Off-shore oil drilling, President Bush & Congress, and other oxy-morons ....

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Why is President Bush blaming the current Democratic-majority Congress for the non-starter status of the initiative for off-shore drilling for oil?

The Democrats weren't the majority up until 2007. Why wasn't he pushing for off-shore drilling then ....?

Now that the clock is ticking until his Presidency ends, has he suddenly woken up and decided to get something positive done for the country? He's sweating like crazy to promote some sort of legacy.

Bush could have taken a bolder step by overturning a 10-year-old executive order that bans drilling off most U.S. shores. But he said he wouldn't do that because he wanted Congress to act first.

Since when does Bush respect Congress to that extent? This is a an absolute contradiction in terms!

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Rainmaker
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Eric Kodner
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Twin Cities, Madeline Island
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Eric Kodner Sells Twin Cities Homes

As long as Americans continue to elect dishonest presidents who are willing to lie to Congress and to the people about policy decisions and the intent behind them, we'll keep on having these problems.  Bush has been consistently arrogant and has demonstrated clearly his disrespect and disdain for the American public.

June 19, 2008 03:59 PM
Rainmaker
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Palm Springs Realtor Stewart Penn
Windermere Real Estate - Associate Broker
Windermere Real Estate - Palm Springs

...... and his disdain and disrespect for Congress and probarbly worst of all, the Constitution.

He's always acted like he's above the law in a reckless, carless manner. (Remember "Bring 'em on"?)

June 20, 2008 07:50 PM
Rainmaker
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Jane Wallace
CRS | SRES, Denver Real Estate
ERA Herman Group Real Estate

Stewart,

Your blog made me go and donate again today to Obama's campaign...

Thanks Simon for your support of The Schrub it just makes me more motivated.

June 19, 2008 04:37 PM
Rainmaker
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Hugh Krone
Realtor, Sussex County NJ
Weichert Referral Associates

Simon, it is impossible for the Bush haters to have anything positive to say about anyone who is proud of their country.

June 19, 2008 04:57 PM
Rainmaker
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Palm Springs Realtor Stewart Penn
Windermere Real Estate - Associate Broker
Windermere Real Estate - Palm Springs

Jane - I think I'll also donate again today ... thanks for the reminder.

Hugh - I am proud of my country - it's certain politicians and their actions (and inactions) that embarrass me. Patriotism has nothing to do with likeing or disliking George Bush.

June 19, 2008 05:05 PM
Rainmaker
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Israel Barden
RE/MAX Big Bear Village

I love my country. I also believe Bush is doing what he thinks is the right thing to do. I also believe that he feels that way because he is a fundamentalist nut job and there is no bigger argument for a seperation of church and state than his Presidency.

June 19, 2008 05:27 PM
Rainmaker
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Simon Conway
Orlando Area Real Estate Services

Israel - you see I can accept your argument completely. I don't agree with it and that is OK, but I can accept it. I would hate to believe that any President was not a person of honor. Also I have no problem with the seperation of church and State as long as it doesn't reach crazy extremes - like "The Deocration Task Force" in denver last year - running round making sure that no city decoration had any religious connotation. That is simply nuts.

June 19, 2008 05:52 PM
Rainmaker
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Israel Barden
RE/MAX Big Bear Village

Simon- I am with you on that. I don't think being religious is a bad thing. Just in it's appropriate place. Like people getting mad that the ten commandemnts are not in the court house. The ten commandments are not laws. That display makes non-Christians feel like they are not getting a fair shake. I approve of a minute of silence to start the school day. That way, religious kids can pray and kids who aren't can think about whatever is on their mind.

June 19, 2008 06:14 PM
Rainmaker
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Jane Wallace
CRS | SRES, Denver Real Estate
ERA Herman Group Real Estate

Guilty... of being a BH but I did stand behind him for a brief moment in time, hopeing that he was telling the truth. Now we know it was all lies. What a mess we have here

June 19, 2008 06:22 PM
Rainmaker
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Jane Wallace
CRS | SRES, Denver Real Estate
ERA Herman Group Real Estate

Simon,

What is a "Deocration Task Force in Denver" I never heard of that!!

June 19, 2008 06:43 PM
Rainer
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Rony Chavez
Choice Homes-Little Elm from $140's

Dido on your comments Simon. I appreciate your patriotism. Like him or hate him, George Bush was the right man for the job during these testing times after 9/11. We don't need a leader that appeases the masses for the sake of popularity. There are many individuals who believe in appeasement and will say anything just to get a vote.

