Meet Dr. Jack Rafuse
Dr. Jack Rafuse, former White House energy adviser and current principal of the Rafuse Organization, advises government agencies, policy centers, businesses and associations on energy, trade, sanctions, national security issues and their interrelationships... Read More
Category Archives: Budget
At nearly 74,000 pages, the U.S. Tax Code is a bloated, destructive and unwieldy mess.
It demands fear and inspires loathing more than respect. Accidentally violate it, and you encounter bureaucratic revenge and pay a debilitating fine; do so willfully, and you also serve prison time.
A recent article in the Washington Post exposes the rabid consistency of Congressman Markey (D-MA). He consistently ignores economics, logic, ethics and the U.S. Constitution. As someone who spends a lot of time in Massachusetts, it’s quite disappointing to see this disposition from someone like the Commonwealth’s U.S. Senate candidate, Rep. Ed Markey.
He relishes his chosen role of long-term, lead crusader against various tax deductions for American companies — especially American-based oil companies — though multinationals and foreign state-owned companies get those treatments when they invest in America or elsewhere. He calls those tax treatments for U.S. companies “subsidies,” but they are not grants, free loans or any such thing that he loves when they go to “green” energy companies. The article misused the title of an old Dire Straits piece. It more accurately applies to Solyndra and other subsidized, failed, “green energy” companies who got “Money for Nothing,” and produced exactly that.
Before we look at the Energy and Environment Policy Chopping Block, let’s see what our elected leaders have done. Clue: 40-odd years ago the Interior Department made a budget cut by closing Washington Monument. That’s the approach officials have been … Read More
Here are links to a couple of recent opinion pieces. The first discussed the President’s energy priorities as reflected in his budget submittal to Congress. Go to: http://www.redstate.com/jackrafuse/2012/03/20.a-look-at-obamas/budget/priorities. The second dealt with the President’s crusade to convince Americans that the oil … Read More
Musings: Obama and Gas Prices. Soon — The Supreme Court and Alien Tort cases; and More Dodd Frank Overreach
President Obama says he’s not to blame for high gasoline prices, but he will fix them. Let’s look at his thinking and logic. Read More