Guest Post on Dems, Big Oil, and a Deficit of Ideas
Democrats are one-trick-ponies this fall â€“ all they do is attack, attack, attack â€“ while offering no solutions or original ideas.Â Itâ€™s pathetic and I think bound to backfire.Â Virginia constituents crave vision and leadership, not canned, negative sound-bite rhetoric.
The Democrat/MoveOn â€œenergy debateâ€ is a great example.Â Instead of looking at root causes for high gas prices last year or offering solutions, Democrats and their henchmen went on offense early this year, attacking oil companies and anybody they could â€œtarâ€ with their â€œRed Handâ€ campaignâ€”whether Thelma Drake in Virginia Beach or Frank Wolf in Loudoun.Â Never mind that Wolf is the â€œconscience of the Congressâ€ or that Drake is a first termerâ€”I guess anything makes them targets for the screaming Deaniacs.Â
And what was the result of all the noise?Â Not much.Â Gas prices came down on their own (itâ€™s called supply and demand folks) and the knee-jerk Democratic effort to vilify everyone they could has quietedâ€¦well, kind of.
Here in Virginia though, groups are still running issue ads and waiving â€œGrand Oil Partyâ€ signs, trying to tie elected officials to â€œbig oil.â€Â
But did they have a point?Â Are oil companies to blame for energy pricing?Â Falling prices would seem to say no, yet the Dems press on, yelling â€œrecord profitsâ€ all the way.
Hereâ€™s what I understand:Â at the end of the day, oil companies arenâ€™t very different from the rest of corporate America.Â No industry is perfect, nor do I agree with everything corporate America does, but itâ€™s interesting how most people donâ€™t consider the basics â€“ how company profits compare to tax payments and other economic benefits, how much money they reinvest in infrastructure and research, how many people they employ, etc. â€“Â when attacking Big Business.Â The Democratâ€™s â€œcaseâ€ against Wal-Mart comes to mind here too.Â Maybe itâ€™s natural to cherry-pick facts when criticizing, but itâ€™s pretty lazy.
Folks have the right to attack whoever they want, but they owe it to people they are trying to influence to do it responsibly and at least be in the vicinity of the truth.Â But I guess that might be â€œInconvenient.â€Â I know, lame Al Gore jokeâ€¦I couldnâ€™t help myself.
When all is said and done, supply and demand (News Alert:Â Itâ€™s NOT a good thing that countries like Iran and Venezuelaâ€”can you say â€œdevilâ€?â€”play a key role in the energy market! Talk about a good argument for more domestic production and drilling in Alaskaâ€¦) and our homegrown hefty gas taxes are still the heaviest hands in gas prices.Â Does anybody notice the state and local government thumb on those scale stickers at the pump?Â
Kudos to Senator Allen and Congresswoman Drake for being leaders on energy issues in the face of relentless attacks.Â Senator Allen has recently released a real energy plan (great commercial too) and Thelma Drake is very vocal and specific about her positions.Â Both leaders call for more efficiency, maximizing domestic resources and using alternative fuelsâ€¦prudent steps that with a strong foreign policy could create long-term results for America.Â
So where do the critics stand?Â Where are their plans?Â Ask those questions and youâ€™ll only hear crickets.
Letâ€™s hope that leaders and candidates put more thoughtful proposals on the table before November.Â Weâ€™re overdue for an honest debate on the facts.Â The attacks, empty rhetoric, and endless search for scapegoats instead of actual solutions should stop.Â We deserve better.
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