30 Years Ago Today

Glenn Reynolds: “Thirty years ago Jimmy Carter established the Department of Energy. And all our energy problems were solved . . . .”

Heh. Indeed.

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  1. Anon says:

    I should point out that DOE is a bit weird. In fact, only a small part of its budget is devoted to finding new sources of energy.

  2. Jamie says:

    Just you wait until John Edwards becomes Poverty Czar.

  3. Bithead says:

    t comes down to ‘government isn’t the solution; It’s the PROBLEM.’

  4. Two years later history’s greatest monster also gave us the Department of Education, aka ED so as not to be confused with the earlier established Department of Energy.

    Tough call to decide which is worse, though I’d probably go with ED.

  5. Bruce Moomaw says:

    Heh. How much worse off would we be WITHOUT it?

    Really, James. The fact that Reynolds keeps his brain switched off most of the time is no excuse for you to switch yours off part of the time.

  6. Bithead says:

    Heh. How much worse off would we be WITHOUT it?

    Because there are so many who want every area of their lives legislated and controlled by ‘someone else’… the test cannot be made.

  7. Bruce Moomaw says:

    Does that include its research work?