Increasing Car Purchases in India to Affect the U.S. Economy? That’s Insane!

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U.S. President Barack Obama recently spoke of constructing a very good transit system. He was visiting Buffalo in upstate New York, a city that has been badly hit by the current economic crisis. Obama was worried about the fuel prices. Wondering if he was going to blame the Indians once again? Luckily, the President did not repeat his ‘Buffalo to Bangalore’ speech, but did say something else. He said that Indians and Chinese are increasingly buying new cars and this will be putting a lot of pressure on fossil fuel.

Obama favours public transportation and not individual cars for commutation. He feels mass transit system would be good for the environment. Oh, Mr. Obama, then is that why you asked for a hybrid limo for yourself? The U.S. President feels oil prices will go up and down. The prices may vary every year. But, he knows for sure that no matter what they do, oil prices are going to be going up over the long term. We too agree with the fact. Not just oil, prices of almost every other commodity is going to go high. But why blame Indians and the Chinese?

“You’re not always clear what’s going on, but the long-term trend is just because countries like China — they’re starting to buy cars and countries like India are starting to buy cars, and so the demand on petroleum and fossil fuels are going to be greater and greater — we’ve got to get a first-class transit system,” Obama said. Mr. Obama, we wish you good luck with the transit system.

“We don’t have one right now. We used to be at the top. Now you’ve got China — they’re building multiple high-speed rail lines all across the country, leaving us behind. But it’s not just transit. It’s our ports, our airports, our sewer systems, our water systems. We’re going to figure out how do we make those kinds of long-term investments, but do so in a way that doesn’t increase our deficit, and that’s going to be a challenge, but I think it’s going to be a priority,” said the US President.

Last year, he had announced end to years of tax incentives to those U.S. companies which create jobs overseas in places like Bangalore. He had said, “It’s a tax code that says you should pay lower taxes if you create a job in Bangalore, India, than if you create one in Buffalo, New York.” Now, these incentives go to companies that create jobs for those in the U.S. Now, it looks like something is seriously wrong. Obama also said that the economist must have juggled with the figure to declare that recession has ended; and the stock market might have bounced back.

As of now, the U.S. has 950 cars per 1000 people. In India, we just have 8 cars for every 1000 people. Yes of course, India is developing and we are buying more and more cars. But, don’t you think these small cars that we buy consume lesser fuel and pollute the environment lesser than the big monstrous gas guzzlers that use 80 per cent of the roads in the U.S. every day? Is it just the Americans that have owning cars as their birthright? Even ladies in the U.S. drive huge pick-up trucks and SUVs to work. Hatchbacks are seldom seen on roads. The Volkswagen Beetle may be the smallest car there.

USA still eats up 25 per cent of the electricity generated and is the largest consumer of paper products. The country promotes recycling, but loads of ships turn up to dump garbage on the landfills of developing countries and with radioactive waste at times. Please stop the blame game, Mr. Obama!

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Obama’s Wish for a Hybrid Limo Turned Down!

U.S. President Barack Obama's Presidential Limo, The Beast
We have all had our share of being turned down by someone and we know how it feels. But it will take a lot imagination to get even close to feeling what Barack Obama must have felt when his request for a hybrid limousine was turned down by a bunch of Secret Service agents. Shouldn’t he get what he wants? He is the President of the United States of America, for God’s sake.

All that the US President wanted was to go green by having hybrid power in his limousine, but the Secret Service agents denied it with a loud NO. Obama gets driven in a Cadillac, nicknamed “the beast” for being big and black. The Presidential Cadillac is reinforced with armour plating and an array of other protection gear, which makes it weigh over two times the normal weight of cars. A hybrid engine is not capable of handling all that added weight.

The Presidential limousine features bullet-proof windows, a stowable desk, a gas-proof chamber for defence against gas attacks and a range of state-of-the-art art communication and protection systems.

While we are talking about the car that ferries the US President, one question instantly pops in our head: what car does our Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, gets transported in? Well, many people (me being one of them) may assume that our PM must be chauffeured in one of those royal looking Ambassadors, but that is far from the truth. Manmohan Singh now is being chauffeured in a luxurious BMW 7 Series. The black coloured BMW uses a B7 level armour.

But that’s about the official vehicle of the Prime Minister of India. When it comes to amore personal level, Manmohan Singh sets high standards of modesty and simplicity. He has still kept his 1996 model Maruti 800 and flaunts it with an unmatched nonchalance.

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