So I get all rigged out to split logs for my winter’s wood. I had some old gas in my log splitter, which I drained. Mike down at Mike’s Mowers told me the California blend of gasoline can only be safely used in small engines after a few weeks of storage, then it goes bad. So I had fresh gas, but the engine wouldn’t start.
I’m not a mechanic, so I took it down to Mike’s. I told him I had fresh gas in it, but he said that didn’t matter. Even fresh fuel in California can foul a small engine, he said. When I asked him if it was the ethanol, he said it was.
So I wasted a day, and have a fouled engine in my log splitter, because of Donald Trump’s pandering to the ethanol lobby in Iowa.
I’ve held that against Trump ever since, and I got on the Cruz wagon because he had enough guts to tell the ethanol lobby to fly a kite. And he still beat Trump in Iowa.
Now Trump has decided we’re going to have more ethanol in our fuel. He made that pandering promise in Iowa, and he’s going to keep it. And the rest of America pays the price.
Say what you want about Trump, but he keeps his promises. Except on the national debt. He said he’d eliminate it in eight years. Instead, he’s adding a trillion to it every year. I’ve got a proposal for him on that topic, which I hope to have delivered to him after the midterms. It’s a different way to balance the budget.
It’s related to, and a derivation of, the BBA Task Force’s campaign for an Article V Balanced Budget Amendment. That campaign stalled at 28 of the needed 34 states.
I worked with the Task Force for five years, trying to sell the BBA. I kept running into the same three objections, to which I didn’t have a good answer.
What exactly is a BBA?
Why do we think Congress will comply with a BBA when they disregard the Constitution on a daily basis?
Couldn’t the BBA include a tax increase?
My proposal will quite nicely answer all three of these concerns.