Congress and Oil Prices, Bush and Security, Sarandon to Italy

Written by Paul Zannucci on 9:09 AM

An Op-Ed from WSJ: Blame Congress for High Oil Prices

That price, which has risen to record levels, is set by the intersection of supply and demand. On the one hand, world-wide demand has accelerated mainly due to the rapid growth of China and India....On the other hand, supply has been curtailed by the cartel-like behavior of foreign national oil companies...Congress by its actions over the years has ensured the economic viability of the national oil company cartel.

The actions of congress amount to preventing the exploitation of vast reserves available in America and off the coasts of America. According to the article, it is estimated that there is enough untapped natural gas to meet the need of 60 million homes for over a century and enough oil to produce gasoline for fuel oil for 60 million cars and 25 million homes for 60 years.

These figures do not include the oil found in oil shale. If we are able to cheaply extract this oil, then you could add, perhaps, another few hundred years to the above equations. Yes, there are resources available. Resources here in America. The problem is that many a liberal would consider the CEO of Exxon to be the American equivalent of Osama bin Laden. The other problem is that conservatives are a very soft-spoken voice of reason. Since the 1994 "Contract with America", conservatives have lost their way, getting excited mostly for inconsequential things like the ineffectual impeachment of Bill Clinton and posting the Ten Commandments in public places.

Yet again, I feel compelled to promote the Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less (and get the cool bumper sticker) campaign started by American Solutions. They now have more than 100,000 people who have signed the petition. To check it out, go here.

From the Washington Post: U.S. Cites Big Gains Against Al-Qaeda

While cautioning that al-Qaeda remains a serious threat, Hayden said Osama bin Laden is losing the battle for hearts and minds in the Islamic world and has largely forfeited his ability to exploit the Iraq war to recruit adherents.

I checked this three times and it really is the "Post" and not the "Times" reporting this very positive view of the war on terror. If this sort of open honesty becomes a habit of the mainstream media, Bush could see his approval rating increase to the high 20's by the time he's out of office. Actually, despite the vast differences between the two, anything that is good for Bush is good for McCain's chances in November.

Back to the traditional source of reality, the WSJ: The President Has Kept Us Safe

With President Bush-bashing still a national pastime, it's notable how much international terrorism has been forgotten, and how little credit the president has received for keeping Americans safe.

This is a piece written by a New York liberal, someone who predominately disagrees with the policies of the Bush administration (in fact he just lumps them together as "failed policies"), and yet he wonders how, in the wake of 9/11 and the global terrorism that quickly ensued, that Bush is not given credit for his greatest success.

What the heck? Back to the Washington Post: On Policy, Obama Breaks Little New Ground

Obama has not emphasized any signature domestic issue, or signaled that he would take his party in a specific direction on policy, as Bill Clinton did with his "New Democrat" proposals in 1992 that emphasized welfare reform or as George W. Bush did with his "compassionate conservatism" in 2000, when he called on Republicans to focus more on issues such as education.

I'm calling the FBI. Clearly the good folks at the Post are being held hostage by some radical conservative group and today's issue is a cry for help.

To the WJS: The Obama Gaffe Machine

Sen. Obama is often an indifferent speaker without a teleprompter. He has large gaps in his knowledge base, and is just as likely to dig in and embrace a policy misstatement as abandon it. ABC reporter Jake Tapper calls him "a one-man gaffe machine."

Barack "57 states" Obama is a real man of genius. The biggest problem is that McCain is likely too principled to call his opponent on most of the gaffes, which means the alt-media will have to hammer him every chance we get. So far, Republican leadership hasn't shied away from the bigger gaffes, such as his Memorial Day speech, but we are yet to see the concerted effort to tie him to his tongue has was done with Al Gore. Perhaps that will come later.

And, yes, Susan Sarandon has declared that she will move to either Canada or Italy if John McCain is elected in November. First of all, she clearly doesn't pay any attention to Italian politics, as Silvio Berlusconi (after briefly being out of office) was just sworn in, again, as prime minister on May 8th. He makes John McCain look like Nancy Pelosi.

But my real question is, what kind of ego maniac thinks that a threat to move out of the country will actually sway votes? I mean, I guess it could sway votes to McCain, but that's about it. I think that in this election if McCain wins we should demand that these stars and starlets follow through with their courageous promises of leaving us alone.

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