(Fred Weinberg) – Just when NBC’s Chuck Todd worked himself into an on-air orgasm over the President’s good week last week, handed to him by the Supreme Court, the Supremes brought the nation’s chief lame duck up short on his serious agenda—the EPA’s attempt at raising our electricity prices to previously unknown heights.
“If somebody wants to build a coal-fired power plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them,” he said on the campaign trail 2008.
Three years ago, he got the EPA to begin to issue standards which would do just that, especially when you consider that the United States is the Saudi Arabia of coal.
Early this week, despite his victory lap on so-called gay marriage, the Supremes handed him a crushing defeat on a huge economic issue which involves more than 39% of America as opposed to 1.7% of America (gay marriage) or something like 10% of America (Obamacare subsidies).
Essentially, the Supremes said that the administration could not make up cost data as it went along—a bad habit the EPA has in just about everything it does.
“The cases today are shocking,” said Nan Aron to Politico. Aron is the kind of liberal Politico goes to for an instant quote. She is president of the Alliance for Justice, whatever that is. “Last week was wonderful and no one can take away the victories that occurred, but I think it’s also important to understand those victories in a context [that] the court is one that continues to rule in favor of powerful and wealthy interests at the expense of most Americans. The decisions certainly today suggest that trend continues.”
In other words, it’s never enough.
So, the LGBTQ (yes, the Q DOES stand for “Queer” I’m told) community was in love with the Supreme Court.
And so was Barack Obama.
But let one decision come down which goes against leftist orthodoxy and they’re back to being conservative scum.
Well, nothing much has changed.
The truth is that the Supreme Court has always been willing—no matter what the language of the Constitution—to embrace the whims of public opinion.
From Dread Scott to Brown vs. Board of Education to Row v. Wade to Obamacare to gay marriage it is as if the members of the Court run the world’s biggest and most influential Gallup Poll and decide accordingly.
But only on the big, high-profile decisions. Which, it should be noted, are a very small portion of the Court’s caseload.
I’ve always explained Roe v. Wade by suggesting that the Justices of the Supreme Court read the Washington Post, too. And, back in 1973, most Americans backed the right of a woman to control her own body, irrespective of the fact that if you killed a live baby outside of the womb, you would go to prison.
Not surprisingly, so did the Supreme Court, using some very tortured reasoning to discover a “right” previously unknown.
But, when it comes to a hard economic issue—like how much your electric bill is, they are also more than a bit populist—no matter what people like Ms. Aron tell left-leaning publications like Politico.
The hard fact for Ms. Aron and our President to understand is that expensive power and electric cars to please the global warming crowd simply isn’t on the American agenda.
And, just like they did with gay marriage and Obamacare—they went with the majority and the majority is fine with cheap electricity generated by coal.
Am I happy with the gay marriage decision and the Obamacare decision? Of course not.
You win some and you lose some.
But, like most Americans, I like my electricity cheap. And that’s not in support of the wealthy and powerful. It’s in support of you and me.
Mr. Weinberg is publisher of the Penny Press. Get to know more about him by visiting www.PennyPressNV.com.