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Congress Cannot Deflect The Blame
IBD Editorials ^ | June 18, 2008

Posted on 06/18/2008 6:07:19 PM PDT by Kaslin

Energy: First, Democrats dishonestly blamed oil companies for overcharging. Now they falsely accuse them of keeping their high-priced oil off the market. With public support for drilling growing, Congress is panicked.


In this presidential election year, the Democrats really do seem to think they can fool most of the people all of the time. Gasoline prices have reached well over $4 in much of the country, but instead of fulfilling the duties given to them by the voters in 2006 and allowing access to more domestic sources of oil and gas, Democrats have thrown a new headline-grabbing smear at Big Oil.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi complains that energy firms are "sitting on 68 million acres of federal lands they've already leased," but with which they are not producing oil and gas.

That same Democratic Party talking point was served up by Sen. Russ Feingold. He asked oil executives at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last month "to explain why their companies are only developing 12 (million) of the 42 million acres of federal lands that they are leasing" and "only developing 8 (million) of the 38 million acres of offshore leased areas."

According to Feingold, "the executives could not come up with a good explanation."

In fact, they did — it's the fault of Feingold, Pelosi, would-be president Barack Obama and every other member of Congress whose environmental extremism has prevented the oil industry from finding and extracting America's own supplies.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial
KEYWORDS: 110th; congress; energy; feingold; pelosi
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1 posted on 06/18/2008 6:07:19 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Congress is panicked.

Such words just warm my heart :)

2 posted on 06/18/2008 6:09:42 PM PDT by Mr_Moonlight
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To: Kaslin

Democrats are just plain idiots. Period. We need to keep the pressure up, and tighten the screws on these liberal hack jerkoffs.

I am watching some clown named Steve Israel from New York, liberal LOSER who is insisting the oil companies drill in every single acre of what they’ve leased.

The guy is a complete joke, and Neil Cavuto has exposed him to be a hypocrite.

Plain and simple, the Democrats are retards.


3 posted on 06/18/2008 6:10:42 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (Just say NObama!)
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To: Kaslin

BTTT


4 posted on 06/18/2008 6:10:56 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Yeah ... and you can put a whole s***pot of stinking RINO
s in their with them. I swear there is not enough collective intellect among 535 prima donna’s to jumpstart a moron.


5 posted on 06/18/2008 6:13:20 PM PDT by HiramQuick (work harder ... welfare recipients depend on you!)
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To: Kaslin

Man...any GOP leader with a decent set of what God gave him, should be able to knock the snot out of the Dems over this issue.....unfortunately, rather than seizing the moment, they’re probably stumbling all over one another racing for a camera to appear “Green”.......


6 posted on 06/18/2008 6:13:53 PM PDT by mo
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To: Recovering_Democrat
I am watching some clown named Steve Israel from New York

Clown from my congressional district, unfortunately. Isreal rode into town when Rick Lazio stepped down after being recruited to take on Hillary in the 2000 Senatorial election, and only at the last minute when Rudy dropped out for that seat.... UGHHH, what a nightmare!

7 posted on 06/18/2008 6:16:42 PM PDT by Mr_Moonlight
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To: Kaslin
By the time the November elections come around, you'll see this on bumper stickers:

Reform Congress

Hangings on Thursday, Trials on Friday


8 posted on 06/18/2008 6:18:33 PM PDT by usconservative (www.ropma.net -->ISLAM is NOT a religion of peace, it is a CULT of DEATH.)
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To: Kaslin

I’m going to repeat this plenty of times.

If the GOP cannot climb on top of this issue and force the Dems to eat their own obstinance, they suck, they deserve to lose. Dems win elections out of financial challenges, when their so-called leaders promise the moon. This is finally the issue that connects to their hip at the fourth grade thinking level. If the Reps cannot forge this into their issue, it’s the chance of the decade lost, and they deserve to lose.


9 posted on 06/18/2008 6:18:50 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder ()OK. We're still working on your ones.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

I was watching CSPAN this morning before the Presidents speech when they had the one minute speeches on when everyone of the critters could say what was on their mind. One liberal just lied through his teeth. I screamed at my TV


10 posted on 06/18/2008 6:23:04 PM PDT by Kaslin (6/12/08 The Nation will live to regret what the Court has done today. I dissent. Justice Scalia)
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To: Kaslin

Congress is solely to blame for the energy crisis, particularly the Democrats who’ve had their way with energy policy over the last 30 years.


