by Sam Pierce
Remember April 8,2011 when former Shrieker of the House Nancy Pelosi, exercised undue strain on the work of her plastic surgeon (she was speaking) and said "elections shouldn't matter as much as they do?" The idea was that the Republicans who share the same goals, ideals, and motivations as the leftist Democrats should retake their party from the nasty lovers of liberty. I don't believe elections matter as much as they should!
Maybe elections matter more when new members are elected. When an incumbent is ousted, there is at least the possibility that the new congressman will be motivated by a passion for liberty and keeping the federal government in check. It would appear that after some excessive number of terms in Washington D.C., congressmen begin to see the federal government as the solution to all our problems. It also appears that they get comfortable legislating favors. I wonder if they realize that they cannot give to one unless they first take from another.
My Congressman, John Shimkus (R? - IL19) is pushing his Open Fuel Standard (OFS) Act, HR 1687 and apparently believes that he is creating competition! Quick questions for my fellow Republicans: Does the federal government create competition? Is that the purpose intended by the catch-all magical commerce clause?
Washington, it seems, has determined that our energy problems are because the auto manufacturers simply aren't giving us the right choices to make when we peruse their dealership lots. Rep. Shimkus, along with co-sponsors Rep. Roscoe Bartlett [R, MD-6], Rep. Howard Berman [D, CA-28], Rep. Eliot Engel [D, NY-17], Rep. Steve Israel [D, NY-2], Rep. David Loebsack [D, IA-2], and Rep. Collin Peterson [D, MN-7] sprang into action and crafted a bill that only Cass Sunstein could appreciate.
H.R. 1687 would mandate that 50% of all new cars and light duty trucks produced by 2014 be engineered to run on some type of alternative fuel.
By 2016, the percentage of new alternative fuel vehicles increases to 80%; finally topping out at 95% in 2017. Step aside, Free Market, Big Government coming through! If only “We The People” weren't so obtuse. Unwilling to do the right thing; passing over Chevy Volts in favor of Ford F-Series Pickups and Honda Accords. Shame, shame.
Unburdened by frivolous things such as actual consumer demand, the Government will save us from our folly. We'll plug millions of new electric cars into our aging and already underpowered electrical grid. It doesn't get more green than electricity after all….
It is refreshing to see that common sense is still out there, just not in Washington D.C. I have asked Congressman Shimkus about this legislation and this is what he says regarding its purpose:
Ok, I get that there is a lot of corn grown in our district. I believe farmers should do with their crops whatever they like. I do not, however, believe that the magical commerce clause gives the representatives of corn growers the authority to force their by-products into fuel tanks! No, it is not just about Ethanol, Congressman Shimkus says we can still use oil if we want, or even coal or natural gas fuels. Gee, thanks Congressman!
Are Republicans really for limited government? Is it that government interference in markets and manufacturing is aceptable when Republicans sign on? Is it acceptable simply because a slick politician can find ways to say it promotes choice or competition?
The 2012 Primary Season should be interesting in Southern Illinois! (Have at it @TookieW.)
Cross-posted from "The Immoderate Blog"