1. Proof of liberal hypocrisy
2. Finally an explanation for the etiology of liberalism
NOTE: I wrote this article years ago when I was wholly conservative.
The hypocritical liberal Democrats in Washington want us to believe that they're friends of anyone in the United States who isn't rich. If you're in the middle class or lower class, they're your friends. Yeah, right. For years, libs blocked attempts to extract some of the enormous energy resources in and around the US, including offshore oil. They agreed to allow limited offshore drilling only after they faced relentless pressure from their constituents, who were furious about paying over $4 for a gallon of gasoline. Gasoline prices quickly fell after offshore drilling began. The price drop was greater than the impact of that oil because it sent a signal to the international oil market that we were finally serious about tapping our energy reserves. Markets must factor in future supply and demand when setting current prices.
Not long after limited offshore drilling was given the green light, liberal Democrats, perhaps emboldened by Obama's victory, spoke of further restricting or even stopping it. The only thing that kept the price of gasoline from spiking up again was the massive collapse of the US economy.
Liberal Democrats also want you to believe that they are deeply concerned about protecting the environment. If that is true, try explaining this: Why are they willing to let China drill for oil off the US shore? China doesn't care about protecting their environment; do you really think they will be any more concerned with ours? The Chinese have a long track record of poisoning our kids with lead and poisoning our pets with melamine. Do you think they care about an oil spill or two?
If we were to drill offshore, not in a limited fashion, but with a determination to get every drop of oil we can, it would do two things:
- Further decrease oil prices. $2.25 per gallon is OK; $1.50 would be better.
- Protect the environment by crowding out the Chinese. When American oil companies drill, they take great care to protect the environment because they know that even a minor mishap can be used as ammunition to attack them and thereby limit future drilling.
All of the offshore oil that can be economically extracted will be taken. The only question is WHO will take it: us or the Chinese. Whether you are an American concerned with the price of gas, or someone concerned with the environment, the best alternative is for us to get that oil — NOT the Chinese! Consequently, isn't it obvious that liberal Democrats don't care about us? They DO care about the oil sheiks in Saudi Arabia, who give money to politicians under the table so they favor laws that artificially inflate the price of oil — thereby benefiting the Saudis and other foreign oil-producing nations. See how nifty their little game is? It's just a variation of politician's standard modus operandi in which they take bribes, also known as campaign contributions, from special interest groups to do things that benefit them, but hurt us. If those special interest groups advocated things that helped most Americans, there would not be a need for them to use money to influence politicians, right? Politicians would do those things anyway.
Senator Orrin Hatch said, "Democrats claim that they're for the poor. The worst thing they're doing to the poor is preventing us from developing our own oil because the poor are spending up to 50% of their income for home heating, for fuel . . . and guess who is doing it to them? It's these people [such as Nancy Pelosi] who are in the pockets of radical environmentalists. I'm not talking about true environmentalists — we're all that. We all want clean air, clean water."
Most people are liberals when they are young, idealistic, and ignorant about economics. Winston Churchill is reputed to have said something such as, "Show me a young conservative and I'll show you someone with no heart. Show me an old liberal and I'll show you someone with no brains." Another variation of this quote (there weren't many tape recorders in those days!) is, "If you aren't a liberal by the time you're 20, you don't have a heart. If you aren't a conservative by the time you're 40, you don't have a brain."
Many people wise up, but some don't. With such overwhelming evidence that economic liberalism is so corrosive to prosperity, I've spent many years wondering why even smart people can be libs (note that I never said that liberals are necessarily dumb — just ignorant; their meanings are not synonymous). I stumbled upon the answer a month ago; here it is.
Liberalism can be a good way to run a life, but it's a terrible way to run a country.