by Sam Huntington
Everyone on the left hates Mitt Romney, and there’s a good reason for this: he’s a filthy hedge fund manager and as such, he personally gave cancer to the wife of an employee at a nuts and bolts company. Bad Romney, bad! Everyone on the left hates the Koch Brothers, too—and for good reason. Those bastards give way too much money to GOP candidates and they are far, far to involved in political activism. Bad Koch brothers, bad!
Just when it appears (to me) that the political left is incapable of demonstrating a greater degree of dishonesty —when I think they’ve reached the pinnacle of hypocrisy, some new revelation comes along those forces me to reevaluate my former position.
Let me insert one important caveat here. I do not think that political corruption is a problem affecting only one political party. It is a systemic problem. My frustration comes from the fact that the American people continue reelecting individuals who are clearly dirty politicians, and some of this corruption is nearly blatant. “Duke” Cunningham went to jail for corruption, why isn’t Carl Levin in prison, or John Conyers, or Nancy Pelosi, or Harry Reid. They must be among the filthiest of our politicians.
The issue here is duplicity —and it is significant. While the political left castigates Mitt Romney for his hedge fund business, as they chastise the Koch brothers, they seem to make allowances for their own fair-haired boy, Tom Steyer —the multi billionaire hedge fund manager, founder and former managing partner of Faralion Capital Management.
One may recall that Tom Steyer pledged $100 million to elect Democrats who oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline. He’s doing this, of course, because he supports the “Green” movement, loves America, and wants to protect the environment. Malarkey! Thomas Steyer opposes the Keystone XL Pipeline because he is heavily invested in Asian coal. Indonesian coal supplies fully half of China’s coal-burning power plants ... coal extracted from Adaro Energy, and PT Bumi Resources. Bumi has the interests of investigators for what could be very creative financial accounting practices. Greenpeace has accused Adaro of creating significant environmental damage in Borneo.
Steyer is also enriching himself through Australian investments in coal and gas ... the things he opposes here at home. MEO Australia Limited is an oil and natural gas company that is conducting offshore drilling in both Australia and Indonesia, and Whitehaven Coal conducts open pit mining at Maule Creek. The Maule Creek operation has drawn vigorous opposition from Australian environmentalists.
Steyer allegedly promised that he (and his company) would divest themselves of all these filthy fossil fuel products and return to the pursuit of Green Energy. Did that happen? No, it didn’t.
I do not object to Steyer making as much money as he possibly can. I don’t object to any businessperson from pushing the boundaries of propriety, so long as laws are faithfully obeyed. I don’t even care that Steyer makes his money from fossil fuels. What I do object to is that this man has made his deal with corrupt Democrats, he has successfully stifled the Keystone XL Pipeline —which is a decision that comes directly from within the White House, and that this corruption is making Steyer even richer.
How are leftists responding to behavior that is remarkably similar to that of Mitt Romney or the Koch Brothers? See, the way this works is ... chirp, chirp, chirp.