GW and the majority of conservatives have pushed for domestic drilling of oil since the 80's. Something that the leftist liberals have adamantly rejected (for their own hidden agendas) and got support from left leaning democrats over the years. No initiative has ever been pushed for the sake of partisanship until now. That's politics 101. Give some and take some when convenient. Thank God our current President didn't compromise the security of our nation although many have tried to play politics with that.

June 19, 2008 07:53 PM
Rainmaker
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Simon Conway
Orlando Area Real Estate Services

Jane - it was in fact Fort Collins, CO - the city set up a group - paid for with your tax dollars no doubt - called "The Decoration Task Force". Their job was to make sure that no official city display at Christmas time had any religious connotation.

From NBC's 9 News last November:

"We have to be careful that the displays that we have not endorse any particular religion. Putting things in a multicultural context, or an educational context really helps us be very safely on the good side of the First Amendment," said Seth Anthony, a spokesman for the Task Force who is an ACLU member.

That said, Anthony adds Christmas would not be absent from Fort Collins if the recommendations were to pass. He says they would not prohibit Christmas trees or decorations inside public buildings and businesses would still throw up all sorts of Christmas displays."

 

June 19, 2008 09:27 PM
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Rich Dansereau
Positive Real Estate Professionals

I did not realize that Governor Crist had changed his position on this issue. I thought that during his campaign he was adamantly opposed to drilling off Florida's coast not because it was unsightly but because of concerns over possible oil spills effecting the beaches.

June 20, 2008 10:58 AM
Rainmaker
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Palm Springs Realtor Stewart Penn
Windermere Real Estate - Associate Broker
Windermere Real Estate - Palm Springs

Rich - I'm trying to find some information where Governor Crist has changed his mind. Do you know of any sites I can visit?

"Last year, Crist had urged federal lawmakers to reject legislation, which they did, that would have allowed drilling as close as 45 miles off Florida's beaches. He also supported the ban during his 2006 campaign for governor" - AP

June 20, 2008 07:58 PM
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Rich Dansereau
Positive Real Estate Professionals

HERE is Governor Crist's official website. Hope this is somewhat helpful, it is pretty extensive. HERE is a pretty good article by a reporter from the Tampa Tribune (some of the comments are great).

June 20, 2008 09:00 PM
Rainmaker
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Palm Springs Realtor Stewart Penn
Windermere Real Estate - Associate Broker
Windermere Real Estate - Palm Springs

Thanks Rich - I'll do my reaserch and then comment further.

June 21, 2008 12:19 AM
Rainmaker
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Palm Springs Realtor Stewart Penn
Windermere Real Estate - Associate Broker
Windermere Real Estate - Palm Springs

Richard - thanks for making this a Featured Post.

June 21, 2008 12:30 AM
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Anthony Clark
Real Estate. It's About Lifestyle!
Clark Partners Realty Group

I know it is a very unpopular opinion, but I don't want the U.S. to start off-shore drilling.  Even more unpopular, I don't want oil prices to lower.  I want Americans to find alternatives and consume less.  We have a history of being the most innovative nation in the world - we got ourselves into this mess, why can't we figure out a way to get ourselves out?

June 23, 2008 11:06 PM
Rainmaker
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Eric Kodner
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Twin Cities, Madeline Island
Wayzata Lakes Realty: Eric Kodner Sells Twin Cities Homes

Anthony, you make a good point.  To some extent, the outcry for more drilling is a tantrum.  "Big Energy" wants to blackmail the American public by saying "let us drill wherever we want and we'll take our boot off your neck".  The quid pro quo is permission to drill without restrictions.  And if we all agree, they'll make the pain stop (for a little while, anyway).

In the meantime, all the furor over offshore drilling takes the pressure off Bush and the GOP.  The new bogeyman is "environmentalists" and the energy monopoly & friends have lots of money to spend to distract a gullible and energy-hungry public. 

June 24, 2008 11:47 AM
Rainmaker
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Palm Springs Realtor Stewart Penn
Windermere Real Estate - Associate Broker
Windermere Real Estate - Palm Springs

Eric - This reminds me of that movie "Wag the Dog"

June 24, 2008 12:05 PM
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