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Today's Commentary: Al Gore, Man/Bear/Super Energy Hog -- Obama pushing former Governor -- President Trump's Boy Scouts speech -- Democrat IT scandal -- Powerful testimony -- News Bits
Scientology founder and sci-fi writer L. Ron Hubbard reportedly once said, “You don't get rich writing science fiction. If you want to get rich, you start a religion.” Some people dispute that quote, but there’s no disputing that Al Gore took it to heart. He helped combine sci-fi and religion to create doomsday environmentalism. Thanks to connections and his endless sermonizing at the rest of us to start living like cavemen or the skies will burn and the seas will swallow us up, his fortune has exploded from $2 million when he left the Vice Presidency to an estimated $300 million today. But we shouldn’t begrudge him his success because it turns out he needs a very large fortune if for no other reason than to pay his electric bill.
To coincide with the release of Gore’s latest scare movie, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” the National Center for Public Policy Research decided to investigate the truth about Gore’s own power bill. As this article notes, in 2007, he was slammed for having an energy hog mansion that used 20 times more power than the average American home. So he installed $250,000 worth of solar panels and other green updates. But that wasn’t nearly enough to offset his voracious appetite for electricity.
This report found that despite his claim that he uses 100% renewable energy, all those solar panels produce just 5.7% of the power needed for his massive home. Ninety-seven percent of the rest comes from nuclear, coal, natural gas and dams, the same power sources every other Nashville resident relies on, if there’s any left over for them after Al is done. He now burns about 21 times as much power as the average American home. His average monthly electric bill is over $1800, and just in September, he used nearly three times as much power as a typical home does in a year. Heating his outdoor pool alone used as much energy as six typical American homes. That's not just an energy hog, it's an energy Moby Dick. And this is just his Tennessee house. It doesn’t include the energy needed to power his seaside (!) California villa or all the energy he expends jetting around to lectures and environmental conferences (hey, they have this thing now called Skype! Look into it!)
As Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit has occasion to say on nearly a daily basis, “I’ll believe the environment is a crisis when the people who claim it’s a crisis start acting like it’s a crisis.”
Obama pushing former Governor
By Mike Huckabee
As expected, President Obama is not following the usual Presidential protocol of staying out of his successor’s way. Instead, when he’s not working to gin up the “Resistance” movement, he’s already angling to promote his friend, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, as the next Democratic nominee for President. David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett also seem gung-ho to put Patrick in the White House, which should send an involuntary shiver down your spine. But a couple of humorous aspects: he’s currently a managing director at Bain Capital, which his supporters seemed to think made Mitt Romney a minion of Satan. Also, a lot of people have compared Patrick to Obama, and if he runs for President in 2020, he’ll probably have to beat Hillary Clinton, too.
It’s worth noting that for all the praise of Patrick in this article, after eight years of his leadership, Massachusetts voters elected Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, whom a recent poll found is the most popular governor in America and leads all his potential Democratic opponents in the next election by a massive 30%.
President Trump's Boy Scouts speech
By Mike Huckabee
President Trump’s speech to the Boy Scouts got some mixed reviews, but the response inside the arena has been described as good by a reporter involved in his recent interview with the Wall Street Journal. Trump made it clear in the interview that the audience loved the speech. Of the reaction, he said it certainly was not mixed. “And by the way, I’d be the first to admit mixed. I’m a guy that will tell you mixed. There was no mix there. That was a standing ovation from the time I walked out to the time I left, and for five minutes after I had already gone. There was no mix.”
Incidentally, Politico leaked the full transcript of the WSJ interview to make the point that it might have been too cozy and friendly --- as opposed, I assume, to the glaring disrespect with which they’d have liked to see him treated.
Democrat IT scandal
By Mike Huckabee
If you haven’t been following the revelations about Imran Awan and his family, hired in 2005 at inflated salaries to perform IT services for Debbie Wasserman Schultz and several other Democratic members of Congress, this article in The Christian Post lays it all out in a factual, easily understood way. Since his failed attempt to leave the country for Pakistan and his subsequent arrest by the FBI, lots of questions have arisen about his relationship with his employers, his easy access to classified and personal information, and the curious fact that Wasserman Schultz kept paying him even after the FBI’s criminal investigation led to his being banned from accessing the House of Representatives’ computer system. It’s not likely he got much IT work done after that, so why did she keep him on?
Hey, as long as we’ve got platoons of politically-charged investigators investigating non-stories (like “Russia”), how about looking into this very real threat to national security? According to Andrew McCarthy of National Review, Anwar and his family had access for years to emails and other documents possessed by members of the House Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Committees. Rep. Ron DeSantis of Florida agrees and has called for Congress to investigate. That’s a great idea –- maybe he’s hit on one thing that Congress could actually get accomplished.
Be careful California
By Mike Huckabee
The move for California to secede from the United States is gathering steam, or hot air, at least. In the linked update, it’s interesting that even the movement’s leader admits that states don’t have the right to secede unilaterally (Tucker Carlson pointed out to him that “this could quite easily turn into conflict. It did in the 1860s when South Carolina tried it.” That deserves some kind of trophy for Understatement Of The Century). The other states would have to approve it. His response was enlightening: he argues that California’s values are so far left and out of synch with the rest of America that the others states would be more than willing to let them leave.
This is one of those “careful what you wish for because you might get it” moments. California boasts that if it were a nation, it would have the sixth-largest economy in the world. But adjusting for the high cost of living, it’s actually the 11th highest. It also has the highest poverty rate in the US at over 20%. California has a lot of very poor people and some of the very richest, with much of that high GDP coming from Silicon Valley. The Calexit proponent on Tucker Carlson’s show didn’t seem bothered by that: he said it’s great that the middle class is being driven out of California because they’ll replace them with immigrants. Nice to see someone who’s thought his plans through.
Venezuela, too, had a great climate, natural beauty, abundant resources and a thriving economy, until it fell into the hands of people who have the same principles as California’s leaders, and now it’s a basket case. Combine the sure-thing failure of socialism with open borders and free social services for anyone who shows up, and how long will it take before they have to jack taxes up so high on the tech industry that it starts fleeing like other businesses have? (You’d think by now, this would have occurred to them, of all people: they can work from anywhere).
Yes, “collusion” with Russia is real. We’ve just been looking in the wrong place. Once again, when Democrats point fingers, they’ve got three fingers pointing back at them.
President Trump has held three more “listening sessions” to include faith leaders who hadn’t yet been invited. The idea was simply for them to come and voice what’s on their minds. Nearly 100 Christian leaders and activists attended the meetings at the Executive Office Building and presumably were listened to.
Way to make “progressives” foam at the mouth!
About 400 churches have declared themselves “sanctuaries” for illegal immigrants since Donald Trump was elected President. (That brings the total to about 800.) But, interestingly, only about a dozen people are known to have used this strategy to avoid deportation.
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