Posted On: Friday - January 21st 2022 9:20PM MST
In Topics:   General Stupidity  Environmental Stupidity  Dead/Ex- Presidents
This post topic is not relevant to anything particular going on in the country or anything period. It might have been from commenter Alarmist's discussion about the pushing of supposedly environmentally sound, or Green, investments a while back, I don't know. My thoughts wandered to about 13 years ago and then almost 50 years ago.
Remember this guy? He was a real lefty for his time, expanding the Feral Gov't yet again with the Department of Education as payback to the teachers's unions for their getting out the votes, as one example. Were he implementing the same policies on the whole in 2017 though, he'd have been called a Nazi by the left. The Overton Window has been moving left ever since Overton was wee lad suckling on his mother's teet.
Carter wasn't a good leader, and Ronald Reagan would have been much more preferable*. However, it was still a decent and civil era, as was Jimmy a decent and civil man. He was no rabid Commie, as the scum we see today in the White House and its environs. There was a big energy crisis said to be going on in the latter 1970s (say '77), the oil price and supply problems actually being a matter of global politics and the pulling the rug, precious metals, I should say, out from under the US Dollar.
So, President Carter told Americans to turn down their thermostats in the winter. The winter of '77 was a cold one all over the country, and people would have to cut back on the luxury of central heating a bit, you know, for the team. The Green team? I don't think the word was even in use for treehuggers and treehugging back then. Mr. Carter suggested to Americans that they turn down those thermostats and wear sweaters in the house.
Remember that guy? (All too well, myself) He was a real lefty. The guy was steeped in Communism his whole life. Then it was arranged for him to amazingly get into the Illinois Senate**, then moved on up, better than the Jeffersons ever dreamed of, to a Presidential candidate four year later.
Gasoline prices in the US had been steadily going up from 1999 on, but really hit some highs*** in the summer of 2008 during the election campaign. What was the Øb☭ma solution? Optimize the pressure in your cars' tires. That was a deja vu moment for me.
Both times there was this Democrat President giving advice that would be not only "no duh!" common sense items for most Americans, but actions that Americans might have wanted to take on their own simply based on their budget. Others may not have. The free market works. Price is information. It really wasn't necessary, and both times kind of embarrassing, for Americans to be given simple and obvious advice from the guy who's simply supposed to be Executive of the Administrative Branch of the US Gov't. That's all.
One more comparison is in order here though. Jimmy Carter, with a BS in nucular (well, that's what HE called it) physics and experience in the nuclear Navy, in addition to having to have much common sense to be a farmer, had just slightly more business talking about things slightly technical. Øb☭ma was a good-for-nothing, coddled, Affirmative Action-boosted individual, with not much experience in anything technical. It's likely he never put air in a tire in his life.
To Jimmy Carter, Americans would have just thought of replying "you know, I might just work an extra few hours and keep my family warmer. Thanks, anyway." To Øb☭ma, a reply of "You're an idiot. STFU about the tires," would have been appropriate.
And tonight it's snowing way down South. Turn it up! In Washington, they hate the President, boo, hoo, hoo. Now we all did what we could do...
* That is, if he had first beat out Jerry Ford in the primary election.
** having run against Alan Keyes, who replaced Jack Ryan who had conveniently gotten ousted via some scandal about his wife.
*** I remember hearing about prices over 5 bucks a gallon in California at that time, and that was 2008 bucks. (I'd say that'd be the equivalent of $7 or $8 today.)