Thursday, April 27, 2006

- More Fun With Gas Prices!

The Republican proposal won't get passed because the congressional GOP is comprised of pussies that are forever forgetting they are the majority and won't stand up to the Democrats on drilling in ANWR.

Thank God there aren't any oil pumps uglying up the pristine beauty of an ANWR spring...

I'm all about easing restrictions to allow for expansion of existing refineries, and fully believe we ought to be building more considering we haven't in 30 years and because of it we're no longer importing crude oil and refining it ourselves, we're currently importing gasoline. Considering that the price of crude fell again yesterday as reports of increased refinery production hit, I'd say increasing production should be a priority. Further, in the wake of Katrina our current refineries still aren't running at full capacity (another reason for the currently high prices), illustrating again the need for more refining capabilities to shift the burden should other natural disasters occur.

Repealing the tax breaks for the oil companies doesn't even bother me. For once I'll say they make enough money to front their own expeditions into dangerous territories without tax subsidies.

Providing tax breaks for the development of gas-electric hybrids is all well and good, but the auto industry simply isn't going to get serious about producing a car that runs on anything but gasoline until someone can prove the Earth has X number of years worth of oil left, where X probably equals 50.

While the idea of sending out $100 rebate checks sounds okay so long as it's the government saying "look, we're part of the problem, we tax gas too much, and we're going to give some back," it's still election year pandering at it's worst and we'll probably wind up having to pay taxes on that $100.

A Democrat wants to suspend taxes? The end is nigh! Just kidding. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), that is an excellent idea, though instead of a 60 day holiday on the existing tax, why not give us a permanent vacation and just cut the bastard in half? You still get your taste, and we think you're a hero!

- Dana Milbank illustrates the hypocrisy of all the congressional finger pointers who routinely drive one to two blocks and leave their gas guzzling SUVs idling while they smile for the cameras.

- Coulter wonders why the Democrats are so mad about high gas prices when they've been trying to drive up the price of gas for over a decade.

- Teddy Kennedy wants everyone to embrace alternative fuels, so long as they don't block his view.


Blogger JasonSpalding said...

Have you ever looked at a map of gas prices in the United Stated based on county? Have you compared it to the results of a presidential election based on a county winner map? Here are a couple links what do you see?

4:34 PM  
Blogger Newspaper Hack said...

Just so you know, instead of debating you, I'm raising an army of liberals and we're coming to your place, strapping you in a chair and making you listen to 72 hours of uninterrupted programming from NPR, "Clockwork Orange" style.

And after you get your coffee mug and tote bag, you'll thank me.

6:33 PM  
Blogger Todd Jones said...

is biting my tongue in half and bleeding to death after 30 minutes an option?

7:56 PM  
Blogger Todd Jones said...

and why do you need an army?

7:56 PM  
Blogger Newspaper Hack said...

Unlike the President, I believe in using "overwhelming force" when confronting an opponent. After all, if it's just me, I could get caught in a quagmire of booze and Hank Williams albums in the living room.

6:52 PM  

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