My late grandmom used to remind me that, “only a fool defends their mistakes and most fools do.” Obama would do well to consider her sage advice. Yesterday, in what was billed as an energy speech, he said: “anybody who tells you that we can drill our way out of this problem [i.e., to energy independence and lower fuel costs], doesn’t know what they’re talking about, or just isn’t telling you the truth.” This came right after his obligatory “it’s not my fault because blah-blah-blah.”
He’s the president, and like it or not, fair or not, what takes place during his administration he shoulders both the blame and/or credit for. Imagine New England Patriots head coach, Bill Belichick saying, “it’s not my fault we lost the super bowl. I didn’t play, I did my part – Tom Brady’s the one who blew it. It was the fault of the other coaches.” Can you imagine that? Leaders accept responsibility, and specific to that point, energy price increases are his fault – everyone knows it and business commentators are finally reporting it.
I’m not going into the legion of truthfully factual reasons Obama is responsible for increased energy prices, but let us not forget the September 2008 admonition of Steven Chu, (shortly before he would become Obama’s Secretary of Energy), when he praised the benefits of having gasoline prices rise over 15 years as a means to encourage energy efficiency. In a conversation with The Wall Street Journal, he advocated, with Obama’s later approval, for gas prices to be in line with Europe. At that time fuel prices in Europe were between $8 and $10 per gallon.
Just this morning, Matthew L. Higgins, writing for CBS Tampa, wrote that: “According to GasBuddy.com, motorists are shelling out $5.89 for a gallon of regular gas at a Shell station in Lake Buena Vista, topping out at $5.99 a gallon for premium. It doesn’t get better at a Suncoast Energy station in Orlando, where drivers are paying $5.79 for a gallon of regular.” He quoted Jessica Brady, AAA spokeswoman, who said: “It doesn’t look like we will have relief at the pump anytime soon.” (Florida Drivers Shelling Out Nearly $6 A Gallon At Some Gas Stations) I do not need tell you what those prices are doing to your food budgets.
Obama’s remedy yesterday, was not to admit that after hundreds of billions of dollars we have literally no green jobs and it is a fact that we no biofuels to show for the wasted taxpayer money. No siree bob, his great announcement was to say there was no “silver bullet” and to propose “algae” as a way of cutting dependence on oil by 17 percent.
The question that no one is talking about is: let’s say for the sake of argument they find a way to make algae work, what are they going to put it in? How do they purpose to retrofit the automobiles on the road today or the model years upcoming? Did he consider what this would do to independent garages and repair shops, which are consistently able to service autos for hundreds of dollars less than dealers? Have they considered the cost of refitting fuel pumps to deliver the proposed product?
When I was growing up we were led to believe that one day in the near future we would have families making routine vacation trips to the moon, that we would have flying cars, and the like. We see how those fanciful ideas worked out.
A Wall Street Journal editorial had the best response: “The American people aren’t stupid,” thundered President Obama yesterday in Miami, ridiculing Republicans who are blaming him for rising gasoline prices. Let’s hope he’s right, because not even Forrest Gump could believe the logic of what Mr. Obama is trying to sell. (‘Stupid’ and Oil Prices; 2/24/12)
And as if Obama’s act wasn’t specious and Barmecidal enough, Michelle Obama‘s performance was even more scurrilous and morally opprobrious, but it’s safe to say none of same was out of character for either of them.
Michelle Obama told a group gathered at a Cincinnati, Ohio hotel, who paid up to $10,000 per person depending on what portion of the luncheon they were attending: “If any family in this country is struggling, we can not be satisfied with our own families good fortune. Will we be a country where success is limited to a few at the top?”
That’s a darn good question coming from her royalness, who treats being the First Lady like a reparations queen. She is the one jet setting around at a cost of nearly $200,000 per hour for the plane alone. She is the one who takes one lavish vacation after another, and she is the one who had the unmitigated arrogance to spend $50,000 taxpayer in one trip on underwear and bras at Agent Provocateur, the store that bills itself as selling “the most erotic lingerie in the world.”
Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, introduced her as “a woman of intelligence.” My grandmother always told me that “intelligence doesn’t make you smart, but it can make you stupid.” I’d say grandmom knew what she was talking about.
Ms. Obama promised the small gathering that “Change does not come easy, change is slow, but we will get there. We are fighting for our sons and our daughters, our grandchildren, and what kind of future they will have.” Well, as they say, even a broken clock is right twice a day. She didn’t realize how right she was, because that is exactly what you and I are fighting for. We know it won’t be easy and that it will take us until November – but getting rid of them for the sake of our families future is why we fight.
I conclude with an observation: the silver spoon she was photographed with in her mouth, doesn’t belong to her. That spoon is symbolic of the opportunity for the America people – paid for with the blood of patriots. Those of us for whom it was paid are determined to see that she and her equally unscrupulous husband will not be successful in destroying what they fought for us to have.