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Does anybody out there have any memory of the reason given for the establishment of the U.S. Department of Energy during the Carter administration? Anybody? Anything? No? Didn't think so.

Bottom line: We've spent several hundred billion dollars in support of an agency -- the reason for which not one person who reads this can remember.

Ready? It was very simple, and at the time everybody thought it very appropriate. The Department of Energy was instituted Aug. 4, 1977, to lessen our dependence on foreign oil . Hey, pretty efficient, huh?

And now it's 2009, 32 years later -- and the budget for this necessary department is at $24.2 billion a year, it has 16,000 federal employees and approximately 100,000 contract employees, and look at the job it has done! This is where you slap your forehead and say "What were they thinking?"

Ah, yes, good ol' bureaucracy. And now we are going to turn the banking system, health care and the auto industry over to the federal government? God help us!

John Corbin, Evans

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dhd1108
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dhd1108 05/04/09 - 01:29 am
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time to put on the aloe and

time to put on the aloe and let the flame wars begin!
Reps vs. Dems. dime of difference between the two.
"I'm for slightly less government intervention", "I'm for slightly more government intervention" The DOE brings us jobs, lovely lovely jobs, Mr. John Corbin do you not realize this? Oh man, killed by my own sarcasm. I think the only thing less efficient than government is a micromanaging boss. Guess its time to go impliment directive B-CD27893. Don't have time for real work anymore!

Anyone seen my lithium?

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/04/09 - 03:33 am
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Carter also instituted the

Carter also instituted the Department of Education. 'Nuff said.

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Riverman1 05/04/09 - 05:45 am
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Wen Ho Lee apparently

Wen Ho Lee apparently appreciated the DOE.

elliottness
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elliottness 05/04/09 - 08:50 am
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pat we notice that

pat we notice that ronnie,george,bill and jr didn't do anything to correct this in 32 years, so what is your point?care to tell us anything bush established or will be remembered for after 8 years? i didn't think so.

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bdittle 05/04/09 - 08:55 am
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Bush instituted the Dept of

Bush instituted the Dept of Homeland Security.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 05/04/09 - 09:05 am
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And we haven't had an attack

And we haven't had an attack since.

mad_max
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mad_max 05/04/09 - 09:28 am
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Actually, Bush could have

Actually, Bush could have established a some positive things that would have been remembered for a long time. Like putting terrorists on the run, preventing further attacks on this country, establishing a Democratic government in Iraq. He also made an honest effort, along with Ted Kennedy, on No Child Left Behind. But Obama is working hard to negate most of these things while establishing the Department of Car Making and Union Protection, Department of Bank Running, and the Department of Telling You Which Medical Care You Can Have. As for the Department of Energy, they just mostly cost the taxpayers a lot of money and do little or no good, just like the EPA, HUD, Department of Education, etc. Why, for instance, do we need a Department of Education? Every state has it's own Department of Education which actually runs all of the schools. The federal Department of Education is merely a conduit for federal program dollars who syphon off the money as it passes through to pay for their own salaries and infrastructure. Once any government agency is established it's PRIMARY mission becomes self preservation and increasing it's budget. It is the nature of the beast.

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slippery 25 05/04/09 - 09:53 am
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Well said!

Well said!

southernguy08
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southernguy08 05/04/09 - 10:19 am
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Before the recession, the
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Before the recession, the Senate was considering privatizing their chamber's series of restaurants, including the elegant Senate dining room. The best estimates say that these restaurants are losing over $2 million a year. Nobody is exactly sure, so typical of our govt. leaders. They're still losing money, but they've put the privatizing issue on hold until the recession is over. Makes sense huh? Now this country wants to turn our healthcare over to the same idiots who can't even run a dining hall without losing money. Somebody please tell me how this is "change" we can believe in.

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jack 05/04/09 - 11:05 am
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pat we notice that

pat we notice that ronnie,george,bill and jr didn't do anything to correct this in 32 years, so what is your point?care to tell us anything bush established or will be remembered for after 8 years? i didn't think so.
Posted by elliottness on Mon May 4, 2009 9:50 AM....What did BJ Cliton do about it, Yonce?

