Originally posted at Writeindependent.org on November 18, 2011
The political theater that is the Republican race for the primaries is so bad, that it’s a set up for a joke:
How bad is it?
The Republican field is so bad that Bill Clinton came out to endorse Newt Gingrich!
It’s so bad that the people who are bailing on Cain because he’s an alleged adulterer are now lining up behind Gingrich, who is a known adulterer.
It’s so bad that Donald Trump is glad he dropped out before anyone else.
It’s so bad that the Republicans are considering running a Democrat as their “alternate”.
No, really now, this is how bad it is: Republicans are sucking up to big oil by fighting for a gas tax that would raise subsidies for the oil and gas industry, so that they can raise 9 billion dollars to “address global warming” with natural gas vehicles. Who wins? T. Boone Pickens. Incidentally, the folks who are fighting these subsidies most are the ones who want to line their pockets (instead) with subsidies: the Koch Bros. Let them fight it out, as the politicians posture for their handouts.
Meanwhile the “code” for promoting gas and keeping away their competitors are statements like these:
“…uncomfortable with the level in which the U.S. government would be dictating winners and losers in energy development” and “…oppose all government mandates and subsidies because they artificially skew economic signals about price and demand, thereby creating inefficiencies that divert resources from productive activities to politically favored ones”… In other words, let’s not look at any other sources of energy, and keep government out of our business.
How much should government dictate energy policies? Should government subsidize energy innovation? I want to hear from you.