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Bush Schools Press on Oil Prices

President Bush gave an excellent press conference this morning.  For those who missed it, you can read the entire transcript here.  Rush Limbaugh, as always, has an excellent summary of the conference in which he discussing the issue of domestic drilling:

RUSH: The President’s press conference today, a couple of pretty good answers here.  First one, a reporter asked the president why he isn’t telling individuals how to conserve energy.  This is audio sound bite 15.  The question came from Mark Smith at AP Radio. He said, “Why have you not, sir, called on Americans to drive less and turn down the thermostat?”

THE PRESIDENT:  They’re smart enough to figure out whether they’re going to drive less or not.  The consumer is plenty bright, Mark.  The marketplace works.  People can figure out whether they need to drive more or less.  They can balance their own checkbooks.  I think people ought to conserve and be wise about how they use gasoline and energy, absolutely.  But my point to you, Mark, is that, you know, it’s a little presumptuous on my part to dictate to consumers how they live their lives.  The American people are plenty capable and plenty smart people and they’ll make adjustments to their own pocketbooks.  That’s why I was so much in favor of letting them keep more of their own money, you know? It’s a philosophical difference:  Should the government spend their money or should they spend their own money?  And I’ve got faith in the American people.

RUSH:  What a great, great answer.  So here you have this typical AP reporter straight out of AP storyline narrative school (snarky reporter impression), “How come you’re not telling people to conserve?  Those people are stupid, Mr. President.  How come you’re not telling them to turn down the thermostats and use less gasoline?”  This is an attitude that every liberal has, that you need to be saved from yourself because you can’t do it. You’re incompetent. You can’t overcome the obstacles life places in your way.  You can’t even live responsibly.  You gotta have somebody from the benevolent government walking all over your life, telling you where to put your thermostat, how much to drive, where you can drive, how fast you can drive, where you can go or you can’t go, that you ought to be in mass transit, or some sort of thing like that.  You just don’t have the intelligence. The president comes out with this answer: They’re plenty smart on their own.  

That answer, by the way, a classic difference, ladies and gentlemen, in how liberals and conservatives look at people: central planning versus individuals making choices in free markets.  He later explained why he thinks oil companies are investing capital to find new oil. (laughs) He had to explain the question! The question is stupid.  Somebody asked him why he thinks oil companies are investing capital to find new oil.  Of course the underlying tone is, “Why aren’t they investing in alternative energies like the magic elixir that will get a hundred thousand miles to the gallon that we know they’ve got in the drawer somewhere and just won’t make? Why, Mr. President, aren’t you telling Big Oil to get honest?”  But it’s unbelievable that either of these questions were asked, but there’s the president calmly explaining every step of the process: How to find and bring oil to the market.  A lot of money, a lot of capital is tied up in the process.  There’s no other choice but to get the oil.  It was really simple stuff.  

It was a great opportunity, and the president himself capitalized on this.  The media in this press conference today looked like a bunch of second graders.  In fact, he made the media in this press conference look like Obama.  And he won the exchange. They were that uninformed, that arrogant at the same time, and he gave straightforward, smart answers, like every leader should.  You know, I’ve been on this kick for the past week or so that the Republican Party is sitting on a gold mine here with the gasoline price where it is, oil price where it is, and Democrats being the party that is standing in the way of doing anything about it. Nancy Pelosi yesterday was calling the president’s oil drilling design “a hoax.”  I mean, the Democrats are sitting ducks if the Republican Party would just get up to speed on this.  The people don’t care about the war in Iraq; it’s gasoline prices right now and everything flows from that: food, travel, leisure time dollars, to and from work, all of that.  So the president’s answers today just illustrate a tremendous opportunity the Republicans have to crush liberalism if they really chose to.  This is not the Democrats’ year unless the Republicans hand it to them.  Read more Rush here

We are screaming it from the rooftops – drill here, drill now. Drill in ANWR, drill off the coast of California – don’t care where. We cannot allow the no-drill Democrats to continue to destroy the American economy by keeping us dependent upon terrorist oil.

Call your senators and representatives daily. Call Nancy Pelosi’s office at (202) 225-4965 and demand that she not block this effort. Read her nonsensical, greenie-weenie appeasing “energy” plan here.  And while you have her office on the phone, remind them that it is private industry, not the government that creates jobs.  The last thing we need is the government running our oil industry.  Just think about each visit you make to the Department of Motor Vehicles, each call made to the IRS or my personal favorite – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration if you want a window into the disaster THAT would be.


July 15, 2008 - Posted by | economy, Politics, trucking | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. And on a few words alone, oil prices dropped, just wait until the REAL deal starts…

    Oil rigs drilling and hitting, huge production and build a few refineries and we’re going to have ALL we need for the next 100 years…

    And if these egg-heads can’t come up with some really good alternative by then, science hasn’t progressed anywhere near the level we think it should have…

    Comment by TexasFred | July 15, 2008 | Reply

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