The so-called “McCarthy Era” is commonly pictured (and ridiculed) as a bunch of paranoid alarmists running around believing there was a Communist under every rock.
Sadly, they were right, and those Reds have crawled out from under their rocks and taken their seats in the halls of congress – under the auspices of the Democratic Party!
The cat was never more unceremoniously let out of the bag than with Maxine Waters’ recent pronouncement of her intention to SOCIALIZE… er.. ahh… TAKE OVER the oil industry!
Then, in response to the President’s call to open new areas to oil drilling, Reps Hinchey, Emanuel, Markey and others have all started making noises about government control of the industry.
Hinchey stated, “We should own the refineries. Then we can control how much gets out into the market.” Of course by “We” he meant Government. Not the American People. After all, the American People ALREADY own the refineries! The oil companies are PUBLICLY HELD companies. SHAREHOLDERS (the American People) DO own them. What Hinchey wants is an expansion of Government power by a TAKEOVER of the energy industry – just like Hillary wanted a Government takeover of the healthcare industry.
The Democrats are opposing “Drill Here, Drill Now”. Why?
Well, firstly they are beholden to the environmental lobby, which opposes any and all expansion of energy production even though it can be done in an environmentally responsible way.
More insidiously, the Democrats DO NOT want solutions! They are empowered by crises and by dependency. DOING anything that actually moves us toward SOLVING a problem weakens government… which is against their genetic makeup. Doing so during a presidential election campaign season is completely out of the question! So instead, they play wet blanket for any proposal which might actually address the problem.
The latest mantra is to oppose opening new areas for exploration is to state that the oil companies have millions of acres leased already that are not being exploited. Of course, much of the allotted property is not being exploited because it turned up dry. Also, some WOULD be producing if it were not for environmentalist challenges to drilling in areas already leased! They’ve been keeping the oil companies tied up in court battles instead of out drilling.
Interestingly, there ARE producing offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane Katrina blew some off station and ONTO SHORE. (Note to environmentalists: How much oil was spilled? NONE! Where was the environmental disaster that offshore drilling is supposed to cause?) It has taken time to get those rigs back online. Do those count in the Dems estimation of leased areas not producing?
I would call upon the oil companies to assemble and release facts and figures on the leased areas to show exactly what is being done and where. The public needs factual information to cut thru the obfuscations.
There are proven reserves, more easily exploited, that have never been opened to drilling. WHY would we NOT go get them? NO OTHER NATION on the face of the earth restricts its own ability to exploit their own natural energy resources!
Yes, we should pursue alternative energy… but while those technologies are developing the fact remains that the engine that is the United States runs on gasoline and is lubricated with oil.
Why would we continue our dependency on unfriendly foreign sources of oil when we can drill for our own. Why would we subject the planet to the environmental risks and impacts of SHIPPING billions of barrels of oil across the ocean on tanker ships, when we can PIPELINE it right to new refineries? Why won’t Democrats ALLOW us to reduce our dependency at a time when our economy is TANKING because of it?
Because it serves their political ends to allow us to suffer.
Copyright © 2008 by Doug Edelman Doug Edelman is a conservative political commentator and a contributing editor for The Conservative Voice. His work is also seen on News By Us, The American Daily, The Post Chronicle, New Media Journal, Capitol Hill Coffee House etc. For the support of his family, however, he is also an IT Consultant/Contractor and owner of a Computer Services Business. He has taught PC Maintenance & Repair and Networking at his local Community College, and maintains a blog at http://edeldoug.blogs.com/.