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#0851: No Flaming Golf Balls Just Yet!

Original Air Date: 12.20.2008

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This week, a 3-year old, a Toyota Highlander and a golf ball converge. The result? A nervous dad, asking Tom and Ray if the Titleist up his muffler is doing any damage. The answer may ease his worries-- and give his kid a few new ideas. Also, get ready to launch your hate mail--with gas prices dropping, Ray is renewing his call for a national gas tax, including a new idea for who can reinvent themselves as train manufacturers. Plus, a blower motor performs a Lazarus, an Element hosts an all-mouse production of La Boheme, and, how not to keep your loved one from flying through the windshield. All this, plus a puzzler from the Geography series, this week on Car Talk.

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This Week's Puzzler

From Raymond's "Travel and Leisure" series: How can you tell someone's state of origin when they're at the gas station? Find out!

Last Week's Puzzler

How could an old Saab beat a muscle car in a race? Find out!

Show Open Topic

Incredibly stupid gifts for the holiday season.

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Ray for Secretary of Transportation!

by jfonner

As always a great show! The loose windshield diagnosis was amazing (if you're right that is!) I never saw that one coming. Best of all however, was Ray's commentary on the gas tax. It was worthy of a Sunday Morning political talk show - his proposal solves the Big Three collapse, infrastructure investment, dependence on foreign oil and global warming all at once. Incredible!

Favorite Moment: Ray's commentary on increasing the gas tax. I decided to vote for President Elect Obama early last summer when he had the sense to refuse to endorse waiving the gas tax despite the rising cost of fuel. He showed his political courage and common sense that day while John McCain and Hillary Clinton proved to be political panderers by their willingness to let a few more bridges collapse just to get elected. Ray showed his stuff by daring spineless politicians to do the right thing and topped it off with a brilliant idea of challenging the big three to start rail transport divisions within their companies. Brilliant! Please post a transcript of this so I can spread it via Facebook, Twitter, my blog and other social networks. The world must hear this message.

Gas Tax Yes!

by Anonymous

Ray stepped out on a limb today by calling on politicians and the Big 3 car makers to increase gas taxes and use the money to fund public rail transportation.

Favorite Moment: Ray, thanks for your talk during this show about gas taxes and increasing fuel efficiency cars bust also adding that the Big 3 should begin building rail cars. I have been thinking about this for some time.


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