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Rule Five Inflation Reduction Friday

Here, from Alex Epstein, is a great refutation of leftist claims about the misleadingly-named Inflation Reduction Act.  Read the whole thing, but here’s the first of twelve myths about that Act:

The Inflation Reduction Act is one of the worst energy policies in American history.

Its supporters are trying to hide this by spreading myth after myth about it being beneficial.

Here’s how to answer them.

  • Myth 1: The Inflation Reduction Act will lower the cost of energy.Truth: The Inflation Reduction Act will rapidly raise the cost of energy via
    • Policies that coerce us into using costly, unreliable “green” options
    • Policies that increase fossil fuel costs
    • More power for energy-obstructing bureaucrats and activists

The Inflation Reduction Act coerces grids and consumers into using costly, unreliable solar/wind electricity that they wouldn’t otherwise choose because it’s too expensive.

E.g., it indefinitely extends costly subsidies for unreliable solar/wind that defund and shut down reliable gas/coal plants.

  • At the same time the Inflation Reduction Act is promoting the shutdown of reliable electricity generation, it is—insanely—promoting far more use of electric cars via subsidies. California recently previewed the Inflation Reduction Act by telling citizens there wasn’t enough power for EVs even at 3% market penetration.1
  • The Inflation Reduction Act adds numerous taxes and restrictions on fossil fuels that will increase the cost of producing them.These include new or higher taxes on crude oil, on natural gas, on drilling on federal lands—all during an energy crisis where fossil fuels are desperately needed.2
  • Not only does the Inflation Reduction Act make energy more expensive by restricting fossil fuels directly, it does much more damage indirectly by giving much more money/power to anti-fossil-fuel bureaucrats and activists—who will eagerly restrict fossil fuel investment, production, and transport.
  • The Inflation Reduction Act gives anti-fossil-fuel bureaucrats/activists a new level of destructive power via language authorizing the Environmental Protection Agency to restrict any activity that emits CO2–which means anything the administration wants—under Section 115 of the Clean Air Act.3
  • The Inflation Reduction Act also gives anti-fossil-fuel bureaucrats/activists a new level of destructive power via $10s of billions for anti-fossil-fuel “environmental justice” causes.According to a WH-commissioned environmental justice report we must “sunset investment by 2030 in fossil fuels, plastics…and nuclear energy”!4
  • All claims that the Inflation Reduction Act will lower energy costs simply deny the obvious cost increases from:

    • Policies that coerce us into using costly, unreliable “green” options
    • Policies that increase fossil fuel costs
    • More power for energy-obstructing bureaucrats and activists.

Read it all.  Share widely.

This Act, it is apparent, is the back-door implementation of much of Alexandria Occasional Cortex’s “Green New Deal.”  It’s blatantly anti-nuke, anti-oil, anti-gas, anti-automobile, anti-American – you name it.  And the Democrats did this on purpose.

As I’ve always said, I’ll give the Dems credit for one thing:  When they get a chance to act, even with the narrowest of majorities, they take full advantage of it.  They squeezed this abomination through with the help of a few GOP turncoats, and they’ll do more if possible.  We already have one “diversity” Supreme Court pick, who seems to have been nominated and confirmed mostly for her plumbing, skin color and leftist politics – and hopefully that will be all the Supreme Court picks President Biden(‘s handlers) get.

But energy is a hot topic right now.  Gas prices are trending upward again.  The folks that provide us with heating oil have warned us of a significant increase this year.  Fortunately we have plenty of firewood.  Remember, also, that the price of fuel affects the price of everything else, and oh, by the way, the Imperial government wants you to give up your current vehicle for an expensive electric one.

Some days “fuck off, slaver” just doesn’t seem strong enough.  Hopefully in November we’ll turn enough of these bastards out to at least give us a reprieve – for a while.

Rule Five Silent Majority Friday

Could pollsters be dramatically underestimating the right-of-center vote?  The Daily Wire’s John Rigolizzo has some thoughts.  Excerpts, with my comments, follow.

In a Twitter thread, Trafalgar Group chief pollster Robert C. Cahaly said that President Joe Biden’s recent attacks on so-called “MAGA Republicans” will make polling supporters of former President Donald Trump even harder to poll than in previous years. Cahaly pointed out that in the last two presidential election cycles, name-calling and threats from prominent Democrats contributed to the phenomenon of the “shy Trump voter.” But as the 2022 midterms have begun in earnest, Biden’s escalating rhetoric against Trump supporters, accusing them of embracing “semi-fascism” and being a threat to America, will make these voters even harder to reach in polling.

“In 2016 Trump supporters were called ‘Deplorables’ and other unflattering names,” Cahaly wrote on Twitter. “This was a major contributor to the ‘shy Trump voter’ phenomenon that ‘most’ polling missed which resulted in a major loss in public confidence for polling flowing the election.”

I’m not certain Mr. Rigolizzo is on the mark here – at least, not completely.  Characterizing these voters as “shy” may not be accurate.  While I can speak authoritatively only for myself, I can do that, and I can say that personally I don’t have any damn time for pollsters, and ever since Reagan was President I have routinely refused to speak to them, rhetoric about my views (or the Left’s caricatures of them) aside.  Frankly, I have better things to do with my time, and I include such better things as watching birds at the feeder or just looking out the window.

“I call this new group ‘submerged voters,’” Cahaly went on. “They aren’t putting stickers on their cars, signs in their yards, posting their opinions, or even answering polls. At this point I think it’s fair to say that Biden’s pursuit of and attacks on ‘MAGA Republicans’ has created an army of voters who will be virtually impossible to poll (even for us) and more difficult still to estimate.”

