Dogma is something that is very hard to overcome. When discussing a political issue with many, there is nothing that can penetrate the mind of the ideologue. They have heard one talking point so many times; nothing you say changes this firmly held belief.
So it is with Obama and his administration. It should remind us of the scene in Episode II of Star Wars. The one where Anakin Skywalker is in a field with Princess Padme’ and they are discussing people doing the right thing. Anakin says that if he were the ruler, he would make people do what is right. Obama seems to have the same idea of good leadership.
Obama aides told POLITICO that when he releases his final budget request next week, the president will propose more than $300 billion worth of investments over the next decade in mass transit, high-speed rail, self-driving cars, and other transportation approaches designed to reduce carbon emissions and congestion. To pay for it all, Obama will call for a $10 “fee” on every barrel of oil, a surcharge that would be paid by oil companies but would presumably be passed along to consumers.
Now, many would point out the weak recovery of our economy and say that this would be the wrong time to tax the just recovering working class. One could see that this would affect more than just the price of gas at the pump.
The food we eat is grown, harvested, and brought to market with oil products. This means that the already high price of produce and groceries would necessarily rise even higher. And most any other product could be shown to do the same.
But, no one is allowed to bring up these concerns or they are dooms-dayers.
Hours after the Democratic presidential candidates went toe-to-toe on the debate stage in New Hampshire, President Obama used the bully pulpit Friday to take a shot at Republicans for spreading “doom and despair” on the economy – touting new jobs data while defending a proposed oil tax critics say will undermine any economic progress.
And if we listen to what the administration says, it should be easy to detect that there are higher ends to be met by this move.
A White House memo outlining his plan suggested that its $10-a-barrel fee would not only be necessary to pay for his sustainable transportation dreams, but would do some good on its own by increasing fossil-fuel prices and creating “a clear incentive for private-sector innovation to reduce our reliance on oil and invest in clean-energy technologies that will power our future.”
When the Democrats wanted you to quit smoking, they raised the price through tax. Now, we see the same thing with oil.
It is easy to tell that the administration is ideologues because they are seeking to tax out of existence the one thing that has driven the economic recovery we are experiencing.
Only dogma could lead to such foolish reasoning.