"NEW" ENERGY REFORM: SAME OLD POLITICS
By Christopher G. Adamo
This latest effort involves a “Gang of Ten” U.S. Senators, five Republicans and five Democrats, who are promoting their “New Energy Reform Act of 2008.” In truth it is anything but new, and, instead, represents the worst manifestation of Wasington, D.C., “business as usual.” Even in the midst of his noble attempt to justify the deception to an understandably skeptical Rush Limbaugh, Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia inadvertently tipped his hand by mentioning that the intrepid Senators felt compelled by their constituents to “quit their partisan bickering and come together.”
In actuality, his statement revealed the real motivation behind such charades in Washington. His ultimate desire was neither to see the energy problems properly addressed, nor to place his Democratic Party colleagues on the “hot seat,” where they so richly deserve to be, as a result of their callous indifference to the plight of Americans suffering from rising energy costs. Rather, Chambliss and the other nine Senators were merely attempting to make pretense of caring and acting, all for the purpose of advancing their own political fortunes.
Senator Chambliss went on to justify his duplicity by pointing out that, unless Republicans capitulate and waffle, Democrats will prevent any measure from going forward, and thus nothing significant will be accomplished.
So, in the minds of Senators Chambliss, Lindsay Graham (Republican - South Carolina) and the other three Republican members of the “Gang of Ten,” a Democratic Party defined agenda, rife with its typical glut of pork and irrelevant federal meddling, is preferable to any Conservative fight to offer real solutions. The latter would most certainly entail open political combat, winners, and losers. And that clearly would not bolster the all-important harmony of the United States Senate. Is it any wonder that the voters eventually conceded to such thinking back in 2006, when they put the Democrats in control of the Congress?
Sadly, the Senate Republicans stood to gain a great deal politically from the energy argument, and, in particular, from the Democrats’ unwillingness to accept any action on the situation, other than their standard “tax and regulate” approach, which created the mess in the first place. Moreover, this would have been true, even if, for the moment, all they might be able to show for their efforts was a list of those Democrats who stand in the way of a real solution. Now, in the aftermath of the stunning cave-in by these Republican opportunists, pro-energy Republicans who will not support such non-solutions are in danger of being marginalized and labeled as the real source of the problem.
Even a cursory examination of the “New Energy Reform Act” proves it to be the classic hodgepodge of Democratic Party Liberal objectives. Interwoven throughout it are all the boilerplate Environmentalist and Liberal Leftist trademarks such as taxes on the producers, subsidies for non-viable energy “alternatives,” and, above all, regulations sufficient to completely stifle any real exploration and production of new oil and gas resources.
Yet, we should apparently be comforted that it contains just enough lip service, ostensibly promoting some highly restricted offshore drilling, to give its conspirators their much desired cover when facing probing questions from critics.
Ultimately, this sorry episode may yield an unintended but beneficial consequence. It shows, in glaring terms, just what is wrong inside Washington, and, in particular, within the “bipartisan” circles of the Republican Party. Thus, it points to how to remedy the situation. “Republicans” who view their Democratic Party counterparts not as an opposition, but, instead, accept them and their ideology on an equal basis, will never be able to promote a political agenda, except one that is some version of that which the Democrats originally fabricated.
In other words, Liberalism, in one form or another, will always be the governing standard, with Republican influence only amounting to a minor “fine tuning” of the latest abysmal scheme offered and advanced by the political Left. The five Republican Senators, who collaborated in this travesty (and despite the former characterizations of some as ardent “Conservatives”), are revealing to traditional America that even in their minds, the divide in Washington is not between Right and Left, but between the governing elites and the “peasantry,” which is how they obviously regard the rest of us.
Meanwhile, in the opposite wing of the U.S. Capitol, Republicans in the House of Representatives are showing how the current political battle needs to be fought. Upon the congressional recess, when the ruling Democratic Party members departed the premises, while having made no real attempts to solve the energy crisis, a dedicated contingent of Republicans remained on the House floor to daily demand that Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi call the Congress back into session to deal with the issue.
Of course, Pelosi has no intention of doing so, since any truly effective measure would spotlight the ability of Republicans to lead on this issue, while painting Democratic Party stonewalling and environmentalist hysteria in a very bad light. Thus, Pelosi hoped to get out of town before the issue could be brought to the forefront. And, had the House Republicans merely sought “common ground” and collegiality, as did some of their Senate counterparts, the Speaker and chief Democratic Party leader might well have succeeded in her ruse.
Now however, she is daily being forced to contend with the non-compliant Republicans who are engaged in a “tag team” vigil, publicly proclaiming that she and her party are unwilling to put the interests of the people above the political power struggles of the day. As partisan Democrats, Pelosi and her minions know they cannot win such an engagement. So the excuses and obfuscations will continue, though they ring increasingly hollow and intellectually vacant.
It is regrettable that Senate Majority Leader and Democratic Party floor leader Harry Reid is, once again, getting a pass. But it is an outrage that he does so with the collaboration of five “Republicans,” and their collective D.C. insider mindset.
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Christopher G. Adamo is a freelance writer who lives in southeastern Wyoming and works in the field of industrial instrumentation.
He is actively involved in Wyoming's political process, serving as a delegate to successive Wyoming State Republican Conventions
and as a member of the Wyoming State Republican Central Committee. He has assisted Republican candidates for local and state
legislatures and for the United States Congress. His articles, which appear regularly in The Progressive Conservative, U.S.A.,
and on a number of other websites, reflect a major concern with the damage being done to Conservatism and Conservative causes by
the Liberal Leftist faction in the Republican Party as well as by the much larger and more powerful Liberal Leftist faction in the
Democratic Party. During the early and middle 1990s, Adamo was Editor of the Wyoming Christian Coalition's official news organ,
The Wyoming Christian.
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