|A Public Comedy
March 01, 02 Bill Lunch, OPB’s political scion, said on this evening’s episode of the locally-produced media sitcom, Seven Days, that the new Oregon power rules that went into effect today represent deregulation, which did not work in California. The tiny problem with that statement is that California didn't try deregulation -- and the failure to do so is the precise reason it ended up in a power mess.
crunch, just has to change his name.
that Pepe LePew was “what you want your agent
to be.” This is typical Whoopie, who like all flaming liberals
the intellectual depth of a parking lot puddle. Pepe, of course,
chases only that which runs away. When success pursues him, he is
the one who flees in the other direction. Such an agent, Whoopie,
would never land a single job for you. (Pepe
a site that sells cardboard skunks.)
Listening to them, it came to me that term limiting politicians is a mistake. What we ought to do is term limit liberal TV media panelists. And, since we’re talking about show biz here, their departure should be by way of a big, long-handled hook that slowly extends out across the set and then suddenly snatches them away. In the words of LePew, Bon voyage le discomfiture du posterior l’electronique.
The financial energy disaster and subsequent brownouts in California, lads and lassies, were not a product of deregulation. The spontaneous liberal, Governor Gray “Say, hey!” Davis hit a home run of economic ignorance over the power grid fence by deregulating the price suppliers could pay for electricity while regulating the price they could sell it for. Add that to California's ridiculous plant siting regs and exploding population, and you have the makings for exactly what they got -- a growing demand for energy in a state that didn't add a watt to their power grid for decades. (Photo: Governor Gray Davis.)
The Bureaucrat and the Merchants of Venice, CA
“Dost thou knowest of this apparition, Gloucester?
This thing called supply and demand?”
(Stage direction – the king pours a dram of bile into a bowl of bitter herbs and hands it to Gloucester, who grimaces as he sips.)
“Here is the truth of it, Gloucester. If a man wanteth
a fish, and cannot catch one of his own, he must perforce seeketh
out a fisherman. Yet, verily, if this man liveth far from the
what shall he do? He will go to the merchant and purchase the
cadaver, will he not?”
“Then what if more men purchase than fish do swim to the
nets this annum, Gloucester?”
“I begin to see thy mind, sire. But, I have a question.
What if the merchant pay dearly for the coming catch of many fishermen,
and the popularity of fish at the table declineth thereafter?”
better to be king, Gloucester, than a
king of merchants, for if the people do not like your price, the king
confiscate their property and send them to the dungeon.”
(Exit economic prosperity, stage left)
The parable above is, quite simply, how it is, folks. Gray Davis did what bureaucrats do. He bought high and sold low. His fiscal irresponsibility put millions of his citizens literally in the dark in their own homes, shut down traffic lights which endangered the public in the streets and stopped production in the private sector, which cost people their jobs. His stupid liberal misfeasance did more damage to more people than ten ENRONS.
And, since Bill Lunch is a liberal, he blamed the problem on what is actually the solution.
for press liberals. Until we get them, we will be
forced to listen to crap like that.
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