The Spectacle Blog

Re: “Reduce Dependence on Middle Eastern Oil”

By on 1.31.06 | 9:29PM

Oil is (mostly) fungible. It's not that much of a simplification to say that consumption of any oil enriches everyone who has oil to sell. Of course, this mean that cutting into Middle Eastern oil wealth is a lot harder than a lot of people realize. A reduction in US consumption would put downward pressure on oil prices and hurt petrocrats' revenues, which is good. But the OPEC cartel is designed to support prices, and wouldn't sit still in the face of falling demand. Really, a post-petroleum economy is the only way to permanently break OPEC.

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The “Advanced Energy Initiative”

By on 1.31.06 | 9:25PM

There seems to be only a passing glance at nuclear power. Are the Iranians the only people interested in developing it? Maybe there will be more inclusion of it as the initiative progresses. Sen. Domenici will push it, as may others.

Here's the White House's description of the initiative: 

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I Call for State of the Union Reform

By on 1.31.06 | 9:17PM

To end laundry lists. Stop. Please. It reminds me of sitting in front of the living room TV, trying to total the cost of Bill Clinton's programs for civics class the next day.

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Yo, Gov. Timmy

By on 1.31.06 | 9:10PM

So how many redrafts of his speech has Gov. Kaine done in the past thirty or forty minutes? I'd hate to be his speech writer about now.

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Oedipal Confusion

By on 1.31.06 | 9:06PM

Am consulting my Oxford Shakespeare, specially the two Lear versions, to figure out the reference to "two of my dad's favorite baby-boomers, me and President Clinton."

Is this Oedipal game disguised as sibling rivalry? Does Bill Clinton have a new father? Does POTUS expect that the next presidential race will turn on his ability to embrace the opposition's nomination's legal relative?

Elizabethan parlor games here, poison tongues are somewhere in the room. Calling Thackeray for an update.

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The Party of No

By on 1.31.06 | 9:03PM

Against medical liability reform. They'd rather federalize health care.

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Entitlements Commission

By on 1.31.06 | 9:00PM

A commission? We don't need a commission. We know the Social Security solution. We need action.

Interestingly: when was the last time that only the opposition party applauded something they sarcastically liked in the SOTU?

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