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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Palm Springs Realtor Stewart Penn
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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
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Richard - thanks for making this a Featured Post.

June 21, 2008 12:30 AM
Rainer
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Anthony Clark
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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
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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
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Eric - This reminds me of that movie "Wag the Dog"

June 24, 2008 12:05 PM
Rainmaker
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Palm Springs Realtor Stewart Penn

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