Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Congressman Lamar Smith - Shameless Solar Liar

Congressman Lamar Smith, District 21:

Thanks for wasting my tax dollars to send me your color brochure promoting yourself and your wasteful government programs. You are a perfect expample of the reason I abondoned the Republican Party and now serve as Executive Director of the Libertarian Party of Texas:

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?

Lamar, I won't comment on your plan to add to the federal government's control over more of our land. You've explained yourself quite clearly.


Paul Rowe said...

Libertarians don't usually support government subsidies, but essentially 100% of any additional costs of fossil fuels after their consumption are absorbed by taxpayers. If these costs were assessed as taxes on fossil fuels at their point of consumption, I wonder how much the "cost effeciency" gap between solar and fossil energy sources would close?

A few drops in the bucket to encourage innovation and experimentation do not strike me as the worst social policy problem we face. It might also be helpful in the long run to preserve the feeling of exercising an "independent streak" that solar rebels reflect, since it is a mindset that seems to have disappeared from the political landscape completely.

As for myself, I was particularly impressed by learning in Rep. Smith's newsletter that legislation can now create refineries. I thought it took capital and labor, but I guess that just shows what I don't know.

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