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Historical happenings

3/17/1868 ~ The first postage stamp canceling machine patent is issued.

3/17/1930 ~ Mob boss Al Capone is released from jail.

3/17/1962 ~ The Soviet Union asks the United States to pull out of South Vietnam.

Historical happenings

3/16/1913 ~ The 15,000-ton battleship Pennsylvania is launched at Newport News, VA.

3/16/1926 ~ Physicist Robert H. Goddard launches the first liquid-fuel rocket.

3/16/1964 ~ President Lyndon B. Johnson submits a $1 billion war-on-poverty program to Congress.


Because change admits we’re wrong…

… and the Eco-Nazi Left never admits that.

Rep. Peter Welch admits government’s ‘well-intentioned flop’ on ethanol

Vermont Democratic Congressman Peter Welch has been an advocate of doing away with ethanol subsidies for a while. As the program’s serious failures mount, Welch is gaining some allies, and there is actually a possibility that the subsidies will be phased out. Here’s what he recently had to say on the subject:

We’ve now had more than a decade of experience with [ethanol subsidies], and it had the best of intentions. But it has turned out to be a well-intended flop.

It actually doesn’t cut down on greenhouse gas emissions, it expands them. It’s had a significant impact on overplanting in fragile areas of the corn belt. It has had significant impacts on small engines. And it’s also had a significant impact on feed prices … and there is a lot of evidence it has increased the cost of food. (Source: Red State)

What a refreshing admission from a politician. Our meddling actually made matters worse in pretty much every respect, and we should just stop.

Now, if only Welch and his colleagues would come to similar revelations regarding their actions in, say, healthcare reform, where government intervention (very well intentioned) has led to higher insurance costs, longer wait times to access care and an opioid crisis. Or in regard to their “help” with access to higher education, which has caused the price of a college degree to explode while the value of those degrees, in many cases, has declined. Or government’s approach to welfare, which has destroyed the black family in America and is now corroding other demographic groups.

The list is almost endless. But ethanol policy is a start.

Rob Roper is president of the Ethan Allen Institute.

Getting any change in this policy will require a massive movement in the electorate. The farm lobby will raise money, donate to non farm candidates to insure votes outside the farm belt keeping ethanol in the gas tanks of American cars. It has nothing to do with cleaner air, better fuel economy or less damage to machinery. It has only to do with money in someone’s pocket.

Look for Archer Daniels Midland to lead and other members of the consortia to follow such as Union Pacific RR ( Big AG) and Monsanto. Then we shall find out who in the MSM own large blocks of Big AG and blow off the downside of ethanol.


Day by Day



It is that ‘time’ again whereby we take an hour from the morning and added it to the evening and pretend the day is longer.

This bit of silliness takes place at 0200 hours on Sunday morning when sensible people are sleeping, those hankering for last call get cheated because smart barkeeps change the clocks BEFORE they close so there will be fewer bleary-eyed Brylcreamed ‘gents’ suffering in the back of the church while the Pastor drones on about the evils of John Barlycorn and that horrible practice of dancing which is nothing more than fornicatin’ standing up. Prolly some attempted to indulge in both.

That’s Sunday morning. Everyone gets to suffer on Monday when the alarm goes off on that lost hour.

Blame your Congresscritter.


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