Another reason I hate the establishment

Posted: September 4, 2012 by socklessjoe in Conservatism, Fun With Media, GOP FAIL, Lame, News, Obama's Fault, Op/Sped, WTF Is Wrong With PA

In a phrase: corporate cronyism.

More broadly, a glib lack of seriousness about policy.

I was trucking along with this Buckley Carlson column just fine… Obama hypocritically bending environmental rules and helping to bail out the oil refinery in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania as a cold political bribe to solidify light-blue PA’s 20 electoral votes

Then I got to the end:

It is a model of efficiency I hope the Romney administration is capable of emulating — without the demagoguery.

I don’t know if Carlson is serious or not.  Snark is difficult to pull off in a written medium.   He seems serious to me though.

I’m certainly glad the Marcus Hook refinery might remain open, but I’m not very happy about how it happened.

What she would want to see is an environmental policy that is consistent and makes sense so that everybody knows the rules.  Sunoco never should have been put in the situation where it would plan to shed refineries.  We should not see political favoritism in regulation, and we should not want to see state bailouts (–no thank you, Governor Corbett) of private industry.




  1. Wherever politics travel, so goes favoritism. It’s all the power they’ve got. As P.J. O’Rourke said, “When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.” And big business loves the arrangement, too. As power concentrates in the hands of a few, it becomes necessary to only sway a few men instead of to compete in the every growing marketplace. That sucks. You have to be on top of your game every day. Not so when you can buy protection from Washington. And the parties are good, too.

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