Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Anyone who opposes ethanol subsidies, as these columns have for decades, comes to appreciate the wisdom of St. Jude. But now that a modern-day patron saint—St. Al of Green—has come out against the fuel made from corn and your tax dollars, maybe this isn't such a lost cause.
Welcome to the college of converts, Mr. Vice President. "It is not a good policy to have these massive subsidies for first-generation ethanol," Al Gore told a gathering of clean energy financiers in Greece this week. The benefits of ethanol are "trivial," he added, but "It's hard once such a program is put in place to deal with the lobbies that keep it going."
No kidding, and Mr. Gore said he knows from experience: "One of the reasons I made that mistake is that I paid particular attention to the farmers in my home state of Tennessee, and I had a certain fondness for the farmers in the state of Iowa because I was about to run for President."
Mr. Gore's mea culpa underscores the degree to which ethanol has become a purely political machine: It serves no purpose other than re-electing incumbents and transferring wealth to farm states and ethanol producers. Nothing proves this better than the coincident trajectories of ethanol and Mr. Gore's career.
Oh, how nice. Mr. Gore now sees the light while the American taxpayer gets to foot the bill for years to come for another environmental pipe dream gone sour. Somehow I doubt that this new revelation by Gore will spur Greens to be a little more skeptical about adopting and advocating every earth saving idea that comes down the pike. Environmentalism is a religion that does not tolerate free thought or dissent.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
1) Democrats lose centuries of seniority in the House.
2) Barney Frank won but he lost his powerful financial services seat. Whew!
3) Goodbye, Pelosi.
4) Obama’s former Senate seat goes to a Republican!
5) Chris Matthews and his "tingle."
6) GOP made HUGE gains in state legislatures around the country--This will give them the upper hand in the coming redistricting.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Election Day 2010. Democrats are going to get a well deserved sock in the eye for their hubris. Then we'll have to hear all the wailing from liberals about how "Americans are stupid," "Fox News is evil," "liberals are fleeing to Canada," "The Koch brothers bought the election," blah, blah, blah. Maybe it's BAD LIBERAL POLICY-MAKING without compromise and their feckless attempts to "fix" the economy that has people voting against Democrats. But I guess having Democrats looking at their own faulty political philosophy would be too easy and obvious, I guess. Don't get me wrong, I have no illusions about Republicans grabbing power in the House. They can be as pathetic as Democrats. I'm just hoping for, at the very least, gridlock. Sweet, sweet, slow-down of the giant resource-sucking behemoth in Washington, D.C.
I'm going to have fun watching the results come in tonight. The bubbly is chilled and ready.
Monday, November 1, 2010
I think it's kinda funny how Stewart, as a liberal satirist, stirs up the venomous public discourse with his nightly mis-characterizations of conservatives (sometimes very funny, I'll admit) but on the eve of Democrats getting ready to get socked in the eye, he all of a sudden wants a rally to "restore sanity?" Hilarious. The joke is on the poor sops who spent money travelling from far away places to be at a rally against something that has made Stewart's show popular in the first place and that will continue to be his tool--the re-enforcement of political prejudices in order to be funny. This Reason.tv video highlights my point nicely.
HT: Small Dead Animals