Because if these Senators get their way it's going to be the 1970s/1980s all over again. The Golden Era of High-Performance. When 400HP sedans and 500HP and 600HP sports cars are commonplace - and the 1000HP Bugatti Veyron supercar exists as the ultimate statement at the absolute peak of this latest Golden Era high-performance era - it was inevitable that the pendulum was going to swing back the other way eventually. And it looks like the party is over. A movement is growing in the Senate that does not bode well for the auto manufacturers or for high-performance enthusiasts. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, and other members of the Senate Commerce Committee are out to pass a law that would require new cars and trucks to average 35 mpg by 2019 - 40 percent higher than today's combined average. But the most ominous train of thought from the Senate Commerce Committee came from one Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., who suggested that the auto manufacturers spend too much time and effort developing technology that goes into attracting consumers who want high-performance or bigger vehicles - and he's thinking a law would cure that real quick. The tone and temper of the discussion in Washington is definitely swinging against the automobile industry. When you start hearing Senators talking out loud about limiting the performance of vehicles or restricting the vehicles you can buy - even though they are utterly clueless about what they're talking about - we'd say the pendulum is heading back the other way at an alarming rate.