”The 2022 Republican turnout will likely be higher than any of the polls or models are showing,” he concluded. “All polls (including ours) will understate the impact of these ‘submerged voters.’”

Again, speaking only for myself:  I’ve never put signs in my yard nor bumper stickers on my truck.  In fact, I don’t mess up my vehicles with bumper stickers of any kind, for any reason, in concordance with Animal’s Law of Inverse Bumper Sticker Intelligence.  I have my own views on a variety of topics, and I feel no need to advertise them to my neighbors; instead, I put them here, where anyone can choose to read or not to read them, as suits them.

Here’s the onion:

Other independent pollsters endorsed Cahaly’s assessment.

“Yes, call them an enemy of the state one month, and next month participation [falls],” Big Data Poll director Richard Baris said in response to Cahaly’s comments. “And those who do claim to be ‘undecided’ across the board.”

“Voter demonization leads to devilish difficulties in surveying,” Rasmussen Reports replied, promoting Cahaly’s thread.

Now this is a cogent point.  I follow politics like lots of guys follow sports, and have done so since the Carter Administration.  I have never seen the level of vitriol from the Left as we have seen since 2015, and it seems to grow worse day by day.  We are beginning to see some small adoption of the same tactics by the Right, but for the most part the Right’s response has been in the form of actions; see the shipping if illegal immigrants to the various sanctuary jurisdictions, for example, where those illegals are not exactly welcomed with open arms.  That’s some epic-level trolling right there, and it’s exposing the hypocrisy of these left-dominated locales.

I’m old enough (barely) to remember Richard Nixon’s appeal to the “Silent Majority.”  President Trump, who will almost certainly be tossing his hat in the 2024 ring, is using the same phrase.  And this may well turn out to be the case, if Mr. Rigolizzo’s assertions are anywhere close to the mark.

But the key will be November.  The concealing of people’s views will end on Election Day, and then the Left will be able to see the bitter fruits of their demonization of political opponents.

We can hope, anyway.

Rule Five Tyranny Friday

Over at Law & Liberty the other day, authors Daniel Klein and Michael C. Munger had some things to say about a possible U.S. descent into totalitarianism.  Not surprisingly, I have some thoughts.  Excerpt:

It is tempting to think “it (tyranny) can’t happen here.” But Americans are more concerned about that than they have been in decades. In July, a CNN poll indicated that 48 percent of respondents think it is “likely” or “somewhat likely” that state actors will successfully overturn the results of a US election because their party did not win.

We, the present authors, are worried that putatively upright countries today are in danger of descending into tyranny. A tyranny—once capacities for control and despotism are constructed, in some cases including expansive government employment, dependency, and largesse—can be nearly impossible to reform. The key to the descent into tyranny, and the stability of tyranny once it is achieved, is this: Tyrants use tyranny to fortify their keep and to protect themselves against the sanctions due them for their crimes.

Calling tyranny “stable” may seem paradoxical. Tyrannies suffer from chaotic upheavals and violent paroxysms. But the state of tyranny itself is stable, like a capsized canoe. Ordered liberty is better for everyone—aside, perhaps, from the despotic faction and their affiliates. It is difficult to restore the rule of law once it is debased. Rectification would call for changes in personnel, operations, and attitudes. The relative power and privilege of the despots would disappear with rectifications. Tyrants use the tools of tyranny to protect themselves against the sanctions due them.

Does that last bit sound familiar at all?  Say, Nancy Pelosi refusing to name any details as to how she and her drunk-driving husband grew so monstrously rich while Queen Nancy was in the House of Representatives, and exempt from insider-training laws?  Or Hunter Biden’s inexplicable escapes from prosecution for any of a number of obvious, well-documented crimes?  Equal protection under the law is a dead letter in this country, and has been for some time.  Thus have the would-be tyrants used tool of tyranny to shield themselves and their corrupt relations from any consequences of their crimes.

Here’s the onion:

It is not just dystopian fiction—Orwell’s 1984, Richter’s Pictures of a Socialistic Future, Huxley’s Brave New World, Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron”—that has furnished us with the image of a once-liberal civilization now capsized. Some of the great liberal writers have warned us against the very real march toward a capsized civilization, writers including Alexis de Tocqueville, Hilaire Belloc, C.S. Lewis, and F.A. Hayek. May we heed their warnings. They told us that the governmentalization of social affairs is a tool of would-be despots, and that it hatches despotism even if not by design. We must bravely speak out against the governmentalization of social affairs and against the unjust sentiments and beliefs that forward it.

OK.  Speak out.  Got it.

How?

It has become apparent, over the last few years, that the time where ‘speaking out’ has likely passed.  Plenty of us are speaking – but nobody in the Imperial City is listening.  We vote, but every year it seems a few more of us lose faith in the electoral process.  As with the tax code, more and more stupid twists on the “one man, one vote” principle open more and more elections up for more and more shenanigans.  Look at our own Alaska, where ‘ranked-choice’ voting has resulted in our deep-red state being represented in the House by a liberal Democrat.

I’m getting more worried by the day as to what might happen next.  Only a couple of years ago I dismissed the possibility of major civil unrest or even a dissolution of the United States as the longest of long shots.  Since 2020, I’m beginning to change my way of thinking on that.  I see the odds as increasing, week by week, month by month.  The trigger?  If the shellacking the Left is due to take in the 2022 mid-terms doesn’t set it off, a GOP Presidential victory in 2024 very likely will.

I’d advise everyone reading these virtual pages to note those dates, look around you, and prepare accordingly.