Electric Lemon would be a great name for a band particularly if they were as awful as the name implies.
An electric lemon is exactly what a St. Peterburg, FL teenager named Avery Siwinski got according to news reports out of that Pinellas County community. The teenager’s used electric car conked out on her after just six months, and she was told a replacement battery would cost more than the car did.
Avery’s parents paid $11,000 for a used 2014 Ford Focus EV with 60,000 miles on the odometer. According to the Tampa Bay area’s KVUE 10 News, Ms. Siwinski’s car began flashing warning symbols on the dashboard after just six months.
Ever since it broke down the car has been sitting at the Ford Auto Nation in Pinellas County, completely inoperable and useless. When the family managed to finally get a quote for a battery replacement, it came in at $14,000, three grand more than the car cost and that didn’t cover installation and labor costs.
Ford Auto Nation offered to take the car off her hands with a trade-in value of just $500. After some research, the family learned that there aren’t any better options.
“We found out the batteries aren’t even available,” said a family member. “So, it didn’t matter. They could cost twice as much, and we still couldn’t get it. If you’re buying a new one, you have to realize there is no second-hand market right now because the manufacturers are not supporting the cars.”
What about all your pals at the local pub who ask: “When are you going to buy a Tesla?” and then explain: “You realize they have some that cost less than $100,000 don’t you?”
Actually, I’ve never been asked that question, certainly not by the folks at the watering hole I frequent. I understand that if you can afford to buy a new one you get a $7,500 tax credit. Geez, a tax credit for the wealthy guy for buying a new Tesla. I thought the tax breaks were for the environment. What about the poor schmuck driving to his day laborer job in his used Chevy truck who is paying more than five bucks a gallon for gas?
A person will use four times more energy charging their electric car than the average household uses running its air conditioner. Maybe they should only drive them in the winter.
I don’t want to sound judgmental but…nah, just kidding, yes I do. I’m an opinion guy, I enjoy being judgmental, it’s what I do.
What’s up with all these celebrities and current and former government officials demanding we convert from electricity-generating fossil fuels to wind and solar energy who are touting these pricey electric cars? Are they earning commissions from Elon Musk?
Until John Kerry, Barak Obama, Al Gore, unemployed Prince Harry, and his vacuous actress wife, etc., with their multiple mansions, yachts, and private jets join us boarding an electric bus to get from Point A to Point B, they can all go pound sand.
Daniel Turner, the executive director of Power The Future, summed it up nicely when he said, “The problem with folks like John Kerry and the climate hypocrites who run the green movement is that they want to use the coercive power of government. They want to use it internationally with groups like the UN, etc. They want to use the power of government to deny the rest of us the ability to use those fossil fuels that they take for granted.”
“They refuse to voluntarily live how they want the rest of us to be forced to live,” Turner added. “It doesn’t just make them hypocrites, it makes them, quite frankly, a threat to the rights and freedoms of people around the world.”
When will Kerry, Obama, Gore, etc. voluntarily live the way they demand the rest of us to be compelled to live? Don’t hold your breath. California, a state run by environmental extremists, plans to move its energy grid toward 100 percent zero carbon electricity by 2045 and has passed a ban on fuel-powered vehicles that will go into effect in 2035. No wonder U-Hauls clog the roads leaving that state.
The Wall Street Journal says that two-thirds of the U.S. could suffer blackouts this summer due to shrinking power generation which has been replaced by unreliable renewable energy. Confused government employees and bewildered regulators can’t command the sun to shine or the wind to blow. The last time the world depended on solar and wind was the Middle Ages.
The U.S. is not close to chugging along on wind and solar power and won’t be for maybe 100 more years if that. How then are those folks going to charge their $60,000 plus EV’s and keep their ice cream from melting, particularly with anticipated rotating blackouts and when there’s no gas for their generators?
Here’s some advice for those thinking about buying an electric car? Don’t!
