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To Gas Tax Or Not Gas Tax…That Is The Question

May 7, 2008

Gas prices are forefront on our minds on a daily basis anymore.  I know it definitely is for me as we fill up once a week at a cost of $80 each time for the past month or so (and that’s just for one of our cars).  So I am definitely all about some type of solution to this gas price crisis.  And you can thank your fellow democrats for this one.  Republicans have been pushing for YEARS to drill in Alaska.  Obviously, if we drilled in Alaska, we would not be as reliant on the Middle East as we are now.  One reason the democrats have blocked this is because of the porcupine caribou.  Yes, you read that correctly.  They say that drilling would disrupt the 130,000 or so of the caribou.  Are you kidding me?  We kill countless numbers of babies on a daily basis because they may be an inconvenience to the careless “mother” but we are afraid of what might happen to the porcupine caribou?  This is one of the most backwards things I’ve ever heard.  I am posting a smidgen of an interview between Rush Limbaugh and Senator Kay Hutchison (R-TX).  I think you will find it enlightening…especially what senator says lastly:

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Sen. Kay Bailey HutchisonIn a recent interview, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) discussed opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to responsible drilling. “ANWR is an area the size of the state of South Carolina.  The part that would be drilled is an area the size of JFK airport or Washington National Airport or Dallas Love Field,” said Sen. Hutchision.  “It’s an area the size of an airport because the new technology allows us to drill underground for just hundreds of yards and you don’t have to have a lot of wells to drill anymore.” Here is more of Sen. Hutchison’s interview with Rush Limbaugh:SEN. HUTCHISON: But they’re not acknowledging that.  The people of Alaska want this. They have had referenda. They want the jobs, they want the economic security, and they know it won’t hurt the environment.”Yet we cannot get a bill through Congress that would allow drilling in that small part of ANWR.  These are the kinds of things that just don’t make sense when the price of gasoline is so high.

RUSH:  Ah, sadly, they do make sense if you understand Democrats.  I know you do.  We’re talking, by the way, with Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison from Texas.  Now, yesterday the president made a presentation on energy and said much of the same thing you just said here; and Senator Schumer from New York went out and responded to it and said, “If we started drilling in ANWR today we wouldn’t have a drop of oil for ten years.”  Well, of course, Bill Clinton vetoed the first time this came up in 1994. We could have been at this four years according to his ten-year plan.  He also said something that mathematically doesn’t make sense.  He said that this million barrels a day that ANWR would produce would reduce the price of gasoline or oil — I forget which one he specified — by a penny.  Well, that’s absurd, because when the price of oil… When we lose a million barrels in the supply, does the price only go up a penny?  They’re using scare tactics, here.  We need resources. We need our oil, and you got Schumer out there saying, “No, it wouldn’t matter,” and they’re misleading people thinking that there’s a substitute for it right around the corner when there’s not.

SEN. HUTCHISON:  You’re right.  When President Clinton vetoed ANWR, we would have been producing. But I totally disagree and reject the argument that it would be ten years.  We could start drilling in ANWR, and I think within a couple of years you would start seeing the results. But more important, if we were drilling there and people in the market, in OPEC — if the people who are hedging in the market for futures in this oil industry. If we were drilling in ANWR — do you think the price would stay up?  No. People would know that there would be an availability.  They would know that there was going to be a real difference in what we could produce.  The one million barrels a day is the amount we import from Saudi Arabia every day.  That’s what we would be getting from our own resources and control it; and that doesn’t count what we could do if we were drilling off the Atlantic and the Pacific, in environmental safe ways.  That’s the key.  If we took control of our own destiny, we could become energy independent and self-sufficient and not depend on places that don’t like us very much like Venezuela.

RUSH:  All this makes so much sense that we out here don’t understand why it isn’t done.  We understand the politics of liberalism and the Democrats trying to create as much chaos as they can for reelection purposes in November, but they consistently oppose this kind of independence; despite the fact they’re the ones claiming and whining and moaning how dependent we are. But they’re the ones that always stand in the way of becoming energy independent, and there has to be more to it than just their own desire for electability.  I think it’s a little bit more hideous than that.  I know you wouldn’t want to comment on that.  But this is really serious stuff to all of us.  The price of everything going up all based on the price of oil and energy. It’s all related.  There’s an ideological group out there, the environmentalists, who are get… They’re the only ones that are happy with this. They’re getting everything they want out of this.  Of course, the people they donate to and vote for are thus happy about it, too; and the country, in the meantime, suffers.

SEN. HUTCHISON:  Well, Rush, if we would do this — if the Democrats and if the people understand this issue enough to force them. If we could open refineries, make it easier to do so; open nuclear power plants, which is the cleanest form of energy at the best, most efficient prices that we could possibly produce it; and drill in ANWR, the Outer Continental Shelf and deep drilling in the Gulf Coast, we could be a country that doesn’t have to rely on anyone else.  I think we need to make this an issue in this election.

RUSH:  I couldn’t agree more.

SEN. HUTCHISON:  Don’t let the Democrats get by with saying, “Oh, it’s just terrible that the price of gasoline is high, and it’s the president’s fault.”  It is not the president’s fault.  It’s the Democrats in Congress who continue to keep us from drilling in ANWR. We had almost enough, 60 votes, to pass that last time.  We were one vote short, couldn’t get it, and so here we are again.

 

So this gets me back to my original question…gas tax or no gas tax for the summer.  Senator John McCain is the one who first introduced this idea several weeks ago which no one really responded to.  Now all of the sudden, Senator Hillary Clinton is on board for suspending the gas tax for a few months but she is giving no credit to John McCain for the idea.  And, if you listen to Barack Hussein Obama, he blows off the idea of eliminating the gas tax for the summer because he says it would come to a total of $30 savings for the year.  He says that is not what the American people are looking for.  Well excuse me Barack Hussein Obama, but you never asked me if it’s what I wanted.  What Obama just doesn’t get is that yeah, maybe thirty bucks isn’t a lot of money (although to some it is deemed a fortune), but it’s the principle.  I would be much more content knowing my government was doing something, rather than nothing.  So I may save only a few cents each fill up (according to Obama), but at least I know my elected government is working on it.  And I think John McCain and Hillary Clinton “get it”.  So Jo Jo says…don’t be fooled when Mr. Obama says “you’re only saving $30″…remember, we want to see a step forward even if it’s a baby step, what we don’t want is to be standing idle which is apparently Obama’s solution.