Susan Stamper Brown

And here we stand at the precipice of what could become a real energy crisis, and we have an ideologue at the helm and an EPA on steroids. Consider the words spoken to the Governor's Ethanol Coalition in 2006, when then-Senator Obama said, "...for all of our military might and economic dominance, the Achilles heel of the most powerful country on Earth is the oil we cannot live without." There is a lot of truth to Obama's statement, and it would be one of those seminal moments if followed up by an inspirational call to sensible action. But most understand that the green energy movement is not a call to sensible action but rather to irrational policies and irresponsible spending at our expense. Think: Solyndra.

Liberals love to argue that Republicans are anti-environmentalists who are in bed with the oil industry. Not true; they instead typically provide a more measured response to issues. In the case of this ruling, the GOP looked out for "the folks." In a December 31, 2011 press release, House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) said there must be "a more sensible approach to regulations" to make rules "achievable in the real world." Attorney General Pam Bondi (R-FL) concurred in a similar press release saying, "We cannot allow Floridians, many of whom are already suffering financial hardships, to bear the brunt of costly federal regulations."

In stark contrast, an empty Air Force One touched down in Hawaii the other day, and then the President stepped out. This man, who is more in love with his self-image than America, and more occupied with his re-election campaign than the health of our republic, is chronically AWOL when it comes to doing the right thing by the American people, and in particular, repressive EPA regulations.


Susan Stamper Brown

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