A new CBO report titled, “Energy Security in the United States” whose lead author is a man named Andrew Stocking, starts off with this sentence: “Energy use is pervasive throughout the U.S. economy.”
An opening statement this utterly trivial foretells that what is to come may not be very interesting. Starting off in “true but not profound” mode, one may suspect this report is going to say that breathing, eating, moving about from place to place, staying warm and illuminating the darkness are pervasive habits in America.
The lead author came as close as he possibly could to that very thing. The thesis of the report is that if Americans did not rely so heavily on fossil fuels for energy, and relied more on wind and solar power, or perhaps sea weed, then disruptions in the supply of crude oil (politicians are the only disruptions in the supply of natural gas) would not have such a devastating effect on the economy.
Not true and not profound, this time. What is true is that alternative sources of energy are not substitutes for fossil fuels. What is also true is that we have no shortage of fossil fuels and we are in no danger of running out if we will simply drill and produce from the vast reserves we know to exist. The other completely obvious truth is that there is no amount of wind or solar power that will get a jetliner off the ground, move tractor trailer trucks down the interstate, or even get Americans back and forth to work. Obama’s beloved algae won’t come close, and it hurts to think this even needs to be said.
But of course, this CBO report is merely a flimsy attempt to sustain Obama’s mantra that more drilling for our own vast reserves of crude oil is not the answer to lower gasoline prices nor a step toward a prosperous economy and lower unemployment.
The most important thing about this worthless report is its source. The Congressional Budget Office is not supposed to be a bunch of partisan hacks shilling for Democrats. That is exactly what it is. Lest you doubt that, please read on.
First, here is what we are all supposed to believe.
Since its founding in 1974, the Congressional Budget Office has produced independent, nonpartisan, timely analysis of economic and budgetary issues to support the Congressional budget process. The agency’s long tradition of nonpartisanship is evident in each of the dozens of reports and hundreds of cost estimates its economists and policy analysts produce each year. CBO analyses do not make policy recommendations, and each report and cost estimate discloses our assumptions and methodologies. All CBO employees are appointed solely on the basis of professional competence, without regard to political affiliation.
Elsewhere on its website CBO touts its political impartiality:
All of CBO’s work reflects our objective, impartial, nonpartisan judgment.
CBO spokesman Deborah Kilroe provided The Politico with the following statement she says comes from the CBO’s internal Administration Manuel on Political Activity:
“CBO employees are prohibited from participating in partisan political activity if such participation would identify or appear to identify CBO with a candidate, campaign, or cause,” the manual says. “The likelihood that a proposed political activity would identify CBO with a candidate, campaign, or cause depends on its time and place, the employee’s degree of participation, the employee’s position at CBO, and the connection between the activity and the political cause or campaign.”
Now, the truth.
The report by Andrew Stocking supports Barack Obama’s thesis that more oil drilling in America will not lower crude oil or gasoline prices, a prediction that defies common sense and logic, as well as the time-tested law of supply and demand. Stocking’s report shows him to be a political ideologue, i.e., a partisan hack for whom his political beliefs and opinions always trump facts and logic.
It must be remembered that Obamacare was passed, according to House Democrats at the time, on the basis that it had been certified by the CBO not to increase the National Deficit, and that it would not cost more than one trillion dollars over ten years. Democrat after Democrat in the House of Representatives proclaimed they would not vote for it unless the independent report of the CBO blessed it with assurance that these criteria would be met. The CBO dutifully assured Congress and the American people that the cost of Obamacare would be under one trillion dollars over its first ten years and that it would not increase the deficit. In fact, it was hailed by Obama and the Democrats as reducing the deficit.
No crystal ball was needed to anticipate that the CBO would release “unexpected” new cost estimates once Obamacare was passed into law. Sure enough, CBO has substantially revised its figures to take into account the more realistic costs for Obamacare and it is now predicted to cost at least 1.5 trillion over ten years. Anyone not totally in the tank for Obama knows that it will ultimately cost many trillions of dollars over its first ten years if it is not repealed.
Because this scenario has played out so frequently in the history of Government entitlement programs, only a fool could have believed the CBO could be trusted to be independent and non-partisan, but if anyone needs further explanation and proof on this simple point Illinois Representative John Shimkus exposes the highly politicized and partisan position of the CBO, and it’s resident ideologue Andrew Stocking, in the area of national energy policy:
The independence of the CBO is a joke. It’s just as highly partisan and ideological as the Democrat party itself. Rep. Shimkus’s Wizard of Oz analogy is right on the money, the CBO has its ideologues behind the curtains pulling the levers and rigging data to support the Democrat agenda every time.
The photo Rep. Shimkus shows from Stocking’s Facebook page, showing Stocking holding a large Obama banner at the 2008 Democrat convention, has since been removed. In fact it appears all photos have either been removed or hidden behind a privacy wall. In the law they call such remedial actions “probative evidence.” Evidence of something the actor wants to hide.