> > Harry, I'm no fan of the bush administration, but I've got to wonder what
> > it is that YOU think bush or any other president could do .......
> Bryan, you have to understand that neither Harry nor any other leftie is
> prepared to offer workable solutions. They really don't want to *solve* the
> issue, they merely want to *own* it. The rhetoric is invincable, solutions
Nice turn of phrase, too bad it's a pile of crap.
Here are some suggestions on how Bush could affect the situation
Bush has destabilized the mid-east. His swashbuckling is responsible for
helping to freak out everyone in the supply chain with his talk on Iran.
Iran's own swashbuckling counterpart, eager to stand up to American
willpower, matches the idiotic talk with more idiotic talk. That makes
oil traders nervous, pushing up commodity contracts. If we're going to
do something about Iran, let's just do it and stop talking about it.
So, #1 suggestion is to stop the idiotic talk which plays directly into
Iran's desire to stand up to the US.
Bush has done little, if anything, to spur conservation. No interest in
pushing through higher cafe standards, little interest in rewarding
creators, investors, and purchasers of alternative energy.
So, #2 is directly asking people to conserve and rewarding those who do.
The government has foisted new blending requirements so corn growers can
find a market for their product. Ethanol is an inefficient fuel to
So, #3 is to stop the forced use of ethanol and stop the subsidies to
farmers who grow crops that aren't marketable or cause oversupply.
Temporarily lift blending requirements that cause refineries expensive
downtime. This isn't to suggest that these standards should disappear,
just suspend them for one season.
The government has been giving tax breaks to those folks willing to
purchase high gross weight vehicles for their businesses.
Unfortunately, many SUVs qualify for the tax breaks, incenting people to
purchase gas guzzlers.
So, #4 is to close the tax loophole that incents businesses to purchase
gas guzzling SUVs.
Hybrid vehicles are in high demand and short supply. In city driving
they get three or four times the mileage of a normal gas powered auto.
Bush could offer incentives to American auto makers to push more hybrids
off their lines and tax breaks to consumers who purchase them.
So, #5 is to incent auto makers and consumers to get on the hybrid
With another 10 minutes of thought I'm sure I could come up with another
10 ideas, none of which would be worth the time of day for the
republicans running country, 'cause it'd***up their pristine record
of looking after the interests of big business.
Bryan, there may be nothing directly within Bush's power to affect gas
prices, but he has the power to create a chain of events that would help
or even eliminate the situation.
It's not unreasonable for the American people to expect the president to
do what he can to move our country towards more efficient energy
consumption. Trouble with this guy is that it's nearly impossible to
move him beyond the empty chatter unless there's some upside for his
Those rich buddies are making huge sums off the American people right
now. Don't expect him to move on any of the above apart from a "blue
ribbon commission" that'll conclude, 3 years from now, that no gouging
was taking place.
Republicans are the party of the rich and those stupid enough to buy
into their wedge issues.