Really, I like spending $60 to fill up the tank in my car…okay maybe I don’t like it. In fact I pretty much hate it, I’m going broke just driving to work each day. But the Democrats in Washington must think that we all like paying $4 a gallon for gas because they are standing in the way of lower prices again. Or maybe they don’t think about us at all, they only think about themselves.
On Wednesday Republican representative John Peterson was trying to push a bill through a house subcommittee that would open up offshore drilling for oil for the first time in 27 years. The Democrats however defeated the bill saying ridiculous things like “we can’t drill our way out of this” and claiming that it will take 7 to 10 years to get any of the oil to shore. Okay so it will take some time to get it done, so the Democrats solution is to just do nothing instead.
The environmentalists were there too of course trying to keep prosperity out of America’s hands and placing it even more firmly into the hands of terrorist nations. For the Democrats’ part in all of this, it was a completely political decision. Their plan is to ensure that gas prices stay high in a presidential election year so that they can say things like “Eight years of a Republican president has given you high gas prices, do you really want more of that?”, when really they are the ones that have caused the price increases and are now keeping those prices high while they pretend to be on the side of the American people.
I wish I could believe that their plan won’t work but I can’t believe that. The reason that I can’t believe it is that most Americans don’t pay any attention to the day to day sleazy things that politicians do to hinder their constituents and advance their own careers. For a lot of people on election day it is simply a brainless choice between Republican or Democrat parties and very little thought given to what the candidates, regardless of party, actually stand for. I’m generally not a pessimistic person but I really have a hard time seeing any change in the near future to this political formula that drives our nation (into the ground) because the people who have the power to change the status quo are the only ones who are beneficiaries of the status quo and therefore have no desire to change things.
So then as usual we are on our own. I for one plan to try and continue my pursuits of energy saving lifestyle and a 10 mile or less commute to work. I might not have the power to change the world but I can do my best to keep the world of politics from ruining my finances.