American Elephants

Isolated, Insular, Arrogant and Clueless. by The Elephant's Child

President Obama, even Democrat pundits admit, is toxic in the campaign. He does not have Democrat candidates clamoring to have him campaign with them; yet he nevertheless is omnipresent.  An interview with Peter Baker of the New York Times that appeared on Tuesday, was titled “Education of a President.” The president, Baker says, finds himself vilified by the right, castigated by the left and abandoned by the middle.

Obama said he had no regrets about the broad direction of his presidency.  He let himself look too much like “the same old tax-and-spend liberal Democrat.”  He realized too late “that there’s no such thing as shovel-ready projects” when it comes to public works.  It’s not enough to be supremely sure that he is right if no one else agrees with him.

When Obama secured the nomination, Baker says, he told an admiring crowd that someday “we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation  and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth.”

“I make no apologies for having set high expectations for myself and for the country,” Obama responded, “because I think we can meet those expectations.”

Baker had spent time previously talking with nearly two dozen of Obama’s advisers.  The basic mantra among them: “Obama inherited the worst problems of any president in years. Or in generations.  Or in American history.  He prevented another Great Depression while putting in place the foundation for a more stable future.  But it required him to do unpopular things that would inevitably cost him.”

It is an interesting interview.  The extent to which Obama is surrounded by sycophants and true believers is probably not unusual.  Presidents choose aides who agree with them.  What I found fascinating was that they seemed surprised that Republicans did not support their policies and help to form a “bipartisan” coalition, by which they meant agree with them.  Bipartisanship to their minds is all one way.  Their policies were quite splendid, and it was baffling to them that Republican leaders resolved to stand against Obama.  Dick Durbin (R-IL) said “The American people have a limited attention span.  Once you convince them there’s a problem, they want a solution.”

Democrats simply do not know what it is that Republicans stand for.  They assume that Republicans just stand for tax-cuts which they want to give to rich people on Wall Street and corporate CEOs.  Ideas of limited government, freedom, individual responsibility and individual choice simply do not penetrate the progressive mindset.  The American people need controlling by the wise people in Washington.  Republican extremists like those Tea Party people are dangerous.  Who knows what they might do if not properly regulated?

Obama said:

“We probably spent much more time trying to get the policy right than trying to get the politics right. There is probably a perverse pride in my administration — and I take responsibility for this; this was blowing from the top — that we were going to do the right thing, even if short-term it was unpopular. And I think anybody who’s occupied this office has to remember that success is determined by an intersection in policy and politics and that you can’t be neglecting of marketing and P.R. and public opinion.”
His policy, you see, was always right — they just didn’t spend enough time selling the policies.  After 54 speeches on ObamaCare, he neglected marketing, P.R. and public opinion.  They still believe that any day now, we’re going to start liking it.  And now that the government really has some “shovel-ready” projects, of course we’ll be  happy to spend another lebenty-billion or so on the policies that they worked so hard on.  No grasp whatsoever of why people are so angry.

The March of the Emperors by The Elephant's Child
October 14, 2010, 7:02 pm
Filed under: Politics

Time for a humor break. A commercial for Canal+ with subtitles.

STUDY: FDR Made Great Depression WORSE. by American Elephant

(image credit: TIME)

FDR’s Great Depression, Jimmy Carter’s 1970’s malaise, and Obama’s never-ending Great Recession all have one thing in common — progressive Democrat policies.

Recessions happen. Recessions are a normal part of the business cycle; the natural ebb and flow of economic growth. Recessions, when the market is allowed to work, historically correct themselves fairly quickly — better still when the market is actually freed up.

Depressions, on the other hand, take work. Depressions take arrogance. Depressions take Democrats — the mind-boggling belief that government seizure, command and centralized control of millions of individual economic decisions will somehow foster and aid growth; that punishing economic activity with greater taxation and regulation will somehow encourage more of it; the inexplicable faith that what is most needed in times of economic stagnation is more bureaucracy.

