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The California Department of Hypocrisy

Beverly Hills constituents are exempted from proposed fuel economy laws on luxury cars. You’re likely not.

by on Mar.09, 2009

More than 40% of U.S. vehicle sales are affected by the CARB regulation.

More than 40% of U.S. vehicle sales are affected by the proposed CARB regulation of greenhouse gases.

Hypocrisy in government is growing as fast as the budget deficit and unemployment lines. The proposal by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and 13 — mostly eastern –states, and the District of Columbia to establish their own fuel economy and greenhouse gas programs continues to be controversial for its fragmenting of Environmental Protection Agency fuel economy regulations.

The 2005 CARB proposal was ultimately rejected by the Bush Administration last year. It is currently under review by the EPA at the request of the Obama Administration, which was elected in part because of the support of environmental pressure groups. EPA must grant a waiver for the CARB proposal to proceed and another ruling is due by April. All told, these states comprise more than 40% of the vehicles sold in the U.S. It is not even clear that any environmental benefit will accrue from such individual state actions. And no credible cost-benefit analysis exists.

Critics maintain that the CARB proposal creates regulatory and marketplace chaos with its confusing, and different standards, which are then followed by other states to varying inconsistent degrees. Without a doubt it is an administrative nightmare.

Virtually all major auto automakers oppose the regulation and have previously undertaken legal actions to prevent it. Lawmakers are trying to get promises from Chrysler and General Motors to drop opposition to the CARB proposal as part of the loan guarantees that are pending.

Worse, is the exemption in California, and presumably the “me too” states of cars bought by the ultra-wealthy. This “let them eat cake attitude” dictates what you can buy in these states and forces smaller vehicles on the road, while luxury cars and limousines continue for those who can afford them.

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The Washington Department of Hypocrisy

Politicians continue to exempt themselves from their own regulations of taxpayers. Pelosi flies on a private jet to Italy.

by on Feb.24, 2009

Senator Kerry is shocked, shocked at business travel and entertainment expenses and wants to curtail them.

Senator Kerry is shocked at business travel and entertainment expenses and wants to curtail them.

Last week as General Motors and Chrysler were submitting their latest recovery proposals to the U.S. Treasurer Department, Congressional leaders who excoriated Detroit-based executives for their management abilities and business practices continued using your tax dollars to pay for non-commercial jets. It is a striking, but by no means only, example of Washington “ethics” at work. Congress in the midst of the global financial collapse continues to do what it wants and not what it says you or companies should do.

Consider Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Speaker of the House, who issued the following statement following a meeting at the Vatican with his Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI: “It is with great joy that my husband, Paul, and I met with his Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI today. In our conversation, I had the opportunity to praise the Church’s leadership in fighting poverty, hunger, and global warming, as well as the Holy Father’s dedication to religious freedom and his upcoming trip and message to Israel. I was proud to show his Holiness a photograph of my family’s Papal visit in the 1950s, as well as a recent picture of our children and grandchildren.”

So Pelosi was in Rome as Detroit and the economy were burning. And how did Pelosi get to Rome? Why aboard an Air Force jet.

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