11 posted on 06/18/2008 6:28:59 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Kaslin

If it is going to take 10 years,
shouldn't we get started?

Drill here, drill now, pay less


12 posted on 06/18/2008 6:30:33 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (If it is going to take 10 years, shouldn't we get started? Drill here, drill now, pay less.)
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To: Kaslin

This issue is very personal to Americans. Gas and food are basic staples of our society. The leadership of the Republican party should hammer the fact that Congress is blocking us from drilling OUR oil. I really think this time we can make a difference from keeping the pressure on.


13 posted on 06/18/2008 6:31:51 PM PDT by Vicki (Washington State where anyone can vote .... illegals, non-residents, dead people, dogs, felons)
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To: Kaslin

I would endure $10 gas if it would finally destroy, once and for all, the democrat party......


14 posted on 06/18/2008 6:36:26 PM PDT by B.O. Plenty (Give war a chance......)
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To: HiramQuick
Exactly. At least the Democrats have not hidden behind the facade the Republicans have.

Congress, neigh all politicians don't lead. They react and normally wait until a crises is upon us and then act too quickly without even looking at unintended consequences - just look at the Ethanol program for example.

These energy problems and getting our own oil have been around since the 70's. Here we are 30 years later and the best the Republicans can do is "blame" the Democrats.

I am getting old and memory is failing, but didn't Republicans just here in the recent past control the WH and both halls of Congress.

I am sick of both political parties and their ineptitude stemming from their all consuming primary purpose - Getting and Staying Elected. Acquisition of and then maintenance of power is the only motivating force for any of them.

We are getting exactly what "we" deserve having placed our faith in political parties for so long now.

Unfortunately the hardships are going to grow before and if any of the mess can or will be corrected.

15 posted on 06/18/2008 6:41:58 PM PDT by ImpBill (Hi, My name is Greg and I am a recovering "R"epublican! And I have recovered into a "r"epublican.)
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To: Kaslin

The Derelict in Duty Dems back in charge for almost 2 years and all they can do is delegate blame to everyone else but themselves, they have saddled this nation yet again with more burdens to bear and act as if they are not in nay responsible for their actions or should I say inactions.

Why people keep voting for these maroons is beyond me.


16 posted on 06/18/2008 6:42:42 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE toll-free tip hotline 1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRget!!!)
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in any way


17 posted on 06/18/2008 6:43:21 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE toll-free tip hotline 1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRget!!!)
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To: Kaslin

The War in Iraq
Abortion
Nuclear Power
Drilling for Oil
Global Warming
Taxes

The facts prove the left wrong time after time, yet half of Americans continue to vote for them.

It’s extremely discouraging.

Democrats are on the wrong side of everything, yet


18 posted on 06/18/2008 6:46:10 PM PDT by ryan71 (Typical bitter white gun toter)
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To: Kaslin

Absolutely fantastic editorial. Will the truth set the oil companies free?


19 posted on 06/18/2008 6:48:17 PM PDT by jwalsh07 (El Nino is climate, La Nina is weather.)
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To: Mr_Moonlight

Panicky chickens shit on themselves for political gain.


20 posted on 06/18/2008 6:50:02 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U
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To: usconservative

Love it!


21 posted on 06/18/2008 6:51:05 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder
Just saw a puke Democrat on there telling me that we are "addicted to oil" and that's the problem to be solved.

The Democrat Congresscritter who'd just yielded time to this guy was telling us that it was the fault of the oil companies for not drilling leases they already have.

These are really inconsistent positions. Makes me suspect the Democrats have not come up with a coherent response.

Time for the Republicans to run on a "gastank for America" program!

22 posted on 06/18/2008 6:52:38 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: ImpBill; HiramQuick; Kaslin
I am getting old and memory is failing, but didn't Republicans just here in the recent past control the WH and both halls of Congress.

It wasn't the fault of true Repulicans. With friends like Spector, Snowe, Chaffee, and Collins, who needs enemas? The RINOS held the balance of power and were able to block any proposals to lift the ban on drilling in ANWAR, and offshore in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Florida.

23 posted on 06/18/2008 6:57:59 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (1984 was supposed to be a warning not an instruction manual!)
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To: HiramQuick
I swear there is not enough collective intellect among 535 prima donna’s to jumpstart a moron.

