In a move that will be remembered for its stunning level of cynical political calculation, the Obama administration has stated that it will restart oil exploration and drilling in the eastern Gulf, in the mid-Atlantic, and off of Alaska. For those of you who may have forgotten, Bu$hCo did exactly the same thing on the cusp of the 2004 election except back then it was California and the Pacific Northwest that were going to be “re-opened” to oil exploration, ending almost 30 years of California having the final say over drilling off its coasts.
Now, setting aside issues of whether or not the US needs more oil, and focusing solely on the politics of this policy move, consider the states most affected by Bush III’s decision: Alaska, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. All are states that Obama can probably afford to lose in the next election. In fact, with the exception of Florida, there’s little chance he’d carry any of them. So why not tell the citizens of these states to “go f*ck themselves”. It’s not like you’ll lose any electors over it, right?
Way to go “Third”! Yes we can…screw the Red States, further f*ck up the environment, retard America’s movement toward a more energy-efficient, more sustainable society, and scratch the Big Oil’s back…all at the same time!
Just so we remember whose disastrous policies crippled this nation’s economy.
And keep in mind, this graph does not represent the debt that Bu$hCo saddled us with—even though that was enormous. It represents deficit projections for the 10 years after leaving office given that the Obama administration continues to follow Bu$hCo’s policies.
Thanks to VictorM at Argville and Daily Kos for the head’s up.
Why does Bush’s bailout defense speech read like he’s explaining the Wall Street meltdown to a 5 year old? Oh…wait. I get it. That’s how it was explained to him. Though, I have to say, the part that was most ridiculous was where he delivered his dire warnings about the R-word:
Even if you have good credit history, it would be more difficult for you to get the loans you need to buy a car or send your children to college. And, ultimately, our country could experience a long and painful recession.
I doubt that Bush is worried over much about us, the so-called ‘Non-wealthy Americans‘. Because the plain and simple fact is: WE’RE ALREADY SUFFERING IN A RECESSION YOU BLITHERING IDIOT! The market are down 28% year over year. Unemployment is skyrocketing—above 7% now in California and projected to go higher. Tent cities are springing up for the displaced. The only people not suffering are the f*ckos who created this mess, and I get the feeling that Americans are in a mood to spread the misery. Especially if it will teach Bush’s pals on Wall Street a lesson they won’t soon forget.
Bush’s speech was as hollow as his philosophy. The only recession he’s worried about is the one that will cause the value of his portfolio to go down, the one that will put the breaks on donations to GOP coffers. As Gary Hart once put it:
I know why you are conservatives — you favor private enterprise for the poor and socialism for the rich.