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Bush’s Alternate Energy Legacy

While more recently making strange deals with Congressional Democrats to bail out the UAW, one of George Bush’s most important legacies may be his dedication to alternative fuels and sources of energy:

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A record-setting year for American wind power keeps getting better as the United States has become the world’s top wind energy producer.

This story from Environment News Service cites an American Wind Energy Association year-end report that says steady growth has helped the Americans surpass their German counterparts

When Bush took office, hybrids like the Toyota Prius were a novelty, E85 and biodiesel hardly existed, and the U.S. was languishing far behind leaders in alternative energy. Now, that is no longer true.

The work that the U.S. has done under Bush has been impressive. Indeed, it may have played a role in popping the oil bubble, as technologies like ethanol made peak-oil irrelevant.

Besides the direct benefits that wind, E85, and biodiesel have for us, they also strengthen new productive economies like China and India, while weakening parasitical fossil-fuel exporters like Venezuela and Russia.

Presidents cannot do everything, but even if their role is to stand out of the way… President Bush still deserves thanks for how America’s alternative energy technologies advanced during his term.

The Marxist Logic of the UAW

This piece at Daily Kos took me back: stock-for-services swaps aren’t just unAmerican, but actually Marxist:

Daily Kos: What the UAW Made
Indeed, it was Reuther’s UAW that established the détente between organized labor and capitalists that engendered — or at least facilitated — the unprecedented post-war gains in both productivity and household income. By settling the 1950 Big Three contract, which became known as the “Treaty of Detroit,” the UAW exacted gains for its members that allowed them to move firmly into a new middle class, with retirement and health security as the cornerstones of the new prosperity. In exchange, big business obtained a sense of relief, as the Treaty of Detroit represented a new, thoroughly American unionist approach to collective bargaining that eschewed the Marxist demand for ownership of the means of production. The right wing extremists who would begin their takeover of the Republican Party twenty years later excoriated the deal as creeping socialism, and Communists pilloried Reuther and the UAW as capitalist lackeys and sellouts. But as the radicals fumed, the nation prospered, and the hardworking men and women of the UAW — and subsequently, the rest of blue-collar America, both union and non-union — reaped the benefits of a mature labor peace that saw workers get their piece of the capitalist pie.

My initial reaction on reading this was to title a post, “UAW: Actually stupid.” By that logic, I thought, much of the venture capital industry is in the hands of rapacious Marxists who provide services in exchange for stock (that is, ownership of the means of production).

Then I realized why the UAW avoided attempting to align the interests of the workers and the company, why the United Auto Workers would avoid compensation schemes that would put an increasing number of shares in workers’ (or even the Union’s) hands:

They were waiting for the Bush bailout.

If the UAW had negotiated contracts in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s that had enabled it to slowly take a pivotal capital stake in the company, the UAW would eventually face a point where the interest of workers and shareholders were entangled. This would be great for workers, because from work rules to health care benefits, whether a service was provided to an employee by the United Auto Workers or General Motors would be only an academic distinction.

The problem with this is that as employees would be receiving benefits from the company at both ends (as stockholders and employees), trade-offs would have to be faced. The UAW would be responsible for its own future.

Instead, the UAW decided to take an adversarial view against the Detroit 3. The UAW attempted to bleed the owners of the company dry through crazy contracts and even crazier strikes. Because the UAW did not own GM, it did not have to worry about the pain this caused stockholders. Even better, the UAW assumed that if GM went bankrupt, now investors would be found to wipe out the old ones. In 2008, this new investor was George Bush. In 2009, it may be Barack Obama.

The UAW strategy over the past two or three generations have assumed that if ever things got really bad, the taxpayer would subsidize their contracts. Under George Bush, their assumption has proved right.

Let’s hope that in 2009, Barack Obama proves them wrong.

What else can you buy with hundreds of billions of dollars?

As George Bush and Nancy Pelosi try to rush through a bail-out of speculators, the cost of their plan is best understood as the cost of what else we could buy with it.

For instance, why not transcontinental maglev networks?

Thomas P.M. Barnett :: Weblog
Cost estimated for mag-lev network in manner of interstate highway system? A mere 350 billion. Pocket change this week!

Or, for that matter, fiscal discipline?

The Bush-Pelosi plan is bad policy and must be defeated.

The Post-Zakaria World

As I noted in my review, Fareed Zakaria is generally a good writer, generally derivative of Tom Friedman. Too bad he’s a shill for Obama.

The latest howler (Zakaria’s book has the unfortunate habit of getting increasingly ridiculous the more one learns) is that, in spite of Bush being the most pro-India President in United States history, he squandered political good will in India.

Of courese given Bush’s high approval rating in India, perhaps Zakaria is holding Bush to an unspecified and impossible to reach standard?

s for the nuclear deal, Indians’ blithe faith in its chances may stem from something else altogether. The Pew Research Centre found that Mr Bush’s approval rating in India was “still astonishingly high” at 55%. In fact, Indians were the only people sampled who rated Mr Bush more highly than they did Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy. So, perhaps they know something the rest of us don’t

Zakaria’s book can do some real good if it flatters an American left that’s in love with Obama, derisive towards Bush, and against American power, into supporting globalization.

