Democratic Process: Another Day, Another Capitulation

Industry Flexes Muscle, Weaker Energy Bill Passes (NYT)

The Democratic "opposition" in Congress – you know, the party that represents the common people, good working folk and the most vulnerable in our society: the sick, the old, the poor, the children – have just effected yet another capitulation to Money Power, gutting an energy bill that would have required Big Oil – now reaping the most gargantuan profit margins in the entire history of human enterprise – to pay a pittance in new taxes. The original bill would have also required utility companies to eventually produce a whopping 15 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources.

These measures – displeasing to the boardroom lords and their viceroy in the White House – were dutifully stripped out by Senate Majority Leader Harry "Shaky Knees" Reid. So what happens now? Why, more capitulation, of course:

The bill now returns to the House, where Speaker Nancy Pelosi predicted that it would pass overwhelmingly early next week. A White House spokesman said President Bush was pleased that the bill was “moving in the right direction” and that he would sign it when it reached his desk.

"President Bush was pleased." Well, that's really the most important thing, isn't it? That the Leader be kept in happy countenance, so that he can care for us with free and untroubled mind.

A hardened cynic might say that the original bill was just a feint all along – the usual shuck-and-jive for the Democratic base, offered up in the sure knowledge that it would be disemboweled in good time at the behest of the nation's true managers. A lesser cynic in a charitable mood ('tis the season, after all) could aver that the Democrats might actually pass a windfall profits tax on Big Oil and a few mild measures on renewable energy – as long as no one said "Boo!" to them. I must say that I incline to the former view myself, but I suppose the latter is not entirely outside the realm of possibility. But in the end, it doesn't matter; someone is always going to say "boo" to any attempt – however anemic – to ameliorate the ravages of the Money Power in even the slightest way. And these Democrats, whether by design or from cowardice and corruption – or both – will always jump out of their skins and scurry to do the boss-man's bidding.

(For more on this theme, see "Cave Dwellers: More Democratic Deceit on War and Torture." And for more on the might of Money Power, see yesterday's post, "Central Bank Socialism and America's True Values.")