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Oil as a Wedge Issue

Bush, and therefore McCain, is calling for a fraudulent end on the ban against offshore oil drilling. This is just an attempt to move the Bush Administration's responsibility for its horrible energy policy onto the Democrats for the upcoming Presidential Election. It doesn't really matter if it's true, they just have to say it over and over again and some people will believe it.

Here is Bush's ridiculous assertion that oil prices are the fault of Democratic leaders:

“I know the Democratic leaders have opposed some of these policies in the past,” Mr. Bush said. “Now that their opposition has helped drive gas prices to record levels, I ask them to reconsider their positions. If Congressional leaders leave for the Fourth of July recess without taking action, they will need to explain why $4-a-gallon gasoline is not enough incentive for them to act.”

It's sad that fraud so transparent will probably be successful. The audacity that Bush has to blame the high gas prices on the Democratic leadership is incredible.

Beyond his utter contempt for the truth... Will more supply of crude oil even lower the gas prices? No, but let's assume that it will for the sake of argument.

After President Bush’s remarks on Wednesday, Mr. Reid said: “The facts are clear. Oil companies have already had ample opportunity to increase supply, but they have sat on their hands. They aren’t even using more than half of the public lands they already have leased for drilling. And despite the huge tax breaks President Bush and Republican Congresses have given oil and gas companies to invest in refineries, domestic production has actually dropped.” And the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, said, “The president’s proposal sounds like another page from the administration’s energy policy that was literally written by the oil industry: give away more public resources to the very same oil companies that are sitting on 68 million acres of federal lands they’ve already leased.”

Ok, so if the magic bullet to the problem is more production... then they have the power to solve the problem without getting legislators to change the rules. They can just start drilling in all of the lands they have leased.

They are not being honest about the reason for this issue. It's simply a distraction. It is designed to confuse the issue and manufacture wrongdoing on the part of their opponents. This announcement has nothing to do with energy policy and everything to do with lies designed to win an election.

Don't let these jerks win with lies. If you encounter someone who expresses these false accusations as reasons to vote for McCain, take the opportunity to show them it is a great load of fiction.

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