[FoRK] The real threat of reactionary socialism

Aaron Burt aaron at bavariati.org
Fri May 23 14:06:22 PDT 2008

On Fri, May 23, 2008 at 02:00:07PM -0500, Jeff Bone wrote:
> I've recently pointed out here that I'm sensing a growing  
> reactionary trend among the Dems that threatens to hurl us straight  
> into the arms of doomed socialism.

Sorry, not seeing anything material that even strays to the left of LBJ.
(Or Nixon, for that matter.)

> In  response to pointed comments by Shell CEO John Hofmeister blaming  
> Congress for restricting domestic oil exploration and drilling, CA Dem  
> Maxine Waters [...] said,  paraphrase:
> "And guess what this liberal will be all about.  This liberal will be  
> all about socializi...  um... (long pause...)  basically... taking  
> over and the government running all of your companies."

Sounds like a good bit of rhetoric, kinda like that Hillary quote about
bombing Iran you mentioned a while ago.

I hope someone else had a better response, more along the line of, "Even
if we found every damn drop of crude under the US, and even if we let
y'all take out a 5 different species of endangered charismatic megafauna,
and even if you found the will, wherewithal and workers to get it into
production quickly, it would've made absolutely no difference in the
price of crude.  None."

The increased rate of prduction, even after ramp-up, would be a
sparrow's fart compared to Saudi et al., and they're pumping as fast as
they can.  Limited rate of supply, meet dollar-rich growing economies.

> That's as verbatim as I can make it, transcribing from the TiVo'd  
> clip.  Stunning.

BTW, you said "paraphrase" earlier.  Which is it?

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