November 29, 2015

A GLORIOUS ANNIVERSARY: 20 HAPPY YEARS OF FREEDOM ON THE ROADS:

On November 29, 1995, President Clinton grudgingly signed a highway bill repealing the much-hated National Maximum Speed Limit. In 1973, President Nixon signed the NMSL into law in an effort to force people to save gas. This law allowed the federal government to withhold federal highway money from states that didn’t drop their speed limit to 55 mph. Real-world fuel savings were negligible. Safety activists proclaimed that it saved a lot of lives, and would bring out charts showing that the highway fatality rate had dropped since the law was enacted. The starting point for said charts was when the law was enacted, and sure enough, the fatality rate decreased in the years after. Had they shown a chart going back decades, you would have seen that the fatality rate had been declining since the late 1940s.

Since she’s simultaneously running on nostalgia for the post-Cold War pre-GWOT go-go happy fun time 1990s and yet against so many of President Clinton’s policies, do we know what Hillary thinks about her husband signing this into law?

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