Or, as I like to say, they couldn't pour water out of a boot if the directions were written on the heel....

24 posted on 06/18/2008 6:58:47 PM PDT by dirtbiker (I 'm a liberal's worst nightmare:A redneck with a pickup, a library card, and a conceal carry permit)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

How many of these acres are OFFSHORE (where the oil is)?


25 posted on 06/18/2008 6:59:27 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Huma for co-president! (it ain't over 'til it's over))
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To: Kaslin

I sat next to an Oil Industry Engineer on a flight from Boise to Denver back in 2002 and he explained that the oil companies had plenty of leases for oil and natural gas, but every time they tried to drill for them some freaking environmental group would take them to court gaining an injunction keeping them from using the leases granted by the Federal Government. He was so fed up with it he was quitting the industry and on his way back to Colorado to finish selling his home moving back to Idaho. He stated it was one of the few states left that you he called a working state because you could actually use the natural resources. I wonder what San Fran Nan and her Soros backed tree hugging liberal minions would have to say if somebody hit them in the face with this little fact?


26 posted on 06/18/2008 7:01:26 PM PDT by KC-10A BOOMER (Breakaway, Breakaway, Breakaway!!!!)
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To: dirtbiker

There’s a joke floating around the internet, the punch line of which is “that the oil might be found in many places, it’s just that the dipsticks are all in Washington.”


27 posted on 06/18/2008 7:02:08 PM PDT by mathurine
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To: Kaslin

Poor Obama, he wants to win but he’ll have to rebuke democrats and himself to do it. By November this guy will be all twisted up like a pretzel.


28 posted on 06/18/2008 7:05:42 PM PDT by Rudder
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To: Kaslin

The best article I have read about the current issue of high oil prices and the democrats phony arguments.


29 posted on 06/18/2008 7:10:49 PM PDT by HwyChile
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To: ImpBill

The reason Congress doesn’t do anything about this is simple: they don’t want to, because things are exactly the way they want them to be. They aren’t stupid, they just don’t give a rip about their constituents. If they wanted to change it, they would, and they could. that’s why the whole lot of them needs to be tossed out on their ears.


30 posted on 06/18/2008 7:13:22 PM PDT by nobdysfool (Taglines are so last year.....)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

“If the GOP cannot climb on top of this issue and force the Dems to eat their own obstinance, they suck, they deserve to lose.”

I agree 100%.


31 posted on 06/18/2008 7:14:48 PM PDT by HwyChile
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To: Kaslin

32 posted on 06/18/2008 7:15:35 PM PDT by 50cal Smokepole (Tagline under construction....check back later)
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To: ImpBill
didn't Republicans just here in the recent past control the WH and both halls of Congress

Sure, if you include RINOs that continually voted against ANWR.

33 posted on 06/18/2008 7:28:43 PM PDT by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

they deserve to lose?
Sadly it is us, the American people who will lose.


34 posted on 06/18/2008 7:34:21 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U
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To: ImpBill

Bush and the Republicans in congress tried to pass drilling in ANWR.

“ANWR Exploration
House Republicans: 91% Supported
House Democrats: 86% Opposed
etc etc etc”

Republicans only had a 51 to 50 majority in the Senate. that is not control of the Senate. To pass anything in the Senate you need a 60% super majority to end fillibusters by the pary in the MINORITY (the Democrats then).]

You like Micheal Savage repeat the lies of the liberal media like “that the Republicans controlled the Senate” and blame the Republicans for everything. you therefore help the Marxists/Democrats achieve real control over the Senate , a super majority of Democrats.

If you look at the actual votes you see that Republicans vote at close to 90% for more drilling, for lower taxes, for less government , against Amnesty, against McCain-Feingold.And the Democrats are the exact opposite of the Republicans voting at close to 90% for every Marxist bill.

“ANWR Exploration
House Republicans: 91% Supported
House Democrats: 86% Opposed
etc etc etc”


35 posted on 06/18/2008 7:52:03 PM PDT by rurgan (socialism doesn't work. Government is the problem not the solution to our problems.)
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To: Kaslin
DRILL here! DRILL now!

U. S. Senate

U. S. House of Representatives

36 posted on 06/18/2008 8:09:03 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: 50cal Smokepole

Wonderful cartoon. Back in the day, I worked doing PR for an oil company in LA. The president was on the board of BP and had just returned from a board meeting in London when BP execs made some stupid decision. Our man was heard to say as he headed back to the airport, “Those Brits are so stupid they couldn’t drill an ***hole in a hobby horse.”

