Chu: Uh, never mind on that European gas prices goal

posted at 1:55 pm on March 13, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Isn’t it amazing what a couple of bad polls can produce?  In 2008, then-incoming-Energy Secretary Steven Chu told the Wall Street Journal that American energy policy should be calibrated to drive the cost of gasoline to the same level as Europe in order to produce more demand for alternative energy production:

Mr. Obama plans soon to introduce his energy and environment team, which will include Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Chu as energy secretary and former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Carol Browner as White House energy adviser. …

In a sign of one major internal difference, Mr. Chu has called for gradually ramping up gasoline taxes over 15 years to coax consumers into buying more-efficient cars and living in neighborhoods closer to work.

“Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,” Mr. Chu, who directs the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal in September.

Almost four years later, with Barack Obama beginning to see his polling slip on rapidly-rising gas prices and the compounded pain it causes working- and middle-class families, Chu finally walked back that statement in testimony to Congress today:

Energy Secretary Steven Chu on Tuesday retracted his now-infamous quote from 2008: “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.”

“I no longer share that view,” Chu said in response to questioning from Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, at aSenate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on another topic related to DOE’s loan-guarantee program.

Not that he sounded convincing:

Chu seemed to equivocate, pause, and stumble over his words when responding to Lee’s question about high gas prices. Other comments Chu made at another hearing late last month put him in hot water on gas prices. Politico reported on Feb. 28 that Chu told a House committee he was not working to lower gasoline prices but to wean the United States off oil. That story has since been corrected to clarify that DOE is working to both lower gas prices and wean the country off oil. But that was only after the story was picked up by Republicans and used against the administration.

The Hill picks up on another part of his testimony that raises questions about his sincerity:

But Chu declined to say whether he regretted making the 2008 comments.

“Let me not comment on that,” he said.

National Journal seems to be going out of its way to give Chu some cover.  Here’s the actual answer and response from last month:

Chu specifically cited a reported breakthrough announced Monday by Envia Systems, which received funding from DOE’s ARPA-E, that could help slash the price of electric vehicle batteries.

He also touted natural gas as “great” and said DOE is researching how to reduce the cost of compressed natural gas tanks for vehicles.

High gasoline prices will make research into such alternatives more urgent, Chu said.

“But is the overall goal to get our price” of gasoline down, asked Nunnelee.

“No, the overall goal is to decrease our dependency on oil, to build and strengthen our economy,” Chu replied. “We think that if you consider all these energy policies, including energy efficiency, we think that we can go a long way to becoming less dependent on oil and [diversifying] our supply and we’ll help the American economy and the American consumers.”

Clearly, the “overall goal” for this administration is not to lower gas prices.  It’s to game the system to make alternatives compete better against fossil fuels.  That doesn’t necessarily mean that the administration wants a rapid rise in gas prices, but it certainly doesn’t mean that they want to see gas prices fall substantially, either — at least not until gas prices start harming Obama’s re-election chances.  The alternative energy sources this administration champions can’t compete against mature energy sources, even with the billions of dollars in subsidies that Obama has poured into the industry.  The outcome has been a complete bust — literally, in the cases of Solyndra, Beacon, and Ener1, among others.

From NJ’s report, it sounded as if Chu had considerable difficulty serving up this reversal.  The rest of us will find it difficult to swallow, too.


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KOOLAID2 on March 13, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Supply can’t rise to reach that demand. Remember, we use more oil every decade than in the entire sum of history prior. We cannot continually generate more oil than has ever existed every decade, and thus prices must rise. They will rise suddenly, and then just as suddenly as they rose the substance will run out completely.

ernesto on March 13, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Also, Ernesto, you do realize that the earth is still producing oil, don’t you?

WryTrvllr on March 13, 2012 at 2:34 PM

“you can keep your insurance plan if you like it”; i think i’ve heard this line of tyranny before…

burserker on March 13, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Simple arithmetic. Demand for oil still grows steadily. This is not linear growth, mind you, but exponential. It compounds the real demand, while even if we were to drill every hole possible, we could not possibly produce steadily growing stores of oil. It will all happen very quickly, the shift from cheap oil to no oil. Remember, we used more oil from 2000-2010 than in all of history before that, and from 2010-2020 we will use more oil than all of history before that. You can’t escape it.

ernesto on March 13, 2012 at 2:15 PM

I’m not sure where your numbers are coming from, but it’s different from what I see here.

