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June 19, 2008

Democratic Fear Mongering

Americans have been paying lower consumer prices than the rest of the world for decades. But since we've been able to trust the federal government to handle so many other things they do more efficiently than the private sector, let's hand the free market system over to Congress. After all, what's the worst that can happen?

Link: sevenload.com

One can't help but think this proposal would have sounded less grating in the original French.

h/t: bthun

Posted by Cassandra at June 19, 2008 05:07 PM

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Now there is a neat trick, you pass laws limiting drilling, you red tape new refineries to death thereby artificially squeezing supply and then you blame the free market and free enterprise for the rise in prices. So of course you confiscate private property because the oil companies couldn't maneuver around your interference well enough.

Beautiful. Makes me want to invest my money in that country.

Posted by: Pile On at June 19, 2008 06:31 PM

We can force you to invest your money, Mr. On. It is not "fair" to allow investors to pick and choose which countries attract lucrative investment capital. We happen to believe The People should decide where your investment dollars go.

It's the American way.

Posted by: Rep, Hinchley at June 19, 2008 06:39 PM

It's a beautiful example of the honesty that arises from confidence. The polls all suggest a Democratic wave year again this year, so we hear:

1) Retreat from Iraq,

2) Unilateral disarmament (see the Obama add on the QDR, etc),

3) Nationalization of major industry,

4) Universal health care plans...

and so forth.

At least we know for sure where they stand.

Posted by: Grim at June 19, 2008 06:43 PM

Mr. On,

You have pulled back the curtain to reveal the Wizard who is busy at the levers... But the $64K question - adjusted for inflation and the CPI, sans energy and food- is, how many of our enlightened and well informed citizens see who is not only behind the lack of a coherent energy policy for the nation, but who is impeding progress on approaching energy independence from OPEC (among others)? Big Oil? Or Congress?

The Darwin Award for the new millennium goes to... The Absolutists Follow-me-off-the-idealized-eco-cliff Greens.

Does Delta fly to New Guinea? And if so, ya think we persuade the Greens to take a one-way charter?

Posted by: bt_Reddy_Kilowatt_hun at June 19, 2008 06:46 PM

Morons. I guess they were hand-in-glove with the tree huggers all along.

I need to fire some people come this election, or better yet, call my congress critter and YELL LOUDLY. I really really don't like this slippery slope we are on.

Posted by: Cricket at June 19, 2008 08:13 PM

Is it possible that the Democrats could screw up 08 as bad as the Republicans screwed up 06?

Posted by: Pile On at June 19, 2008 09:00 PM

Is it possible that the Democrats could screw up 08 as bad as the Republicans screwed up 06?

If there is a God.

Posted by: MathMom at June 19, 2008 10:11 PM

Oh, you are *bad* :p

Posted by: Cass at June 19, 2008 10:51 PM

"One ring to rule them
One ring to find them
One ring to bring them all
And in the darkness bind them

In the land of Mordor, where the shadows lie"

Metaphorically speaking, that's where this sort of thinking eventually ends up. It's like potato chips; once you start to eat them, you can't stop.
We have a real choice this year, although it sometimes seems a lesser of two evils. :)

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at June 19, 2008 11:28 PM

Does anybody know how to say alternate fuels? It is something we have known about for the longest time.

Step One:

I say we start drilling in our own country where it has been told by experts that there is enough oil in Alaska and California alone to last us fo 100-200 years - that would us stop being dependent on turban wearing nutjobs who don't give a crap about us anyway.

Step Two:

We immediately start developing alternate fuel sources. Not ten years from now - not when the sorry *holes in Washington get around to it. Argh.... We set a deadline that in five to tens years we are totally off the black stuff and find an alternative that works and help;s our economy not anybody else's.

Frankly is it that hard?

I am tired of the excuses. Enough of the bickering. Do something now or incur the wrath of Dr. Harden Stuhl? You wouldn't like me when I am angry.

Posted by: Dr. Harden Stuhl at June 20, 2008 01:16 AM

"...let's hand the free market system over to Congress. After all, what's the worst that can happen?

