Friday, April 28, 2006

Dazed and Confused

Washington, DC--In amazing news today, Charles Krauthammer wrote something I agree with.  At least on the basic premise: the oil-price surge is based on supply and demand. 
He sites as evidence the fact that 10 years ago, President Clinton ordered an investigation into gasoline prices remarkably similar to the one President Bush has just ordered.  And it found approximately nothing.  The first investigation was conducted by an administration whose Vice President was not still receiving income from Halliburton, and where many of the political appointees did not come direct from the energy sector.  In any case, I'm guessing that the current investigation will lead to the same conclusions (regardless of the veracity of same).
What boggles the mind, however, is the fact that no Democrat has come out and offered this as a fantastic reason to funnel money into fuel-conservation efforts, attempts to develop (or, heaven forbid, incentivize) development of alternative fuels, or even something as basic as a "turn your lights off" campaign--the likes of which I remember from early in my childhood.  Remember, "If you leave a room, turn off the lights."  A walk down any street in an office-building-rich section of a downtown anywhere in the country will remind us just how rarely lights are actually being turned off these days.
So, once again, let me thank the Democrats for looking an opportunity to show leadership and affect change squarely in the face, to only turn sheepishly away with tail between legs.  And D's think they're going to win over the American public during the midterms?  Keep dreaming.

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