This starts w/ 1980, but by the numbers (and my rusty math), it looks like worldwide consumption during the 1980s was ~200 Trillion barrels, during the 1990s was ~250 Trillion barrels and during the 2000s was ~300 Trillion barrels. Consumption is clearly going up (though not exponentially), but that seems like a silly reason to try to stifle supply.

BlueCollarAstronaut on March 13, 2012 at 2:36 PM

“We think that if you consider all these energy policies, including energy efficiency, we think that we can go a long way to becoming less dependent on oil”

Uh listen Mr. “Nobel Prize” Chu. Based on your current track record in crony capitalism I wish to see the analysis cooraborating your claim. And be quantitative, “a long way” and “less dependent” are very subjective. You do remember what that means, right?

jake49 on March 13, 2012 at 2:36 PM

“Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,” Mr. Chu, who directs the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal in September.

Well why the h*ll should he care about high gas prices?
After all, this tool doesn’t even own a car.
Just the kind of empathatic figure you want making energy policy decisions for the little folks!

VelvetElvis on March 13, 2012 at 2:37 PM

oops…I think that s/b Billion not Trillion (I knew my math was rusty :) )

BlueCollarAstronaut on March 13, 2012 at 2:38 PM

And if you tell me not fast enough, I’ll explain why solar is a waste of resources.

WryTrvllr on March 13, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Supply is currently matching demand. Did you fail econ 101?

blink on March 13, 2012 at 2:31 PM

A slight clarification. Here in the US supply is currently exceeding demand, that is why we are currently exporting crude distillates.

SWalker on March 13, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Any congressional hearing with members of the Obama administration as witnesses is a sham.

GaltBlvnAtty on March 13, 2012 at 2:41 PM

I’m not sure where your numbers are coming from, but it’s different from what I see here.

This starts w/ 1980, but by the numbers (and my rusty math), it looks like worldwide consumption during the 1980s was ~200 Trillion barrels, during the 1990s was ~250 Trillion barrels and during the 2000s was ~300 Trillion barrels. Consumption is clearly going up (though not exponentially), but that seems like a silly reason to try to stifle supply.

BlueCollarAstronaut on March 13, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Slight correction here, those would be Billions of barrels, not trillions.

SWalker on March 13, 2012 at 2:42 PM

All these politicians and “smart” folks are going to get themselves in a right warm pickle if not careful.
Taxes on gas are a BIG source of revenue, both state and Fed. If usage drops a significant amount, so does revenue. Havn’t heard of a politician who would work hard to DECREASE tax revenue outright like that.
They will get it from us another way.
Perhaps Dr. Chu would make a suggestion.

Jabberwock on March 13, 2012 at 2:43 PM

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=50163

HIGHWAY ROBBERY: Dem transportation bill worth billions for companies owned by Soros, others…

Hope all of you have seen this one!

CoffeeLover on March 13, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Slight correction here, those would be Billions of barrels, not trillions.

SWalker on March 13, 2012 at 2:42 PM

You’re right. Thanks for that. I noticed it about a minute too late…my eyes start to cross once there are so many digits :)

BlueCollarAstronaut on March 13, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Another quality “public servant” elitist from academia who has no clue about the real world. The esteemed gentleman just looks lost during those hearings. I bet he would much rather be spending his time in a lab somewhere.

Of course they are changing the talking point – that doesn’t mean they are changing their policies. Obama will pander and say anything (IE lie) to anyone to get reelected. This is the nature of liberals in power. This also smacks of panic to me.

AttaBoyLuther on March 13, 2012 at 2:44 PM

“I no longer share that view,” Chu said

……until AFTER the November elections………..

Yeah, Chu and Browner, EXCELLENT picks for anything having to do with energy. Give ‘em a couple more years and we’ll be back to burning wood and candles.

Or will the EPA ban those items as well?

GarandFan on March 13, 2012 at 2:45 PM

my eyes start to cross once there are so many digits :)

BlueCollarAstronaut on March 13, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Wow, lucky you, usually my brain screams I’ve had enough of this crap and just shuts down altogether.

SWalker on March 13, 2012 at 2:46 PM

There are more than a few democrats (blue collar working class type, one each) that are awakening to the very scarey notion that Obama really does put his enviromental whackjob pals ahead rank and file Americans.. and always has.

