And of course, once again, there is the magic lure of a green economy created by the brilliance of Washington experts and politicians. This is to be our "Sputnik moment," when the fear of the foreigner spurs us to innovation and greatness of the kind that yielded NASA and the moon landing."The old Obama in new clothing," Washington Post, January 28, 2011
Apart from the irony of this appeal being made by the very president who has just killed NASA's manned space program, there is the fact that for three decades, since Jimmy Carter's synfuel fantasy, Washington has poured billions of taxpayer dollars down a rat hole in vain pursuit of economically competitive renewable energy.
This is nothing but a retread of what used to be called industrial policy - government picking winners and losers. Except that in a field that is not nearly technologically ready to match fossil fuels, we pick one loser after another - from ethanol, a $6 billion boondoggle that even Al Gore admits was a mistake, to the $41,000 Chevy Volt that only the rich can afford (with their extended Bush tax cuts, of course).
Perhaps this is all to be expected from Democrats ...
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I'm reminded of recent efforts by members of the mainstream press to prop up this empty suit by declaring his speech to be "Reaganesque."
You tell me, does this - Obama's response to the violence that is taking place in the streets of Cairo - sound Reaganesque?
"You can see these pent-up frustrations that are being displayed on the streets."My main hope is that violence is not the answer"?
"My main hope right now is ... is that violence is not the answer in solving these problems in Egypt, so the government has to be careful about not resorting to violence, and the people on the streets have to be careful about not resorting to violence."
How about Suzy Fifth Grader?
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You want Reaganesque?
There's this from my choice for president, 2012:
That, folks, is Reaganesque.
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And don't even get me started on that court jester - Joe Biden.
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One last thing, I read Obama's attempt at channeling his inner Mahatma Ghandi - "violence is not the answer" - at the same time that violence is already engulfing Egypt, and wonder: Where's George W. Bush when we need him?
Isn't it time for some leadership in the White House?