Originally posted by shai hulud
I am thoroughly in Sleeper's corner with this one. It is not like we are going to find an alternative fuel solution overnight. I am pretty sure
that most people that are screaming at the big corporations( especially the oil giants) like Pelosi do not walk to work. It is kind of hard to take
the left( and it is the LEFT, not democrats as a whole) seriously when they scream about how horrible things are and how we need to kill the big
corp's, and then take off in their gas guzzling SUV's. If Pelosi wants to be serious, how about extending the amount of time it takes for a
congressman to get their pension. The last time I checked it takes 20 yaers for the average joe or jill to get a pension even in civil service or
putting your neck on the line in the armed forces. If memory serves, it takes 6 years for a person in congress that has been voted out to collect a
fat pension from the taxpayer.
As far as the oil companies go, open up ANWR, drill in the gulf. We are almost completly at the mercy of the islamic world and pretty soon our old
Russian buddies because the left and moderate republicans do not want to upset a nematode somewhere. Drilling has gone way beyond the old days of the
strip mine mentality, and we do it quite cleaner than most of the world(check out the enviromental policies of other countries besides the US).
I hope that Pelosi can see for the time being that we as a nation (and most of the world as well) rely on the life blood that is oil. If not, enjoy
walking to work if you still have a job through downtown DC. You better be armed, but that is a whole 'nother thread.
Frankly, I see very little distinction between Republicans and Dems... they work very hard for a two party system, not multi-party. I have no stance
on drilling for oil, as long as it is conducted above board. Our sitting President and VP both have had interest in oil companies, so I see a major
conflict of interest if they are involved. Cheney thumbed his nose at the public when he did not reveal what was discussed with the energy companies
back in 2001... so why would we trust any decision that he makes?
Our Congress is flacid and will not make tough choices for the people. Where we need to focus our attention, is on all of the treaties that give away
our soverignty to organizations like WTO, NAFTA, IMF, et al.
Nancy Pelosi and the Dems have zero power except for heading up Committees... the Adminstration still has veto power and that is a very big stick.
Hopefully, there will be grid lock and very little will get passed. We are not going to run out of oil, that is nothing but a fear statement.