Popeye once said, "It's all I can stand, I can't stands no more!" Syndicated columnist Froma Harrop typifies that liberal mindset that if only we want something real bad, it should happen, regardless of the economic impact. She, like all liberals, has absolutely no understanding of a system based on free markets. The liberal philosophy runs out of "gas" when liberals run out of taxpayer money. The right wing didn't kill the Chevy Volt, as Harrop claims in her April 7 column, "Chevy Volt: The car the right wing can't kill"; the American people and a free market system gave a resounding answer to an obvious question, and the resounding answer was no! America is in the worst economic depression since the Great Depression, yet the administration is hellbent on spending your money and everybody else's money toward any project that includes big labor or political donors who will continue to fill the campaign coffers of the Obama re-election team in 2012.
I know that being in control of the world energy market is diametrically opposed to the liberal mindset, but think about the positive implications: lower fuel prices, economic security, national security, net trade export-balance for years to come, Middle East stability by removing our necessity to involve our troops in the region and full employment at home.
On the flip side, name a program that the feds are subsidizing that runs in the black. We've spent trillions in health care, wars on poverty, education, transportation, banking and many other ancillary quasi-government programs that suck the life out of the economy, but keep politicians feeding at the public trough. The only financial advantage for our country is that we simply print more money; yet the global monetary implications and the reality of borrowing from foreign lenders have put us at a great economic risk and disadvantage, particularly when we borrow from China.
We know that the Chevy Volt and Solyndra, the poster children for alternative energy, and other stupid liberal schemes have gotten us more debt, higher taxes and less energy. You'd think the same liberals that promote global warming, a one-world government, world courts and the United Nations would be "glowing red" about the production of petroleum products anywhere on Mother Earth, yet they only care about our domestic energy resources?
We all know the problem: a coherent energy policy here in the United States. We have staggering petroleum reserves available that could take us off Middle East oil in a relatively short time and put us on the road to economic freedom and energy independence. The best estimates of the capacity to reach the maximum alternative energy use is 2035, at which point we would enjoy about 15 percent of the total energy. A simple question: What do we do in the meantime? Again, liberal math is fuzzy at best!
I want to be fair about our president's current energy policy: Tax the oil companies and develop solar, wind and biofuels. Oh, and get regular tuneups and paint every roof in America white. How's that policy working out? We have $5-per-gallon gas, and all the alternative fuels now provide less than 2 percent of our energy needs. If it weren't so crazy, no one would believe it. We tie the hands of those who drill for oil and natural gas, or mine coal, but we can continue to trust the Middle East to continue to provide our supply of energy. Iran, Egypt and Syria and other hostile countries continue to work against our interests, limiting our energy access, which is a major risk to our national security, let alone our economy and the American way of life.
The Chevy Volt is only systematic of liberal policies. It has a very limited range (35 to 50 miles), and access to power is virtually limited to your household electrical plug. But the electricity is powered by coal and related petroleum products that our current energy policy discourages.
Please send these goofballs a message in November and let's turn America around.
Pat Skrable of Bakersfield is one of the founding associates of McKinzie Commercial Real Estate and was named chief operating officer in 2005. Skrable, a 2012 inductee to the Bob Elias Kern County Sports Hall of Fame, was a football and baseball star at Bakersfield High School; he spent five years in the Philadelphia Phillies organization.