing since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. However, the administration is trying to minimize the new leases.

The Interior Department said it would make roughly 144,000 acres available for oil and gas drilling through a series of lease sales, an 80% reduction from the footprint of land that had been under evaluation for leasing.

Companies will also be required to pay royalties of 18.75% of the value of what they extract, up from 12.5%.

On the morning of 20 January, 2021, the United States was a net exporter of energy products. That changed within a few day. These leases will help turn things around, but they’re only a start in the right direction.

Better, But Still Not Good

The new Maryland congressional district gerrymander is better than the previous map, but it still isn’t very good.I live in Westminster, only about 13 miles from the Mason-Dixon line border with Pennsylvania. The old map had me living in District 8 which extended from the DC border. The new map makes District 8 a compact blob in the DC suburbs. I’m now in District 2, which extends into the Baltimore suburbs. It’s a predominantly Democrat district, but not an impossible win for the right Republican. District 6 is now competitive. District 1 remains a Republican stronghold. The rest are Democrat safe seats.

At least I’ll no longer be stuck with Jamie Raskin as my congresscritter.

Scorched Earth

As the Democrats have been failing in most of their overreach for the last year-and-a-half and as the effects of the Xiden Administration’s incompetence compound, it’s becoming more likely that the Republicans will take control of at least one of the houses of Congress in the next election. If that happens, I don’t expect the Democrats to take their L and leave quietly. In that case, the last two months of 2022 will be very, very ugly.

Quote of the Day

No government has the right to decide on the truth of scientific principles, nor to prescribe in any way the character of the questions investigated. Neither may a government determine the aesthetic value of artistic creations, nor limit the forms of literacy or artistic expression. Nor should it pronounce on the validity of economic, historic, religious, or philosophical doctrines. Instead it has a duty to its citizens to maintain the freedom, to let those citizens contribute to the further adventure and the development of the human race.

—Richard Feynman

A Return to Normalcy

That was Harding’s successful campaign slogan in 1920. He was running in a country turned upside-down by the Wilson’s wartime proto-Fascist government. Wilson, who was no friend of the Constitution, had stuck the government’s nose into too many corners of American life, and the people pushed back against his overreach.

I’ve been writing about the overreach the Democrats have been engaging in since the 2020 election. They’ve sought to impose abnormality on the public, and the public is starting to push back. And the trigger seems to have been what is happening to kids while they are in school.

Forced cosmetic masking and coverups of crimes against students were issues that swayed the election in Virginia last year. Racist propaganda in the form of so-called Critical Race Theory, inappropriate sexual topics in kindergarten, and hidden efforts to promote and enable “gender” transitions have sent parent lobbying at state legislatures this year.

For the most part, it seems their pushback is winning. Several states have outlawed teaching racism. This week, Florida passed a ban on inappropriate class related to sexuality.

Of course, the media and the Democrats (BIRM) are howling, and it looks as if many of them are willing to go into this November’s elections without letting go of their overreach.

Meanwhile, the public is beginning to notice that inflation is at its highest in over 40 years, that the world is tending toward WW3, and that they can’t afford to buy $55k EVs. Things are about to get uglier.

Stay tuned.