Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Two Different Approaches to the Energy Crunch

Sen. Obama's take on what to do about the high price of fuel may be something he could regret ever saying.

FOX News summed it up with these words, "When Obama first suggested last week that Americans could save on energy costs and gasoline by making sure their tires are filled to the correct PSI, Republicans latched on to the remarks, and have not let go ever since. McCain campaign surrogates have been passing out tire gauges across the country during the last few days insisting that tire pressure amounts to the Democrat’s entire energy policy."

Quick to exploit an opportunity, the McCain campaign has started marketing a tire-pressure gauge for a $25 donation. This item has "instant collectible" written all over it.

Meanwhile, a Republican-led initiative in the House of Representatives is similar to a filibuster, but instead of trying to block a piece of legislation, they are pushing an energy bill that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi opposes. Thus far she has done everything in her power to smother the bill in its crib: calling a 5-week summer recess, dimming the lights, turning off the sound system, and ordering C-Span not to record the proceedings. At any given time, 15 to 20 Congressmen are participating in the protest, which has been ignored by the Big Media, but not by FOX News or Michelle Malkin.

UPDATE: Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) - now possibly on John McCain’s short list of potential vice presidential candidates - has an online petition on the ‘net which urges House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to call Congress back from its paid, five-week vacation and take action to lower gas prices. You can sign the petition by going HERE >>

UPDATE2: ran a stirring message from Congressman Tom Price. The MSM make it so easy for us to scoop them, as I doubt that they will run the following 3 paragraphs:

"The American people are no longer willing to allow their leaders to put partisanship, special interests, or vacation before serious solutions. They will no longer accept an abandonment of the American can-do spirit. We are a nation of achievers, and we will no longer allow the Speaker and a liberal Democrat majority tell us we cannot meet our energy needs.

"As the events of this past week have shown, and the coming months will continue to demonstrate, the American people are taking back the People’s House. They don't want Speaker Pelosi to have free reign to impose her anti-energy views on unwilling Americans. Citizens across this great nation have risen and realized they have a voice in the House, even if the majority is intent on silencing it.

"It took an act of arrogance to spark a fire, but it has been lit. In the coming weeks and months, House Republicans pledge to hold the feet of this liberal majority to that fire. Just as the American people, we will not accept the Democrat majority’s indifference to America’s challenges."

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