Thursday, August 28, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Nancy Pelosi continues the obstruction of the people's congress by claiming yesterday that she would consider letting energy legislation reach the floor of the house with pre-conditions. According to The Hill, Pelosi's "conditions" include releasing strategic petroleum reserves, (SPR), which is reserved for national economic disasters, again looking for a quick fix for political gain that does nothing to promote our long term energy shortage.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday night dropped her staunch opposition to a vote on offshore oil drilling in the House. Republicans, reacting to high gas prices, have demanded a vote on additional oil exploration in the Outer Continental Shelf, where drilling is currently blocked by a moratorium. Until now, Pelosi (D-Calif.) has resisted the idea as a “hoax.” But in an interview on CNN’s Larry King Live, she indicated that she was open to a vote.
“They have this thing that says drill offshore in the protected areas,” Pelosi said. “We can do that. We can have a vote on that.”
She indicated such a vote would have to be part of a larger package that included other policies, like releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, which she said could bring down prices in a matter of days.
“But it has to be part of something that says we want to bring immediate relief to the public and is not just a hoax on them,” Pelosi continued.........LINK
Last week Pelosi adjourned the House, (and took a five week vacation), without allowing any energy legislation to reach the floor. Apparently, she's feeling some heat at home in her comfortable surroundings, while the rest of the nation, (gripping for a winter of high heating oil prices), wait impatiently for the Democrats in both the House and the Senate to get serious about the shortage. As you can see by the chart above, our "new direction" congress that took over the majority in 2006 has done little to prevent this nations dependence on foreign oil while the price has skyrocketed because of global demand.
As of July 15, 2008, the current inventory in the STR was 707.2 million barrels. This equates to 33 days of oil at current daily US consumption levels of 21 million barrels a day. The Speaker of the House is dangerously willing to gamble with these reserves for purely short term political gain. Perhaps in November she can take a more permanent vacation with this reckless view.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
According to an article in Politico.com and quotes from some prominent Dem leaders and their aids, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and others from their party have for more than a year been plotting to use the high price of gas to advance their political agenda at the consumers expense:
"California Democrat Nancy Pelosi may be trying to save the planet — but the rank and file in her party increasingly are just trying to save their political hides when it comes to gas prices as Republicans apply more and more rhetorical muscle. But what looks like intraparty tension on the surface is part of an intentional strategy in which Pelosi takes the heat on energy policy, while behind the scenes she’s encouraging vulnerable Democrats to express their independence if it helps them politically, according to Democratic aides on and off Capitol Hill." LINK
"Instead, the chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources believes Democrats are all about 2009. "We’ve laid the groundwork this year," Rahall said. Democratic House aides say the energy agenda has been carefully gamed out in strategy sessions, and Pelosi always intended to take heat on gas prices while tacitly encouraging more vulnerable Democrats to publicly disagree with her and show their independence."
"Reid, like Pelosi, is expecting to have a much stronger governing majority in the Senate next year, so he has little incentive to give in to Republicans on energy policy as long as he thinks it won’t hurt Democrats. Even as they face heat from constituents during the August break, Democrats say they aren’t going to cave in to popular pressure. "We feel pretty comfortable with where we are," said Rep. Michael E. Capuano (D-Mass.), who is close to the Democratic leadership. "This is a not a new issue. This just didn’t happen today. We’ve been working on this for months." (emphasis mine)
While the average consumer is getting "hosed" by high gas prices, the Democrat Party continues to play political games that they have been planning for months in advance. Their agenda is not in the interest of the consumer/voter, but rather a political strategy to advance their party. (see Iraq war)
So, while the price of gas has risen over the past 18+ months, the Democrats have allowed no legislation to relieve the rising prices so they can control an agenda laid out for 2009. They are telling the electorate that you will "pay me now and then pay me later". This is the arrogance of a party that is out of touch with the consumers of this nation who are paying the price and being told to eat their crude-cake and shut up.
Sunday, August 03, 2008
The saga of the Democrat Party continues in this 2008 version of a selection process that has once again failed to produce a candidate worthy of an electorate that hungers for the kind of leadership that is anything other than empty promises based on reinforced entitlements and a re-distribution of wealth philosophy. Obama's banter of "give me your tired, poor, and destitute and I'll provide a government program to relieve your pain" are the same tactics the left has attempted going back to Lyndon Johnson. His recent world celebrity tour was nothing short of an embarrassment by kow-towing to other world leaders with his "we are the world" conception based on his willing appeasement and virtual apology for this nation's success in putting world terrorism in check. It's quite understandable that the man could not face our brave comrades in a foreign hospital with the knowledge that he has turned his back on their heroic efforts time and again.
On the national economic front, Obama has (in the Clinton tradition of governing by polls) once again shifted his position on offshore drilling just enough to appease the "undecided’s" knowing full well that the environmental lobby will tie up the much needed exploration with lawsuits well into the next decade, (think spotted owl). Many of Obama's plans to double the size of government are explained on his own website: A perfect example is his plan to create a National Infrastructure Reinvestment Bank LINK to "to expand and enhance, not supplant, existing federal transportation investments". In the guise of "change", taking an already complex government bureaucracy and adding another will simply put more of our tax dollars into the hands of the very politicians the electorate has despised. Bowing to his socialist left constituency, Obama's plans to re-invent government is nothing short of a re-distribution of wealth philosophy that will destroy the business structure and free market capitalism that has provided this nation with a tradition of success that has rivaled the world.