Repeal the 55-mile-per-hour Light Bulb

In 1994, Republicans swept into power promising to enact a raft of reforms outlined in their Contract with America. Most of those reforms were stymied in the Senate, vetoed by Bill Clinton or struck down by the Supreme Court.

But Republicans did deliver on one wildly-popular promise: repeal of Jimmy Carter’s national 55 mph speed limit.  For people who grew up zipping along superhighways designed for higher speeds, the lower speed mandate, in effect for 20 years, was a daily r…

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