UPDATE: Bush is on television speaking about the banking crash, and all this putz can do is blame the Democrats and politicize rather than lead. Bush says he hopes his actions stabilize the markets, and here he is showing America that he's more concerned with politics than solutions.
Absolutely amazing -- but I can't imagine a better campaign commercial for Barack Obama. George Bush saying we needed to take action 7 years ago -- Hello! It was an all-Republican world 7 years ago and they did nothing.
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After marching American soldiers off to a phony, trumped war for oil, George Bush is out to screw Americans once more before he leaves office by calling for a lift on the moratorium on offshore oil drilling. The Grand Oil Party (GOP) will do all they can to help out their pals before they're run out of Washington this November.
Democrats have learned to just say no:
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, on Monday rejected a call by U.S. President George W. Bush to lift a moratorium on offshore oil drilling.
Bush announced on Monday that he lifted the executive branch's restriction on offshore exploration, saying only Congress stood in the way of opening up America's untapped oil riches.
But Reid said oil companies should focus instead on drilling on much of the 68 million acres that they have leased but not used for exploration.
Asked, however, if he expected to have the votes to block legislation to lift the moratorium in face of soaring gasoline prices, Reid told a news conferences, "We will have to wait and see."
Reid said he hoped to have legislation introduced this week to crack down on oil speculators.
On the other side of the Capitol, Rep. Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, mocked Bush's call earlier in the day to lift the ban.
"The Bush oil policy is an attempt at mass deception by a White House that has, for the last seven and a half years, pursued Big Oil's agenda of drill, drill, drill," Markey, chairman of a select House of Representatives committee on energy independence, told a news conference.
"Drill, drill, drill has failed, failed, failed," Markey said. "It has failed to make America energy independent. It has failed to prevent rising prices at the pump."
$4 a gallon gasoline is no accident. Just as the Bush administration failed in its oversight of the mortgage industry, the Republicans in power have also promulgated a war in Iraq that has served to ratchet up oil prices over tensions in the Middle East.
The "big government" Republicans have spent this country into debt, which has had the devastating effect of severely devaluing the dollar -- which has also resulted in higher prices for energy.
This one-two punch of a mortgage and housing crisis coupled with skyrocketing energy prices is plunging our nation towards a recession or depression,
What's the Republican solution? Help out their oil pals by lifting a drilling ban -- that will do nothing to alleviate our energy and economic crisis.
You can change this -- you can screw the Republicans by voting for Democrats in November.
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