|US Route 93 in Arizona|
Last winter Mrs. Marathon Pundit and I flew to Las Vegas. After a couple of days there we rented a car and drove to the Grand Canyon--and back again.
Pictured on the right is a photograph I took--yes, Mrs. Marathon Pundit was driving--of US Route 93 at sunset in Arizona. We were just two miles away from Lake Mead and Nevada.
In the liberal version of America--trains will be our primary form of long distance transportation. Unlike cars, however, trains don't go everywhere. Heck, even buses can be chartered. And the Obama trains aren't really high-speed rail trains.
Oh do the libs love trains. When my driver's licence renewal form arrived in the mail a few weeks ago--Illinois' secretary of state is a Democrat--it included a schedule for that money-losing government boondoggle, Amtrak.
It's a liberating feeling to know that should I decide to, I can hop into my car, turn the ignition, and in several hours I will be on Michigan's Upper Peninsula--or in the hills of Kentucky. But if President Obama's Energy Secretary Steven Chu--who doesn't own a car--achieves his onetime publicly stated goal of forcing Americans to pay European-level prices for gasoline, that liberating feeling could be extinguished
Europeans pay more than double what we pay for gas.
Of course "freedom to drive everywhere" isn't part of the Bill of Rights. But that freedom is certainly part of the American psyche.
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- Grand Canyon plants in winter
- Grand Canyon in Winter: Junipers and agave in the snow
- Elk and I at the Grand Canyon in the snow
- Video: Two elk in the snow at the Grand Canyon visitors center
- Video: Mule deer running in the snow at Grand Canyon National Park
- Mule deer in Grand Canyon National Park in winter
- Grand Canyon day for Marathon Pundit
- Obama stimulus sign blemishes Grand Canyon National Park
- Grand Canyon east entrance Obama stimulus sign