Quite a moment of clearity for them, since for many, it was just the usual “oh, he’s just saying that cause the republicans hate clean air and water,.. doesn’t really mean it that he’s gonna screw the voters”….

You can see quite a few new independents coming out of this.

Even my brothers liberal loon girlfriend is sputtering over the gas price issue.. and that just kills her to admit the GOP could be right, on anything.

mark81150 on March 13, 2012 at 2:47 PM

ernesto on March 13, 2012 at 2:28 PM

“Because we are now running out of gas and oil, we must prepare quickly for a third change, to strict conservation and to the use of coal and permanent renewable energy sources, like solar power.” – Jimmy Carter (1977)

“We’re gonna run out of oil. We now import about 44% of our oil. We need to shift from oil to coal. We need to concentrate our on coal burning and extraction, with safer mines, but also clean burning. We need to shift very strongly toward solar energy and have strict conservation measures. And then as a last resort only, use atomic power.” – Jimmy Carter (1976)

mankai on March 13, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Or will the EPA ban those items as well?

GarandFan on March 13, 2012 at 2:45 PM

What do you mean, will they? I’m pretty sure they already have…

SWalker on March 13, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Slight correction here, those would be Billions of barrels, not trillions.

SWalker on March 13, 2012 at 2:42 PM

ehhh – a billion here, a trillion there, pretty soon you’re talking REAL consumption…//

dentarthurdent on March 13, 2012 at 2:49 PM

mankai on March 13, 2012 at 2:47 PM

It takes a certain level of skill to quote a fool and come out ahead. Impressive.

WryTrvllr on March 13, 2012 at 2:50 PM

“Because we are now running out of gas and oil, we must prepare quickly for a third change, to strict conservation and to the use of coal and permanent renewable energy sources, like solar power.” – Jimmy Carter (1977)

“We’re gonna run out of oil. We now import about 44% of our oil. We need to shift from oil to coal. We need to concentrate our on coal burning and extraction, with safer mines, but also clean burning. We need to shift very strongly toward solar energy and have strict conservation measures. And then as a last resort only, use atomic power.” – Jimmy Carter (1976)

mankai on March 13, 2012 at 2:47 PM

“It’s so hard to make a good rational decision when your head is stuck up your a$$ and your brain is starved for oxygen”. – SWalker (2012)

SWalker on March 13, 2012 at 2:50 PM

And unless I have missed something recently

THORIUM

It’s what’s for dinner.

WryTrvllr on March 13, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Ahh,

Remember the days when Haliburton was the root of all evil regarding high gas prices? Chu must obviously be working or Haliburton since he want high prices!

Obama must obviously be in Haliburton’s back pocket!

(/moonbat lib)

Kingfisher on March 13, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Are we running out of uranium yet?

dentarthurdent on March 13, 2012 at 2:52 PM

“I no longer share that view,” Chu said in response

Did anybody note the expiration date for that quote: January 20, 2013? It seems that all of Obama’s statement have expiration dates on them.

Kingfisher on March 13, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Ernesto woke up! I’m starting to appreciate you after the gates opened up here, and it’s been raining trolls for 40 days and 40 nights!… You’re starting to look like an ARK!

KOOLAID2 on March 13, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Are we running out of uranium yet?

dentarthurdent on March 13, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Even worse, Chu must have learned that fairy dust and unicorn farts don’t exist. Imagine the look on his face when he found that out.

Kingfisher on March 13, 2012 at 2:54 PM

And unless I have missed something recently

THORIUM

It’s what’s for dinner.

WryTrvllr on March 13, 2012 at 2:51 PM

The current political class will never let that happen.

Gotta keep shoveling money to their “green” stimulus projects.

tetriskid on March 13, 2012 at 2:56 PM

“I no longer share that view,” Chu said.

Share? Who’d you share it with? I want names!

Akzed on March 13, 2012 at 2:56 PM

“I no longer share that view,” Chu said in response to questioning…

So he still holds the view – he just won’t share it anymore.

Chu specifically cited a reported breakthrough announced Monday by Envia Systems, which received funding from DOE’s ARPA-E, that could help slash the price of electric vehicle batteries.

Imagine that! A breakthrough announced by a company getting DOE funding. Chu didn’t mention the ‘breakthrough’ depends on smoke, mirrors and unicorn farts, which have no proven reserves.

