Drill Here, Drill Now - Sign Up Here

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6-18 drill here now
For decades, Congress has had a stranglehold on domestic oil production. Antiquated regulation enacted when oil was  $40 a barrell has prevented us from developing and refining our own oil supplies. These policies have made us increasingly reliant on the unstable  Middle East and a cartel of nations that supply us with what today has become one of the most valuable commodities on earth.

While we sit on undeveloped resources greater than the total reserves of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Iraq and Venezuela combined, congress has seen fit to put our national security and our financial well-being as a nation into the hands of some of the most volatile and unstable regions of the world.

This lunacy has to stop. In addition to concentrating on developing alternative energy resources for tomorrow, we must meet the needs of OUR citizens today. Our food supply, our housing industry and our job market are all heavily and deleteriously impacted by the skyrocketing energy costs - and proposals to further tax windfall profits of our domestic producers, who supply a pittance of our overall oil, are simply asinine and made for grabbing headlines rather than addressing the real problem.

I urge all members of ActiveRain to join me and over 1,000,000 other Americans who are fed up with politics as usual and are not going to continue to bear the brunt of Congressional inactivity and counter-productivity. Please log onto either or both of the website links below to sign petitions and email your congressional representatives regarding this issue. It's an election year - the will of the people will be heard and it starts with YOU.
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Rainmaker
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Kevin Robinson
High End Vacation Homes

I am pushing everyone that I know to sign up this week. We have to do this ASAP.

June 20, 2008 09:57 AM
Ambassador
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Nestor & Katerina Gasset
Realtors, Wellington Florida Homes For Sale
International Properties and Investments LLC

Gene- Good for you to bring this point up,. Congress needs to feel the pressure of the people. They are SO out of touch with realty. They rarely fill up their own cars and in DC they don't all have to drive either. They serve their own interests not the will of the people. We do need to drill, but I am more for drilling for the Shale that we have in Colorado and Utah that is enough oil to supply trillions and trillions of barrels of oil, enough that the other countries would come begging us for the oil. We could become our own Opec! I am signing the petition because we have to send Congress a clear signal that we want them to do something and that something better be effective and for the people. Like Glen Beck says, the pitchforks are going to surge upon Congress soon if they don't get their act together. Of course, we will need legislation that this oil we drill stays here and that we can sell it to other countries to make money, but that the states will also share in the profits. Gene, personal question, how do you survive in California as a conservative?  I could never live there again:)

June 22, 2008 12:16 AM
Rainmaker
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Gene Wunderlich
Realtor & Legislative Liaison
1st Action Real Estate

The area of California I live in has many advantages. When we first moved here the area was very small and new - only about 20,000 residents. Today our city and the neighboring one are both 100,000+. I've been very involved in chamber, association, city and county politics so I have been part of the process - which has been fun. Not to mention profitable as a Realtor. Our area is also pretty conservative. Our local assemblyman and Senator are both conservative Republicans and good friends and our Federal Representative is Mary Bono - also a conservative Republican.

The difficulty, of course, comes at the state level where the legislative majority are a bunch of very liberal whack-jobs. There are times when it is very frustrating to work with them because it's hard to even get a frame of reference with people who have never held a job or run a company, never been responsible for meeting a payroll, never been off the public dole since they graduated from Berkely. One positive is that the California Association of Realtors is a very polished advocacy group with great lobbyists and a pretty active grassroots. We just got a very onerous point-of-sale bill ammended by the author, who is also the ultra-liberal speaker of the assembly, so we do have some clout on behalf of Realtors. It's a daily ongoing battle - but it does have it's moments.

June 22, 2008 11:54 AM
Rainer
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Owen Zweiback
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

Hey Gene:

I hope that Mary Bono is much more of a conservative Republican than her new husband who is my congressman.  Connie Mack claims to be conservative and I live in a very conservative driven Southwest Florida. 

He seems to be spending more time out there with you guy's than supporting the folks here in Southwest Florida who elected him.  We can't really get him to budge on the exploration off the Gulf of Mexico.  He's out of touch with that and much else. 

I hope she serves you much better!

 

June 22, 2008 12:16 PM
Rainmaker
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Gene Wunderlich
Realtor & Legislative Liaison
1st Action Real Estate

Mary seems to be doing a pretty good job for us. I had an opportunity to talk with her Saturday evening and am always impressed by her straightforward and humble manner. Don't know her husband and haven't seen him out here yet. Maybe he's one of those Arnold Republicans - hard to tell which part is Republican because the decisions don't seem to bear it out.

June 23, 2008 07:30 PM
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Gene Wunderlich

Realtor & Legislative Liaison
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