GOP Uprising and Obama’s Oil Flip Flop – coincidence?

GOP Uprising – House Republicans Grow A Pair (but will they follow through?)

A five week August recess is upon the United States Congress. House speaker, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and the Democrats turned out the lights and killed the microphones, adjourning while Republicans were still on the floor talking about gas prices, and how to bring those prices down.

Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and his fellow GOP leaders opposed the motion to adjourn the House of Representatives, claiming that voting on allowing off-shore oil drilling is more important than a vacation, and is hurting the American economy by being left unsettled. The Republicans called their actions the new Boston Tea Party, and refused to leave the floor after the adjournment motion at 11:23 AM, and remained until right at the stroke of 5:00 PM, when Georgia Representative Tom Price announced that House Republicans were stopping their impromptu protest on the floor of the chamber. They ended the five-plus-hour uprising with a singing of “God Bless America.”

During the five hour GOP Uprising, the Republicans continued their argument that Congress needs to take up new energy legislation.

The protesting conservatives gave impromptu speeches, and nearly filled the seats of the chamber with staffers, Boy Scouts and tourists in an attempt to pressure Democrats to hold a vote on offshore oil drilling and other GOP energy ideas.

Republicans are now saying that in the end about 45 congressmen took part.

When Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats departed they made sure that all sound systems had been turned off, but it is being reported that the noise was easy to hear from outside the chamber.

The crowd on the floor chanted, “Vote! Vote! Vote!” after Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), called for more action on energy and urged each person to tell 10 others to join the cause.

Representative Kevin Brady (R-TX) said he was on a plane ready to take off for Texas when he heard his GOP colleagues were still on the floor. He immediately headed back to the Capitol to participate in this historic event.

On the floor Representative Thaddeus McCotter proclaimed, “This is the people’s House, this is not Pelosi’s politiburo.”

The assembled tourists, aides and members in the chamber gave the GOP a standing ovation, shouting “USA! USA! USA!” as they departed when it ended.

Democratic aides were furious at the GOP stunt, kicking reporters out of the Speaker’s Lobby, the space next to the House floor where they normally interview lawmakers.

“You’re not covering this, are you?” complained one senior Democratic aide. Another called the Republicans “morons” for staying on the floor.

At 11:00 PM here in California while surfing all of the news networks and broadcast networks, the only ones talking about this event at all was Fox News.

One of the tourists that attended, a self-described Republican that supported the effort, said, “The fact that Democrats left before getting their work done is highly disappointing.”

Republicans have been demanding a vote on this issue of drilling domestically for a few days now, and the Democrats have avoided it all the way up to adjourning and running off on vacation.

Will the Republicans carry this into Monday? I suggest that we demand that it does! After all, they are there to serve the public. The U.S. Constitution begins “We The People,” and I suggest we remind our Congress exactly what that means. Contact your Congressional Representatives and demand that they depart from their home in their respective districts and return to Washington D.C. to complete their duties! They have dropped the ball, so we cannot drop the ball on this too. This is too important. The GOP has put the Democrats on notice, and the American people need to make sure we demand that all of them (including the Dems) return to the House and vote on the issues regarding energy. Watching as this story has developed, it has become obvious to me which party cares and gives a care about the American people, and it is certainly not the Democrats.

These Republicans that have staged this modern day Boston Tea Party, however, must follow through. They must finish what they started. I expect to see them still in Washington on Monday – otherwise, it will be painfully obvious that they have not “grown a pair” after all.

Read more about this on A Newt One, CNN, Hot Air, and Politico.

Obama Shifts His Position on an Issue Again! This Time Regarding Off-Shore Oil Drilling

Barack Obama’s shifts in his positions on issues are becoming the stuff of legend. Many opponents of Barack Obama call him the ultimate flip-flopper. The Obama-churian candidate is never called on his flip-flops, however, because he is one that wears a teflon shield powered by the mainstream media’s love affair with him.

