81 Blog Posts From the James Baxter Tag

Federal Gas Tax Expires On September 30th

By James Baxter, NMA President It won’t be long and the grandstanding will start up in earnest. Nothing focuses the political mind like the potential loss of hundreds of billions of dollars in tax revenue. Come the end of September, and with it the expiration of the 18.4 cent fuel tax, we will be thoroughly […]

Public Hearings: How Have Our Expectations Sunk So Low?

By James Baxter, NMA President I have long suffered the knowledge that most of what passes as public discussion on a range of political, social, cultural, and public policy issues is at best uninformed opinion and at worst deliberate and calculated lies. In between we have myths, unfounded assumptions, old wives tales, emotional rants, vague […]

Learning To Wear A Paper Bag

By James Baxter, NMA President Apparently, wearing a paper bag, or some other disguise, is the only way drivers and passengers will be able to maintain their anonymity, and a little privacy, as they cruise the roadways of America. At least that’s what is in store for us as “Real ID” reaches full bloom, and […]

Roadblock Proponents Go After Apple

By James Baxter, NMA President United States Senators Shumer, Lautenberg, Udall and Reid recently told Apple, INC. that they don’t like applications on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch that show the location of roadblocks—euphemistically referred to as “checkpoints.” They want Apple to shut down the roadblock apps because they allows motorists to avoid roadblocks […]

Pedal “Misapplication” — Again

By James Baxter, NMA President This past week, Ray LaHood, Secretary of the US Dept. of Transportation made a splash with his announcement that, fat floor mats aside, their investigation could find no fault with Toyota throttles and that it appeared the unintended acceleration of Toyota vehicles was caused by drivers stepping on the gas […]

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