Friday, August 01, 2008

You guys getting your money's worth yet?

Congratulations are due to the 110th Congress. Really, this is something else. The 110th Congress of the United States has managed to do something that hasn't happened in almost 60 years. They've managed to go into the Fall Recess without having passed a single, solitary, appropriations bill.

The architects of this great plan? Let's hear it for Speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

But, that's ok. You guys just keep doing what you're doing, and ignore not only the majority of people in the country, who, by they way, you're being paid to represent, but also more and more members of your own party. I mean, it's not like this is an election year or anything...oh wait. Yeah, please, by all means, keep leading the Democrat party on the primrose path to hell, like lemmings off a cliff.


Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

They figured since the head of the executive branch hadn't been doing too much work over the last 8 years, they didn't have too high of a bar to reach. It didn't help that these are many of the same folks who were in the 109th Congress, so in all honesty they may not actually know their own job descriptions...

Dreadful Rauw said...

You might also consider that since neither party has much of a majority, both parties have a wide variety of tools to obstruct a bill, and fewer to pass one. Given the current highly partisan nature of politics, neither party is giving an inch, and so nothing is getting done. That's the fault of Republicans and Democrats. Not that passing laws is always a good thing. No one without an election to win actually thinks offshore drilling will do anything substantial in the next 10 years or so, if beyond that.

liberalandproud said...

No one without an election to win actually thinks offshore drilling will do anything substantial in the next 10 years or so, if beyond that.
Oh, I think it'll do something substantial . . . substantially destructive.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, the question is not if we end up drilling, the question is how do we go about it?

The facts remain as thus:

1. We will drill.
2. Prices will come down a bit, but not as much as promised.
3. We will continue to face increased demand and limited supply.
4. Environmental damage will be done.
5. We will face unsustainable energy costs at some point in the future.

As far as the "how" of the matter:

1. How will the revenues be allotted? Will it be a Texas sized share going to the states, or a Louisiana sized share to the states?

2. How much environmental risk will we mitigate? Do we want the whole nation to suffer the catastrophic effects oil exploration has caused coastal Louisiana, or will we learn from these lessons and institute (and competently follow) regulations to mitigate these risks?

3. There are still millions of acres of land allotted for drilling right now that remain unexplored. Why is that land not being used right now to alleviate this situation?

4. How will we competently prepare for future energy crises? This is the big deal, because right now, our entire economy is dependent on cheap petroleum. Not only do we need to alleviate our current situation, we need to begin preparing for what will mitigate the risk of this kind of energy based economic contraction when it happens in the future.