Quote of the Day: On a Great Danger Approaching

Friday, May 09, 2008 | 03:00 PM

Today's quote is from a clever commenter in our W/H discussion last week:

"With the enemy's approach to Moscow, the Moscovites' view of their situation did not grow more serious but on the contrary became even more frivolous, as always happens with people who see a great danger approaching.

At the approach of danger there are always two voices that speak with equal power in the human soul: one very reasonably tells a man to consider the nature of the danger and the means of escaping it; the other, still more reasonably, says that it is too depressing and painful to think of the danger, since it is not in man's power to foresee everything and avert the general course of events, and it is therefore better to disregard what is painful till it comes, and to think about what is pleasant."


--Leo Tolstoy, "War and Peace"

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I assume this is your point on the approaching danger ...

During the last great gasoline price run-up around 1979 or '80, I remember expert forecasts of the day predicting $5/gal gasoline by the turn of the century. "Prepare yourselves!!"

As painful as $1.50/gal was at the time, the year 2000 and $5/gal seemed like an eternity away.

I saw an old farm magazine several years ago. Implement and Tractor from the late 30s? An article was trying to convince farmers to finally give up the horse/mule and purchase a tractor. Apparently, the biggest worry holding the last of the horse drawn set back was that oil would eventually run dry and their new machinery would be worthless. Based on proven US reserves, the I&T writer guaranteed steady fuel supplies through 1955 ... at least.

Rather than a federal fuel tax holiday, McCain/Clinton should bring back the Texas Railroad Commission to regulate crude as it once did. $0.30/gal gasoline again? Maybe they can also do away with "self-serve" pumps. Bring back the ol' guy dressed in gray twill with the red rag hanging out of his back pocket? "Can I check your oil and wash your windshield, sir?"

Posted by: engineer al | May 9, 2008 3:33:08 PM

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