Monday, 27 February 2012

In Passing

Finally: Mitch says what the Republicans *should* have been saying all along

The Hill:

Gov. Daniels:  Obama administration ‘wanted higher gas prices’
By Meghashyam Mali - 02/26/12 12:11 PM ET

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) blamed President Obama for the spike in oil prices, saying the administration had pushed for consumers to pay higher prices at the pump.

"Let’s give the president credit for one domestic policy that works.  He wanted higher gas prices and he got them,” said Daniels on Fox News Sunday.

"Secretary Chu said $8 are about what they pay in Europe.  It would be great. Secretary Salazar said $10 and it still wouldn’t be for drilling in the places where we know there’s an awful lot of domestic production.  And so, they have gotten the doubling of gas prices and perhaps worse, it’s a conscious policy of this administration.  Maybe the one thing they set out to do and actually accomplished.” he said.
Wow!  Go Mitch!  "Speak Truth To Power,” I guess...

But the question isn’t whether he’s right (he is) or whether he was being "fair” (he was), but why it’s been left to lame-Duck non-candidate Daniels to drive hope a point that everyone in the Republican party should have been making ever since gasoline hit three dollars a gallon.

Why the Republican silence?  Were they afraid of being dis-invited to those famous D.C. cocktail parties?

Or of being attacked by the environmentalists, the Democrats, and the media.*

Or perhaps it’s because that, deep in their hearts, the gentry Republicans agree that $10-a-gallon gasoline actually isn’t that bad an idea.

Which would certainly explain why their endless fulmination over "energy independence” has never led to anything concrete that might achieve it.

UPDATE (120307, 16:21):
Gentry Republican votes "present”: "I think people recognize that the president can’t precisely set the price at the pump”


(Mitch via: Insty, Big Government via: Rush.)
* But I repeat myself.

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Wednesday, 22 February 2012

In Passing

“If federal prosecutors receive public credit for their good works... they should not be able to hide behind the shield of anonymity when they make serious mistakes.”

Make It Stop! Make It Stop!  Dept

So says Ninth Circuit Judge Carlos Bea.

Hey, we could use a lot more "recognition” like this!

UPDATE (120222 16:15):  Instapundit links added.
(Via:  Techdirt)

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