I shudder to contemplate such a question...

Posted by: camojack at June 20, 2008 01:18 AM

Oh yeah and this is for you stupid twit dimocrats in Washington. This country runs on Capitalism not Socialism - either get on board or get out of the way. You and the other idiots have taken this country backwards not forwards. It is time for another tea party.

Posted by: Dr. Harden Stuhl at June 20, 2008 01:20 AM

Agreed on the two step program. I usually throw in a few additional steps, one being the licensing and building of New'Cu-lar power plants. Sad when you realize that the French have more intestinal fortitude to face the future with reason, engineering and technology than the Democrats/Socialists/Chavesta-wannabes/Greens. A courageous effort to insure a secure energy future on the part of the French government, whoda thunk?

Yeah, I'm game for a tea party. Only problem being that I'll need a fully charged Segway for the first leg of any getaway.

Unless... I were to disguise myself as an investigation of Congressional wrong doing, or ethics, budget or energy legislation. Hmmm, those are the only things in Washington that I can think of that cover ground more slowly than I do. And disguised thusly would insure a concerted effort on the part of Congress to add funding and energy to my obfuscation and getaway effort. All in all, I would have to be reconciled to once again being in Washington for an extended stay. =8^\

Nahhh... I'll go with the Segway.

Posted by: bt_reddy-kilowatt_hun at June 20, 2008 09:57 AM

soon everyone will be happy commrade... and the lumpen proletariat will be exterminated by our policies, never realizing that we painted a welcome sign on the slaughterhouse door that is their lives.

so comrade, wont it be wonderful when they are all gone, and we can hunt and fish, and use whats few are left as slaves.

why just last night i carved one to pieces for sport just like the old days before america existed and put her nose into our sadistic fun.

remember the good old days?

So comrades, come rally
And the last fight let us face
The Internationale unites the human race.

No more deluded by reaction
On tyrants only we'll make war
The soldiers too will take strike action
They'll break ranks and fight no more
And if those cannibals keep trying
To sacrifice us to their pride
They soon shall hear the bullets flying
We'll shoot the generals on our own side.

so comrade... lets dance, and drink...

for we have finally convinced them to hang themselves just like comrade lenin and stalin and kruschev said they would.

Posted by: artfldgr at June 20, 2008 01:40 PM

I saw Maxine Waters make a fool of herself (something really not hard to do) during the testimony (rather, harassment) of the oil company exec. She wanted to say something like "what if we just nationalze the oil companies", but her brain froze trying to think of "nationalize". There was a long pause after "just", and she finally settled on "socialize".

That one can go in the books as a great example of the "Freuduan slip".

As I remember, the exec replied something like "We've seen that movie before. It's called 'Hugo Chavez' ".

Does anybody remember the gas lines of the 70s? (Youngsters might want to ask their parents about that.) So then , we've had <turn volume to 100 dB> 30 years to do something about it!!!<resume normal volume>.

If you think gas prices are high now, just wait till they're nationalized.

(Same goes for health care. Just wait till it's free.)

As an aside, another blogger pointed out that while Senator Kennedy took great pains to find the very best brain surgeon he could, his idea of Universal Health Care (along with Hillary's and Obama's) would prevent the rest of us from doing anything like that.

I have no problem with him looking for a good doctor (even though Mary Jo Kopechne is still dead), but it shows his hypocracy when he insists that nobody else should have the same opportunity.

Posted by: ZZMike at June 20, 2008 07:59 PM


Posted by: Miguel at June 25, 2008 08:43 PM


Check this out. Although Europe is a socialist set-up, they are paying 95 cents per gallon less than we are for petrol after you remove taxes from the equation. Apparently, back in the 70s and production shortages, European nations imposed taxes to improve rail and transport, and tax heavily those driving cars. Thus, the high European price. However, they pay less for actual gasoline than we do here. This at a time when the dollar has devalued against the Euro...and oil companies have record profits. Hmmmm......

Posted by: Arm Wrestler at June 25, 2008 08:54 PM