Sometimes it is hard to know who leaves more to be desired; politicians or the citizenry. We should know by definition that our beloved pols will pander anytime they feel it is in their interest, especially when they are confident no one will call them on it. Although there are many occasions to see politicians treating us like we’re stupid, it is very prominently displayed when the subject is energy.
How can we let them get away with doing everything possible to screw up energy exploration and development, putting hurdles every step of the way for the energy companies, and then having the audacity to cry foul when price increases accompany tight supplies? It defies comprehension that they can get away with this when they are largely the blame.
I don’t expect intelligence from Democrat politicians. Sacrificing our national well-being and interest doesn’t matter to them if it serves as the means for getting their coveted power back. But I do get distressed when we have so many members of the Stupid Party who seem to gain great joy in snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. With the political advantage of numbers guaranteeing them the day if only they hold the line, they never fail to break ranks at the first sign of trouble and run for the tall grass. They are a disgraceful embarrassment.
Our most recent price and supply spike for oil came about when the double-whammy hurricanes hit the Gulf region. Because of the inanity of our politicians, and the facade of green skin by our red-hearted enviros, we have all of our eggs in one basket with having most of our oil production located in one area. This was a disaster just waiting to happen. The offshore oil rigs don’t even have to be taken out by the storm. All that is required is the threat which then necessitates the oil companies taking steps to protect the lives of their workers and abandon the rigs until the danger has passed.
If we had other viable sources for production we could absorb temporary outages like this without blinking. The rich oil fields of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge were approved for development by legislation passed by Congress in 1995. In typical Democrat fashion, catering to his constituencies rather than the national interest, President Clinton vetoed the action. We would have already been enjoying the availability of over one million barrels a day from there if he had done what was right. Also, we have large reserves off of both coasts and all around Florida that have been kept off limits.
We were ready to exercise the spoils of victory by using our political advantage to open these areas to development in response to the disruptions we’ve just been through. Everyone is clamoring for something to be done to address the situation. What do our pols do? Nothing that will provide relief! They call the oil company CEOs in for show trials to harass them and belittle them for being successful in their businesses. But in the area where they could actually do some good and address the supply situation, they punt. Apparently, the RINO members of the Stupid Party would rather rant and rave, and stamp their feet, instead of actually doing something worthwhile in protecting our national interests.
These pitiful specimens, like Rob Simmons, Christopher Shays, and Nancy Johnson have shown they have a much greater capacity for stupidity than for ever being able to provide anything of value. I hope they enjoy their brief moments in the spotlight. The party faithful they have just betrayed will probably decide to just stay home in the next election and let the professional idiots (AKA Democrats) take over.