It’s the job of historians with considerable help from ongoing coverage from long-standing and estimable ‘Fake News’ organizations [see Fake news : NPR ] to accurately weigh and further assess events years after they occurred. That’s when more documents, memoirs, perspectives and special and self-interested pleadings or court pleadings and decisions are available.
This renewed compilation is more than likely with the inevitable 2017-2018 re-examinations of occasions, plea deals from indicted and thus far two convicted Trumpsters and traitors working for foreign powers. These – mostly faux Republicans from the party of President Lincoln, Secretary of State Seward and President Teddy Roosevelt, giants of statesmanship all – already favor self-interest, self-aggrandizement, boldfaced lies, taxpayer welfare for the wealthy and venal politics – including endorsing child molesters – over the U.S. Constitution and the geniuses behind it – a bountiful bequest from the educated and wealthy Founding Fathers. [Trump’s Stealing from the Poor to Give to the Rich or Protect the American Worker Trump – Says NLA]
Russia intervention in U.S. elections and affairs will be prominent in our subsequent course of human events. We’ll wager this will force reexamination of how we adhere to the constitutional prelude “We the People” and what we do to individuals who disdain the People and the Common Welfare – collective nouns – and the constitutional law of the United States.
However, journalists staring down a blank screen, an opaque prelude to ongoing 2018 deadlines, do not have the option to Tweet and constantly Run away from the responsibilities of their job.
So here comes AutoInformed on significant automotive related stories of the 2017 year and predicted future implications, with our wry awareness, as always, that columnists conduct their education – sometimes demonstrably not perfectly informed – in public.
- Technology, no surprise, (with more technology issues farther down) dominates the ongoing Dieselgate scandal at Volkswagen Group with its larger implications. It is now clear that a cartel of German automakers deliberately violated U.S. and EU emissions regulations to sell dirty, law-breaking diesel technology under the guise of “clean.”
All automakers are trying to achieve global economies of scale as regulatory costs for plug-in hybrids, electrification rise and diesels are phased out.
Nothing is dirtier than a group of self-interested business people who – in this case with billions of Deutschmarks behind them, capture the home country regulators of their industry with their sheer economic clout, making public policy people lapdogs that do their bidding. [Merry Christmas – Daimler Boasts of Trump Tax Gifts for Rich , and the Germans aren’t alone here – Hyundai, Kia Fined Record Amount for Fuel Economy Cheating]