Does She Have a Clue
With fewer than 20 legislative days before the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1, the entire appropriations process has largely ground to a halt because of the ham-handed fighting that followed Republican attempts to lift the moratorium on offshore oil and gas exploration. And after promising fairness and open debate, Pelosi has resorted to hard-nosed parliamentary devices that effectively bar any chance for Republicans to offer policy alternatives.
“I’m trying to save the planet; I’m trying to save the planet,” she says impatiently when questioned. “I will not have this debate trivialized by their excuse for their failed policy.”
“I respect the office that I hold,” she says. “And when you win the election, you win the majority, and what is the power of the speaker? To set the agenda, the power of recognition, and I am not giving the gavel away to anyone.”
She is so full of herself that she doesn't even realize the political football is now on the ground.
I am astonished as I must congratulate Harry Reid for at least trying to move half-way on this to avoid a political disaster. I have little respect for him but at least the guy can see that the wind is changing and the desperate cry of "We can't drill our way out" will only carry them so far.
Will it be years before we see results? Yes. But if we'd have done it ten years ago we wouldn't be competing with China and India so much for Arab oil. Ten years ago they used the excuse that we wouldn't see the results for years and now look where that thinking has gotten us.
We need a three pronged approach to energy: conservation, alternatives (nuclear perhaps?), and more domestic production. There is a major faction of the Democratic Party that would prefer to have a two pronged by eliminating more domestic production and they are calling the shots. It seems to me that a few of them would prefer to do it entirely with conservation.
H/T Hot Air