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President Obama stands in front of a Chevrolet Volt and a prototype Ford Focus Electric
Replacing some of the federal fleet with electric vehicles will reduce government fuel consumption by 7.7 million gallons

The Obama administration announced yesterday that it has instructed federal agencies to buy smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles in an effort to meet national energy and environmental goals.

U.S. Present Barack Obama is ordering government agencies to buy cars like the Ford Fiesta, Chevy Cruze and Chevy Volt instead of full-sized cars like the Ford Taurus or Chevy Impala. These instructions are aimed to reduce U.S. oil imports by one-third by 2025 from 2008's import levels, and to place 1 million plug-in electric vehicles on the roads by 2015.

The U.S. government plans to buy 116 plug-in electric vehicles as part of its fleet efficiency effort. Of the 116 plug-in's, 101 will be Chevy Volts, which will be made in Detroit, while the other 15 will be battery electric Nissan Leafs and Think City electric models. These environmentally friendly models will join the government's 600,000-vehicle fleet.

There are exceptions to the rule, though. Obama noted in a memo that federal agencies are not to buy full-size sedans unless absolutely necessary, and said that government employees can continue using full-sized SUV's that can run on alternative fuels like E85. But those using larger vehicles six months from now will have to post that they do so on their websites. 

In addition, Obama suggested that optional equipment should be limited unless it is vital to agency missions. Exceptions will be made for vehicles used for military tactical operations, emergency response and law enforcement. 

The new electric vehicle pilot program will equip 20 government agencies in five cities with these vehicles. All branches of the U.S. military as well as the Energy Department and Veterans Administration will take part in the program, and the five chosen cities will be Detroit, Washington D.C., San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco. In addition, 100 charging stations will be placed at federal buildings in Michigan, California and Washington D.C.

The government hopes to encourage U.S. citizens to adopt environmentally friendly vehicles by leading by example. According to government estimates, replacing some of the government fleet with these electric vehicles will reduce government fuel consumption by 7.7 million gallons, which equates to 385,000 barrels of oil. Obama hopes to have most government vehicles purchased in 2015 be environmentally friendly vehicles.

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RE: "leading by example"
By JediJeb on 5/26/2011 1:27:36 PM , Rating: 3
Everyone thinks that having the top 1% of the richest people paying 65% of all the taxes if fair. But since that is fair, would it also be fair that those same top 1% of people in the country have 65% of the say in what happens in the government?

Most would say no, this is a democracy so every citizen should have an equal say in governing the country. Yet it is expected that the most wealthy should be paying for the needs of poorest citizens. I think it would be completely fair to ask every citizen to pay the exact same percentage in income taxes. If you make a dollar and the tax rate is 22% then you owe $0.22 in taxes, if you make a million dollars then you owe $220,000 in taxes. The rich are still paying the most taxes yet everyone is being asked to pay an equal share of their income. To be honest even welfare payments should be taxed at the same rate, because people who are receiving the assistance paid for by other people should know how it feels to be paying taxes so they better appreciate how the system works.

I myself make about $42k per year, and when I look at my check I pay nearly 33% in taxes when you figure in federal, state, county, city, social security, and whatever other taxes they can find to take out of my check. Why should it be that the less money you make, the more of it you keep? I don't even ask for raises anymore because every time I get one I only see about another $3-$10 more on my paycheck, everything else goes to taxes because I keep jumping up a bracket. This is the same problem they are having in places like Sweden or Switzerland(I cant remember which one now) where they pay no taxes until they hit the $60k per year mark, then they start paying a large tax percentage. There many people refuse raises once they get close to that limit so they can continue to keep their money and receive the free government handouts. This only stresses the financial burden of the government even more as fewer and fewer people are asked to pay more and more to support a growing population who remain in the lower income range.

Fairness is asking every single person to contribute the same percentage. If a person wants to improve their position financially then they need to work harder and look for opportunities to advance to the level which makes them feel comfortable. If I think I need more money, then I will take a second job or look for a better one, not ask others to pay my way in life.

RE: "leading by example"
By YashBudini on 5/26/2011 10:15:59 PM , Rating: 1
would it also be fair that those same top 1% of people in the country have 65% of the say in what happens in the government?

Your country protects you and your stuff. There's a cost associated with that. And maybe they do through contributions and lobbyists.

Why should it be that the less money you make, the more of it you keep?

Well the standard deduction is a flat amount. Basic living expenses also don't vary nearly as much as salaries do. Paris Hilton doesn't count.

People at the bottom strain to pay for food and shelter. The millionaire is p!$$ed he pays more, but honestly the only physical hardship is what?

There many people refuse raises once they get close to that limit so they can continue to keep their money and receive the free government handouts.

Biting off one's nost to spite their face is an old story. Once I suggested to a friend who insisted they hated taxes that they really want to pay more taxes. They thought I was crazy. I said they want to pay half a million a year in taxes, they asked "why would I want that?" Because you get to keep a lot more. See any movie stars turning down roles because of tax brackets? If you despise taxes that much then don't work at all, and live on what little you get. If that's a win for those people they were beyond redemption in the first place. Such trash comes in many colors, though whites hate to admit that the most.

"Nowadays you can buy a CPU cheaper than the CPU fan." -- Unnamed AMD executive

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