Saturday, May 24, 2008

Obama's blunder

I think we can expect Obama to say alot of stupid things in this campaign, but maybe none dumber than the comment he made yesterday. Barack Obama had the gaul to suggest that John McCain did not care about U.S. troops because he does not support the new G.I. Bill which McCain feels would discourage reenlistment and cut retention rates. Obama also critized McCain for not showing up for the vote, despite the fact it passed 75-22. I don't see how given those numbers McCain's presence was necessary. McCain's response says it all, "I will not accept from Senator Obama, who did not feel it was his responsibility to serve our country in uniform, any lectures on my regard for those who did,” Not only did McCain serve but he was beaten within a inch of his life at the Hanoi Hilton.

Apparently the Democrats think attacking McCain's patriotism is a good tactic for them. In a early release of their weekly radio address the Democrats continued the attack on John McCain's Patriotism for not showing up for that vote. “Sadly, President Bush has threatened to veto the (GI) bill. Senator John McCain, who hopes to take his place, not only opposed it, but when given the opportunity to support his fellow veterans on the eve of Memorial Day weekend, didn’t even show up to vote nor express his concerns,” Boccieri says. " … vetoing this measure will send a clear message that politics has defeated patriotism.” So the Democrats are accusing McCain of putting politics before his country. Time for a history lesson. Not to long ago Harry Reid said that the Iraq war had been lost. That was after Sen. John Kerry declared we were "terrorizing women and children in the dead of night," and John Murtha had convicted our soliders of Murder without a trail in the Haditha incident, just for the record the soliders were acquitted of those charges. These are the people atacking Sen. McCain's parriotism?

Now that the Iraq war was turned around and the violence is down 70% and the Iraq Legislature has begun to pass reconciliation laws, do the democrats still believe the war is lost? Actually they probably would say they do it's easier for them to pretend things are still going badly and hope people don't notice any different than to admit that their plans to pull out of Iraq were Premature. If the freshman Senator wants to talk millitary and foreign policy with a former P.O.W., In the words of President George W. Bush, "Bring it on!"

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Drill Now!

Let's start drilling for oil today. Let's start building more oil refinaries today. Let's start searching for alternative energy sources today. That's right we should drill for our in the U.S. while still looking for new alternative energy sources. The two are not mutually exclusive. They are both a very vital part to short and long term security in the U.S. With Oil Prices heading to $4 a gallon and possibly higher the U.S. congress decided to bring the CEO's of the oil companies to Washington so they could tell them how bad they are being. The truth is it's mostly not there fault. The United States has spent the last thirty years without buliding a single new oil refinary while at the same time passing laws making impossible to drill for oil. Why are prices going up and up? Because we don't have enough oil. As simple as this is it's the truth. We need to start drilling off of both Coast and in Alaska. Whenever someone suggest this the response is always, "That won't make a difference for ten years!" Well here's another question, WHY DIDN'T WE START TEN YEARS AGO OR TWENTY. Because ten and twenty years ago people were saying the same thing and everybody agreed. If we had started then we wouldn't be facing $4 probably going to $5 a gallon gasoline. If we don't start now who knows what these prices will look like in another 10 years.

I'm all for finding new, reneweable and affordable sources of energy, but is there really any way to know how long it's going to take to develop these sources of energy. In the meantime we need oil! If America starts drilling, and turning coal into oil the price will come down. OPEC would be scared out of their minds that we might not need them anymore and the price of oil will drop sharply. It'll probably go to around $2-2.50 a gallon maybe lower. Gas might never be a dollar a gallon again, but it could be alot cheaper than it is now.

As important as all that is it's not the most important reason we need to drill for oil. Having countries like Iran, Saudi Arabia, Venezula, and others being able to squeeze us anytime they want for anything they with the threat of cutting off the oil flow makes us vulnerable as a nation. If we have to go to war in the Middle East again, and we will eventually, we will need to be able to supply for our own energy needs. Otherwise we could be strangled to death by high oil prices. Drilling is a very important part of becoming energy independent. Without it we will be at the mercy of tyrants who only have their self interest to worry about. They will drive oil prices up to a point that our economy will be crippled.

Today Congress had begun to delibrate on off-shore oil drilling. While it looks like Alaska will stay off limits for the foreseeable future, lifting the ban on off-shore drilling would be a great start to bringing oil prices down and becoming energy independent. While I realize drilling is only a temporary fix and that long term we must transition away from oil, until we can find enough alternative energy, and make it affordable enough to be bought by regular people, let's drill!

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