Marcola on March 13, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Supply can’t rise to reach that demand. Remember, we use more oil every decade than in the entire sum of history prior. We cannot continually generate more oil than has ever existed every decade, and thus prices must rise. They will rise suddenly, and then just as suddenly as they rose the substance will run out completely.

ernesto on March 13, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Interesting, if you believe in the “peak oil” theory, which has since been found lacking.

In the 80s we were supposed to have 13 billion barrels of “known reserves”. In the last thirty years we have used 77 billions barrels. Our “known reserves” are now 20 billion barrels. How is that possible?

Because in both exploration and processing we’ve gotten better. There is now actually 1.4 trillion barrels of reserves in United States territories alone, making it the owner of 25% of the world’s reserves. Even if we continued using at the current growth rate we have enough oil for the next 340 years.

The dirty truth is we are deliberately shutting areas off from exploration because we wish to push our prices to make alternate energy sources comperable, although they are simply not, and in some cases even more toxic to the planet.

We don’t have to have $4 gasoline. President Bush lifted the ban on offshore driling in eastern and western shores, and oil prices fell 8% in a single day. In half a year, even though no drilling had started in those locations, gasoline had gone from 3.89 to 1.65.

Yes, the administration is doing this on purpose, and with the stroke of a pen, stop it.

itsspideyman on March 13, 2012 at 2:57 PM

I really wish that when our so called representatives get interviewed on tv that they would stop the semantic bs and use words like liar, fraud, cooked books, fraudulent purposeful deceit,. Stop all the nicey nice crap. When Trump called out O Dumbo on his bc, his numbers went through the roof. The American People want to see this lying bunch taken on,,they want somebody with fight in them, we have a war going on and the people want somebody to fight for them. If they do not,,,we will.

retiredeagle on March 13, 2012 at 2:58 PM

ernesto on March 13, 2012 at 2:18 PM

You wouldn’t recognize truth if it jumped up and slapped you in the face. You leftists only know lies and deceipt.

jawkneemusic on March 13, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Chu specifically cited a reported breakthrough announced Monday by Envia Systems, which received funding from DOE’s ARPA-E, that could help slash the price of electric coal fired vehicle batteries.

There.

Akzed on March 13, 2012 at 2:58 PM

ernesto on March 13, 2012 at 2:07 PM

?? Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnd your petroleum “expertise” (GAG KOFF sputter PUKE) comes from……………….WHERE did you say?

I’d suggest you run along and go find Maxine Waters – surely she needs some moronic ASSistance planning for nationalization……………

SHEESH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Katfish on March 13, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Are we running out of uranium yet?

dentarthurdent on March 13, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Thorium is an interesting material, it just barely falls into the fissile category. It can be used as fuel in a nuclear reactor, but can’t be used as fuel for a nuclear weapon. Making it in other words, the perfect nuclear energy fuel.

SWalker on March 13, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Take a look at these highway bill choices, and tell your senator to support DeMint’s bill, which gets the subsidies out of our energy support altogether.

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/293311/gop-senators-crumbling-highway-bill-iain-murray

onlineanalyst on March 13, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Isn’t it amazing what a couple of bad polls can produce?

Wait a minute. You mean to tell me that the Republican party isn’t in defensive mode? I thought the comments made by Rush Limbaugh last week would strengthen Obama’s poll numbers!

I’m shocked, shocked I tell ya’!

Kingfisher on March 13, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Ok. Obama hates women, until such time when he denounces the new sharia, signed by his buddies, Karzai/the Taliban. Until he denounces them, he is them.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Can you link me to a good article about this?

cptacek on March 13, 2012 at 3:06 PM

That Chu guy is as fake as a $3 bill. Him and Barry are Commies through and through and just need one more election win to finish their jobs – total destruction of the USA as we know it and a new 1000 year Commie utopia created.

Onward Comrades!!!

Ogabe on March 13, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Or will the EPA ban those items as well?

GarandFan on March 13, 2012 at 2:45 PM

The DOE will probably have to consult Jeffry Immelt first before they can make a ruling.

belad on March 13, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Chu is a lying ass dog. Zero’s got his butt in a grinder over this and people are banging him over the head with HIS OWN WORDS and Chu’s too.

