I do try to find examples of agreement with those who I diametrically oppose philosophically. It doesn’t happen often with hard core Libertarians, but a post by Larry Elder (found via Booker Rising) on Townhall just caught my eye.
In his book Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America, John Avlon comes up with the term of Bush Derangement syndrome for a list of strange beliefs that the left invented to attack George W. Bush and his administration. Much of this has died down since Obama took office (making way for the rise of Obama derangement syndrome on the right), but there are still signs that it is still alive and well in the minds of lefties everywhere.
Elder points out the hypocrisy of the left assaulting Bush and company for supposedly being behind a nefarious plot to inflate oil prices. Obama even suggested the FTC investigate oil companies to see if price manipulation was going on. But low and behold… when prices rise to the similar levels than they were at when Bush was in office, and estimates say they may rise above five dollars a gallon within two years, the conspiracy theorists on the left are suspiciously quiet.
Eldar hits the nail on the head here:
The silence over the recent price run-up is yet the latest example of left-wing hypocrisy. It was always about bludgeoning Bush rather than a sincere conviction that Big Oil was cheating. How else to explain the absence of demands for investigations?
How else indeed?
He unfortunately then goes over the deep end and says we could achieve energy independence if only we were able to drill in more places around the country, ignoring that oil companies aren’t exploiting all the fields they have available to them and that even if they did, and they drilled everywhere, we’d still be bringing in oil to feed our national appetite, unless a sizable percentage of our cars are replaced by hybrids and electrics in coming years.