For those of you who watched "Hannity" on Fox News last night and wondered why an "eco-entrepreneur" was left to address President Obama's claim that the Gulf spill just means we need his cap-n-trade scheme, with no other guest, it was because a storm here in Central Virginia had me all made up pretty and sitting in the chair with the satellite connections fried out.
That was global warming, of course. Or George Bush.
But here is essentially the rejoinder that you would have heard:
Obama's argument made in Pittsburgh goes that, with BP having been reckless and the administration incompetent...if you carry the 1 and tally it up it means a massive new tax increase on all of us to make energy more expensive.
This just makes sense in the land of never letting a crisis go to waste.
Which should remind us how to know there's no good reason for an agenda: when the reason for the agenda, or rather the excuse, keeps changing. Now the global warming tax, which was then a climate change tax, then somehow a job-creation energy tax is now an energy tax to show how engaged and angry President Obama is at BP's oil spill.
But in his Pittsburgh remarks announcing this new logic, the president failed to note the disconnect in lashing out at BP by... passing a light-switch tax that John Kerry admits BP helped write, and is the most aggressive lobbyist for. Yeah, take that BP!
Instead, he said
"The next generation will not be held hostage to energy sources from the last century.” No. That would be too good for them. Instead, he seeks to hold them hostage to his beloved windmills, which are technology of, at best, the century before that.
And if decades of eight dollar gas and windmill schemes would prompt invention of pixie dust or flying cars and our final victory over those stubborn laws of physics, wouldn't that sort of happened in Europe after decades of such nonsense? Instead, all it has brought them is chronic double-digit unemployment, flight of manufacturing jobs (including steel jobs to Carroll Country, KY) and now bankrupt nations, as even the Spanish socialist government has admitted.
But none of this takes away from the disconnect between one company's negligence and one administration's incompetence meaning we get stuck with a huge energy tax, killing jobs and harming seniors and the poor while driving us closer to Europe's disastrous model.
The truth of course is that this is just a cynical Power Grab
using whatever excuse they can find to repeat Europe's economic disaster here as part of their fundamental transformation of America.