Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Have You Ever Wondered?

  • Have you ever wondered why the same crowd that shouts "NO BLOOD FOR OIL" to protest U.S. military action in the Middle East aren't first in line demanding we become energy independent by drilling for oil here in the U.S.?
  • One of Barack H. Obama's campaign slogans (he has so many) is "Yes we can." But whenever there is anything difficult to accomplish (Iraq, energy independence, etc.) it seems the following slogan would be more appropriate:

As usual, Ann Coulter gets it:

Ann Coulter
June 25, 2008

...Liberals complain that -- as B. Hussein Obama put it -- there's "no way that allowing offshore drilling would lower gas prices right now. At best you are looking at five years or more down the road."

This is as opposed to airplanes that run on woodchips, which should be up and running any moment now.

Moreover, what was going on five years ago? Why didn't anyone propose drilling back then?

Say, you know what we need? We need a class of people paid to anticipate national crises and plan solutions in advance. It would be such an important job, the taxpayers would pay them salaries so they wouldn't have to worry about making a living and could just sit around anticipating crises.

If only we had had such a group -- let's call them "elected representatives" -- they could have proposed drilling five years ago!

But of course we do pay people to anticipate national problems and propose solutions. Some of them -- we'll call them Republicans -- did anticipate high gas prices and propose solutions.

Six long years ago President Bush had the foresight to demand that Congress allow drilling in a minuscule portion of the Alaska's barren, uninhabitable Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). In 2002, Bush, Tom DeLay and the entire Republican Party were screaming from the rooftops: Drill! Drill! Drill!
No Democrat has a plan that will provide MORE energy for the American people. The only option they offer is what amounts to a conservation-only policy by default. Such a policy will cripple the U.S. economy and impose ever increasing financial hardships on the American people.

With at least one prediction that gas at the pump may soon hit $7 a gallon, the time to act is way past due. The longer we wait the higher the price of energy will go. Americans have a choice to make in November. Will they choose more of the same and higher gas prices or will they choose to make us energy independent and lower prices?

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