Letter to Popular Mechanics

Popular Mechanics had a short article about treasures that are yet to be found.

Dear Editor,

In Great Unknowns (March Pop. Mech.) you mention the absence of the discovery of “an honest politician.” The answer lies two articles back, in the one about One Eight Distillery, named after Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution. You state that Section Eight gives congress the power to establish a capital. But it also enumerates all other powers of congress. Amendment Ten limits Congress to those delegated powers.

Every politician who has sworn to uphold and defend that document has violated that pledge by expanding the role of congress except one. That makes Ron Paul a very valuable treasure, yet undiscovered by most people who believe the Constitution is merely a suggestion.



Fritz Groszkruger


Letter from and to my sister, who sold her Jetta back to VW.

I didn’t hear that they will be crushing the buyback cars. Is that true? I figured they would do the “fix” on them and resell them. I’m sorry, but I still feel I did the right thing. How could I pass us getting over $20,000 for a 5-6 yr. old car and buying one I like better. I thought I loved my Jetta, but I love my Prius more. I get the same mileage. It rides much more comfortably. It holds the road just as well. I do however very much miss the pick up ability of the turbo engine. I miss the heated seats but the Prius heats up faster so it’s 50/50 there. I do prefer the steering wheel cover and leatherette seats of the VW. But I have more and more versatile cargo space in my Prius (but I didn’t have the wagon so…). Both are the same red, so I like the color of both.

So there you have it, whatever that is…. 🙂


No need to defend your choice. I do like the more uprightness of the V. And I’ll never own anything but a wagon. Actually, I doubt we’ll have to buy another car before we die.

Roadholding means something different to me, I suppose. If you were to try to avoid a muffler laying in the road, do you really think the V would go where you point it as well as the Jetta?
On the crushing, from what I hear, which isn’t much, the ones with DEF could be fixed with a computer change of some sort. The ones like yours would require adding DEF (diesel exhaust fluid) that is injected into the exhaust to magically reduce particulates. Our wagon doesn’t have independent rear suspension so it can accommodate the 4 gallon DEF tank. Extensive bodywork would have to be done to retrofit the tank and plumbing ect to a car like your Jetta. Probably thousands of dollars, thus the thought they may be crushed. There are big parking lots all over the country full of these cars waiting.
When you hear “up to 40 times the allowable limit” on VW’s NOx emissions you have to put that in perspective. Idling, full acceleration, decelerating are all circumstances of extreme and momentary conditions that cause variable emissions. The language is used by extremist nut-cases who envy people who are more skilled or productive than themselves and want the government to make things fair, in their minds.
The NAZIs did the same thing to the Jews in their quest for power. Jews were prosperous, as a group and portrayed as exploiters. An easy target for a people hamstrung by the conditions imposed by the surrender of Germany following WWI (no exports were allowed and they were expected to pay reparations and rebuild and form a productive economy from the ashes of the war.
Here, today, the unions and corporate alliance of U.S. industry and government  saw VW as a threat. It was just in the Hindustan Times (not here of course) that VW passed Toyota as the largest car maker in the world last year in spite of the Dieselgate scandal.

800 Miles on a Tank

We just took a road trip to South Dakota to fetch an old VW Jetta. It’s really not something we need but who needs a ski boat or a tuba either? It’s a collector car. The 2003 Jetta TDI is a unique car and as our mail lady says, “It’s a diesel!”

My interest in Volkswagens began in high school. There were two directions from which to choose. U.S. made muscle cars were in their heyday in the sixties. But some of my mom’s post depression era frugalness rubbed off on me. I wasn’t going to be pouring a bunch of 25-cent gas through a vehicle if I could help it. I could build surfboards with the cash I saved. Besides, trying to carve the canyon roads around Southern California with a battleship isn’t nearly as fun as lifting a front wheel and proving Ralph Nader wrong.

The sellers of the Jetta, Chris and Sharon, are like us. They get to work together in their own business. They live just over the border from the dying state of Minnesota and were selling the car to finance an expansion of that business.

Job creation is something that happens more frequently in South Dakota than in Minnesota. Minnesotans like controlling other people and that doesn’t breed confidence in future plans. For instance, Minnesota has a 9.85% income tax rate. South Dakota has none. If you were to choose, would you prefer being a slave through 9.85% of your workday or a free man?

Minnesotans like to tell drivers what kind of fuel they may buy as well. A ten percent biodiesel blend is forced on drivers in Minnesota. While searching for our ideal show car, I learned that many diesel owners in Minneapolis drive to Wisconsin to fuel up in order to preserve their expensive injection systems. Is it worth it that a few soybean farmers and indoctrinated faux-environmentalists will be happy?

In a ten year period of high tax and draconian government control, Minnesota has seen a 3% growth in the number of wealthy taxpayers (otherwise known as chumps and victims of thievery). On the other hand, South Dakota, with fuel choice and no income tax, showed nearly a 24% increase in that demographic. Have you ever been hired by a poor person?

Favors to influential groups cost the public in unseen ways. The warped minds of statists like to look at these favors as economic development that “broadens the tax base.” But pretty soon the chumps wise up and cut back. Minnesota is seeing reductions in tax revenues through relocation and attrition of job creators. Now what? Raise rates on the remaining productive class on their way to bankruptcy?

What would an article about a Volkswagen and government waste be without the following conclusion?

Almost 600,000 excellent cars will soon be crushed because they were engineered to evade an arbitrary standard that any scientist would tell you doesn’t cure the problem it was written to address. The 2009 Cash For Clunkers Program took affordable cars out of the hands of poor people to benefit unions and car companies. The VW Dieselgate scandal makes that program look infinitesimally less destructive.

So once again, it’s cui bono (who benefits)? Much energy will be used and pollution produced while transporting and crushing the perfectly good cars. The replacement cars will be produced by someone (likely union labor since VW workers, coincidentally, voted out the union in Chattanooga). The replacement cars will burn 30% more fuel, so fuel sales will increase.

Who pays (quis solvit)? You do.