Take a good look and then vote, Grand County
August 10, 2008
To the Editor:
Here’s my advice: Wake up, then vote.
If the 2004 election was a voter referendum on the Iraq war, then certainly the election of 2008 will evolve as the referendum that dictates how this country attacks our current energy dilemma. Can this country afford to make the same disastrous political mistakes with energy as we did fighting the war on terrorism?
The failed energy policies of the Bush/Cheney administration have already cost Americans a threefold increase in the cost of fuel and have enabled Exxon in the first quarter of 2008 to earn the largest profit ever recorded by a U.S. corporation. I didn’t vote for any of that.
The question in 2008 is whether this country can drill its way out of this mess. Already John McCain is blaming the Democrats for the high cost of gasoline.
During the last seven and a half years Democrats were not in charge of the energy policy of this country ” Dick Cheney was. Karl Rove and the Republicans can only reason that we are paying $4 for a gallon of gas because there are environmental restrictions preventing offshore drilling in eco-sensitive areas.
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Last week the (John) McCain camp was circulating misinformation that claims incorrectly that if John McCain’s Exxon buddies were allowed to drill anywhere they pleased, the cost of gasoline would magically drop. The explanation for this falsehood is as ridiculous to listen to as it is absolutely tragic for me to hear George Bush explain why he just doesn’t worry about capturing and bringing to justice Osama Bin Laden.
If your forehead isn’t sore enough already listen to this: John McCain and George Bush both recently went on the record against forcing oil companies to either use their federal energy leases or lose them. Why are both of these men so adamant about opening up more federal land for drilling when we already have millions of acres of energy leases tied up by mega corporations hoarding incalculable stores of oil and natural gas?
Is it really patriotic to hoard energy reserves at a time like this? Fortunately, both President Bush and John McCain will soon be out of public office and we won’t be betrayed by how they vote.
I am sure we have all noticed there are candidates in our local, state and federal political races that are running on the single promise that they won’t raise your taxes.
Actually what they really mean is they won’t support ending the huge tax breaks for their friends and the ultra rich. They couldn’t care less about you or your taxes.
Without any other substance or commitment these mental midgets want you to fear anyone who would support increasing benefits for veterans, health care for children or to take the necessary steps to save Social Security.
I understand that these candidates can take any position they want, even if that position is to basically do nothing. But it bothers me to see a senior or baby boomer vote for someone who is willing to end or greatly reduce their access to Medicare and jeopardize their Social Security benefits.
Why would a parent vote with a candidate who would rather extend a tax break for the wealthiest 2 percent of the population than support vaccinations and basic health care for children? Honestly, if a candidate fails to support you or your values, how can you vote for them?
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