Are you noticing a

March 19, 2001 7:52 p.m.

Are you noticing a pattern here?

The president wants to gun up support for a mammoth tax cut which apparently has, at best, broad but tepid support. But he can’t make the case for it on practical or ideological grounds. So he starts talking up a dire economic slowdown to justify the tax cut.

If we don’t get the tax cut … Ohhhh is it gonna be bad!

Then he wants to overturn CO2 emissions guidelines, drill for oil in Alaska, and basically have government of, by and for fossil fuel producers. But his proposals aren’t very popular. So he and his minions start bellowing about the “energy crisis now sweeping the nation” — the worst since the 1970s according Energy Secretary Spence Abraham.

You noticing a pattern here?

There clearly is an energy crisis in California — though one of a quite specific nature. And high fuel prices are a threat to the economy and consumer pocketbooks nationwide.

But are we really in a national energy crisis? The worst since the early 1970s? Are you old enough to remember those gas lines? (Talking Points was just a little guy back then. But he remembers.) Isn’t this a vast — almost comical — overstatement?

You noticing a pattern here?

Is there any alarm bell this administration won’t sound in order to get its unpopular policies enacted?

Think about it.

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