As a NHTSA employee in the 1970’s under Jimmy Carter I worked to get airbag crash protection into cars.
The Fed back then raised interest rates to 18% by Election Day in 1980 and then raised rates to 21% on Reagan’s Inauguration Day.
Reagan appointed a coal industry lobbyist to head NHTSA who rescinded the airbag rule and cut NHTSA staff by 300 safety workers (33% of the NHTSA staff). That reduced staffing level remains to this day.
Two of us asked a statistical analyst to examine the history of Fed Interest rates back to its creation in 1913 to see if there was any political pattern.
He found that in general there was a pattern. The Fed generally raised interest rates in the last two years when Democrats held the White House and reduced interest rates in the last two years when Republicans held the White House.
It looks like a Political Playbook that is at work today.
See my pro bono article published today by Legal Reader. See
I was able to help get the lead out of gasoline and out of children’s blood streams, get catalysts into cars, and octane ratings on gasoline pumps, but global emissions have grown to people and planet threatening levels today.
Today we read that the U.N. Secretary General released a most thorough report on the Climate Crisis and called “This abdication of leadership is criminal.” And today we also read that the current Supreme Court may curtail the ability of the EPA to control air pollution. See my recent pro bono article published by Legal Reader at
Consumer Advocates call for Advances in the National Mission to Improve Auto and Highway SafetyToday, November 30, 2020, marks the 55th anniversary of the publication of Ralph Nader’s landmark book: Unsafe at Any Speed.
This report is dedicated to Clarence Ditlow, the formidable lawyer and engineer, who led the Center for Auto Safety for over 45 years of advocacy, litigation, advising and publicly informing the American people that safety, efficiency, clean air and their consumer warranty rights are to be respected by those in the seats of private and public power.
The lead author, Joan Claybrook, former head of NHTSA under President Jimmy Carter, and a relentless advocate, organized and coordinated the creation of this report.
The following people provided Joan Claybook much appreciated assistance with this effort: Jackie Gillan (President Emeritus, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety), Cathy Chase, Peter Kurdock, Tara Gill, and Shaun Kildare (Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety), Jack Gillis (Consumer Federation of America), Jason Levine and Michael Brooks (Center for Auto Safety) Janette Fennell (KidsAndCars) and artist and cover designer Jacqueline McLaughlin.