But as a reporter of facts or trends, you just as well watch the Discovery Channel.

Clinton Right on Petraeus. Bush and McCain are too.

McCain convinced Bush. Then he convinced me. Now he has convinced Clinton: the Petraeus, Surge, and COIN are the way to go:

Clinton Praises Petraeus – The Caucus – Politics – New York Times Blog
CHARLESTON, W.V. – As critical as she is about the Bush administration’s conduct of the Iraq war, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton gave a relatively rare shout-out to the military’s top man in Baghdad, General David Petraeus, calling him “an extraordinary leader and a wonderful advocate for our military.”

The commanding general, who has been a target of antiwar opponents and liberal groups like Moveon.org, has been a strong supporter of the escalation of American troops in Iraq, a strategy that Mrs. Clinton and Senator Barack Obama have opposed.

But Mrs. Clinton, as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has had opportunities to talk and meet with General Petraeus about military matters over the years, and some aides say that she respects his expertise.

Major props for Bush for being stubborn enough to keep the war going until he found what worked, McCain for harranging him until he accepted the right answer, and Clinton for adjusting her positions as facts changed.

Bush is serious about natural defense. McCain and Clinton are the two serious Presidential candidates when it comes to national defense.

Happy Christmas & A Whole Lot of Love, sung by President Bush and the Clintons

This is indescribably good. Even better than Curzon’s find. Listen to the song and the album.

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{sung by President George W. Bush }

Thank you all very much
Welcome to the Christmas Pageant of Peace
Each year we gather here
to celebrate the season of hope and joy
And to remember the story of one humble life
That lifted the sites of humanity

Santa thanks for coming
Glad you made it
I know you got a lot of commitments this time of year
I appreciate all our entertainers
Thanks for being here
It’s been a fantastic evening

Christmas is a time to rejoice
and to give thanks for the blessings of the season
We also remember that we have a responsibility
to help those in need

What to do?
To the Batmobile!

Turn on the lights
And would you help turn on these lights as well
By counting down
5… 4… 3… 2… 1…

Christmas is coming
And it’s taken a long time
We got a chance to get some big things done.

I got a message from God
Yeah
A vision of love
It’s God’s gift to the world
I got a whole lot of love

Check

I got a whole lot of love
I got a whole lot of love

X-Christmas is coming
Peace to the world
I’m on a mission from God
I got a whole lot of love

At this hour
the world is witnessing
terrible suffering and horrible crimes
in the Darfur region of Sudan
Crimes my government has concluded are genocide
The human cost is beyond calculation
I call on the government of Sudan
to honor the ceasefire it signed
and to help prevent further bloodshed
I call upon Congress:
More troops are need
to protect the innocent.
We need to intervene now,
before it’s too late.
In the long run,
the tragedy in western Sudan
requires a settlement
between the government and the rebels.
All sides must control their forces
end the killing
and negotiate the peace
of a suffering land.

Christmas is coming
and it’s taken a long time
We got a chance to get some big things done.

We can do it
Red line
Our plan is working.
In other words,
what I’m telling you is
technology is going to help us
achieve the objective,
Something no President or Congress has been able to do
We’re strongly committed to peace
for all the peoples of Sudan

That’s the true spirit of America
The love
This is the road to paradise.

bill_clinton_md
{sung by President William J. Clinton }

I still can’t figure out
why it’s a good thing for us to be at war with Iraq
And have all these middle class people
over there sacrificing
Surely there’s some way we can find
in this new moment of hope
Peace in the Middle East
Peace in the Middle East
Peace in the Middle East
Peace in the Middle East

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{sung by Senator Hillary R. Clinton}

Wicked

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{sung by President George W. Bush }

As we approach Christmas in this time of war
We pray for freedom and justice and peace on earth

Wet set our faith in human love
And in God’s care for us
and all men’s everywhere

We ask for God to watch over
our men and women in uniform
who are serving overseas.
Their families miss them,
hold a seat open for them,
and pray for their safe return.

Christmas is coming
And it’s taken a long time
We got a chance to get some big things done

I got a message from God
Yeah
A vision of love
It’s God’s gift to the world.
I got a whole lot of love.
I got a whole lot of love.
I got a whole lot of love.

X-Christmas is coming
Peace to the world
I’m on a mission from God
I got a whole lot of love.

Check

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{sung by Senator Hillary R. Clinton}

God bless you.

A Teaser and a Song

Sorry for the recent problems with . In apology, please accept a teaser and a song

The teaser:

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The song (Happy RxMas & a Whole Lotta Love):

George W. Bush: “At this hour
the world is witnessing terrible suffering and horrible crimes
in the Darfur region of Sudan
Crimes my government has concluded are genocide
The human cost is beyond calculation
I call on the government of Sudan
to honor the ceasefire it signed
and to help prevent further bloodshed
I call upon Congress:
More troops are need
to protect the innocent
We need to intervene now, before it’s too late
In the long run, the tragedy in western Sudan requires a settlement
between the government and the rebels
All sides must control their forces
end the killing
and negotiate a peace of a suffering land.”

And yes, they are related.

George Bush Really Grinds My Gears

How has offended me? Let me count the ways.

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