Grubnut
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Grubnut 05/04/09 - 11:37 am
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Do you people just make stuff

Do you people just make stuff up out of your head or do you get it from someone else who makes stuff up? The DOE was not established to lower our dependence on foreign oil. The DOE was a merger of the Federal Energy Administration (previously known as the Atomic Energy Commission), the Energy Research and Development Administration, the Federal Power Commission, and parts and programs of several other agencies. It's purpose is energy security (including protection of America's nuclear energy infrastructure), cleaning up the huge amount of nuclear waste from the nuclear weapons development and from ongoing nuclear sites, maintaining the safety of America's nuclear stockpile, etc., as well as promoting energy efficiency. The source and prices of oil are market driven. If you want to reduce the amount Americans buy from other countries, go talk to Exxon about your idea for a profitable alternative. Or were you thinking along the lines of some sort of *socialist* solution that would not leave us at the mercy of global free market oil pricing?

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GGpap 05/04/09 - 01:12 pm
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PT, your comment (4:33 am),

PT, your comment (4:33 am), when taken separately, was spot on! The Department of Education has to rank very high among the list of "most useless" government agencies ever. GGpap

southernguy08
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southernguy08 05/04/09 - 01:14 pm
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Hey, JACK, didn't you know?
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Hey, JACK, didn't you know? Democratic mistakes don't count, only Republican ones. Bill Clinton uses the White House as his own private brothel, then lies under oath about out. Lying under oath is a felony for you and me, but that doesn't matter because "he feels our pain!" When he was in office, it was more of, "he is our pain!" Trust me, by the time old big ears finishes in 2012, he'll make Clinton look tame.

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elliottness 05/04/09 - 01:55 pm
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jack and southernguy i did

jack and southernguy i did include clinton's name, but your guys still had 20 years to do something, while we only had 8.bdittle homeland security? the biggest joke ever! remember ridge with his color code levels every week? all the attempts that never happened?bush nominating bernie kerick for the position? kerick is still facing federal charges and hasn't been to court yet.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 05/04/09 - 02:17 pm
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ELLIOTT, our guys had 20
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ELLIOTT, our guys had 20 years? How about the 40 years that Dems were in control of congress from 1953 to 1993? Funny how you ignore that fact. And, look at the crap that happened during that time! The point is, no party is innocent. There is plenty of blame to go around, but I never hear anyone being blamed except Bush. You know this is crap, but Hell will freeze over before you admit it. And, as for nominating people with clouds over their heads, how about Clinton nominating Zoe Baird, and this idiot we now have for a Treasury sec who can't seem to pay his taxes without a reminder. I guess that was a Joe Biden gaffe.

elliottness
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elliottness 05/04/09 - 05:08 pm
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southernguy none of those

southernguy none of those liberal folks are looking at 143 years in prison either.why would a president need a congress to eliminate a federal agency?

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patriciathomas 05/04/09 - 05:45 pm
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Yonce, a liberal president

Yonce, a liberal president uses the "executive order" when he has a liberal congress. Yes, we're all scared. All but the fools are very scared.

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used2Bjonny 05/04/09 - 06:30 pm
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Grubnut, speaking of "making

Grubnut, speaking of "making stuff up" or "quoting other sources that make stuff up," how about this gem from you: "the huge amount of nuclear waste from the nuclear weapons development and from ongoing nuclear sites," Heh heh heh...now, I'll tell you just this ONE time, if you REALLY want to study a little bit of history and find out how all of these astonishing coincidences took place at the same time, dig around and find out about the following topics: Did Jimmy Carter support or oppose nuclear power? Did Jimmy Carter's creation, the DOE, take over the functions of the NRC (www.nrc.gov)? Did or did not Jimmy Carter's creation, the DOE, define "nuclear waste" in such a way that the U.S. territory is essentially a huge, seething pile of "waste"? Put another way, do gov't regulations declare material to be "nuclear waste" when its radiation level is lower than background levels? Did Carter define the issues such that U.S. needs a mountain to store "waste," while France, which has many more reactors than we do, stores all of its accumulated "waste" in a large room somewhere? Check out the facts, let us know what you find...

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jedex6 05/04/09 - 10:30 pm
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If tne French are so smart

If tne French are so smart and nuclear waste could just be stored "in a huge room somewhere", then why is the gov't spending billions on the MOX project out at SRS? I mean, who knew it could be that simple? And who knew that the French would be smarter than we are, when everybody just knew that they deserved to have their butts kicked for not supporting bush's splendid little war? I thought that was settled when we refused to call those greasy, salty, fat bombs that we scarf up by the billions "french fries".

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