WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate, in a direct challenge to President Bush, voted Tuesday to temporarily halt the shipment of thousands of barrels of oil a day into the government’s emergency reserve. Both Democrats and Republicans said such shipments make no sense when oil is costing more than $120 a barrel and could better be used to add supplies to a tight market and possibly lower prices.
“We are buying the most expensive crude oil in the history of the world and storing it,” said Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D. “When American consumers are burning at the stake by high energy prices, the government ought not be carrying the wood.”
Until both chambers of Congress pass the emergency reserve directive and Bush signs it—or Congress enacts it over a presidential veto—the legislation has no force of law. But the Senate’s message to the president Tuesday was a strong one. More from BreitBart.com
This is a nice little election year ploy. The Democrat controlled House and Senate still refuse to open ANWR and increase domestic drilling. The final paragraph says it all:
Democratic Sens. Barack Obama of Illinois and Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, interrupting their presidential campaigns, voted to halt the oil reserve deliveries. Sen. John McCain, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, was not present for the vote.
by JR Dieckmann
Is it any coincidence that in this year of 2008 we face perhaps the most important presidential elections in our history, and in the same year, a doubling of gas prices has occurred? It would be a stretch of the imagination, or as Mrs. Clinton would say – “a suspension of disbelief” to believe that these two issues are not connected.
Do you remember back in 2004, there was a lot of talk about a George Soros “October surprise” which was intended to collapse the stock market and bring down the economy just before the election? This disaster, had it happened, would all have been blamed on George W. Bush and his tax cuts, to benefit the Democrats in the November election. Soros himself is quoted as saying he would give his entire fortune if it would ensure the defeat of Bush. It is not just Bush whom Soros opposes, but any Republican in the White House that he cannot manipulate to advance his own liberal-socialist agenda. Continue reading
LAS VEGAS — Motorists in Nevada might not see a savings at the pump if Congress approves a gasoline tax holiday touted by two presidential candidates, a state official said.
Nevada has a law to increase fuel taxes to offset any drop in the federal tax, to ensure funding for construction projects and bond funding, said Kent Cooper, Nevada Department of Transportation assistant director of planning.
“It was put in place as protection, should the federal program go away,” Cooper said.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., have proposed suspending the 18.4 cents-per-gallon federal tax from Memorial Day to Labor Day as a way to provide relief to motorists facing rising fuel prices.
Nevada state law calls for increasing the state gas tax “equal to the amount by which the federal tax is reduced.”
Cooper said some of the $235 million per year that Nevada gets from the U.S. government for road construction projects and maintenance comes from the fuel tax.
Without those funds, he said, the state would be unable to provide services such as repaving, restriping and plowing roads.
The state would also have to cancel construction projects already under way, such as a key Interstate 15 widening project north of downtown Las Vegas, Cooper said. He said canceling projects “costs you a whole bunch of money.” From TheTrucker.com
This has been going around via email – I received this from a good friend of ours, Earl Nall. I have not been able to verify the author, but thought it was good enough to post:
After long and serious thought, I have decided to endorse Senator John McCain for President.
I have always voted for the person and have not voted for anyone because some political party was telling me who I should vote for. Continue reading
A little humor – or is it? A couple of years ago, I met with a group of fellow homeschool moms to decide on where to take our children on field trips. The Clinton Library in nearby Little Rock was unanimously voted down because there are things about the Clinton presidency we didn’t feel appropriate for elementary school children – I have no desire to explain to my eight year old why Monica Lewinsky is famous…….
With 1% reporting, Clinton is ahead with 60%, Obama 40% in what they say is the largest voter turnout in Pennsylvania history.
Congrats to Rush Limbaugh and Operation Chaos for allowing Mrs. Clinton to whup Obama’s half-black butt tonight.
Live at ATAW Central Command
The polls have been closed in Pennsylvania – but no results have been posted – anywhere 46 minutes after polls have closed! ATAW Central Command is monitoring ABC Channel 6 in Philadelphia while our “mobile unit” is heading to Philly while monitoring local radio programs. Nothing. No exit polls, no comments from voters.
Nothing…….. Pennsylvania readers – feel free to post any updates and comments. The mainstream media certainly isn’t.
PITTSBURGH — John McCain wants the federal government to free people from paying gasoline taxes this summer and ensure that college students can secure loans this fall, a pair of proposals aimed at stemming pain from the country’s troubled economy.
At the same time, the certain Republican presidential nominee says Democratic rivals Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton would impose the single largest tax increase since World War II by allowing tax cuts pushed to passage by President Bush to expire. More from the Charlotte Observer
Finally, a candidate who is talking sense. Further in the article, he says:
To help people weather the downturn immediately, McCain was calling for Congress to institute a “gas-tax holiday” by suspending the 18.4 cent federal gas tax and 24.4 cent diesel tax from Memorial Day to Labor Day. He also renewed his call for the United States to stop adding to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and thus lessen to some extent the worldwide demand for oil.
A six cent break isn’t much, but it’s better than anything else I’ve heard coming from Washington. Since the price of gas/diesel usually rises in the summer, I don’t know how much it would help. At least he’s thinking in the right direction.
A conservative congressman from Georgia says making English the official language of the United States government will help unify the country and save taxpayers money.
Rookie Congressman Paul Broun (R-Georgia) has introduced the “English the Official Language Act of 2008,” which states that “no person has a right” to receive federal documents or services in languages other than English. The legislation is identical to a companion Senate measure sponsored by Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma).
Although Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) and every major Democratic presidential candidate voiced opposition to the legislation last June during debates on CNN, Broun contends there is widespread support for the bill across the country. More from OneNewsNow
The article further states:
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) estimates it costs taxpayers yearly between $1 billion and $2 billion to provide language assistance under a Clinton-era executive order. That order created an entitlement to services provided in languages other than English.
We should call our congressmen and demand they support Rep. Broun’s bill. We are an English speaking country – period. If you want a drivers license or even to participate in any of the government’s “gimme” programs, learn English.
By JR Dieckmann
Did you know that the House of Pelosi just voted in favor of spending $50 billion of your money on AIDS patients in Africa? That’s right. In a vote of 308 to 116, the House of Pelosi this week decided that caring for AIDS patients in Africa was more important than reducing the budget deficit and limiting our national debt.
But with the expectation that Clinton or Obama will win the next presidency, and with a Democrat controlled Congress, Americans won’t be left out. They intend to spend 100 times that amount on their socialized healthcare programs. All of this spending will have to be paid by our children and our grandchildren and their children since it’s all being done with money we don’t have. Congress seems to think that managing the federal budget is nothing more than a game of Monopoly. When they lose or give up their seats in Congress, the just get up and walk away with no regrets.