Energy

Disgrace of the day: Baptist-and-bootlegger presser

Today’s press conference teaming Big Business and the left-wing coalition is in fact an embarrassing display of the worst that today’s Washington has to offer. To understand why, consider this excerpt from Chapter 5 of “Power Grab: How Obama’s Green Policies Will Steal Your Freedom and Bankrupt America: Picking Your Pockets for Political Payola” (citations omitted).

A popular aphorism holds that the American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers it can bribe the public with the public’s own money. To one extent this prophecy was slightly too pessimistic, as Congress quite obviously discovered this ability some time ago. Yet the Republic remains, if on increasingly unsteady terms. Our current lawmakers’ revelation is not that they can bribe the public, but how much more cravenly they can do so.

Barack Obama’s inauguration ushered in a new era of such tie-ups between Washington and well-heeled constituencies. Politicians now not only create and then bribe other constituencies with confiscated wealth, but do so brazenly claiming that their actions are urgent, imperative, and just the beginning of much more to come. These bribes extend to individual corporations and ad hoc coalitions, which in turn lend their credibility, prestige, and finances to advancing a shared agenda.

The environmental issue generally, and particularly global warming, have exposed with disturbing clarity how big business and special interests scratch politicians’ backs so that together they can pick your pockets. It is difficult to imagine a more glaringly obvious or expensive push for state control of our freedoms than this campaign to limit the availability of energy in the name of saving the world. Yet our free press has proved worse than negligent in performing their watchdog role here. Blinded by their sympathy for a shared ideology, the establishment media are fully and actively complicit in the burgeoning corruption of our system.

You would think that flagrant collaborations between big business and government made in shady backroom deals, at the expense of the little guy and with the added element of national security implications, would make the media want to investigate. But quite the opposite is true. The media not only cover for this ugly revival of corporatism and policy corruption, but cheerlead the deals, at best deigning to raise the obvious questions just to shoot them down with industry/politico/green-supplied talking points.

Even the most nauseating “green” political payola is news only in a perverse fashion, touted not as scandalous but as a wonder of supposedly strange bedfellows agreeing to work together in ways unimaginable but for the dire emergency against which they valiantly and selflessly set aside their differences to defend.

Emboldened by the lack of media inquiry into the shady relationships, and the absence of headlines like, say, “Climate Fat Cats: Big Business Lobbies to Increase Your Taxes, Energy Costs, and Threaten Your Jobs,” the government’s corporate pals increasingly boast of their efforts. …

Guaranteed, and indeed windfall profits and the transfer of many hundreds of billions of dollars in consumer, ratepayer, and taxpayer wealth easily clouds the thinking of even the most ardent capitalist. Help our natural enemy out now, throw them under the bus later seems an apt description of the philosophy shared by Enron and the green groups with which Enron, BP, and others worked to impose the Kyoto agenda on America. These are trailblazers whose commitment was actually less capitalist than traditional Progressive….