One would think by now that listening to lear-jet liberals denounce other people's energy consumption and wealth would strike most folks as about as reasonable as taking diet advice from Michael Moore. Alas, leftist hypocrisy goes on unabated--and unscrutinized by those intrepid watchdogs in the media. Why what's next, the lead anchor at NBC Nightly News lying to us?
Mr. Moore (see http://www.mooreexposed.com) may indeed be the poster child for 'do what I say, and not what I do,' but the fact is most contemporary liberals suffer from an acute credibility crisis simply because they demand of others what they are quite obviously unwilling to do themselves.
For example, whether Al Gore is the world's first 'carbon billionaire' or not, it's fairly evident he's made a boatload of money talking about rising sea levels from global warming. But as the Tennessee Center for Policy Research noted some time ago (and unchallenged by the then couple, Mr. and Mrs. Gore), the former vice president's 20-room home and pool house consumed over 220,000 kilowatt-hours--20 times the national average of 10,656 kilowatt-hours. Perhaps the globe-trotting Mr. Gore has changed his ways, but given the cost of private jets these days, it's doubtful.
And it's not just climate deniers' (it's actually getting cold outside, but they won't admit it) chief cheerleader, Mr. Gore. Consider Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., last seen blocking a wind project off the coast of Hyannis Port while imposing the unsightly and ineffective energy scam on the rest of us. Or Tom Steyer, California's wealthy political activist spending millions to elect green politicians from a fortune he made investing in, well...fossil fuels.
Then of course there are the Democratic 'redistribute somebody else's wealth' crusaders--many of whom are well-to-do. To wit, when Warren Buffet and Bill Gates, Sr. aren't advocating an increase in the estate tax, they're busy setting up their own foundations with tax-deductible charitable contributions in order to avoid or lesson, you guessed it, the estate tax. Buffet, the billionaire chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, has gone so far as to admit that “I will do anything that is basically covered by the law to reduce Berkshire’s tax rate...on wind energy, we get a tax credit if we build a lot of wind farms. That’s the only reason to build them. They don’t make sense without the tax credit.”
Bully for him--except that he's a champion of 'taxing the rich.' The total philosophical bankruptcy in all of this is that Messrs. Buffet, Gates, Gore & Steyer (sounds like a bad law firm) could eradicate poverty across the nation if they simply took a vow of poverty themselves by divesting their own fortunes completely. But they don't; instead they insist that others pay higher taxes. Seriously, it's as if they're saying, 'well, look, I believe in helping the poor, but not unless you do it first.' Who, but the most conniving cynic, thinks this way? If you really believe in doing good, why would you wait for others?
Even on weightier matters of personal safety or war, the left is not to be believed. After all, how easy is it to be in favor of gun control while your armed body guards stand ready and willing. Honest liberals used to be opposed to war, even when the Communist threat was far higher than today's--but all that changed when they discovered that Islamic fundamentalists weren't towing the liberal line on woman's rights and gay marriage. Now from Afghanistan to Libya to Syria these politically correct warriors are as gung-ho as neoconservative icons like Lindsey Graham, John McCain & Peter King (who have never seen a crisis they didn't want to escalate).
Listening to these do-gooders on public policy has become the functional equivalent of listening to Elmer Gantry evangelize.