Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Democrats: Just So Damn "Smart"

...yeah, "smart". It's a phrase that the Democrats keep putting in front of their various wacky initiatives, to separate themselves from the way things were previously done - by others - which was so obviously "stupid".

Remember how, during the 2008 election cycle, we kept hearing from the Democrats that they would employ "smart power" (allegedly the "combination of hard and soft power") to achieve America's objectives abroad? Well, how smart was it?

Ask the Russians, who are running wild across the world. Or the Iranian mullahs, sitting and smirking on a stockpile of nuclear material. Or the Israelis, abandoned to the wild that is the Middle East. Or ask the government of Afghanistan...

You get the point. Smart power...not so smart.

Now, we're talking about smart power again, but this time in terms of electricity, not geopolitical force, as Obama tosses around a few billion more of your tax dollars on a "smart" grid:

President Obama...is announcing Tuesday that he is making available $3.4 billion in government support for 100 projects aimed at modernizing the power grid. The projects include installing "smart" electric meters in homes, automating utility substations and installing thousands of new digital transformers and grid sensors....

... the government funds will allow installation of 18 million smart meters and 1 million other in-home devices as well as more modern thermostats to allow homeowners to better monitor their electricity usage.

"To allow homeowners to better monitor their usage"? If you think its odd that this much money would be spent to help little 'ol you and me, well, you're right, because it's not us folks who will be doing the monitoring - we're not really "smart" enough:

This massive subsidy is earmarked for “smart grid” meters that would give utilities the ability to control electricity demand, so that they could avoid a supply crunch by, say, remotely turning down everyone’s air-conditioner during a hot summer afternoon.

Obama’s smart grid is dumb policy, if only because it could be achieved without spending a dime and—more importantly—without seizing control of our thermostats.

Again, smart=stupid. Or smart=government control, which also = stupid.

One more glimpse of how smart the Democrats are comes from John Kerry, 2004's loser and now the de facto head of the State Department (sorry, Hillary). Kerry has offered us a glimpse into which way the Obama administration is heading in Afghanistan, as he pushes a relatively minor troop increase and calls it..wait for it....

Kerry argues for "a smart counterinsurgency in a limited geographic area."...

“Many [Taliban] can be lured away by the right combination of money, diplomacy, reintegration into society, and smart outreach to Pashtun tribal leaders...

Get it? The Army is stupid, the prior commander-in-chief was stupid, the electric companies are stupid, and all of our previous foreign affairs were handled stupidly. Now that the Democrats are here, everything will be done smartly. Because unless something is being planned, executed and controlled by Democrats, it is, bydefinition, stupid.

And in case you don't know it, or don't get it, we will label everything we do, from war to negotiations to power distribution as "Smart". Health care reform will soon be relabeled as "Smart Care", just so you can be sure of what you're getting...(gulp)

And if you oppose these "smart" proposals? Why, that makes you....well, you know what it makes you. The Democrats told you so. So go back to Texas (or Alaska), dumb-ass....

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