Fine, fine column by Harsanyi:
Then Schweitzer claimed (in a half truth) that Republican nominee John McCain voted “against” solar energy, biofuels and wind energy.
Which is weird, because I could swear my neighbor has solar panels, so they must be legal. I know I’ve seen windmills. So I suppose that Schweitzer meant that McCain voted against some federal boondoggle for wind and/or solar energy.
And, frankly, McCain hasn’t voted against biofuels nearly enough. One need only look at the corn-based ethanol fiasco to understand how destructive it can be when politicians decide we “must” do something.
But there were all the customary populist grievances. Corporations are “shipping” jobs out of the country. (Answer: tax them more to ensure the entire corporation is shipped out.) China is stealing our money (no trade with China?). We need to liberate ourselves from dependency on foreign energy. (Let’s hope other nations do not wean themselves off their “dependence” to wheat, steel and Pixar movies.)
Take, if you will, Michelle Obama’s speech. In relaying her life story, Obama conveniently failed to mention, in any detail, that she graduated from Princeton and Harvard Law School. She also failed to mention her six-figure salary.
To do so would have undermined the contrived and condescending “Hey, we’re losers, too!” mythology that’s been cooked up in Denver. (I don’t know about you, but I want someone far more successful than myself, or my neighbors, running the country.)