In my book Never Allow A Crisis To Go To Waste, I discuss how German industrialist, Walther Rathenau, attempted to create a third way socialism called Zwangswirtshaft (controlled economy) where the government did not own the means of production, but rather used its regulatory, taxing and spending power to achieve the socialist goals of directing the economy to redistribute wealth. Under Zwangswirtshaft, the state would tell industry what to make and then eliminate competing goods to compel the citizens of Germany to buy the government directed goods and services.
Barack Obama’s “clean energy economy” and Obamacare policies are implementations of German Zwangswirtshaft socialism.
Obamacare directs the health insurance industry to issue policies designed by the Department of Health and Human Services and then requires you and I to buy these policies or pay a fine.
One of the elements of Obama’s “clean energy economy” is to promote the use of “renewable” ethanol based fuels. The promotion started with the government compelling the oil industry to produce the E10 blend of 10% ethanol and 90% gasoline, which the government subsidizes to make it cheaper than straight regular gasoline.
When American consumers in a free market declined to buy enough E10 to suit the Obama administration, the EPA compelled oil refineries to produce an E15 blend with 15% ethanol in it. When the bureaucracy realized that a 15% ethanol blend was so corrosive that only certain more expensive cars and trucks made after 2001 could run on the stuff and almost no other vehicles and appliances, the EPA like true commissars then decided to correct their mistake by imposing a regulation requiring you to buy a minimum of four gallons if you made a purchase of E15 fuel.
It is doubtful that American consumers will take too kindly to being ordered to buy more of a product they do not want. Sometimes the dogs just do not like the dog food.
Then next step will be for the Obama EPA to command us all to buy ethanol blends of gasoline like we are being commanded to buy Obamacare insurance policies. Unless we run the commissars out of Washington first, that is.