A new study by UCLA economists, Harold L. Cole and Lee E. Ohanian, affirms what conservatives have long known — that FDR’s New Deal policies thwarted economic recovery for seven long years and turned what should have been a recession into the Great Depression:

“High wages and high prices in an economic slump run contrary to everything we know about market forces in economic downturns,” Ohanian said. “As we’ve seen in the past several years, salaries and prices fall when unemployment is high. By artificially inflating both, the New Deal policies short-circuited the market’s self-correcting forces.” [read more]

“Progressives” do not ease economic suffering — they cause it. They do not fix recessions, they cause depressions.

These are lessons that Americans can and should apply to our current endless recession. The reason the economy is not getting better is because the same people who caused it are still in control. Democrats did not inherit this recession — they’ve controlled both houses of congress since a year before it even began and two years before the financial crisis hit. When President Bush and Republicans tried over 20 times to reform Fannie and Freddy, warning of exactly the kind of economic disaster we had if they were not reformed, Democrats blocked them. The economy went south in response to their promises of massive tax increases, massive new spending, massive new regulation and has been unable to recover as no one knows what industry these American fascists will seize next, what massive new regulations and entitlements they will burden industry with — in short, the economy sucks because everyone with two nickles to rub together is terrified of what Democrats will do next.

Like the shirt says: “D” is for “Depression; “R” is for “Recovery”.

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Charging Blindly Into a “Green” Future, No Matter the Cost! by The Elephant's Child

— The Obama administration is planning to allow higher levels of ethanol for gasoline used by newer cars. They’re not sure yet what to do about cars made between 2001 and 2006, and what they will do about older cars is up in the air. Manufacturers say it would damage engines in boats, lawnmowers and a wide range of appliances that run on gasoline. and void warranties.  So each gas station will need new–car pumps and old–car pumps?  Not workable.

The EPA calls ethanol a “renewable fuel”but we are already producing more than current cars can use, and the push to lift the limits on how much ethanol will be added to each gallon of gasoline comes from the ethanol trade group Growth Energy led by Wesley Clark, former General and Democrat Presidential candidate.

Ethanol doesn’t contain as much energy as gasoline.  A gallon won’t take you as far.  If not subsidized, no one would pay for it.  It is more environmentally damaging than gasoline.  And the amount of GHG emissions would have a negligible effect on the atmosphere, essentially too small to be measured.  So why?  Special interest lobbying, dumb regulation, the old “reduce our dependence on foreign oil” canard.

— The Cape Wind offshore project featuring 130 turbines 440 feet tall has a lease approval from the Department of Interior.  Once the turbines are up and moving consumers will pay a huge price for the electricity that the nation’s first offshore wind farm generates. According to the Boston Globe, “the energy produced will cost up to 50 percent more than energy today from some land-based wind farms and twice as much as some hydroelectric dams.  The cost will increase customers’ monthly electric bills by about 2 percent.

An analysis from the Attorney General’s office puts the cost of the project at $2.5 billion —more than twice the original estimate.  Cape Wind will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in federal subsidies, and to replace one offshore natural gas platform, we would need 59 Cape Wind projects, which would mean more than 7,700 turbines covering an area the size of Rhode Island. We would need 24 of these projects to replace one of the 104 nuclear plants in the U.S..And the wind farm will need 24/7 backup from conventional power plants for the times when the wind does not blow at the right speed.

— No one knows when or if the de facto ban on drilling in the Gulf will be lifted.  It is apparently low on the government list of priorities.

— State-owned Chinese energy giant CNOOC is buying a multibillion-dollar stake in 600,000 acres of South Texas oil and gas fields, while we play around with “renewable” energy.  CNOOC announced Monday that it would pay up to $2.2 billion for a one-third stake in Chesapeake Energy assets.  If the deal goes through it will be China’s first successful venture into the American oil market.

China hopes to pick up some American know-how about taping the hard-to-get deposits in dense shale rock formations.  The have identified shale resources in China, but they don’t have the knowledge or technical expertise to go after them.

I simply cannot fathom what the Obama administration thinks they are accomplishing. Wind and solar are ineffective sources of energy.  Ethanol and other biofuels are more polluting than gas, and produce less energy.  None of these things would survive at all without big government subsidy. We are locking up our own resources for no reason except environmentalist feelings.  The globe is always warming and cooling in a natural process. All the wind and solar don’t replace a drop of “foreign oil.” What on Earth can they be thinking?

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