June 13, 2008

Stop Doing Nothing

The movement to "Drill Here, Drill Now" seems to be gaining momentum nationally. The petition at americansolutions.com has gained some 30,000 signatures in just the last several hours (Friday evening), and as of this writing stands at 729,000 plus.

The anger and frustration at both parties in the do-nothing Congress is growing, as polls show fewer Americans believe the high cost of gasoline is caused primarily by oil company greed.

But the Pelosi-led Democrats apparently think Americans will feel better about pumping $4 gas into their tanks if they know the Congress is punishing the oil companies with windfall profits taxes, even if it doesn't exert any downward pressure on the price of gasoline at the pump.

And Barack Obama implies he doesn't have a problem with $4 gasoline per se, it's just that we got there in such a hurry. "I would have preferred a gradual adjustment", said the candidate. He says we need to take steps to help people with the high costs... "first of all, by putting more money in their pockets." Huh? Care to elaborate on just how the Obama administration might do that, sir?

Maybe from those thousands of high-paying, new "green jobs", which in addition to materializing out of congressional pork thin air, will also presumably come without the nasty necessity of commuting.

At least some Republicans are convinced that the growing sentiment about the need to increase domestic supply can be a winning issue for McCain and the GOP in November, and I'd even suggest that many Americans might just forgive McCain for a "flip-flop" if he came out for drilling in ANWR in light of today's changing realities, including the very real pain low income citizens especially are feeling at the pump.

It brings to mind the famous John Maynard Keynes quote when he was criticized for a change of mind, and responded "When the facts change, I change my opinion. What do you do, sir?"

Maybe some of those low-income Americans would be surprised to see just how lopsided the votes in Congress have been over the years, in terms of which party has supported policies to increase domestic energy supplies, and which party has opposed them.

Posted by dan at June 13, 2008 11:56 PM