Hey, Dems are that stupid too.


37 posted on 06/18/2008 8:35:46 PM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: TribalPrincess2U

“they deserve to lose?
Sadly it is us, the American people who will lose.”

Exactly. My point is: A failure to communicate this simple fact at this critical juncture to those who will lose: the voters; would be a total failure. An INEXCUSABLE failure. The Reps have been given their sound-bite issue on a silver platter. The Dems have now staked out a position, in breadth and depth, in utterly abysmal stupidity, that can be defeated, must be defeated. This is perhaps a once in a decade opportunity where massive forces have come together into an economic and philosophic “node”. We are at a crossroads of historical proportions. The Dems can pursue their alternative energy sources to their heart’s content but they have NO WAY to bridge the present to their vision. WITH a crash drilling and domestic energy program in place, this problem can be conquered. You cannot tell me that a nation that built an atomic bomb in a little over 2 years and built the Empire State Building in a year and change cannot pull out of this in a few years. This is a moment where a massive distinction can be made, where leaders of vision (if indeed we have any) can tie together the unbelievable amounts of money we are sending KSA et al every day with the deterioration in the economy we are seeing from oil prices. This has the potential for an inspiring, “land on the moon within the decade” challenge that the country can rise to. This is an easy sell, and it’s not only an easy sell, it’s an opportunity to blow the crap out of the Dems decisively. If it is not seized, then there’s a very good chance we get a Dem Congress and Obama as Pres. And if that happens we are utterly hosed.


38 posted on 06/18/2008 10:30:31 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder ()OK. We're still working on your ones.)
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To: dirtbiker
I LIKE it ...lol ... a new quote for me, consider it plagiarism in progress. (No, I'm not Joe Biden .. I have a pulse and “some” intellect.)
39 posted on 06/18/2008 10:57:03 PM PDT by HiramQuick (work harder ... welfare recipients depend on you!)
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To: HiramQuick
...consider it plagiarism...

I give you permission to distribute it far and wide....

(Biden has a brain?)

40 posted on 06/19/2008 3:03:58 AM PDT by dirtbiker (I 'm a liberal's worst nightmare:A redneck with a pickup, a library card, and a conceal carry permit)
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To: nobdysfool

I am with you. Clean out both houses of congress.


41 posted on 06/19/2008 4:37:05 AM PDT by ImpBill (Hi, My name is Greg and I am a recovering "R"epublican! And I have recovered into a "r"epublican.)
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To: Minn
Precisely!
42 posted on 06/19/2008 4:38:04 AM PDT by ImpBill (Hi, My name is Greg and I am a recovering "R"epublican! And I have recovered into a "r"epublican.)
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To: rurgan
Thank you for bringing up the 60%.

Wasn't one of the current candidates for President, a Republican who along with 13 other Senators, including a number of Republicans, responsible for making sure that neither party would have to go back to the old rule on filibusters?

If a Senator or group of Senators want to filibuster something they should be required to stand on their feet for hours and hours, day in and day out, stopping all other business. Then and only then will cloture votes be able to happen.

But both parties, especially since the age of televised congressional sessions, don't want to be as seen as obstructionist by the public they so often fool.

Like I said my friend, in "my" opinion, Republican/Democrat, a pox on both their houses.

George Washington warned us quite specifically about making allegiances with political parties. All the reasons he stated in his plea to get us not to do so are coming true in spades.

Nothing personal, as we all have the right and responsibility to make our own choices and I don't diminish anyone else's choices, but I am done supporting candidates that are "not as bad as the other".

43 posted on 06/19/2008 4:48:57 AM PDT by ImpBill (Hi, My name is Greg and I am a recovering "R"epublican! And I have recovered into a "r"epublican.)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Beyond retards and into neurotic self-serving, treasonous behavior. Senators know that 60 million acres of land that don’t contain oil means it don’t contain oil. Even a pea brain like me knows there isn’t a level plain of oil floating on top of those 60 million acres.


44 posted on 06/19/2008 12:43:47 PM PDT by quant5
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

The President is doing a nice job for the party. A double win for the President to slam them over the head for years of inaction and focus on destroying the man’s credibility in serving the nation. Now the American people get to really understand who cared about the people and who didn’t. Have fun with you ‘bush lied people died’ crap Dems. Dems are going after healthcare as well in such a fashion which meaning no new drugs and yes, people will die because of this. The neurosis runs deep.


