I am going to go out on a limb and say many of the conservatives reading this are screaming at their computer screen “YESSSSSSSSS” But what some fail to see is how the unintended consequences of actions taken by both the administration and the bureaucracies put in place by previous administrations are taking us headlong into a potential collapse of our economy. All in the name of protecting us. Here are some excerpts from stories that will make it clear that our society is being broken down. Maybe not deliberately or maybe so, but all the same it is happening. The first being from Pajamas Media:
It would seem corn is back on the radar after having fallen off after the 2008 election, when ethanol was no longer a convenient club with which to beat the Bush administration.
Before that particular fight was over, however, former President George W. Bush had signed legislation which required 40 percent of the U.S. corn harvest to be slated for ethanol production, and for massive subsidies to make corn economically viable.
We are now reaping the unintended consequences of those decisions. Accepting as fact that American farmers are the most productive in the world, and also accepting as fact that the agriculture sector is one of the few sectors of the economy which is performing well, we’re still faced with a problem.
This is precariously low, the lowest in modern history. The only time the carryover was lower was in the 1930s — during the height of the Dust Bowl.
So we grow corn as food for us and for our food. It is used as feed for livestock and chicken feed. Oddly is also being used to feed farm raised seafood. So based on that alone the price of everything we eat will be going up due to the shortage of corn caused by a Republican President. I need to be fair here the ethanol lobby was around before George Bush was President and he will not be the last President to suck up to a large group of farmers or corporations. So here we have a problem with corn, a building block of the economy and the world’s food supply being dedicated to making fuel. So what you are saying that si one aspect of our economy.
Well while you are faced with higher beef, chicken and even corn prices the next slam to your household finances is coming not from particular President even though Obama said that his plan would raise energy costs. It is coming from the EPA who have instituted strict emission guidelines on Coal Fired Energy plants. How severe is the attack on Coal? This from the Evansville Courier Press:
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear maintains when it comes to regulating coal, it’s time for the federal government and the Obama administration to “get off our backs.”
After learning that Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities intended to seek permission to raise electrical rates 19 percent to comply with new EPA regulations on emissions, Beshear blasted the agency for engaging in a “war on coal” that “is now threatening to cause drastic utility rate increases.”
Beshear was not alone in rebuking the federal government over restraints placed on coal.
State Rep. Jim Gooch Jr., D-Providence, chairman of the Kentucky House Natural Resources and Environment Committee, noted that customers will pay for tougher environmental standards implemented on coal-fired plants.
Kentucky is coal country and it drives the economy there. 9.1% unemployment and the government continues to allow regulations that will kill an entire industry to continue. This is where the ideology enters this argument. Instead of realizing that the Coal industry has pushed hard to make plants less intrusive on the environment they continue to push them further to the point of less profitability. This will cause those plants to close and directly affect the economy and lives of the people of Kentucky. How do I know Coal plants will close. Well the newspaper of record in Barack beloved Chicago published this article.
Consumers could see their electricity bills jump an estimated 40 to 60 percent in the next few years.
The reason: Pending environmental regulations will make coal-fired generating plants, which produce about half the nation’s electricity, more expensive to operate. Many are expected to be shuttered
The increases are expected to begin to appear in 2014, and policymakers already are scrambling to find cheap and reliable alternative power sources. If they are unsuccessful, consumers can expect further increases as more expensive forms of generation take on a greater share of the electricity load.
“Each generator will have to decide for itself whether the investment required to meet environmental requirements can be justified based on its projection of market prices and the cost of its capital. In any case, those costs will be passed through to consumers,” said Mark Pruitt, director of the Illinois Power Agency, which procures electricity for Illinois.
American Electric Power, one of the country’s largest coal-burning electricity generators, said Thursday it will retire nearly a quarter of its coal-fueled generating capacity and that it will spend up to $8 billion to retrofit remaining units to meet regulations that start taking effect in 2014. Those moves will have an impact.
Anyone remember Bugs Bunny. Dogpile on the Rabbit! Dogpile on the Rabbit! We are being piled on by these increases in our home spending that we can not control but can be directly affected by the government. Any again Ideology has that unintended consequence. The President and the EPA want us to just go green. We all know where all those jobs are. Had enough? Well it goes on.
Let’s not forget how slowly this administration is acting to the gasoline prices. Obama has put a moratorium on Gulf drilling that has been lifted but it seems the Department of Interior knows this but can’t find it’s pen to get the drills working.
It is ideology at this point that is making this stuff persist. It is ideology that causes this President to take no action in the face of crushing inflation on the horizon and when we the people see our government out of control we should go to the ballot box and change that government. we are at a crossroads of ideology. Too many people are now dependent on government for day-to-day existence and they are keeping the people with the wrong ideology in power.