Straw man

March 14th, 2002 § Comments off

The United States Senate just voted to let the Bush administration choose mileage standards for automobiles. Talk about letting the fox guard the henhouse.

Here’s an example of the fine reasoning that led to the passage of this bill:

“This is still America,” said Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.), who illustrated his point with a photograph of a bright purple European-made minicar. “We should be able to make our choices. We shouldn’t have the federal government saying you’re going to drive the purple people eater here.”

My goodness, Senator Lott is witty! And he is certainly devoted to my freedom to pollute!

If you’re interested, you can read more of the floor debate in the Congressional Record (click on “Page: S1825″).

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