45 posted on 06/19/2008 12:56:05 PM PDT by quant5
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To: KC-10A BOOMER

“I sat next to an Oil Industry Engineer on a flight from Boise to Denver back in 2002 and he explained that the oil companies had plenty of leases for oil and natural gas, but every time they tried to drill for them some freaking environmental group would take them to court gaining an injunction keeping them from using the leases granted by the Federal Government. He was so fed up with it he was quitting the industry and on his way back to Colorado to finish selling his home moving back to Idaho. He stated it was one of the few states left that you he called a working state because you could actually use the natural resources. I wonder what San Fran Nan and her Soros backed tree hugging liberal minions would have to say if somebody hit them in the face with this little fact?”

They would say that the right legal precedence had not been established. By the time the legal precedence is established to use the land, a new legal precedence to not be able to drill would be slipped into some other bill such as an agriculture bill. Repeat as necessary. Washington is 2/3rd’s lawyers these days. no surprise this Dem lead government talks of suing OPEC. What’s 2000 lawyers chained to the bottom of the ocean? A good start.


46 posted on 06/19/2008 1:12:42 PM PDT by quant5
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To: quant5

Thing is, this message has to be boiled down for the two-functioning-neuron crowd, and the error would be diffusing the message.....as your post does in your reply to me. I can understand well what you wrote and I agree, but for public consumption this message has to be distilled down into a zone of inescapability. Pres. Bush has laid the foundation, but this has to be hammered on. Or IMO it won’t work.


47 posted on 06/19/2008 1:13:57 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder ()OK. We're still working on your ones.)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

I have to agree. The entire party has to unify quickly, formulate game plan and educate the public before Nov. The Republicans are heopfully preparing like the New York Giants prepared against the New England Patriots for the Super Bowl. The Dems have just fumbled the ball on the 1 yard line, just thinking this is a one trick pony they can weasel out of. Being so disconnected to the American public on conservative issues was something the Republicans learned the hard way in 2006. Now it’s time for Republicans to use the same tactics on the Dems, the ‘people’s party’.


48 posted on 06/19/2008 1:24:08 PM PDT by quant5
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To: quant5

Yes, yes, and yes.

The conservative stance of “don’t [make rules that] get in the way of progress and growth” can now be morphed into a much more populist issue of “see how these failed policies whack that wallet of yours?” If done right, this really has the potential to be a nice coup, to hijack the Dems “we’re for the little guy, the common man” chant. There is a lot of meat on this bone. Obama wants to bring back a squad of Clinton-era liberals, all of whom worked to defeat any efforts to exploit our oil/energy resources....under the cloak of “newness” of course. And look where their wisdom got us. And while one party is trying to do something about high oil, another wants to seize refineries and hold hearings on steroids. Suddenly, with this issue, there are crystal clear differences between the parties that cannot be left unexploited. And, it’s even more stark than Iraq, because the electorate is way tired of Iraq; but while every congressman/woman was in favor of Iraq, with few exceptions, the dialog has moved into blame shifting and rewriting history. And it is an effort that is going to achieve whatever it achieves long past the tenure of BushCo. This oil thing has immediacy.

And your choice of the phrase “game plan” is interestingly dead on: I myself have little interest in sports, but I believe that sports are so very popular in large part because they offer a clear resolution at the end. Iraq lacks this. Oil prices have it. This issue just has to be dug into and exploited, because it so broadly attacks the folly of the whole Dem/liberal outlook of “we know better”.


49 posted on 06/19/2008 1:51:20 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder ()OK. We're still working on your ones.)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

Yeah, it’s a brontosorous steak. The Republicans should now be pulling voting records on Obama on energy bills. How many nays for Obama on drilling, nuclear power, yays on federal land lease restrictions? Clinton was the evil master of using legal precedences in this regard to provide favors for one group over another and make himself very rich with inside information in the process. Does Obama hold positions on energy stocks? Is he going long? Inquiring minds want to know... Add Obama to this little party as he is the nominee or de facto public spokesperson of the Democratic party. He should be questioned daily on his energy plans for America.


50 posted on 06/19/2008 2:09:59 PM PDT by quant5
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