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I was driving around Central Pennsylvania one recent weekend and saw dozens of yard signs blaming "Obama" and "regulation" for the woes of the coal industry. It's odd that these areas don't recognize competition when they see it. With all the fracking going on, corporations are switching from coal to the cheaper natural gas. But it seems typical that when they can't compete, these areas suddenly want government help and relief from health and safety regulations.
I read a similar article about a Republican majority on a congressional committee trying to suppress a report they commissioned because it doesn't support their belief that tax breaks to the rich will support jobs.
The willingness of conservatives to deny reality when it doesn't fit their ideology never ceases to amaze me. They start by denying evolutionary history, even though that history supplies the very gas and oil resources they are exploiting, and finish by denying economic realities.
First Published November 13, 2012 12:00 am