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Gingrich: Obama Should Fire Chu

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By Doug Powers  •  March 1, 2012 09:45 PM

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Newt Gingrich is obviously calling for President Obama to fire Energy Secretary Steven Chu just for rhetorical effect. Obama and Chu are on the same page as far as energy priorities (or lack thereof) are concerned, so there’s a better chance Michael Moore will ask Domino’s to pink-slip their delivery boy before the pizza arrives at his front door tonight, but at least it’s being pointed out:

Newt Gingrich on Thursday called on President Barack Obama to fire Energy Secretary Steven Chu, citing congressional testimony this week in which Chu said his “overall goal” was to decrease U.S. dependency on oil, not lower the price.

“President Obama must announce today in his Nashua address that he is firing Secretary Chu and replacing him with a pro-American-energy appointment,” said a statement from Gingrich, who cited a POLITICO story about Chu’s appearance before a House Appropriations subcommittee.

I don’t know, Newt… after all, Chu gave himself an A-minus grade on managing taxpayer investments, in spite of billions of dollars that are either teetering on the brink or have already been vaporized in the carbon-neutral money incinerator. Calling for Chu’s firing might cause him to become disgruntled enough to show us how much a C-plus performance costs.

In 2008, Chu said that “we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,” so his position here wasn’t surprising. Maybe Chu should even give himself some bonus points for honesty and consistency in order to raise that A-minus grade to an A-plus.

I’ll take advantage of this opportunity to re-propose a new pay structure for DoE officials: Every million dollars of taxpayer money that goes down the low flush crapper on one of their algae-powered flights of fancy should be accompanied by a dock in pay of $10,000 for the year.

Here’s Newt:

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