A story this morning is about "lawmakers" wanting to suspend shipments/purchases of oil for the strategic oil reserve. The question is why we have not ALREADY done this at least a year ago--one of those examples of how the Federal Government simply acts too slowly and is incapable of correcting mistakes (continued purchases at this high a level being a clear mistake), which is a lesson letists/central planning advocates simply never learn.
This particular one is a "no brainer", and I have said so for some time in my AOL blog, "The Maverick Conservative". It makes absolutely NO sense to continue to purchase oil for the stratetgic reserve at astronomical prices. President Bush (as he has on so many things) has been TGONE DEAF on this issue.
My brother is co-owner of a trucking company, and has been LIVID for two years about this. Now you con consider this a minor thing n the overall cost of oil and fuel, but it is a STUPID minior thing. Congress has continued to EXPAND ethanol requirements (another "no brainer" to STOP), and has continued the stragegic oil purchases, directly in the face of rising oil AND food prices. You just can't get any more stupid, and that alone should probably get them ALL voted out of office.
My brother (no leftist) now conisders President Bush the WORST President we have EVER had (a vast overstatement, in my view, as my brother sort of admits when he is not frothing at the mouth over the President's stupidity on oil and fuel--AND abut the environmentalist, "global warming" fanatics that are DIRECTLY increasing the cost of trucking with "environmental regulation). And Iraq has nothing to do with it.
Then there is Anwar. If DEMOCRATS (like Obama, Clinton, and McCain--oops! A sort of Republicans snuck in here) and leftist environmentalists had not blocked drilling in Anwar, offshore, and generally in 2/3's of the areas where more oil could be developed (including the most promising), fuel prices would not be nearly so high.
If Bill Clinton had not VETOED Anwar drilling in 1994, and Democrats blocked it ever since, we would NOW have 1 million additonal DOMESTIC barrels of oil a day (MUCH more than the rather samll amount involved in the daily purchase average for the strategic oil reserve). Then there is the environmental/Democratic STONEWALLING of nuclear power, and the utterly insane pust for ever more ethanol MANDATES(increasing not only FUEL costs, but the cost of FOOD).
"Lawmakers" have helped put us in this mess, and the "tears" of leftist environmentalist and Democrat politicians are CROCODILE TEARS. Republicans, of course, are known for being too cold to shed tears; they have been merely STUPID.