You know, I have to say, I stand in open-mouthed awe of Mitch McConnell's ability to never be on the correct side of an issue. But I'm also taken aback a little by Obama's canniness. I think he's finally learning how to play this game. And I don't know, I see very little downside for him in this. Oh, you know and I know that if subsidies ended, the companies would just try to make up the difference by jacking up prices. But they'd do it at their peril. Any Republican or Blue Dog who defended such a thing would be in deep, deep trouble with his or her constituents. I mean, really -- when's the last time you heard about an oil or gas company having to face deep budget cutbacks? It's happened to nearly every other sector of the economy. Nobody would "understand" their "need" to raise prices. And if subsidies don't end (even though they should), Obama positions himself as a populist hero and the Republicans as debt reduction hypocrites.