No one is buying the lie, Algae Man.

dogsoldier on March 13, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Simple arithmetic. Demand for oil still grows steadily. This is not linear growth, mind you, but exponential. It compounds the real demand, while even if we were to drill every hole possible, we could not possibly produce steadily growing stores of oil. It will all happen very quickly, the shift from cheap oil to no oil. Remember, we used more oil from 2000-2010 than in all of history before that, and from 2010-2020 we will use more oil than all of history before that. You can’t escape it.

You are an idiot. You’re trying to explain how demand will strip away supply into inifinity.

You are ignorant of history. Take your argument and apply it to railroads from 1890-1910 timeframe. You would be lamenting about how we cannot continue to build trains and railroads to keep up with an exponentially growing population demanding travel. You would have asked for regulation and the enforcement of coercive policies to keep us from building trains and railroads stating it was our only way to produce an alternative form of travel. The plane was invented completely de-coupled from any government program and it changed travel drastically for the century to follow.

If oil is not capable of supplying the future demand of energy then a free market economy free of the coercive power of government is the best and ONLY way to achive a solution. You are just to daft to realize it.

I feel sorry for you.

Meat Fighter on March 13, 2012 at 3:17 PM

European gas prices of yesteryear may come here, but the euro weenies will always pay much more than Americans as most of the price per liter is extorted through exorbinant taxes.

European prices continue to rise as well.

Robert Jensen on March 13, 2012 at 3:21 PM

European gas prices of yesteryear may come here, but the euro weenies will always pay much more than Americans as most of the price per liter is extorted through exorbinant taxes.

European prices continue to rise as well.

Robert Jensen on March 13, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Which is why, pretty much across the board, they are dying off.

WryTrvllr on March 13, 2012 at 3:26 PM

I don’t believe him…

d1carter on March 13, 2012 at 3:34 PM

ernesto (1974) “peak oil – we only have 40 years’ supply remaining.”

ernesto (1984) “peak oil – we only have 40 years’ supply remaining.”

ernesto (1994) “peak oil – we only have 40 years’ supply remaining.”

ernesto (2004) “peak oil – we only have 40 years’ supply remaining.”

Nemesis of Jihad on March 13, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Thank goodness we had liberals regulating candles in the mid-19th century, or we would have never gotten Edison’s light bulb.
Something tells me that Ernesto believes that market ingenuity is directly dependant on government oversight/intervention – because strangely enough it’s missing from all his arguments.

newtopia on March 13, 2012 at 4:17 PM

i wonder if anyone has bothered to explain to herr bammy, that if prices come down the usage will go up. This will in turn increase the taxes collected by the federal government. this will also spur economic growth, hiring, purchasing, and generate even more tax revenue.

put it in those terms and maybe ol bammy may get the idea he can win the election and therefore be in favor of tapping our resources.

Freed0m28 on March 13, 2012 at 4:18 PM

That Chu guy is as fake as a $3 bill. Him and Barry are Commies through and through and just need one more election win to finish their jobs – total destruction of the USA as we know it and a new 1000 year Commie utopia created.

Onward Comrades!!!

Ogabe on March 13, 2012 at 3:08 PM

They use Critical Race Theory (Blame Whitee) as their form of Marxism. You have to completely transform America from a White Supremacy nation to a Black Supremacy Nation think South Africa.

Yes that ought to work. NOT.

Steveangell on March 13, 2012 at 4:27 PM

He’s lying.
Its what they do.

Mimzey on March 13, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Supply can’t rise to reach that demand. Remember, we use more oil every decade than in the entire sum of history prior. We cannot continually generate more oil than has ever existed every decade, and thus prices must rise. They will rise suddenly, and then just as suddenly as they rose the substance will run out completely.

ernesto on March 13, 2012 at 2:28 PM

And then…..global warming ends. Or is it the Moon explodes? To tell you truth, I can’t keep up with all the bad stuff that will happen.

Your side should be looking forward to that, and ensuring low gas prices to bring the end of AGW sooner.

BobMbx on March 13, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Horse and buggy, baby.

Giddyup!

BobMbx on March 13, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Chu is a complete doofus who seems to lack the basic awareness to function in public. The Nobel Nitwits do not reward common sense or the usual aspects of intellectual accomplishment — they liked his politics.

Keep Chu speaking on camera, O’Bonehead, he’s priceless for conservatives and others with functioning brains.

