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The New York Times > Arts > Frank Rich: Enron: Patron Saint of Bush's Fake News:
"The Bush administration, eager to sell the country on 'personal' Social Security accounts, cannot be all that pleased to see Kenny Boy again. He's the poster boy for how big guys can rip off suckers in the stock market. He also dredges up some inconvenient pre-9/11 memories of Bush family business. Enron was the biggest Bush-Cheney campaign contributor in the 2000 election. Kenny Boy and his lovely wife Linda flew the first President Bush and Barbara Bush to the ensuing Inauguration on the Enron jet. Even as Enron was presiding over rolling blackouts in California, Dick Cheney or his aides had at least six meetings with the company's executives to carve up government energy policy in 2001. Even now what exactly transpired at those meetings remains a secret."
You might recall that this is the same energy policy, shrouded in secret, written with the help of America's top energy executives, that is being pushed by Bush yet again, as the answer to high gas prices.
And it looks like we are also one step closer to drillng in Alaska. Which I view more as a symbolic battle, whether we would step over a line rather than look for an alternative solution. People seem pretty clear about this one, only 14% of people in a Gallop poll really want drilling in ANWR, while 43% are strongly opposed. Most people don't particularly care whether we drill there or not. So its not like there is any demand for this action. But they keep pushing for it anyways, even though in the long term, drilling in ANWR will only "kick the can down the road" as they say in the White House.
So why do it?
For a political win.
Its like when a roommate eats your last favorite frozen dinner when the freezer is still stocked full of theirs. Its just to show you that they can, and that they have that power over you, and that they just don't give a shit about what you think.
Some additional thoughts from Mike at Okiedoke that I thought worth repeating here.
Serving a nation of oil addicts, legislators know that to be re-elected, you gain a lot more favor from users by reducing the cost of their fix than forcing them into a treatment program to ease their dependence.
Our oil reserves in that region are like money in the bank, gaining in value while also providing an asset that could be used for our national security in the future when our survival may depend on it. Using it now is like burning your furniture to stay warm because it’s easier than insulating the roof and chopping some firewood.
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