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New York Times Up Bush Down? - (Getting It Wrong Again)

by R.A. Hawkins Monday, Apr. 11, 2005 at 1:54 PM

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New York Times Up Bush Down?

(Getting It Wrong Again)

R.A. Hawkins

It was interesting to see the crude oil prices spike again recently. It reminded me of the way in which lemmings run off of cliffs in a rapture that only they could ever understand. Somebody said they thought the prices could reach 0 per barrel and everybody that could jump on that did. I really have to wonder why that is. One would think that after the good ole dotcom con that people would be a little more cautious about such advice. Apparently not. The per barrel price began to drop within a week. That was but a sideshow to Liberal American Politics, which tend to be driven by money and self interest. The part I enjoyed was reading the delight of the New York Times, as they seemed to be viewing this as the death knell to Bush's political future.

In the New York Times article of April 8th ‘U.S. Report Sees Gasoline Prices Moving Higher Still’, written by Richard W. Stevenson and Matthew L. Wald, there were some interesting quotes. “When gas prices go up to the level they’re at now, they are in some ways the economic equivalent of the color-coded terrorism alerts. They work their way through into public opinion very quickly in terms of affecting people’s opinions about the direction of the nation and raising the stakes on pocketbook issues generally.” That was Geoff Garin, a Democratic pollster. They also quoted another Democratic pollster by the name of Mark Mellman. “This is not just an economic problem. It is also, in the public judgment, a national security problem. There is a widespread belief in the country that the problem could be solved or a real dent made in it, but that this administration, because it is tied to big oil, is unwilling to take the steps necessary to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.”

Intermixed in all of this was a comment that only slightly amused me. This wasn’t a quote from someone else. It was from one of these two writers. “The administration has shown no sign of rethinking its opposition to releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserves as a means of trying to force prices down.” Never mind the fact that the black gold in there is foreign and if it were released would have to be replaced with more foreign oil.

I have a response for them regarding that. That oil is there for a national emergency. I realize that it is difficult for some to understand the difference between needs and wants. Yes this will have an affect on the economy. Deal with it. Sell your gas-guzzler. Vacation closer to home. In short grow up. Just because Bill Clinton released thirty million barrels of oil to knock prices down for Gore when he was running for election doesn’t mean it’s a smart idea. All Gore had to say was “I will not go along with the apologists for big oil and support an agenda that is of big oil, for big oil and by big oil," Let us not forget the number of millionaire donors who earned their bucks in oil and donated to Kerry. One of my favs, Oscar Wyatt, is sort of caught up in that little food for oil scandal at the United Nations.

The Democrats are showing the usual power at all costs methods. They are a risky scheme. They should be put into a lock box so that we will be safe from their attempts to drain the Strategic Petroleum Reserves so that they can have a happier time and, as usual, weaken the nation. I guess that the Republicans passing a tax law that cuts the tax deduction by seventy-five percent for business owned SUV’s isn’t even a start in their minds. The Democrats are as usual blocking the attempts to deal with the need for domestic oil (read not foreign) and the new conservation technology that Bush is proposing. They still refuse to allow drilling in Alaska. But that isn’t too surprising really. Ted Kennedy, Bill Clinton and a few others never did believe in drilling at home anyway.

This is yet another example of why they lost so big and have continued to lose so big. They just don’t get it. They don’t want to. They are blaming the religious right for their loss at the polls. They haven’t realized that they are the reason they lost. But anyone who ever tried to raise kids knows exactly what that really is.

When it’s one of your own kids, it’s pretty embarrassing and annoying. When it is a political adversary, it’s pretty darn funny. Keep it up, you yayhoos.

Bubba drains the reserves for his buddy Gore

Republicans reduce the tax deduction for SUV’s

R.A. Hawkins is the author of "Through Eyes of Shiva", available through Visit -- Entropical Paradise - The Home Of R.A. Hawkins for more commentaries and editorials by R.A. Hawkins.

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