Friday, November 11, 2005

Jumping GOP On A Pogo Stick!!

I know I've been posting a lot about this lately, but it's bugging the ever-loving crap out of me. I let this budget bill/ANWR nonsense go for a little bit, but I'm still steamed about it, for cryin' out loud!! Basic economics! Supply and demand! What is WRONG with the Republicans in Congress?

I've taken exactly one introductory college-level economics class and I understand that in creasing supply decreases scarcity and therefore price. The only result that can come from not exploring and harvesting the oil we have available to us in our own territory is stragic weakness and financial pain for consumers. I thought today's Cox and Forkum cartoon summed it up nicely. The envirnmental lobby is an extremely vocal minority. The politicians with an "R" after their name outnumber the other guys. That equals a majority of people in America who want Congress to represent a conservative point of view. Unfortunately, Republicans do not always equal conservatives and politicians are known invertibrates.

Well, certainly it's not over yet, but the House Republicans are making this harder than it has to be. They can still submit bills to open up the small sliver of ANWR, an area the size of South Carolina, in question up to oil exploration and drilling, but they will be subject to the procedural filibuster that senators have been employing of late. (They only have to threaten a filibuster now, and that seems to be enough for the cowards we have sent to Washington.) The budget bill wasn't subject to filibuster, but apparently there were threats from "moderate" Republicans was that it wouldn't have passed with the section on ANWR.

Michelle Malkin has been compiling letters to the GOP which express most of the same frustration that I'm feeling here. If you're annoyed by this as well, you could always write your congressman or senator.

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