Friday, July 11, 2008

Big T Pic of the Day

Nancy Pelosi and Democrats Slamming the Door on Domestic Drilling.

Looks like Nancy Pelosi and company have slammed the door on expanding our efforts to drill for oil anytime in the near future. Pelosi has decided oil companies can use the areas already approved for exploration, and calls the idea of drilling in areas protected “a hoax.” Well, I guess we better get use to these gas prices then.

This seems to be the new stance from the Democrats. “Instead of opening up new areas to exploration they should use the 90 million or so acres already available to them.” Yes, they are right, there are areas open to exploration, but the key word here is exploration. Just because you explore something doesn’t mean you actually find what you are looking for. Even Nancy Pelosi and friends should be able to realize that.

And in some areas there very well may be oil, but they are in depths or there are other logistical problems making extraction either impossible or not cost effective to pull it out of the ground. Look folks, there are other areas where oil can be extracted economically, but those are the areas democrats have placed a no trespassing sign on.

According to Nancy Pelosi, this is the entire problem is the republicans fault. She says efforts to expand drilling are “a decoy to punt attention away from the fact that [republican] policies have produced $4-a-gallon gasoline.”

Really??? Name me a policy Nancy? What policy would it be? The only policy I can think of is republicans caving to democrats when they had the majority.

Now, Pelosi is not a dumb lady…her stupidity on issues is underlined with ulterior motives. Pelosi and democrats know if the United States announced plans to open up ANWR, the Gulf Coast, oil shale lands in the west for oil exploration and recovery it is very likely oil prices would drop substantially.

OPEC nations would probably drop prices in hopes they could stall or stop the American drilling effort. Pelosi and democrats also know voters have a habit of attributing this kind of success or failure to the White House and they are not going to allow anything that would make a Republican look good, even if it means you have to pay five dollars a gallon for gas.

Environmentalist Part of the Problem of High Oil Prices

British Petroleum or BP wants to expand on an oil refinery in Whiting, Indiana. This would be a great thing considering no new oil refineries have been built since 1976, which is another reason you are paying four dollars for gas. Environmentalist does not seem to care about such matters though. On Wednesday, environmental group The Natural Resources Defense Council filed a lawsuit that challenged air permits granted to BP by the State of Indiana.

The group claims the permits “simply do not protect the public and do not live up to the law.”

Protect the public… from what? The potential to increase gas and diesel production by 1.7 million gallons a day, or maybe it is protection from the creation of 2,000 construction jobs that would be created from the project to help Indiana families. What about the 80 permanent jobs it would create to run the place.

A Nation of Whiners

Former GOP Sen. Phil Gramm, a top economical adviser to John McCain referred to the economical slowdown as “a mental recession and called the U.S. “a nation of whiners.”

“You've heard of mental depression; this is a mental recession. ... We have sort of become a nation of whiners."“You just hear this constant whining, complaining, about a loss of competitiveness, America in decline. ... We've never been more dominant; we've never had more natural advantages than we have today.”

Of course, John McCain quickly distance him from the comments saying Gramm “does not speak for me – I speak for me.”

I look for McCain to more than likely fire Gramm over the comments. I would have embraced the comments, which is why I will never be elected for anything. Gramm is absolutely right. We are in a “mental recession”

By book definition a recession is a decline in a country’s real gross domestic product or negative real economic growth, for two or more successive quarters of a year. We have been close, but we are not there yet.

However the media and politicians have been successful in making people believe we are in a recession. So in this case, perception has become reality even though the textbook definition has yet to happen. It is a “mental recession.”

We have become a country of whiners, because all of a sudden we can’t afford Starbucks in the morning and it is hard times! We need the government to fix it!

Go to Afghanistan and see how people live. The poorest of the poor in America never had it so good compared to some other places. Yet, they moan, whine and sob about how bad they have it, and then vote for a politician who tells them they will make it better instead of going out, taking advantage of the freedom to make it better on your own.

Yes, I will agree we are a “nation of whiners” as well

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