Spencer Abraham on Government Reform
Former Secretary of Energy & Former Republican Senator (MI)
The Federalist Society has been the focus of some political controversy over the years. [But] intellectual figures across the political spectrum have praised the Federalist Society. The ACLU president, for example, said that the Society has made a "marvelous contribution" to "free speech, free debate, and most importantly public understanding of, awareness of, and appreciation of the Constitution."
Spencer Abraham [helped] form The Federalist Society while a law student back in 1982. This "intellectually pugnacious organization" that defends the constitutional thinking of America's founding fathers has helped shift the atmosphere of academic institutions responsible for shaping the minds of future leaders.
Enron’s lobbyists played a large role in California deregulation--setting the state up for a hit. Most experts believe that Enron, controlling about a quarter of wholesale trading in electricity with no regulatory oversight, was central to the market gaming that led to last year’s “energy crisis,” which cost Californians about $50 billion. For six months the FERC refused to impose price controls. The White House ridiculed the very notion. In those six months, Enron posted increased revenues of nearly $70 billion. When the price controls were finally enacted, the “crisis” disappeared. Spencer Abraham, Bush’s clueless Energy Secretary, now informs us that this is a triumph of deregulation.
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