Only an hour or so ago, President Barack Obama announced new mileage and emissions standards for automobiles, increasing the regulatory burden upon an industry already struggling to stay afloat. In the Rose Garden, he was flanked by Ron Gettelfinger and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Gettelfinger, as UAW honcho, is perhaps most responsible for the downfall of the American automotive industry; Schwarzenegger, as California governor, is largely responsible for the bankruptcy and collapse of the Golden State.
Obama touted the new standards as an “historic agreement to help America break its dependence on oil, reduce harmful pollution and begin the transition to a clean-energy economy.”
If the liberals truly wanted America to break dependence on foreign oil, they would actively pursue drilling offshore, drilling in Alaska, and extracting oil shale in the continental United States. It would create millions of real jobs. It would revitalize the economy. It would make America the supplier, rather than a nation beholden to other nations which, at the very least, do not have American interests at heart.
But that’s not what they’re all about. They don’t want independence, they want an America dependent upon the federal government for every aspect of their lives. They want control, and what better way to control the people and the economy than having the bloated federal finger on the lightswitch.
Now, Obama is embracing the measures taken by the state of California, a state that imports more energy than any other state other than the island state of Hawaii, a state that is teetering on the edge of complete and total collapse, a state with record unemployment, record foreclosures, and record dependence upon government. This is the state that Obama models his federal model upon? We’ve seen that “green” means bankruptcy and unsustainability, with minimal if any environmental benefit, yet the president has no problem taking us down that very same road.
Now, Obama is actively looking to stifle everything that has made America, America. Mileage controls? Emissions controls? What effect will that have on business? What effect will that have on ingenuity?
Next, when people from coast to coast are forced into the latest Government Motors-made econoboxes, and gasoline sales and related tax revenue drop, look for an exponential increase in the taxes on gasoline and energy. Obama maintains that the additional cost per vehicle—estimated by the government to be $1300, so look for it to be between four and five thousand—will be offset by energy and gasoline savings. But what happens to that offset when taxes on gasoline increase to accommodate the revenue void left by decreasing gasoline sales?
It should be abundantly clear, from every action taken by this administration, that the Democrats have seized upon their chance to exert as much control over the American public as possible. With plans for cap-and-trade and nationalized health care legislation inevitable, Americans everywhere should stand up and take notice of just how much the federal government is now, and will be, involved in nearly every aspect of their daily lives.
For the liberals now pulling the strings, success is taboo and any potential for prosperity should be held in trust for the benefit of perceived public good, merely “perceived” because, as we see with these socialist policies masquarading as environmental salvation, any benefit to the public is certainly outweighed by the staggering stifling of wealth, stability, prosperity and success.