American Elephants

You Blew It! You Messed Up! Just Face Up to Your Failure. by The Elephant's Child

How does this work? Did President Obama tell his cabinet that a clean, green economy is the policy of his administration, and they were supposed to make it happen? Did he tell them to go forth and shut down as much fossil fuel as they can because he thinks it is dirty and impacts climate change? Or is this a cooperative venture?

Did he tell Energy Secretary Chu to jump-start the solar industry, and instruct Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to delay permits for drilling wherever and whenever he could? Or is it simply because they are all liberals that they truly believe that global warming is a real problem, and it’s up to them to save the Earth? Or because they are all liberals, are they unaware that there is no “consensus?”

That question comes from the observation that the mainstream media was astonished that a governor — Rick Perry of Texas — would publicly suggest that he was not alarmed by global warming.  The shock they expressed suggested that they had never before heard of a real person who did not believe climate change to be an approaching disaster. Environmental reporters belong to the Society of Environmental Journalists where they learn about the environment — from each other. Climate Change is a matter of faith.

Regulation also seems to be a matter of faith. The unruly, poorly informed public needs to be controlled. Health care is too expensive, so the government needs to be fully in control to reduce costs.  Yes, costs might go up right off the bat, but the mechanisms are in place to control costs. They’ll just make medical care cost less, or make sure that you use less of it.

The public does not understand the wonders of a clean green economy, and will resist higher gas prices, and higher energy prices, but when the government has control of your energy, they will be able to direct energy to those who need it most.  People will like quiet, clean electric cars when they get used to them and will find living in denser, more interesting cities, more rewarding.

Obama has said a number of times that the Constitution is flawed, and needs to be revised. White House alumni seem to agree that bureaucrats know best. They really find the disagreement of Republicans to their aims completely offensive.  There shouldn’t be an opposing party. People shouldn’t be allowed to disagree. The political polarization is preventing Democrats from ending this recession.

Peter Orzag, former White House Budget Director suggested in the New Republic that “the country’s political polarization is growing worse — harming Washington’s ability to do the basic, necessary work of governing.”  We need to “minimize the harm from legislative inertia by relying more on automatic policies and depoliticized commissions for certain policy decisions.  In other words, radical as it sounds, we need to counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them a bit less democratic.”

Steven Rattner, former auto czar, wrote in his book Overhaul: “Either Congress needs to get its act together or we should explore alternatives. …If our country wants to do a better job of solving its problems, it needs to do a better job of solving its problems, it needs to find a way to let talented government officials operate more like they do in the private sector.” North Carolina governor Beverly Perdue was in the news this week for saying: “I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won’t hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover.”

So if we jut fix the Constitution, cut back on Democracy, maybe go to a parliamentary system where one party is completely in charge, don’t argue with the consensus, then we’d be heading in the right direction? But we just had two years of that. Democrats were in charge of the Senate, the House, the Presidency, the bureaucracy and the Media. They not only did exactly what they wanted, the did it in back rooms, in secret, and refused to allow any dissent. They spent exactly what they wanted to spend, right where they wanted to spend it.

Health care was their triumph, and everybody hates it. Obama’s poster children — the Cleveland Clinic, the Mayo Clinic and the Intermountain Institute — announced that they won’t participate.

The stimulus didn’t stimulate, nobody wants the electric cars, the investment in solar cell makers has turned into a huge scandal, with more solar investments to follow it into bankruptcy. Nothing has worked as the liberals were sure it would. Every move that they were sure would create jobs has failed.  There were no shovel-ready jobs. There are no green jobs. Job training has been a failure. And they are angry because we don’t want to give them more money to waste on exactly the same things that have previously failed. And he wants to raise taxes — something you never do in a recession.

If something doesn’t work, don’t you look for a different solution?  As the saying goes, when you’re riding a dead horse, for heaven’s sake, dismount.  The horse is dead.


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