By: T F Stern
T F Stern’s Rantings
The Houston Chronicle has a regular environmental blog called Fuel Fix, articles intended to inform the masses on topics related to the oil industry and anything else which might impact climate or society in general. Loren Steffy wrote an article, Henhouse Open, Foxes Welcome, letting everyone know the evil GOP planned to look into how much government regulation over the free market system could be reduced or eliminated.
“The new Congress is now in session, and any hopes for meaningful reform or deficit fighting are quickly evaporating.”
I mention Steffy’s article because it represents an attitude, one which defines the difference between the two Americas; America, the land of the free and the home of the brave and that other America, land of government imposition. It bothers folks when labels are assigned; but one America is a republic while the other is more akin to socialism, the two are not compatible.
The Chronicle referred to an article by the Politico which spotlighted Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) as he asked industry how Congress might better serve America’s interests. Issa actually sent letters to his constituents asking for input; imagine that, a congressman trying to improve the lives of those he serves.
“Is there something that we can do to try to ease that [regulatory] burden and stimulate job creation?” he added. “Is there a pattern emerging? Is there a consistent practice or regulation that hurts jobs? Until you have all the facts, you really can’t make a lot of determinations and judgments.”
I found the interaction between Rep. Issa and industry to be a breath of fresh air; however, the left interpreted Issa’s request for information in quite a different light. If you look closely, the different Americas become clear; one America has We The People working to ensure government does what’s best for We The People, while the other America would have government impose elitist tyranny on We The People, as if those in government were somehow more capable than the lowly We The People.
“His approach is a little like teachers asking school children how much homework they’d like to have.”
Steffy’s article mentioned a group, Public Citizen, as having written a letter to Rep. Issa “noting that the purpose of regulation is to protect the public health and safety, rather than coddle corporations,” as if Public Citizen represented We The People. (emphasis added)
I looked up Public Citizen and found it to be nothing more than a left wing political action group. Their board of directors reads like a who’s who of community activists, environmentalists and lawyers; so much for the idea of having unbiased and non-partisan reporting. These folks have nothing but contempt for the free market system which made America successful.
Steffy finished her slap down of Rep. Issa by including mention of the Gulf oil spill and, of all things, the presidential spill commission.
“Ironically, Issa’s pandering comes as the presidential spill commission prepares to issue its final report on the Deepwater Horizon accident.” (emphasis added)
Remember the presidential spill commission, that fair and impartial group of hand picked environmentally friendly “yes men?” Isn’t it interesting how industry has been transformed into an ugly monster by the “the other America?” If you listen to the left, the socialist other America, industry has destroyed America and the only way to save America is to destroy big oil and the free market system one brick at a time.
Yes, I pay attention when I see the Fuel Fix logo emblazoned atop an article. I recognize it for what it is; an attack on our free market system, the land of the free and the home of the brave; it might as well be a hammer and sickle, thanks for the warning.
This article has been cross-posted to The Moral Liberal, a publication whose banner reads, “Defending The Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government & The American Constitution.”