Ballad of the sad CAFE

In yesterday’s subscribers only Wall Street Journal column “CAFE break,” Holman Jenkins reflected on the history of the government’s mileage standards and observed:

There’s a lesson in civics here. There are no votes in good policy per se. There are only countervailing pressures from motivated groups whose interests are a serviceable proxy for the real cost of policy excursions that politicians peddle to voters as a free lunch.

Jenkins notes the action in Congress and the states suggesting that worse is coming, and soon.
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