02 July 2008

The Whiny Reid

In a much-watched excerpt from what appears to be the Fox Business channel, Senate majority leader Henry Reid (D – Nevada) gives a clear picture of why Congress has done what seemed impossible just a little over a year ago: have a lower approval rating than President Bush. It’s easy to understand why. Reading the following statement does not give the full effect; it is best to watch it. Senator Reid whines:
“Coal makes us sick. Oil makes us sick. This global warming is ruining our country; it is ruining our world. We've got to stop using fossil fuels. For years we've been taking carbon out of the earth and putting it in the atmosphere. And it's making us all sick and it is changing our world."
Now, just what Mr. Reid would do to “stop [us from] using fossil fuels” is a little hard to nail down. A look at the front page of the Senator’s website shows that he is against nuclear power. The “Stop Yucca” petition link is a clear give-away. One page deeper – through the “National Clean Energy Summit” link – shows that Mr. Reid is in full favor of wind, solar, and geothermal energy. And that’s just fine. But those are a long way off. What would Mr. Reid have us do in the meantime? Just get “sick” on oil?

I’m honestly sick of something: the belief among many politicians and more than a bit of the electorate that centralized government programs emanating out of Washington D.C. can cure any real or perceived ill in the country (or the world, for that matter). Perhaps it’s a realization of Congress’s sense of self-importance which is really fueling the disapproval rating, coupled with a well-formed belief that, in the end, Congress will do precious little that does not serve its own interest – life long job security.

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