Congressman Lamar Smith, District 21:
Smith, please check all that apply to you:
__I am a Republican and believe that government can solve our energy problems better than the market.
__I don't care how inefficient solar energy is, doggonnit, I just love it:
__I thought since you lived in Molly Ivin's and Jim Hightower's neighborhood, you must love solar power, so I thought I'd tell you what you wanted to hear.
__I think that if I pretend to sound like a liberal, liberals won't hate me so much.
__I didn't know that my cynical promotion of stupid policies designed for short-term political gain might be teaching all the Republicans out there to support stupid policies like incentives for solar energy.
__I'm just an idiot. To be honest, I don't know or care whether solar energy works. Please vote for me regardless.
Lamar, you say you want to "ban price gouging in gasoline." Would you rather see people stuck in gas lines? Did you forget that the opportunity to make an extra buck is an incentive for distributors to anticipate shortages in order to ensure a supply at the most critical times?