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May 3, 2010
Believing, Not Knowing: The Sarah Palin Story

Believing, not knowing. For her fiercest critics and most fervent supporters alike, that is the hallmark of Sarah Palin. And on no issue does Palin's belief trump her knowledge more than energy. After all, the woman John McCain declared "knows more about energy than probably anyone else in the United States of America" literally had […]

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April 30, 2010
A Perfect Storm for Regulatory Reform

For conservative free-market ideologues, April has been the cruelest month, indeed. In a perfect storm washing over Republican foes of government regulation, the last several days alone featured unbridled Wall Street greed, corporate mismanagement of a devastating oil spill, and corruption and criminality in the nation's coal mines. Meanwhile, in another blow to GOP "repeal […]

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April 27, 2010
Goldman Sachs, Enron and the Rape of Grandma Millie

Historical events, it is said, occur twice, first as tragedy, then as farce. But not in the case of Goldman Sachs and the near-collapse of the American financial system. Six years before Congress released emails showing Goldman executives bragged about making "some serious money" betting against the housing market and "the poor little subprime borrowers", […]

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July 14, 2009
Energy Non-Savant Palin Blasts Obama Plan in Op-Ed

In her latest extreme makeover, soon-to-be former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin took to the pages the Washington Post to blast President Obama's cap-and-trade proposal soon to come to the Senate floor. Just days after her adolescent tit-for-tat with once and not future son-in-law Levi Johnston, Palin parroted the GOP "cap-and-tax" talking point while updating her […]

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May 19, 2009
An End to Bush's "Big No" on Energy Conservation

President Obama today announced plans to dramatically cut vehicle emissions while substantially increasing fuel efficiency by 2016. In so doing, the President didn't merely set the first national standards for gas mileage standards and curbing the production of greenhouse gases. Obama's move also represents a complete repudiation of the George W. Bush approach to energy […]

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November 25, 2008
Bush Recession, Not Jawbone, Drives Down Oil Prices

In the pantheon of his presidential failures, the utter inability of former Texas oilman George W. Bush to influence OPEC and the price of oil stands out among the most predictable - and ironic. While gas has dipped below $2 a gallon and a barrel of oil has plummeted almost $100 since its record high […]

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September 14, 2008
McCain Lies About Palin's Expertise on Energy

Reviewing the avalanche of lies, distortions and smears emanating from the presidential campaign of John McCain, NBC's Mark Murray asked Saturday, "Wheels come off Straight Talk Express?" But Wheeler's litany of McCain falsehoods omitted a whopper that goes directly to the heart of Sarah Palin's sham qualifications for the vice presidency. McCain, after all, claimed […]

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August 31, 2008
Oil, Business Groups Join Palin's Crusade Against Polar Bears

One sure measure of McCain VP pick Sarah Palin's extremism is her lawsuit to stop the Bush administration, no friend of the environment, from adding polar bears to the list of endangered species. Now, the Alaska governor has company, as a group of five oil and business organizations have joined in her legal battle against […]

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July 15, 2008
Bush Agrees with McCain High Gas Prices "Psychological"

Two days ago South Carolina Republican Governor Mark Sanford admitted "I'm drawing a blank" when asked if there are "significant economic differences" between his man John McCain and President Bush. In a White House press conference today, Bush himself offered yet another compelling argument why John McCain is his natural successor. As it turns out, […]

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June 29, 2008
McCain: Forget Taxes and Gas Prices. No Really, Forget Them.

On more than one occasion this campaign season, Republican John McCain claimed Americans' economic worries were all in their heads. So it's only natural that a man who described the economic downturn as "psychological" would have his own mental strategy for coping with spiraling gas prices and looming tax bills. Just forget them. That's the […]

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Jon Perr
Jon Perr is a technology marketing consultant and product strategist who writes about American politics and public policy.

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