If The Biden Administration Says It’s A Good Idea You Know It Isn’t: Joe Biden’s Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is taking time away from ensuring that our highways are free from racial biases to lecture the American public on the need to buy those pricey electric clunkers.
Buttigieg, the winner of MAD Magazine’s Alfred E. Newman look-a-like contest, said: “The more pain we suffer from the high price of gas, the more benefit for those who can access electric vehicles.” This moron is just one example of the damage the crowd of misfits that Biden calls his staff is doing to the country.
Someone did research on the resumes of the top people in the Biden administration. It found that 65 of them have zero time working in private industry. They are academics, activists, or government bureaucrats. Like Biden they have no understanding of what is involved in meeting a payroll, keeping costs low, nor hiring based solely on skill and merit. In a nutshell they have no comprehension of private markets or basic economics, including supply and demand. They reside in an impenetrable ideological bubble, have no common sense, nor any ability to see the ramifications of their actions.
Biden exemplifies this group ineptitude. He has spent nearly half a century in Washington and has nothing to show for it. Aside from helping Obama send $1.7 billion to Iran; and making certain that his son would collect fifty or a hundred times more money from Ukraine and China for doing nothing than most people have probably earned in a lifetime; the man has accomplished zero in fifty years.
He takes credit for things he never did, lies about things he didn’t do, and blames others when things go wrong. A meme I saw recently reads: “After seeing what Biden has done in the last few months, I want to thank him for not doing anything in the previous 47 years.”
When people like Buttigieg are rated a contender for the Democrat nomination over a mentally fading Biden in 2024, it’s apparent how thin and inept the Democrat Party’s bench is.
Not Aging Well: Even many recent Democrat poll respondents are saying Joe Biden is too old (he’ll be 80 in November) to be renominated for President again. Where were these folks 18 months ago when he was shuffling, bumbling, and mumbling along the campaign trail when Bob Dylan was only 80?
It’s obvious from watching him shuffle on and off speaking venues, falling off a bike and up the stairs, and listening to him stammer while reading a teleprompter, that this frail doddering old timer’s time has come to exit the public stage.
He needs handlers to point him in the right direction when making public appearances, he shakes hands with invisible people, and can’t remember anybody’s name. He walks like the Tin Woodsman who needs several squirts of WD 40.
A headline in the July 19 Wall Street Journal nicely sums it up saying: “Has Biden Lost It? He Never Had It.”
The White house isn’t a nursing home. The problem is who replaces him? Vice President Kamala Harris isn’t old, she’s flat out inept and stupid, even more incompetent than an addled Biden.
Houston we have a problem.
Student Loan Forgiveness: Forgiving student loans isn’t eliminating them. It’s transferring payments for them to folks who didn’t ask for them, apply for them or benefit from them.
HUH? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently issued guidelines on how to avoid monkeypox while having sex. I promise I didn’t make this up, but one of the guidelines was: “Consider having sex with your clothes on.” That one alone is a reason to avoid any future advice from the CDC.
Is It Just Me? Or has Hollywood completely run out of ideas other than infinite variations of Spider-Man?
Things I Wish I’d Said: “Racist – a person who wins an argument with a liberal.” – Rush Limbaugh.
Journalism Done Well: Editor and Publisher George Miller and the new online publication, Citizens Journal Florida, did an excellent job of summarizing the Nassau County Commissioner Candidate Forum conducted by the “We The People” organization Monday, July 11, and the District 4 Republican Congressional primary forum July 20. Here they are:
The next We The People forum will be State House candidate forum on Monday, July 25th at Walker’s Landing. Contact Ms. Boelkes at Deb.Boelkes@bwrising.com or 904/310-9602.
The paper also did a top-notch investigative piece on a fund-raising issue involving the District 4 candidates. It can be viewed here: https://www.citizensjournal.net/furor-over-district-4-congressional-candidate-fundraising-scam-accusations/
This new publication is off to a roaring start, covering local issues and events ignored by the lazy bi-weekly print News Leader and the blind Fernandina Observer.