The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works — whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified."
– President Barack Obama, Inauguration, 1/20/09
Er, no, it doesn’t…and it is because it is too big AND TOO ARROGANT! Heck, just within a single department, the right hand doesn’t know that there is a left hand! From PlanetGore (emphasis mine):
You can’t make this stuff up.
Follow us here. By the same date — 2015 — that the new 35.5 mpg EPA mandate is due to go into effect, oil companies are also mandated by Congress to double the amount of corn ethanol use (from 2007 levels) to 15 billion gallons. The current mandate of a 10 percent ethanol mix in fuel won’t get us there, so the powerful corn lobby is demanding EPA increase the mandate to a 15 percent ethanol mix.
Trouble is, a gallon of ethanol is 30 percent less efficient than a gallon of gas meaning that the more ethanol you mix in, the worse your gas mileage. Department of Energy studies show steadily decreasing fuel economy as ethanol blends rise from so-called E10 (fuel composed of 10 percent ethanol and 90 percent gas) up through E15 and E20 — with E20 suffering a 7.7 percent fuel efficiency loss.
Yet DOE’s green-zealot-in-chief Steven Chu still favors an increased mix of ethanol. So while automakers are sweating under the federal gun to make increasingly fuel-efficient engines, the government is mandating they do it with less-efficient fuel.
We’re still not making this up.
An arbitrary set of conditions to set up (formerly) private companies to FAIL – courtesy of the Obama Government that believes it is working (just as 20% of "us" are not).
The Progressives, whose religion IS Government, will just not get the fact that this kind of stupidness just drives them crazy. The EPA has arbitrarily jacked up the CAFE standards by 40% over 6 years and added in CO2 "pollution" requirements that will jack up the cost of small cars (you know, the kind that THEY are designing for us to buy by creating these administrative regulations) by $1,100 and the trucks and larger cars that WE want to buy by about $5K.
All because THEY believe THEY know best what is good for us.
Progressivism = incremental socialism