The Big O to voters: "You didn't go and make me do it!"
Mild-mannered Mark Thoma:
Michael Perelman is puzzled by the administration's attempt to blame environmentalists for the failure of climate change legislation:
Politico reports that the Obama folk blame the Greens for the failure of its energy bill because it was THEIR responsibility to lobby...
The leadership from the administration on climate change has been about as effective as its leadership on additional stimulus and job creation. At least they aren't blaming the unemployed for their failure to lobby effectively for a jobs bill. It's not possible to give the administration a passing grade for effort in either case, let alone for results.
Of course, it's a mistake to think that The Big O isn't exercising leadership. He's just leading us toward a world with a permanently "differently employed" underclass and oceans that may rise, but not enough to threaten the uber-rich in their gated mountain redoubts. That has actually taken quite a bit of effort -- especially from career "progressives," who've obfuscated this process every step of the way -- but the results are now becoming clear.
NOTE Thoma's headline:
Why is the Obama Administration Blaming Environmentalists for Its Failures?
Simple answers to simple questions... Readers?