Barack Obama won the Democratic nomination for President through the power of his speeches, using heavy doses of the words “hope” and “change”, sprinkled with the occasional “Do you smeeellllll what Barack is cooking?”. However, it appears as if the NYT is finally coming off their Obamessiah honeymoon and starting to look into exactly who this guy is. Because of course, now, after he’s won the nomination, is the time when we should concern ourselves with what he stands for, and what he plans on doing should he be elected president.
“Nowadays, when Mr. Obama travels in farm country, he is sometimes accompanied by his friend Tom Daschle, the former Senate majority leader from South Dakota. Mr. Daschle now serves on the boards of three ethanol companies and works at a Washington law firm where, according to his online job description, “he spends a substantial amount of time providing strategic and policy advice to clients in renewable energy.”
Mr. Obama’s lead advisor on energy and environmental issues, Jason Grumet, came to the campaign from the National Commission on Energy Policy, a bipartisan initiative associated with Mr. Daschle and Bob Dole, the Kansas Republican who is also a former Senate majority leader and a big ethanol backer who had close ties to the agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland.”
What?! You mean to tell me that Obama has members of his camp who are heavily involved with ethanol? Well, that’s not a big deal, he probably just has them in his camp for advice on how to move this country forward with renewable biofuels. I mean, it’s not like he’s getting any favors or benefits from these relationships.
“Not long after arriving in the Senate, Mr. Obama himself briefly provoked a controversy by flying at subsidized rates on corporate airplanes, including twice on jets owned by Archer Daniels Midland, which is the nation’s largest ethanol producer and is based in his home state.”
Of course, all of this will just be shrugged aside by the Obama faithful as if it’s not important. For liberals, the only corporate relationships that should be chastised are Wal-Mart, big oil, and big tobacco. By pushing for ethanol to make up a larger part of our fuel consumption, politicians like Barack are only guaranteeing that food prices skyrocket and our vehicles become less efficient. So now, those who were struggling to put gas in their tanks will now also struggle to keep food on the table.