Jenny EriksonWhen I was little, my mama always taught me that actions speak louder than words. Co-opting a phrase from the most widely owned and read book in the world, she told me that I would be able to discern a tree by the fruit it bore.
In other words, talk is cheap.
I’ve been reminded of this so often over the past couple of years while watching the Obama administration. Barack Obama claimed to be for better education, and then he ended the DC voucher program. He said he wouldn’t hire lobbyists, and then he hired lobbyists. He said he wanted make sure every American had health insurance, then he gave waivers to businesses so they wouldn’t have to provide health insurance for their employees. Anyone else notice a trend?
The latest round of hypocrisy has to do with energy. In 2008, then-Senator Obama vowed to implement a cap and trade law that would limit carbon emissions and ‘necessarily skyrocket’ energy costs. Unable to pass cap & tax through congress, President Obama has decided to do whatever he wants anyway by expanding EPA regulation. Since I’m remembering phrases from my childhood, ‘more than one way to skin a cat’ comes to mind.
For the first time, the Environmental Protection Agency will regulate greenhouse gases from power plants and other major polluters -- which will stifle growth, kill jobs, and raise the cost of electricity. But if you’re lucky, a polar bear will come hug you. Polar bear hugs are far superior to being able to turn on your heat in the middle of a snowpocalypse.
In typical Obama fashion, the rules don’t apply to him or his buddies. After some review, it was decided that:
The Obama administration will spare a stalled power plant project in California from the newest federal limits on greenhouse gases and conventional air pollution … According to a declaration by air chief Gina McCarthy, officials reviewed EPA policies and decided it was appropriate to "grandfather" projects such as the Avenal Power Center…
The power plant will be filled with General Electric turbines. General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt and President Obama are good buddies. It could be coincidence. But my mama always taught me that if it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and swims like a duck … it’s probably a duck. Or in this case, a corrupt politician.