You knew it would happen. Congress was scheduled to adjourn for the summer for five weeks. They always do it the day after my birthday. But this year, they have acted far more selfishly than usual.
With gasoline prices still well over $4.00 a gallon, Congress in its infinite stupidity managed to sneak out of session without bothering to do something about the price of gasoline. They’ve gone home on vacation and they don’t care that American consumers, who would have loved to go on vacation this summer, couldn’t afford to do so because the cost of a tank of gas made it impractical.
This is so typical of liberal lawmakers that it is pathetic. They overtook Republicans in the House and Senate two years ago promising big sweeping changes, “A house cleaning” as Nancy Pelosi promised. To date, the Democratic-led Congress has managed to do absolutely nothing but sit up there on that hill and point fingers down Pennsylvania Avenue threatening impeachment.
I have an idea. President Bush needs to call Congress back into special session and order them to fix the problems that are facing Americans. He has the authority under the Constitution to do this, so he needs to do it before Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid get to their private vacation islands in the Bahamas where they can’t be reached.
We need to be able to drill for oil in America, period. Every day that America depends on oil from Saudi Arabia, Canada, Mexico and other nations is one day too long of leaving our pants down. Let me put this as succinctly as I possibly can: BY USING FOREIGN OIL AMERICA IS VULNERABLE. (By the way, for all of you government-educated readers out there, succinctly is a word that means short, sweet and to the point). Now some of my more liberal friends out there might find offense in what I am about to say, but sometimes the truth hurts. It may hurt a little or it may hurt a lot. In this case it may hurt a lot.
Democratic leaders in Congress have been listening to the goon-squad over at the EPA for too long. The EPA goon-squad has tried to make the argument that drilling in ANWR and off the outer continental shelf will not begin producing oil into the American market for more than 10 years, so why bother.
The fact is that the EPA is a bunch of thumb-sucking crybabies who don’t care one iota about the welfare of America. On the other hand, as a natural born American citizen, I do care about the welfare of this nation so when I tell you that the EPA is wrong, you better believe that I’m not just saying it.
FACT: The area known as ANWR is in the northeast corner of the state of Alaska. It’s size is equivalent to that of the state of South Carolina. In comparison, the state of Alaska, if superimposed over the continental United States would stretch from North Dakota to Oklahoma and from Colorado to just west of the Iowa/Illinois border. Alaska is a big damn state. It is the largest in America in terms of area - approximately equal to one-third of the lower 48.
FACT: The proposed drilling area of ANWR is a mere 2000 acres, or a little over 3 square miles. Going back to the South Carolina comparison, if ANWR is the size of South Carolina, the proposed drilling area is a little larger than the town of Ridgeland, South Carolina.
FACT: Experts all agree that 1) the Democrats’ argument that any drilling in America wouldn’t contribute for more than 10 years is a gross exaggeration and 2) ANWR oil alone could be on the market in three to five years with oil from the outer continental shelf available in no more than two years.
FACT: Indicators of oil have been found in North Dakota and have led explorers to believe that the NoDak oil field could rival that of Saudi Arabia.
FACT: Oil shale deposits in Utah and Colorado are numerous enough to justify processing them for oil and with gasoline at $4/gallon, the price is right.
FACT: Economics 101 – the mere suggestion of an increase in supply, regardless of when it arrives actually makes the price of something GO DOWN. This is why Congress needs to be run by economists instead of lawyers.
The EPA and other environmentalist goons complain that drilling in ANWR will disrupt the mating habits of caribou. Okay, but what about all the caribou and bears that live near the current Alaska pipeline whose populations have actually gone up because the pipeline is filled with heated oil (which flows better when warm) and these animals actually cozy up to the thing. AND let’s not forget the caribou that live near the Prudhoe Bay drilling center now.
Can you see how messed up is the thinking of liberals in Congress? It is not fair to America that they be allowed to go on vacation AT OUR EXPENSE while we’re paying $4 for gasoline. I, your humble correspondent, have a solution to the problem. It is very simple, really. It has only three steps to make it work.
STEP ONE: lift the ban on off-shore and ANWR drilling and begin drilling NOW! Even at five years, the prospect of more oil on the market will bring the price down now.
STEP TWO: build more refineries to keep production equal to demand in America.
STEP THREE: Begin NOW to develop alternative fuel vehicles. AND DON’T MAKE THE OIL COMPANIES RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS! Let the innovative people of America use the free enterprise system the way it was meant to be used.
It is not the job of the oil industry to develop its own death warrant. Make Congress use its earmark power to give money to projects that will develop these vehicles. If Ford, GM and Chrysler want to stay alive, they need to begin the work themselves. If they can’t do it, then they deserve to go out of business. GM just reported its worst loss in history: $15.5 billion dollars in 2008 Q2 because people are no longer buying SUVs and pickup trucks and with the economy in the toilet like it is, it’s likely that things at the world’s largest automaker are only going to get worse. Just so you know, thanks to organized crime (AKA the United Auto Workers Union), Toyota is on the verge of passing General Motors as the world’s largest car manufacturer. As an American that angers me more than when Obama opens his mouth.
Here is what you can do. You can call the White House comment line at (202) 456-1111 and leave a message for the president. An actual person will pick up the phone and take your message. Tell the operator that you want the president to use his Constitutional authority to call Congress back into special session to deal with the energy problem. Emphasize that you don’t think it is fair that Congress gets to go on vacation while hard working Americans can’t because unlike Congress, they can’t afford it.
America needs help and this is how I plan to do my part. I’ve already called the White House and I encourage all of you to do the same. Remember that the price of gasoline doesn’t care if you’re a Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative. It’s robbing us all and we all need to use our power as the people to do something. Don’t let Congress get away with this. The government is there to do as the people want. When the people stop directing the government, it’s allowed to wander off on its own and that’s like having a baby running loose in the house with a hammer. You just have to hope you can get to the baby before it does too much damage.
Call the president. The phone number is there to be used. I wasn’t on hold that long and I’m sure that most people don’t know they can do that. I’m only one person but if the whole nation were to call, that might get someone’s attention!