President Barack Obama’s Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu uttered the kind of Washington gaffe that consists of telling the truth when inconvenient. According to Politico, Chu admitted to a House committee that the administration is not interested in lowering gas prices.
Chu, along with the Obama administration, regards the spike in gas prices as a feature rather than a bug. High gas prices provide an incentive for alternate energy technology, a priority for the White House, and a decrease in reliance on oil for energy.
Candor such as this is so rare in our political system that it should be celebrated when it happens. To achieve their objectives of environmental purity and economic nirvana, raising energy prices is an absolute necessity. The problem, of course, is that since the days of Jimmy Carter in a sweater, the left has known that such a course is a political loser, so we end up with the endless sequence of hidden agendas and kabuki theatre that plagues our system.
One of the most frustrating parts of our political system is that no one really wants you to know what their real objectives are, so everyone blows smoke in your face. This is a switch. We should celebrate it and then make our voting choices based on it. Unfortunately, Americans are notorious for either going postal or becoming befuddled at the statement of the obvious, so it may not have the impact it deserves.