If we had begun drilling in ANWR and other domestic sites five or six years ago, would things be different now? There is no way to tell, since Congress shot it all down. The people of Alaska want to drill for oil, it's good for their economy. Why on earth should a bunch of politicians who have never been there tell them they can't? It's ridiculous.
Burt Prelutsky put it quite nicely in his column today when he wrote:
In fact, democrats in Congress would like to increase the federal gas tax by $.50 per gallon. What short memories some people have.
Well, recently, a friend of mine reminded me that just prior to the 2006 election, consumer confidence was unbelievably high; regular gasoline sold for about $2.25-a-gallon; and the unemployment rate was 4.5%.
Since then, consumer confidence has plummeted; gas now costs about a dollar-and-a-half-a-gallon more; unemployment stands at 5%; American homeowners have seen their home equity drop by over a trillion dollars, with one percent of our homes in foreclosure; and, for good measure, the liberals refuse to eliminate earmarks.
It wasn’t all bad news, though. The Democratic-controlled Congress, no doubt in appreciation for what they regarded
as a job very well done, voted to increase their own salaries.