The Democrat’s Presidential Nominee’s flip-flopping is so bad, that says that Obama actually is not a flip-flop candidate – he’s much worse! According to the site, Obama is not a flip-flopper at all because flip-floppers only hold one position at a time. Senator Obama is different, according to their TV ad – Obama holds two positions at the same time! In the ad they go through some of Obama’s more legendary “changes of position,” beginning with the ban on handguns, where he is on record for being both for, and against, banning handguns; then both ways on public financing; both ways on withdrawing from Iraq (pull out now? Or in 16 months after January 2009?). This, the ad claims, is worse than being a flip-flopper.

Obama’s changes in position are nothing new, however. Last February the Washington Post did an article on the “Top Obama Flip-Flops,” detailing five of Barack’s changes in position up to that point. In the article, they specifically zeroed in on his changing positions on Special interests, public financing, the Cuba embargo, Illegal immigration, and the decriminalization of marijuana.

Now, as the annointed one realizes that his position may not be very popular on yet another issue, Obama has changed his position again! This time, his change of position on an issue is in regards to off-shore oil drilling. Obama said today that he would be willing to support limited additional offshore oil drilling if that’s what it takes to enact a comprehensive policy to foster fuel-efficient autos and develop alternate energy sources.

When McCain dropped his opposition to off-shore oil drilling the Democrats and the media jumped all over it, accusing McCain of being a flip-flopper (though his changes are rare and far between). In fact, the Democrats “Ripped McCain” for his oil drilling “flip-flop.”

Will they do the same for Obama? Will they rip into Obama for his change of position on this issue? Of course not. He is a habitual flip-flopper (or both-ways politician), and they have yet to call him on any of them!

Goes back to that teflon shielding.

What is even more fascinating, by the way, is that this change in position happened in the same day as him voicing an opposing view. Earlier in the day, Obama pushed for a windfall profits tax to fund $1,000 emergency rebate checks for consumers besieged by high energy costs, a counter to McCain’s call for more offshore drilling.

And as an added note, how stupid is the idea of a windfall profit tax? Is there a limit to the profit a company is allowed to make in a “free” market economy? History shows that such taxes don’t bring in the revenue expected, such taxes reduce domestic production (making the U.S. even more reliant upon foreign oil – which means what the Democrats want to do actually yields the opposite results of what they claim they desire), and places more stress on the job market and our economy because:

Our free-market economy is built on profit. Higher profits mean more jobs, higher incomes, more investment in equipment and people, higher standards of living. Yes, profits are the engine for all of this — and that includes the profits of “Big Oil.”

What this means is that the Democratically controlled Congress (you know, the one with a 9% approval rating) is really the obstacle standing in the way of lowering fuel prices. At least 20 billion barrels of oil sits under Alaska, and another 30 billion barrels lie offshore. The Democrats in Congress are demanding that these sources remain untapped – because they are placing limited effects on the environment, and an unproven and false theory of man-made global warming, over the “fact” of our energy crisis and its affect on our economy. Besides, the Democrats are thrilled that gas prices are high – because it is their goal to force Americans into using less efficient means of energy like wind and solar power before technology has figured out a way to make such means of energy as efficient as oil, coal, and nuclear power – and they feel if it become too expensive for you to drive your car, you will be begging for alternative sources of fuel.

Of course, this is not to say I am against alternative sources – but let’s be smart about it. Let’s continue to use oil, of which we have plenty of right here in the good ol’ U.S.A., and allow private organizations to develop methods of providing energy we need, rather than government mandates for it, and government taxation as a punishment for success, and regulations so steep that smaller companies find it not profitable to pursue new sources of fuel and energy.

Published in: on August 2, 2008 at 6:54 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. The Republican party M U S T realize they have their hands around a big potentially lethal club. They M U S T not let go of it. They M U S T show up Monday in the halls of congress and D A R E the Democrats to show up. If they do not, they will lose just about the only advantage they have. And they will lose any respect they have left from the American public.

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