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McCain and Energy: Living on Abstract Gestures

June 15, 2008

The heady atmosphere of change and hope are in the air. Being a man of honor is a good thing, but that honor does nothing to solve the nation’s problems, whether perceived or otherwise. Politicians are stumbling on a great election-year prospect by going along with globalists and global-warming environmentalists while giving kind nodding gestures to the hurting economy and high fuel costs. The world is on the environmental eve of destruction and we, the politicians and the nation, are going to do the honorable thing: suffer. The problem is that our politicians expect that most Americans actually believe what they say. “If politicians say it enough, it must be true” is the idea at hand.

The goal of our politicians has been to get Americans to turn their sights away from OPEC and see rising gas prices in the larger vision of economic anxiety. The fact is that American citizens and voters are still losing ground because of higher health care, college, fuel and food costs. The price of everything, not just driving, is rising heartily, but our presidential candidates have a hopeless grasp on the situation and instead look to further accentuate the immediate problems that plague the country, largely because of theoretical science and popular environmentalism.

John McCain has a track record of bizarre appetites for complex regulatory schemes and gestures. The fact is that gestures are easy to make. Living by gestures, however, is another matter entirely. To many politicians, like John McCain, it’s all about the symbolic nature of politics and ideas. He considers himself incorruptible.

McCain is a different animal from his Republican brethren. He stands with Democrats as a bold reformer that refuses to compromise as he promotes causes larger than himself for the good of mankind. The gestures of politics is closing on its limits as domestic policy continues to fail Americans. All the while, politicians continue to earmark more money for generally useless and confused causes.

McCain’s politics are not a good fit for the mood of most Americans today. Worker’s wages are falling and costs across the board are rising while the dollar falls in value. This is a real crisis for many Americans as they take residence in their cars and on the streets. Whether homeless Americans will be voting this election remains to be seen.

Instead, John McCain chooses to throw low-income Americans the idea of saving a few dollars on gas through a summer gas tax holiday that doesn’t exist, while raising energy costs through creative cap-and-trade legislation in the name of environmental purity and globalism.

The gesture is magnanimous. Meanwhile, McCain and other politicians are firmly against any support for the current oil structure, even on a temporary basis, almost as if America was in the clutches of a singular evil presence in the world. Walking and riding the bus are great ideas, but have their limits in a country with the scope and breadth of America.

Instead, John McCain points to the panacea of nuclear energy and other alternatives that will certainly reduce the national dependence on oil and petroleum products eventually. On the Today Show, McCain held out the notion that advances in alternative energy might lower the price of gas by election time. He is selling the idea that revolutionary breakthroughs in energy are just around the corner. That’s hope, but is that hope founded in reality?

The bottom line is that, as an American with strong globalist leanings, John McCain wants high gas prices to push America into a new age of prosperity by force. He isn’t alone in his thinking. The Senate and House are full of surrogates that believe in no less.

Even Barack Obama admits that high energy prices can make for more efficient energy policy. The political line promoted by our globalist politicians are “no pain, no gain.” The gesture is much more important than any reality.

“At a time when we’re fighting two wars, when millions of Americans can’t afford their medical bills or their tuition bills, when we’re paying more than $4 a gallon for gas, the man who rails against government spending wants to spend $1.2 billion on a tax break for Exxon Mobil,” Obama said. “That isn’t just irresponsible. It’s outrageous.” The whole situation is outrageous, fostered by the very old-guard politicians that use the bait and switch tactics on Americans. What’s worse is that Americans have continued to hire them.

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