Jaibones on March 13, 2012 at 5:35 PM

It’s almost too much for me to read about these bastards, and their hell-bent-for-leather desire to destroy this country, so that they may rebuild it – on our backs – into another Communist Utopia.

It makes me so mad, I can feel my blood pressure go up … and I am powerless to stop them.

I think that’s what gets me the most – I am powerless, when the majority of voters are cattle, who need the rancher to feed them their hay.

When the majority of voters are cattle – my vote means nothing – it is simply overwhelmed and made pointless.

And that’s what really gets me.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 13, 2012 at 2:01 PM


^ THIS! ^

This is precisely why I have to limit my time reading political blogs…my blood pressure just can’t take it.

It doesn’t seem to matter how outrageous Obama’s policies get, the American populous refuses to wake up and smell the coffee.

It.is.so.infuriating!

mom29js on March 13, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Che-Chu is a slut.

jarhead0311 on March 13, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Awareness of your own mental condition called progressive socialism is the first step Chu. Or in your case, when the public wants to burn you at the stake for what you say it’s always a good thing to try to distance yourself from your bosses headlong race to communist destruction.

Wolfmoon on March 13, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Chu is a *chink in the armor* of the Obama administration.

chango butt on March 13, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Chu is a *chink in the armor* of the Obama administration.

chango butt on March 13, 2012 at 8:42 PM

meaning he still has some fealty to science and common sense.

WryTrvllr on March 13, 2012 at 8:45 PM

I’m absolutely blown away at the fact that the U.S. citizens are still writing Chu and Holder a paycheck.

It bottles the mind.

McNinja on March 13, 2012 at 10:09 PM

JP, lookie here – aparently originated in an American blog. Didn’t know until just now.

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2012 at 12:50 AM

This is the guy who served me some Goo-to-go the other night.

drowningpuppies on March 14, 2012 at 12:56 AM

Obama has called another press conference on gas prices today. I predict that at some point, he’s going to call for a suspension of the Federal gas tax. It’s perfect Obama-style politics. He “saves money” for folks by eliminating payments that support a major government program, and increases the rate at which our government racks up debt.

hawksruleva on March 14, 2012 at 9:22 AM

“I no longer share that view,” Chu said. “At least, not until after the election,” Chu thought.

Finbar on March 14, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Some people have the vocabulary to sum up things in a way that you can quickly understand them. This quote came from the Czech Republic. Someone over there has it figured out. It was translated into English from an article in the Prague newspaper Prager Zeitungon on 04.28.2010.

“The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their president.”

It takes a foreigner to show a majority of us are stupid.

Schadenfreude on March 13, 2012 at 2:28 PM

attributed to : Vaclav Havel, Czech Republic
A Poet of all things, and an anti-communist Hero/President ,
member of Charter 77 an anti-communist reform group on intellectuals in what wa sthe easter Bloc/Warsaw Pacy

A Friggin poet, of all things, making more sense than the Best Preisent EVAH, the nost intelligent man to ever win the presidency

Gauthijm on March 14, 2012 at 1:33 PM

It will be the irony of this Administration that if they had worked to keep gas prices low, most of the other stuff he did would have been able to be implemented and not have fallen by the wayside. But the siren song of “alternative Energy” despite its consistent history of utter failure, has brought us to this point.

Like Jimmy Carter, putting on a sweater and turning down the heat, walking or riding the bus, is simply not an option for Americans. As we watch gleefully as Chevy Volts burst into flames, the Unicorn dream of Windmill powered cars took with its smoke the of “Alternative Energy”, an idea already a joke in the eyes of the average American.

But unlike Carter, Obama is so disconnected from the reality of the American Experience he will only ramp up his rhetoric and his implementation of this fiasco. I honestly believe that the O-hole believes in this Fascist way, that the government can control without responsibility, through licensing and outright thuggery, the future of a people. That by applying enough pressure, he can force them to do his vision. What he does not understand is that Americans are following him by Choice, a Free people holding to a social contract. If he violates the contract enough, Americans will not just despise him, but cease to cooperate.

Gibson Guitar is a warning that it can happen to anyone, even if you cooperate with American Law. General Electric and GM shows what happens when you cooperate. Perhaps there will be more examples before the real fist is shown. Dissent, so long embraced by the Democrats, is suddenly being smashed hard (Sorry Rush).

We have a long way to go.

Bulletchaser on March 15, 2012 at 10:26 AM

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