What Americans Want Isn’t Important to Obama Admin.

Russ Steele

Victor Davis Hanson writes at National Review Online.

As gas nears $5-a-gallon out west, the president, who has cancelled a key pipeline and frozen federal leases from Alaska to the East Coast, teaches us about American algae potential, in the way he used to emphasize the importance of tire pressure and “tune-ups.” He castigates the opposition for making political hay out of bad news, in the way he routinely did as a senator in compiling the most partisan voting record in the Senate. Energy Secretary Chu cannot and will not say a word about soaring gas prices, since he is on record not so long ago hoping that they might double — that is, get to $8- to 10-a-gallon as they are in Europe. The Energy Department can do almost everything Americans don’t want, but not the single thing they do want.

American’s want energy independence and reasonably priced fuel that will not drain their disposable income budget, the budget that brings joy to life.

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About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

2 Responses to What Americans Want Isn’t Important to Obama Admin.

  1. Sean says:

    A couple of days ago, Waxman, Markey, Gilchrest and one other gentleman wrote an editorial in the Washington Post about how we could solve the Federal budget problem and energy problems by putting a price or tax on carbon. Only big, bad polluting corporations would have to pay. My first reaction was how stupid do they think people are? Folks know those taxes will show up in higher prices for energy to heat their homes or commute to work along with less competitiveness and less job security that will keep downward pressure on their wages. It made me wonder, why do liberal elites hate the working class? You may think this is an off the wall question but if you ask yourself what big government has done for (to) working class folks lately here is my take.
    1. They created a real estate bubble with sub-prime lending that wiped out the equity of the most valuable asset of their personal wealth.
    2. Have driven up the cost of health care so high it now consumes a third of their earnings.
    3. With easy lending they have driven up the cost of higher education so excessively that most students enter the work force with more than $25k in debt and if a student’s parents take a loan, leave them with little money for retirement.
    4. Have monetary policies that drive up the price of food and energy which accounts for a quarter of a family’s budget yet does not count those cost in inflation figures that are used to set hourly wages.
    5. Avoids direct taxes on income like the plague but loves to hide them in everyday things people buy creating a highly regressive system.
    6. In states like California, cut the funding to educate their children to half what the national average is but has the highest number of 6 figure retirees from the school system
    They say the 2012 election will be class warfare. They might be right but the liberal elite are assuming that working class people will think big government is on their side. I suspect the people who work hard with their hands everyday are coming to realize they are on the short end of the big government stick.

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