Friday, April 21, 2006

The Oil Platform

Quick to exploit any problem for political gain, a major platform issue in November will be the cost of oil.

To varying degrees, Democrats around the country are following a similar script that touches on economic anxiety and populist resentment against oil companies.

"It's a metaphor for an economy that keeps biting people despite overall good numbers," said Senator Shumer.

I think it should be noted, though, that Democrats whine about gas prices hurting the public while forbidding us to disturb the sacred caribou in Alaska, and putting so many environmental restrictions on building refineries that no one even bothers to try anymore.

Is it any wonder they're laughing at us in Dubai?

The problem with Republicans is that while they will say that the dems won't let us drill/refine, they won't do anything about it while holding both the Presidency and the Senate majority.

If voter anger stays high, Democrats, as the minority party, stand to benefit most, said Amy Walter, a political analyst for The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan newsletter.

"Angry voters are motivated voters," Ms. Walter said. "If the message in November is one of change, this is helping to make the case for Democrats."

The problem with that is that nothing will get done on the other side of the isle, except maybe a tax hike to encourage 'conservation'...

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