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Thursday, May 25, 2006

It Has Arrived

A good idea may finally get its due:
Solution to Greenhouse Gases Is New Nuclear Plants, Bush Says
By Jim Rutenberg, The New York Times


LIMERICK, Pa., May 24 — With Democrats seizing the national stage on gasoline prices and the environment, President Bush came here Wednesday to take it back, calling for the construction of more nuclear power plants to help reduce the greenhouse gases believed to contribute to global warming.

Speaking in front of this hamlet's twin nuclear cooling towers on Wednesday, Mr. Bush promoted the 2005 energy bill he signed into law, which provides tax incentives, loan guarantees and federal risk insurance for companies building nuclear plants. Before the law, he said, only 2 companies were considering building plants, but now 16 are.

"For the sake of economic security and national security," he said, "the United States of America must aggressively move forward with the construction of nuclear power plants." (
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I've said for years that environmentalism is a luxury we can dabble in as long as energy is abundant and cheap. Al Gore, as the classic example, can afford to decry Big Oil and SUV's as he travels from speaking engagement to cocktail party in his private fuel-sucking jet, and Americans will tolerate him. Some even applaud his ... earnestness.

When that is no longer the case though, when resources become scarce, the "save the environment" crowd can be expected to quickly revert to "save my ass" mode.

We have arrived at that point. High time.

We Are Fools

I've never been able to understand how it is that Democrats are so adept at deflecting blame and Republicans can always be counted on (to be stupid and ...) to go along.

In the years that Bill Clinton was accused of having lied to a Grand Jury, of having swapped tech secrets to the Chinese for campaign donations, of having sex with an employee (is oral sex sex? ...) in the Oval Office while talking to a Congressman on the phone about sending troops to war, of selling the Lincoln bedroom at the White House for contributions, of having sexually harrassed female employees, of having sexually assaulted a female visitor to the White House, of Whitewater criminality, of having raped a woman - who at the time was the most hated man in America?

Newt Gingrich.

Democrats both in Washington and in the mainstream media were able to do that. And by the time Gingrich resigned in disgrace, a majority of Republicans were saying good riddance.

When Clinton left office (with all the White House furniture), instead of being led off in handcuffs, he walked out with his job approval rating sky-high.

Democrats are that good at this.

I recall the time too that Senate staffers forwarded an email to Senator Dick Durbin, one of the slimiest of politicians on Capitol Hill (his unctuousness arguably surpassed only by Charles Schumer), in which an hispanic nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Miguel Estrada, was described as being "especially dangerous" in part because "he is Latino."

America immediately became outraged - not at Durbin or at the committee staffers who revealed such racist tendencies. No, everyone - including Republican Orrin Hatch - was outraged (to the point of having an investigation launched) by the fact that Durbin's memo was pilfered from a public hard drive by a person or persons unknown and secreted to the Wall Street Journal. The bastard(s). Durbin et al got off scotfree.

Which brings us to William Jefferson. The FBI has this crook (a Democratic member of the House) on tape receiving a $100,000 bribe and stuffing it in his briefcase. Caught red-handed. Outrageous, right? Well, sort of. Democrats are outraged by the fact that the FBI included in its investigation a search of Jefferson's Congressional office.

And the Republicans, dopes that they are, can be counted on to fall for the ploy:
House Leaders Demand Return of Seized Files
By Carl Hulse, The New York Times


WASHINGTON, May 24 — The constitutional clash pitting Congress against the executive branch escalated Wednesday as the Republican and Democratic leaders of the House demanded the immediate return of materials seized by federal agents when they searched the office of a House member who is under investigation in a corruption case.

The demand, by Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, Republican of Illinois, and Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the Democratic leader, underscored the degree of the anger generated among members of both parties on Capitol Hill by the search on Saturday night at the office of Representative William J. Jefferson, Democrat of Louisiana, who has been accused of accepting bribes.

"The Justice Department was wrong to seize records from Congressman Jefferson's office in violation of the constitutional principle of separation of powers, the speech or debate clause of the Constitution, and the practice of the last 219 years," Mr. Hastert and Ms. Pelosi said in a rare joint statement. (
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The art of deflection. I expect it from the Times. And from Nancy Pelosi and her ilk. Unfortunately, I've come to expect fools like Dennis Hastert to get sucked into it as well. Every time.

Before this is over, the media and the Democrats will have Hastert resign in disgrace, the head of the FBI imprisoned, and William Jefferson will be nominated to be Hillary's running mate in 2008.

And America will demand to know why Republicans are such evil beings.

Well, we're not evil. We're just fools. We're such fools.