Friday, April 22, 2011

Another bullshit commission/task force from Obama

One of my favorite sayings is "Talk is cheap." That goes double in politics. I don't care what most politicians say what they are going to do. I care about what they have done.

Obama's record on fiscal matters is horrific. He's now pulling the same stuff with gas prices. As the famous line from the Talking Heads song Once in a Lifetime goes - Same as it ever was.

Here's his classic method of operation.

1. Politician does a piss poor job on an issue for years.
2. Same politician talks a good game about needing to fix the piss poor job that he has done.
3. Same politician forms a commission or task force or other do nothing measure.
4. The press will buy into politician's task force/commission because that's a good story.
5. Nothing gets done to fix the piss poor job, but the politician can pat himself on the back and say he's doing something.
6. Repeat on other issues.

That's Obama's MO. Like the budget.
1. Obama talks a game in 2009 after signing record deficits.
2. Obama claims a new awakening in early 2010. It was bullshit then.
3. More cheap talk in June 2010
4. Obama talks about deficit again in October

What's happened since? He won't even accept the Paul Ryan budget, which frankly isn't good enough. Now he's spreading his bullshit from budgets to gas prices.

From the AP.

LOS ANGELES – President Barack Obama said Thursday that the Justice Department will try to "root out" cases of fraud or manipulation in oil markets, even as Attorney General Eric Holder suggested a variety of legal reasons may be behind gasoline's surge to $4 a gallon.

"We are going to make sure that no one is taking advantage of the American people for their own short-term gain," Obama said at a town-hall style meeting at a renewable energy plant in Reno, Nev.

And we have this gem from the story.

There's not much Obama can do to affect the price of gasoline in short term, something he acknowledged in his remarks. Gas prices have risen steadily as a result of tensions in the Middle East and northern Africa and rising demand from China and other emerging economies.

Given that no evidence has yet surfaced of actual fraud or price manipulation in oil markets, Obama's remarks appeared, at least in part, as more of an attempt to assuage public anger over rising gas prices.

So this whole thing is a crock. There's admittedly no evidence except a politician running his mouth. This isn't new. Speculators. Unrest. Increased demand. Supply artificially stopped thanks to big government in some areas. That's how it was in the past, is now, and will always be unless things change.

This is a long term problem years in the making. Obama has a long piss poor record on this. Unlike some, I'm not giving him a free pass for his record as a senator. For the last six years, he could have helped on this. Not only didn't he help, he LIKES high gas prices. It's easier for the Chicago Machine to support social engineering to move people to the city and increase their revenue and their power. Screw global warming. Screw a perceived and unreal threat to polar bears and/or caribou. It's time to put America first and start thinking of energy as a national security and economic issue. That means we need to take advantage of what we have. We need an all of the above America first energy policy and that includes both fossil fuels and non fossil fuels.

Talk is cheap, and when it comes from Obama, it's worth about as much as Bill Clinton's promises.

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