The Successful Presidency of George W. Bush

Like millions of my fellow Democrats across this great nation of ours, I have always regarded George W. Bush as a complete imbecile. I felt he was the spoiled-rotten black sheep of an elitist, possibly neo-facist family, that used his daddy's money, and his name to over-achieve, and get in over his head. I never thought there would even be a prayer of him being elected in 2000, and again in 2004 because I felt his luck would eventually run out.

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Oil Scandal, U.S Right to Know!

Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 19:34:22 PM CDT
Understanding Our World
Oil Scandal, U.S Right to Know!

"Read between the lines and decide for yourself:

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Burned Again By the Oil Companies

So basically, there's even less of a chance that the oil off shore gets drilled (even less so by making it a state issue), but packaged together with a serious comprehensive energy policy reform (higher CAFE standards, fully funded Gov't sponsored research into alternative fuels, increased environmental regulations, conservation education...), we get everything that it takes to get the nation moving off of oil and give away nothing (and if Bush/McCain veto it we own them), jerome

Jerome's pointing out some scary polling about oil prices and offshore drilling. The public wants it and the GOP is lining up to give it to them.

Two things.

One -- the NYT notes that there aren't enough modern oil tankers to drill for the offshore oil that's already legally cleared to be pumped:

In recent years, this global shortage of drill-ships has created a critical bottleneck, frustrating energy company executives and constraining their ability to exploit known reserves or find new ones. Slow growth in oil supplies, at a time of soaring demand, has been a major factor in the spike of oil and gasoline prices.

Mr. Bush called on Congress Wednesday to end a longstanding federal ban on offshore drilling and open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration, arguing that the steps were needed to lower gasoline prices and bolster national security. But even as oil trades at more than $135 a barrel -- up from $68 a year ago -- the world's existing drill-ships are booked solid for the next five years. Some oil companies have been forced to postpone exploration while waiting for a drilling rig, executives and analysts said.

Two -- its been thoroughly documented that because of lax oversite and corruption in the Bush DOI, the oil companies mostly don't even bother paying Uncle Sam for the oil they take off public lands -- which includes the vast majority of offshore drilling.

A 2007 Inspector General’s report found that:

The Interior Department’s program to collect billions of dollars annually from oil and gas companies that drill on federal lands is troubled by mismanagement, ethical lapses and fears of retaliation against whistle-blowers, the department’s chief independent investigator has concluded. The report, a result of a yearlong investigation, grew out of complaints by four auditors at the agency, who said that senior administration officials had blocked them from recovering money from oil companies that underpaid the government.

So even as we learn that the oceans are overheating much faster than expected we find out that the big four oil companies are carving up Iraq. Once again the oil companies have created another heads we win, tails you lose game.

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Primary endgame, VP BBQ

If you love Hillary, you won't love today's Left, Right & Center...but it's a good show, with discussion of Hillary's endgame (I know! don't blame me, I am just the messenger!), McCain's age, health and Veepstakes, Obama's gaffe and lastly, Bob blames Bush for high oil prices. We'd love to hear your comments, tune in to the podcast anytime, the live stream at 2:30 and 7 pm pacific time, or listen later on-demand at (Oh yeah: in SoCal, we're on air, too! We are a radio station, after all! 89.9 FM and other frequencies.)

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Remember the "Landmark" Energy Bill??

George Bush would like us to blame ourselves for being addicted to oil.  Maybe we are.  Then again, just like in the drug world, maybe it's time to lift the scales a bit and take a look at the pusher.  Isn't handing out hundred dollar bills to feed our addiction just a bit like a dealer fronting a baggie?  I've never really understood upper class kids who complain about parents who just throw money at them as an answer to all life's woes.  But I do now because this is all these Republicans know how to do.  Ignore people stranded on roof tops?  Oops, throw a debit card at them.  Create policy that cripples people's ability to earn a living?  Here, have a hundred bucks.  Sure, I'm guilty of using a piece of candy to quiet a crying child - when they were crying about a scraped knee, not broken legs!

Do they think we'll forget that these same people passed an Energy Bill less than a year ago that was supposed to put us on the path to Energy Independence?  It's déjà vu all over again.  Even before Hurricane Katrina, fuel prices were hitting hard.


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