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Barack Obama flailed out fearlessly against yet another strawman the other day — promising to assemble a team to “root out any cases of fraud or manipulation” in oil markets that might be responsible for $4 a gallon-plus gasoline prices.
Funnily enough — for anyone who cares at all about manipulation and fraud — the president was speaking at what the AP described as “a renewable energy plant in Reno” when he made this remark. It is a well-known fact that the heavy subsidies and endless rhetoric devoted by this president to “clean energy” are indeed one of the factors that are driving up oil prices, undermining the dollar and increasing the nation’s dependence on foreign oil.
Earlier, at a fund-raiser in San Francisco for well-heeled lefties (paying up to $35,800 apiece to hear the president, according to the AP), Obama said that he was pressing ahead with his agenda in a difficult political environment and that “change turned out to be a lot tougher than expected.”
Well, of course, Rome wasn’t razed in a day. As Adam Smith, there’s “a lot of ruin” in a rich nation. A frustrating thought for this president — but a hopeful one for the rest of us who are appalled at his mismanagement and conceit.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?