The things which belong to others please us more, and that which is ours, is more pleasing to others.
- Publilius Syrus, Syrian-Born Roman Writer of Aphorisms (fl. B.C. 42)
And remember then how with gas prices under Obama on their way to rising more in his administraion than they did even through Jimmy Carter and the Arab Oil Embargo, how Obama did some shameless Kabuki theater, trying to take credit for the southern leg of Keystone XL (the part over which he had no control) after he had just pulled the plug on that northern leg?
Well, I’m sure you’ve probably heard, but now we get this quote from Obama’s EPA Region VI Administrator Al Armendariz on dealing with the oil and gas industry:
“I was in a meeting once and I gave an analogy to my staff about my philosophy of enforcement, and I think it was probably a little crude and maybe not appropriate for the meeting, but I’ll go ahead and tell you what I said: ‘It was kind of like how the Romans used to, you know, conquer villages in the Mediterranean. They’d go in to a little Turkish town somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they saw and they’d crucify them. Then, you know, that town was really easy to manage for the next few years. It’s a deterrent factor,'” Armendariz said, explaining that the EPA is following the Romans’ philosophy for subjugating conquered villages.
Don’t imagine for a second that it’s just coincidence that a man who is so hostile to American oil and gas producers was appointed as the administrator overseesing Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and New Mexico, five of the most important energy producing states in America. He was a political appointee and they knew how much he hated the American oil and gas industry.
It’s all according to plan for the Obama administration.
When your own government leaders speak of a “philosophy” of “crucifixition” for America’s energy producers, I say the leaders of those industries should do what they have to do for the survival of their businesses and the well-being of the nation as a whole.
If Al Armendariz is talking about nailing the oil and gas industry to a cross, maybe the oil and gas industry should start nailing up some even higher prices. I’d be okay with that. If it were to help make this long reign of ruin come to an end four years sooner, yes we can endure a few more months of pain at the pump.
The double-barrel decisions to punt on the bill capped an extraordinary week of public pressure — and an extraordinary reversal of fortunes for Hollywood, whose lobbyists seemed to think they were on cruise control to passage of bills aimed at protecting their content from online thieves.
Don’t you just love happy endings? Actually, in my case, I’m more of the Leaving Las Vegas ending type of guy, but still, to imagine the big money Hollywood lobbyists smug with the certainty that they had bought and paid for the votes of enough senators and congresspeople to ensure the passage of Chinese government censorship for America, only to see the tech heavyweights use their platforms on the Internet to rally public opinion to the tune of millions and millions of Americans signing petitions and calling their representatives . . . it’s a beautiful thing.
Power to the people – when organized and sufficiently motivated, even the biggest money of the big lobbiests can be defeated. Now if we could only get the same kind of public outcry to let the Obama administration know that “we can’t wait” on jobs and Keystone XL . . .