â€œThe worse, the better,â€ Vladimir Lenin is said to have observed. What Lenin meant was that the worse social conditions became in Russia, the more likely he and the Bolsheviks could foment a communist revolution. President Barrack Obamaâ€™s White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel recently updated Leninâ€™s maxim, saying, â€œNever allow a crisis to go to waste.â€Last Friday, the Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives took those maxims to heart when they pushed through their 1,200-page American Clean Energy and Security (ACES) Act by a vote 219 to 212. The bill is supposed to address the twin crises of economic recession and climate change by creating millions of new â€œgreenâ€ jobs. Instead of an old-fashioned Soviet-style five-year plan, ACES can be thought of as 50-year plan to radically transform how Americans produce and use energy.
â€¦Well, look, Ron Bailey, this entire administration seems to me to emulate the tactics of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, in all things, not just energyâ€¦ and in my view weâ€™ve not seen nearly the worst of it yet. (A Depressing thought as we come to July 4th, isnâ€™t it?)
So why should Energy be any different? Energy, after all, is the key to our country and itâ€™s prosperity. Which of course was why I raised such holy hell when the first thing Obama did upon being sworn in was to reverse President Bushâ€™s sign off on offshore drilling. That action is the major reason oil prices have better than doubled in the last 6 months.
The question that Ron asks, though, seems to me pertinent:
Will Americans tolerate such sweeping interventions into their lives and workplaces?
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