March 29, 2012

Obama’s opposition does not give him (or his minders) enough credit.

He just made a speech at the White House this morning in which he deftly portrayed the oil companies as robber barons (which they are, of course, but that’s another blog) and put Republicans in the position of opposing his energy policies in favor of the big, bad oil companies, all the while diverting attention away from escalating gasoline prices, for which Obama’s policies are partly responsible.

So when Republicans argue that Obama is largely responsible for higher gas prices, the Democratic talking point will be that no president can affect gas prices, and Republicans are just trying to protect their oil company masters by diverting attention away from the oil companies’ shake-down of the American people; and of course the proper action to take is to tax the hell out of the oil companies and for Americans to turn to other, much higher-priced sources of energy to line the pockets of the Democrats’ chosen energy providers.

Republicans are quite vulnerable to that kind of crap because they have for so long supported their oil cronies and done nothing about energy policy.

When will they ever learn? Or maybe the question is will they wake up and fashion a sensible energy policy and articulate it clearly to the American people as an alternative to Obama’s policy of pushing gas prices so high that we have to turn to his cronies’ higher-priced alternate sources of energy? The answer is probably not, because the Republican Party’s real policy, as opposed to its mendacious campaign rhetoric, is pretty much the same as the Democrats’ policy: spend us into oblivion while increasing the power of the federal government and taking away our liberty. That “same as the old boss” posture is making the Republican party irrelevant.

Maybe libertarians will advance the best energy policy, which is, in the short term, to make it possible for a free market do everything possible to extract all the oil here in order to lessen our dependence on foreign oil, while simultaneously developing the least expensive alternate energy sources to replace oil in the long term. It’s all about government policies that preserve our freedom and protect our liberty.

But give Obama credit for pulling the rug out from under Republicans.



March 23, 2012

I am not a Tea Party member. I agree with some of their positions, but not all. I am a citizen who forms individual political opinions.

On her Fox News program today, Megan Kelly showed part of an interview with former U.S. Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania. In the interview, she showed a clip of a town hall meeting that he held before the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obama care). In the meeting, a number of voters strongly expressed their disapproval of the bill that ultimately was passed by the Senate Dec. 24, 2009, and by the House March 21, 2010.

Asked by Kelly if that was the turning point that marked the eventual end of his political career, Specter responded that no, it was when he voted for the stimulus bill. But he went on to discuss the town hall meeting, saying that “they (the voters expressing their disapproval of the Obama Care bill) were whipped into a frenzy by the Tea Party.”

It did not occur to Specter that those voters could have individual thoughts. He thinks voters are too stupid to have individual thoughts or opinions, and that they couldn’t possibly have individually formed negative opinions of the bill, so the Tea Party must have put them up to it.

Many of those at the town hall meeting were Tea Party members, but Specter apparently doesn’t understand causal relationships: They were Tea Party members because of their individually formed political opinions. It’s not as if the Tea Party seeks out citizens randomly, makes then join the party, then brainwashes them and sends them to town hall meetings to speak out.

Specter obviously holds disdain for  those who speak out against his positions, and he conveniently blames the Tea Party. He and many current senators and representatives (Democrats and Republicans) seem intolerant of those who oppose their political positions.

I think that voters need to demand that politicians appear at town hall meetings and hear what we think. The first thing I would tell them is that we are the citizens, and they work for us, so they’ll just have to tolerate us. Congress is not our master; it is the body that represents us–all of us, Democrats and Republicans–in the federal government. If those in Congress can’t tolerate us, then we need to remove them from Congress.


March 7, 2012

See Page Five Jumps.