Apparently, we can save more oil by properly inflating tires than we can pump out of ANWR. That silly Barack. What is he thinking?
Additionally, has anyone asked McCain, in between making mocking references about tire gauges, how he voted on the TRANSPORTATION RECALL ENHANCEMENT, ACCOUNTABILITY, AND DOCUMENTATION (TREAD) ACT (.pdf), in which the following is established:
SEC. 13. TIRE PRESSURE WARNING. Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Transportation shall complete a rulemaking for a regulation to require a warning system in new motor vehicles to indicate to the operator when a tire is significantly under inflated. Such requirement shall become effective not later than 2 years after the date of the completion of such rulemaking.
I mean, after all, here he is fighting former Senator Hollings to get the bill passed:
Mr. McCAIN. Let me just say that I will be here on the floor. If the two Senators who object from the other side of the aisle would like to come down, I would be glad to discuss their concerns. I would be glad to commit to holding hearings, along with Senator HOLLINGS, next year to try to perfect this bill.
I know my friend from South Carolina has serious concerns about the safe harbor aspect of this bill. I intend to work with him to tighten it up. I much would have preferred the bill pass through the Senate, let me tell you.
We inaugurated a little phrase called “straight talk” back when I was seeking another office. I will tell you, in straight talk, what this is all about. This is the trial lawyers against the automotive interests. Trial lawyers do not want it because they do not like the provisions. They want to be able to sue anybody for anything under any circumstances. And the automotive industry wants this thing killed, figuring that the publicity surrounding these accidents and these tragedies that are taking place will die out and they will be able to kill off this legislation next year.
Certainly in his grandstanding about trial lawyers and the Firestone tragedies, he had to know about the value of properly inflated tires that was reflected in this bill he worked so hard to pass. If I we pretend this is about charges of racism, will journalists like Jake Tapper pay attention?
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Apologies to Tapper, who actually has paid attention to it. Not that anyone else will.