In his latest iteration of The Daily Excoriation From the Office of the President, Obama dared a thing he should have been more chary to consider. He invoked Ronald Reagan's famous "trust, but verify" as a weird addition to his amalgam of finger-pointing-as-decisive-action.
Oh, it was aimed at the Oil Industry and their cozy partners in government. Or something. As it was pointed out by others, Oil and Government haven't mixed in a long, long time. Oil money and politicians have dressed more than a few greens, to be sure, but our satraps and governors have seen fit to leech as much from the industry as possible without killing it. At best, they've left it weakened enough that it may not be able to withstand a concerted government effort to end its corporate life.
But Obama, like Prince Humperdinck, waxes officious with stern warnings and trots out what he thinks a killing grace: trust, but verify.
I would not say such things if I were he.
Time for a poll!