Friday, April 29, 2011

Obama Gas Protest

When George Bush sat in the oval office gas prices climbed to $3.00 a gallon and the media was ready to bring criminal charges. The media made false claims that Bush and Cheney were colluding with the oil companies to raise prices. I will admit that they didn’t let the speculators go unchallenged. What we did learn from the facts is that when Bush lifted the drilling ban on our coasts, the price per barrel of oil dropped $20 within three months.
Since the election of Barack Obama gas prices have doubled. The media has yet to blame the president for any increase. The blame has been put squarely on the shoulders of speculators and the turmoil in the Middle East. No doubt the Middle Eastern turmoil is one of the factors for higher oil and gas prices, but there is a greater cause, and that is the drilling moratorium.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

How I Came be Where I Am Politically

It’s always interesting to discover how people come to a point in their lives. No one ever just wakes up one day Republican, Democrat, or Libertarian. I had a long evolution to become where I am today. Being a teen of the 60’s didn’t leave a lot of news choices. Back then the three television stations often signed off at midnight. Back then I have to admit being a Liberal Utopian.

One thing the current generation doesn’t remember is the Fairness Doctrine. At the end of the local news we would often hear counterpoints to some political statement the station had made. As a child of the 60’s I heard from peers how bad the war and other things were. I heard how “the man was down on me.” To a teen and young adult anarchy seemed a good choice. We knew the war was bad because the men in expensive suits telling the news told us this.