Category Archives: Politics

Pipeline Shakedown

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Cyber-hackers, known as DarkSide, broke into the Colonial Pipeline’s computer system. Once inside they encrypted the operating system and held the company hostage. That was a big deal because Colonial pumps refined fuel from the Gulf to the eastern United States. Gas prices immediately skyrocketed and people lined up 1970s style. Some stations even had to shut down. Joe Biden put on a cardigan sweater and told people to turn down their thermostats. Ok, it didn’t get that bad. But it was bad enough that Colonial paid DarkSide a $4.4 million ransom to get back on line.

Thousands of trucks had tried to carry the load for Colonial but Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat and former governor of Michigan, said pipelines are the best way to move oil and gas. That was a big deal too because Green New Dealers love to shut down pipelines. In fact, one of President Cardigan’s first acts in office was to kill the Keystone XL pipeline.

The current Michigan Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, also a Democrat, didn’t get her predecessor’s message either. She’s demanding that the Enbridge pipeline which passes underwater from the UP to the lower peninsula shut down immediately. And she’s threatening to take all the pipeline’s revenue if the company doesn’t obey her.

Biden Goes Big with Itty Bitty Mandate

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President Biden goes big with Franklin Roosevelt style spending. Democrats Ed Markey and Jerry Nadler even have a Supreme Court packing scheme. But what did FDR have that Joe Biden doesn’t have? A Depression. A world war. And a gigantic mandate.

Four New Justices and Two Senators in D.C.

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The House introduced legislation last week to pack the Supreme Court with four new justices. So why not add a couple senators while they’re at it? Done. They passed a bill on Thursday to make Washington DC the 51st state.

Maxine Waters Gets Confrontational

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Maxine Waters told protesters to get “more confrontational” if the jury delivered the wrong verdict. Fortunately, the members found Derik Chauvin guilty, guilty, guilty. But Judge Cahill says Rep. Water’s words might be grounds for appeal.

CEO Descendants of Gilded Age Plutocrats in Politics

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CEO’s aren’t what they used to be.

The fat gilded age plutocrats on the left are from the 1889 cartoon “Bosses of the Senate” by Joseph Keppler. And their modern day descendants are the skinny guys on the right.

Here’s some of what Dan Henninger had to say about the corporate chieftains’ political Zoom meeting last Saturday:

The spectacle of 100 executives meeting on the weekend to discuss voter suppression is the Zoom version of Davos, the World Economic Forum’s earnest annual exercise in Switzerland for addressing the world problems, though its primary function is to bestow status and validation on the CEOs invited to attend.

Daniel Henninger, The Wall Street Journal