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Diverting as it is to watch the right wing making yet another production out of protecting its ‘job creator’ base from the perceived theft of its rightful bullion by wage earners, it’s impossible not to see that the view increasingly is of a weak, helpless and irresponsible class at the top. While putting together the writhing plans of opposition to anything this administration tries to accomplish in the public interest, the political right has mythologized its support group into an ultimate dirty f***g hippy living off the public teat.
As Bob Herbert put it last night on the Rachel Maddow show, the rich want it all even when it hurts them, too.
The concept of business owners who hoard their profits, huddle together for warmth to protect capitol and shut out potential job performers is one of the DFH living off the earnings of others that they insist applies only to the unwashed public and its needy kids. Using the government to put up fences against citizens getting their own earnings is the latest tack, harking back to the very conditions we fled to start this country in the first place.
Once upon a time, the high returns on investment in risky business was earned. Now its high returns are bought, by throwing a primer of lobbying and political finagling into the works to protect investors from actual risk. Fracking is a particularly good example. Originally it was introduced in the wingnut politically controlled west where it was just another way to wrest fossil fuels out of the landscape, passed off with a shrug. When ground water started turning up flammable and unusable by the landowners where fracking was going on, the oil companies ran tests and produced test results that showed it was just a fluke. In towns like Dish, Texas, with their farms and homes no longer inhabitable, citizens without a justice or political systuem that served their interests were reduced to moving away, ruined. This seemed to the right like a reasonable policy, and to protect it the Big Oil industries made their moves into more civilized societies by replacing public interest regulatory personnel with their own agents before starting to get the permits to destroy the countryside east of the Mississippi.
…28 scientists complained that the committee, formally known as the Natural Gas Subcommittee of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, “appears to be performing advocacy-based science and seems to have already concluded that hydraulic fracturing is safe.” The scientists ask Chu to replace Deutch “with a person with no financial ties to the natural gas and oil industry,” as well as add “independent members” to the committee.
An environmental group, the Environmental Working Group, previously objected to the advisory group’s makeup, saying Deutch received more than $1.4 million from energy companies Schumberger and Cheniere Energy for serving on their boards between 2006 and 2009.
The same approach has produced other destructive results in the financial industry, of course. Read the rest of this entry →