It seems that my friend, Bill Husztek, a self-proclaimed conservative curmudgeon, has discovered the miracle of Obamacare. It has awakened the American press corps from a fifty-year coma...
Reading this morning’s Washington Post Editorial page, I had to rub my eyes and check the heading on the paper. Surely I thought someone was playing a joke upon me because there in bold print were two of the page’s three editorials in total opposition to every thing I know of the current Liberal programs.
First, came "Ethanol takes a Hit – EPA policy change helps right an environmental and economic mistake."
It opened with this,"ONCE TOUTED as a climate friendly renewable alternative to foreign oil, the corn-based liquid ethanol has been exposed as an environmental and economic mistake."
Then,"Lured by federal subsidies, Mid-western farmers have devoted millions of acres to corn that might have otherwise been devoted to soil conservation or feed-grain production. Meanwhile, a `dead zone’ fed by fertilizer runoff spreads at the mouth of the Mississippi and production costs throughout the grain dependent U.S. food industry rise."
I felt all my Conservative corpuscles swell in pleasure with this, "on Friday the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) delivered another policy defeat for ethanol - which is to say, a victory for common sense."
Finally, I feasted on these closing statements: “In the case of ethanol subsidies the benefits do not outweigh the costs." And,"Indeed, the only flaw we can see in the EPA's announcement is that it doesn't go far enough."
The second Editorial Title that caught my attention was this: "Liberalism gone awry".
It was a delicious morning of reading these editorials in the Washington Post of all places. Is it possible that those people down there at that paper aren't in fact socialist wanna bees, but rather really Patriotic Americans with whom I tend to disagree? I shudder to think that, and yet... ? Please don’t let me wake up and find out it was all an April fools joke.
You can read more of Bill's thoughts at Loomings of an Intemperate Mind