There’s an old expression that bears repeating here, considering what we’ve heard from Washington recently. It’s, “Who died and left you boss?”
Who, for instance, gave Michelle Obama authority to issue “rulings” on school lunches? The first lady expressed her dismay that some school districts were abandoning her “suggestions” for lunch menus. How could they have been so foolish and irresponsible to go back to high-fat, high-calorie, and high-sugar menu items? What right did those schools have to ignore her well-thought-out food selections?
The districts that abandoned the first lady’s low-carb, low-fat, low-fun menus did so for one simple reason: Thousands of children hated the Zen grain and vegetable items. They were, apparently, leaving the “healthy” – whatever happened to the correct word “healthful,” anyway? – stuff on their trays, resulting in lots of money that went into the trash along with the first lady’s food selections.
When told of how unpopular her Buddhist diet was, she said, in so many words, they’ll get used to it. I guess she assumes that, not only is she the unelected co-president, but that she’s entitled to issue orders that bypass Congress.
Probably more damaging is the dictatorship established in the Environmental Protection Agency, under control, naturally, of our Dear Leader, as the North Korean ruler is called. New regulations were issued from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. that will order car manufacturers to adopt new mileage targets. They must know that any forced increase in mpg results in lighter, more expensive cars that likely offer less crash protection.
You might wonder if Congress had to approve any of these edicts, and, for the most part, the answer is, no.
It’s hard to decide which fuel the White House despises more; oil or coal. From The New York Times: “Obama to Offer Rules to Sharply Curb Power Plants’ Carbon Emissions.” How serious is this proposed 20-percent cut in carbon emissions? According to the Times article, cutting carbon emissions, which, in effect, means cutting the use of coal, “could eventually shut down hundreds of coal-fired plants across the country.”
The goal is to force the states to initiate the impractical, very expensive cap-and-trade policies that have been the dream of the eco-Democrats. Cap-and-trade is in force in several states, but will become compulsory if Obama has his way.
But wait: Why stop with the White House, when a certain Democratic senator is “demanding” that a private entity obey his order?
No, this one doesn’t involve nutrition or pollution. Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, wants the Washington Redskins to change the “racist” team name before the next NFL season opens. According to the top Democrat in the Senate, Redskins is so hateful and insulting that there should be no further discussion about dropping it. Even though every opinion survey tells us that, not only do Redskins fans want to keep the team name, but the public at large feels the same way. Maybe more important, Native Americans have not lobbied to change the Redskins’ appellation.
If we had to choose one of the “demands” from the Democrats, we would have to go back to climate change.
But there was some good news: when the Speaker of the House, Republican John Boehner, was asked what action should be taken now to curb alleged anthropomorphic global warming, he said, candidly, “Well, listen, I’m not qualified to debate the science over climate change. But I’m astute enough to understand that every proposal that has come out of this administration involves hurting our economy. . . .”
Bud Stevenson, a retired stockbroker, lives in Fairfield. Reach him at [email protected]