Politician from both sides doing little to move us forward

Posted By on March 22, 2012

It’s easy for someone like me with a fiscally and socially conservative ideology to disagree with President Obama and his expansion of government. I disagree with his irresponsible deficit spending, his liberal social philosophies and adding new entitlements. As he approaches re-election he has also returned to blaming someone else for problems, even after 3+ years in office (2 with a Democratic congress)  … farmingalgaewhich I know is probably just “campaign mode,” but he should at least take the credit or blame for those things he did accomplish (or destroy, depending on your perspective).

That’s not necessarily the reason for my angst in this post, because not everything spawn from my irritation with President Obama, the Democrats or those further left. I’m also frustrated with those from those within the Republican party. I’m sure that I’m not a lone GOPer … as one who is a believer in smaller government, a strong defense, self-responsibility and  the basic Republican platform, …  but some politicians get caught up in the attack everything the opposition supports. For example, whenever alternatives to oil are brought up as a way to make us less dependent, more self-sufficient and someone is focused on something “renewable” … it is satirically attacked and joked about – as with the latest belittling of growing algae for fuel. It is as if leaders in the Republican party are as blind when discussing energy (only see drilling as an answer) as Democrats are when talking about deficits and debt (only wanting taxing and spending more).

Drill Baby Drill – a parody of Chuck Berry’s Johnny B. Goode

When Newt Gingrich belittles the potential of a renewable such as algae as part of the “all of the above” solution for energy independent, he does a disservice to reasonable Republicans (for the record I voted for Romney in our Ohio GOP primary). When those on the right repeat the “drill baby drill” mantra, I get as irritated as watching the Alexandra Pelosi documentary “Obama Bucks” in the below HBO YouTube clip. Both our dependence on just “drilling” and this growing of the entitlement society has to end; I can’t believe that 50% of Americans receive more money from the government than they pay in … and  that’s not even counting the services offered by government such as securing our nation. 

Back to GOP primary hopefuls and energy, instead of using there position as candidates to educate why some options aren’t an immediate solution they go with the rhetoric of “just drilling.” Candidates like like the intellectual Newt Gingrich make comments that all but derail support alternatives to petroleum. His 1-5 points are misleading and overly assuming when he discounts the potential of creating a new American industry (in turn a job creator) that could expand around high volume algae to oil production on desert land that is currently unable to produce other crops.  Algae to oil isn’t has far fetched as it is being portrayed – intellectually dishonest and harmful to advancing our nation’s energy independence.

GINGRICH: “… fuel from algae costs anywhere between $140 and $900 a barrel to produce today. As most Americans probably understood intuitively when they heard the President’s speech, there’s not much indication algae can ever overcome its fundamental problems to be competitive with oil and natural gas, of which the world also has plentiful supplies.”

While I don’t disagree with natural gas as an accessible and immediate energy option, those who study economics can tell you that adding cars and trucks to the additional power plants (nuclear are being replaced by NG) along with existing homes and industrial heating will push up demand and therefore prices. about_collageEventually our currently cheap natural gas won’t be the perfect solution either … we better be adding a few more arrows in our quiver … especially renewables that can create jobs and an entirely new industry.

As a nation (a world), we need a variety of energy sources that can compete fairly with each other. I have no disagreement with stopping the subsidies, combatting oil cartels, unfair trade and shining the light on the congressional favors given to select energy sectors. (BTW, I’m ok with a few dollars of non-profit, non-commercial research — key point: few $ and not the Billions to hand picked industries – Solyndra comes to mind). We do need the next generation of scientists and the innovations that keep the U.S. competitive when it comes to energy use and production. So let’s not politicize everything energy. It doesn’t have to be one or the other when is comes to petroleum verses alternatives … it can be all of the above competing and co-existing.

Comments

  • Old Liberal Friend

    I’m with you on the alterative fuels Rich (since your biodiesel days), but see it imperative that we take care of those who are less fortunate in this country. I disagree with the Repubs in wanting tax breaks for the corporations and wealthy. I would rather have a compassionate government leveling the playing field just like many in the American progressive movement suggest. If that sounds a little too socialistic for right wingers, so be it. Obama is far more likely to take care of our country’s bottom third than any of the GOP candidates being overy influenced by the ignorant Tea people. If it were up to me, I’d tax the top 10% at twice the current rate and add a personal property tax, eliminate their loopholes, fund education fully, forgive student loans and centralize healthcare like other civilized countries. You should be glad Obama is moderate!

    • Sorry I didn’t get this posted early, but you should have left your real name and email address. 🙂

      We definitely disagree, but I respect your progressive views. I just hope there are more in America that would rather see compassion in less government not more. Without sounding like someone from the Tea Party –who I generally agree with — I’d rather have a small federal government and return social policies to the states … then hope the states do the same by returning power to the local level.

      As Benjamin Franklin wisely wrote about the poor …
      “I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”

Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.