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Germany’s Green Energy Surcharges Spiral Upwards
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  • f1b0nacc1

    If you presume that the purpose of this policy is to:
    1) Provide a lucrative payoff to well-connected cronies
    2) Force down energy consumption by increasing price
    3) Make the idiot greens feel better about themselves, irregardless of results
    4) (most important) Give the government and increased stranglehold on energy production/distribution, and hence greater control at the expense of the market
    …then this policy makes a lot of sense. It has little to do with the environment, and everything to do with control and distribution of the goodies.

    • Blackbeard

      Exactly right. And similar policies will be coming soon to the U.S., courtesy of President Hillary.

      • Jim__L

        There’s still a good chance Hilary will end up in prison, one way or another.

        • f1b0nacc1

          Hillary will never see the inside of a prison cell, and given the very ugly precedent that would set, it is probably a good thing. I despise the woman, but we really don’t want to start the precedent of jailing major political figures, no matter how much they might deserve it.
          With that said, I wouldn’t bet on her seeing the inside of the Oval Office (as president) either….

          • Jim__L

            I don’t think we can afford the precedent of *not* jailing major political figures. This email server crime is not some minor slap-on-the-wrist offense. If you or I had handled / exposed state secrets like that, the government would not deal with us kindly.

            The fact is that slaps on the wrist do not work. Ask yourself, what would the right course of action be, if it were the case that a “major political figure” leaked information that, say, led to our intelligence community not being able to prevent 9/11? Wouldn’t it cause a great deal of moral hazard to allow something like that to pass, not to mention be a massive miscarriage of justice for the victims?

            The buck has to stop somewhere, or it will stop nowhere.

          • f1b0nacc1

            Please understand that I don’t disagree with you in principle. I have held a clearance for a very long time, and am well aware of what would happen to me if I behaved in the same way that Hillary has. The notion that she will largely skate on this bothers me a great deal, but I don’t see any other practical way to cope with it.
            Like it or not, she is quite likely to be the Democratic nominee in 2016, and it is inconceivable that imprisoning her (assuming a successful prosecution of course) would be seen by some as a political act. Do we really want to open up that can of worms? Fining her heavily, humiliating her, banishing her from public life, all fine with me, but once we establish the precedent of jailing a public figure of this stature, I cannot help to see that it will spin out of control in the future. Much as I hate to say it this way, those at the very top of the pyramid do get treated differently, and sometimes that is (however regrettably) necessary. I loathed Nixon and cheered his resignation, but criminal prosecution of him would have served nobody’s interests.
            I had never been a fan of Nelson Mandella while he was in prison, and (to my eternal shame) thought that he would be no better than the usual African revolutionary when he was elevated to power. I was astonished, however, by his choice to forgive and reconcile himself with those who had committed crimes against both him and his people, and moreover to use his standing to help his people reconcile with them as well. Note that those who committed much more serious crimes than Hillary is accused of were not spared the shame of exposure or confession, but Mandella had the wisdom to understand that even if justice was not served by letting them escape retribution for their crimes, the health of the body politic was. Perhaps (and I acknowledge that this is a deeply murky subject where reasonable people can disagree), we are all best served by emulating Mandella’s wisdom. Never forgetting, but not allowing a quest for perfect justice override the broader issues in play.

          • Jim__L

            Tom DeLay?

          • f1b0nacc1

            DeLay was hardly a major figure (yes, he had standing, but he wasn’t a very big player in the party…certainly not on the level of the Clintons, for instance), and there was a great deal of controversy about the merit of the charges against him. Remember the DA who went after him was a rabidly partisan hack from Houston, and a good chunk of his accusations didn’t stand up well to scrutiny.

  • gabrielsyme

    Almost as stupid as turning food into ethanol.

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