Conservative Policies Help Poor People
The superpower that defines the United States was based upon a conservative model that minimizes government and maximizes cheap and plentiful energy.
So too, much of America's economic decline over the past several decades can be directly traced to the rise in energy prices and the control of that energy by foreign powers, most of which do not like us.
Yet, over the past decade or two, American and Canadian geologists have found a reasonable replacement for the once-abundant oil riches of Texas, California and Pennsylvania.
Canadian tar sands, together with the new science of Hydraulic fracturing, have given America a new source of abundant and cheap oil and natural gas sufficient to keep the United States a superpower for the next hundred years.
America should be having a party, but liberals are not happy. Some just cannot tolerate a prosperous nation while so much of the world is mired in poverty and war. These people will only be satisfied when Moore County looks like Mexico City.
Others are scared that prosperity will destroy our planet. They want us to live under a plan for government energy rationing by taxing the lifeblood of the American economy, coal, natural gas and petroleum.
These liberal policies, which discourage energy production, are the cruelest for those in poverty, the very same people that liberals claim to champion. "Carbon tax," a euphemism for "energy tax," raises the cost of energy itself.
In reality, energy suppliers like Exxon and Duke Energy do not much care. To the extent that energy taxes affect the entire industry equally, then no supplier is placed at a competitive disadvantage.
Each supplier simply passes along the tax to consumers, some of whom can afford it and some of whom cannot. The resulting rise in the price of energy raises the price of food and, for some, makes heating a home in winter prohibitive.
The result is that liberals fly around the world burning up slightly more expensive carbon in private jets, touting their success in saving the planet, while poor children go cold because of the high cost of heating oil. Liberals pat themselves on the back because higher prices make consumption of energy in America look more like the energy consumption in Europe. Meanwhile, the higher transportation cost for food means that low income workers can afford less.
When government regulates, prices rise. It works the same way in energy as it does in health care. Since the passage of the "Affordable Care Act," has anyone experienced more affordable health care?
Of course, when Blue Cross raised my rates the past January, I simply made fewer trips to my local breakfast restaurant. My cutback, together with others similarly situated may have cost a waitress at a local "hash house" her job.
For me, it was more irritation than calamity. For that waitress, however, my irritant became her cancer, possibly driving her family into the dependency of the Welfare State. And maybe, that is the liberals' goal.
Clearly, government must create some regulation. Hydraulic fracturing cannot be allowed to contaminate groundwater or make faucets flammable. But the goal of government regulation must be to enable energy production, making energy abundant and cheap.
Interestingly, adopting this conservative model will not have much effect on the lifestyle of Country Club Republicans. Many have assets that rise in value with the rise in energy, health care and overall inflation. The true benefit will be felt by those working poor and lower-middle-class voters who generally vote Democratic.
For these hard workers, lower energy costs mean more jobs, more abundant and affordable food and, perhaps, less reliance upon the ever present Welfare State, ready to trade independence for dependency.
I am a conservative not because I jealously want to keep my wealth from being shared. I am a conservative because I believe that less government regulation is the best way to ensure a share of America's wealth for everyone.
In terms of energy, this means less regulation and increased production, but not be done for the sake of the wealthy.
The conservative economic model for energy and health care benefits most the poor and working poor. It is a model that enables them, like me, to feed their children, heat their home and reach for the American Dream.
Robert M. Levy is chairman of the Moore County Republican party. Contact him at Law52@prodigy.net.
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