“Ah, it’s great to be young and insane!” — Billy Caulfield (Michael Keaton) in The Dream Team, 1989
The exhilarating affirmation above could just as easily have been uttered by just about anybody in Obama’s mad Red regime, or by any happy-go-lucky cuckoo that still intends to re-certify the head loony for another four years in office despite the mound of diagnostic documentation that would have not so long ago confined him to a well-padded cell and placed on a strict and mandatory regimen of anti-psychotic medication.
The latest in the never-ending effort to turn all of us into unwilling inmates of the Progressive asylum:
The Obama Administration has recently construed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Standards for Accessible Design to apply to the act of swimming.
Today, this regulation was supposed to go into effect, opening up the owners to $100,000 fines as well as trial lawyer liability. However, thanks to the kindness of the Justice Department, existing pools now have until January 2013 to comply. “Newly constructed or altered places of public accommodation, commercial facilities and state and local government facilities” operating swimming pools will now be required to install permanent structures that lower physically disabled patrons into the pool. These establishments may also be forced to remove “accessibility barriers.”
The premise of this entire concept — allowing bureaucrats in DC to tell Americans how to run their swimming pools is more outrageous than the overly scandalous title to this article. (Obama Allows Your Children To Go Swimming For One More Summer)
What could be more egalitarian than forcing all the natatoria throughout the Obama Nation to install forklifts with which to lower into the drink those unfortunates among us who are unable to lower themselves? It’s only fair …
But presidential biographies are not all the Big Red One has been busy vandalizing:
Obama’s War on Coal has already taken a remarkable toll on coal-fired power plants in America.
Last week the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported a shocking drop in power sector coal consumption in the first quarter of 2012. Coal-fired power plants are now generating just 36 percent of U.S. electricity, versus 44.6 percent just one year ago.
It’s the result of an unprecedented regulatory assault on coal that will leave us all much poorer.
Last week PJM Interconnection, the company that operates the electric grid for 13 states (Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia) held its 2015 capacity auction. These are the first real, market prices that take Obama’s most recent anti-coal regulations into account, and they prove that he is keeping his 2008 campaign promise to make electricity prices “necessarily skyrocket.”
The market-clearing price for new 2015 capacity – almost all natural gas – was $136 per megawatt. That’s eight times higher than the price for 2012, which was just $16 per megawatt. In the mid-Atlantic area covering New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and DC the new price is $167 per megawatt. For the northern Ohio territory served by FirstEnergy, the price is a shocking $357 per megawatt. (Obama’s war on coal hits your electric bill)
Four more years of Obamunism, and all of us will be happy to see lumps of coal in our Christmas stockings … assuming, of course, that the Big Red One hasn’t done away with the holiday by then.