When I drive to work, I try to listen to a little talk radio to see what the nattering nabobs of negativism have cooked up for the day. This morning, Doug Wright opined on this morning’s program that all we need to solve our energy dependence problem (and therefore becoming more energy independent) is to form some government organization like NASA and just put the smart people on it.
And this guy calls himself a Republican? Oh yeah, I forgot. In Utah you can spend all the taxpayer’s money you want, you can grow government as big as you want, you can encroach on individual liberty as much as you want, as long as you do it all as a Republican.
But wait, doesn’t this guy call himself a Conservative, too? Oh yeah, I forgot. In modern politics, you can spend all the taxpayer’s money you want, you can grow government faster than LBJ, you can encroach on individual liberty as much as you want, as long as you do it all as a Conservative.
But beyond all of that idiocy, what’s so stupid about Doug Wright’s proposition that we just “put a bunch of smart people together” to solve this energy dependence problem? Well, it assumes several facts that are most certainly not self evident. It assumes:
- The people working in the energy industry are just plain stupid. Otherwise they would have figured out this energy independence stuff already.
- That government can solve any problem if we just spend enough money on it. (Maybe Doug Wright has been secretly shagging Hillary Clinton and is picking up nasty sexually transmitted intellectual diseases from her.)
- That “energy independence” is something that can be solved by some sort of Manhattan Project style government initiative, or worse yet a NASA style government bureacracy.
You’d think a guy that touts his conservativism and his republicanism on his radio show ad infinitum would have some idea that government is the problem, not the solution. But RINOs only know how to feed at the government trough and only know how to advocate solutions that not only compromise your individual personal liberties, but your individual economic liberties as well.
This past weekend, Bob Barr won the Libertarian Party’s nomination for the office of President of the United States. When asked why he jumped ship from the Republican party to the Libertarian party, he paraphrased Ronald Reagan by saying “I didn’t leave the Republican party, the Republican party left me”. Doug Wright’s idiotic proposal is just one more example of what Bob Barr is talking about.