Democrats Blink to Pressure … Democrats to let Offshore Drilling Ban Expire … Victory for Republicans and the People


Democrats blink and the offshore drilling ban is about to expire. I thought that Democrats were supposed to feel our pain? Turns out the only pain they respond to is that of the voters had they tried to continue to ban offshore oil drilling.

Have House Democrats finally caved to the pressure of Republicans and the American people to the issue of offshore drilling for oil? It appears that way. Democrats had clung to the belief that only a partial repeal of the drilling moratorium would be required; however, the opposition for banning offshore drilling in polls has been so overwhelming that Democrats have no choice to actually do the will and work of the people rather than the will of the environmental lobbyists. Stop the ACLU declares that Democrats have surrendered on blocking oil drilling. Also Hot Air states, the drilling battle has been won; however, the debate continues for a broad reaching energy policy to be finally completed.

Democrats have decided to allow a quarter-century ban on drilling for oil off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to expire next week, conceding defeat in a months-long battle with the White House and Republicans set off by $4 a gallon gasoline prices this summer.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey, D-Wis., told reporters Tuesday that a provision continuing the moratorium will be dropped this year from a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running after Congress recesses for the election.

Republicans have made lifting the ban a key campaign issue after gasoline prices spiked this summer and public opinion turned in favor of more drilling. President Bush lifted an executive ban on offshore drilling in July.

Democrats are changing their minds minds when it comes to the offshore drilling ban for one reason … they cannot allow the government to be shut down over such a popular issue of the people prior to an election. Period! Sadly enough, the question lingers as to why this Democratic controlled Congress could not write and pass an energy bill for “We the People”.

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    13 Responses to “Democrats Blink to Pressure … Democrats to let Offshore Drilling Ban Expire … Victory for Republicans and the People”

    1. david r on September 24th, 2008 10:24 am

      The Democrats will do anything now, including the surrender of their so-called principles, to win the election. They don’t want to be blamed for the high gas prices, so poor whales and caribou get the shaft. They used to abhor age discrimination, but now they mock McCain’s inability to use the computer and say he is “too old” to be President. They used to say that women deserve an equal chance, but look at poor Hilary, and look at the vicious attack on Palin by Obama and his surrogates. The next step will be for them to drag their heels on the financial crisis bailout, so they can watch the economy collapse and rule as victors.

    2. Patti on September 24th, 2008 11:59 am

      The economy is still the responsibility of the President, in my opinion. Paying $4 a gallon at the pump is only a drop in the bucket compared to the REAL price of that gasoline… the cost of the war in Iraq, the man-hunt for Bin Laden and the daily contributions into the Bush ‘Trust’ fund. Sad, when you think we’ve been here before and any headway that was made in discovering alternative fuels was dumped and left behind by the Reagan administration, another war mongrel, who’d rather spend billions of dollars on foreign policies and star war technology, than to spend money on our people…

      and, now, people are saying that we should have known and been prepared for hurricanes destroying property in the gulf… but, has there ever really been a concern for the safety of those that live in the gulf or anywhere else, or has the idea that we can be the ‘biggest pig in the trough’ when it comes to weapon technology and our ‘assumed’ role of policing the world been our first priority?

      Bazaar that the attack on the Twin Towers came only a week before the U.S. was to make DRASTIC cuts in military spending. Through the use of terrorism, we can be manipulated to support our troops on a world-wide manhunt that quickly turned into a free-for-all; but when the smoke cleared, where have we found ourselves? Between a rock and a hard place.

      I know nothing about politics, but I smell a rat. Usually, when there is excessive military spending with little or no result along with questions of how the hell we got in this war in the first place… big money and profits are at the helm…. but only for a few.

    3. scott on September 24th, 2008 1:18 pm

      Patti – you are an idiot and a loon.

      Are you that damn stupid to really believe there is a SUFFICIENT alternate to oil? Really do you? Where is your proof there was headway back in the early 80s? You have none.. You speak out of your a$$! When Reagan was President, the USA was at her best!

      It’s people like you who make the world a dangerous place…

      Are you of the belief that George Bush has a hurricane machine? You are basically saying it’s George Bush’s fault that in the span of 5 years, 3-5 Category 3 or higher storms have hit the Gulf! Dumb.

      Let’s not even get into the BIZARRE 9/11 conspiracy wackos… Are you saying Bush too planned 9/11 to build up the military? Moron!

      People like you, can’t really be for real, because we as a country are in real trouble with people like you living here!

      Keep believing everything you see on MSNBC….twit!

    4. dennisintn on September 24th, 2008 1:49 pm

      the democratic party is not the democratic party of even l5 years ago. it has been taken over by the ultra-liberals and even middle of the road democrats have to bow to their demands if they want help getting elected. the democrats have had complete control of both houses for two years. congress has an approval rate of 9% or lower. they shut down for 5 weeks of vacation at the height of the energy crisis and the energy bill they concocted and bragged so much about last week didn’t have a prayer of passing and they further ensured that it wouldn’t pass by attaching an earmark worth l billion(with a B) for the city of new york. they could hardly keep from breaking out in a horse laugh when they announced they had worked so hard trying to help the american people with their problems. reprehensible doesn’t come close to describing the actions of the democrats the last two years. it’s almost like they were trying to destroy the american economy so they could win the elections this year.

    5. Maggie on September 24th, 2008 4:35 pm

      One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line.”
      -President Bill Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998

      “If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction program.”
      -President Bill Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998

      “Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face.”
      -Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998

      “He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983.”
      -Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998

      “[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq’s refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs.”
      Letter to President Clinton, signed by:
      - Democratic Senators Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others, Oct. 9, 1998

      “Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process.”
      -Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998

      “Hussein has . chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies.”
      - Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999

    6. Kay Zee Ess on September 24th, 2008 7:40 pm

      John McCain runs from debate, hides behind skirt again!

      Gov Palin has more moxie for the presidential race than Sen McCain. We always knew it in our hearts, didn’t we?

      If you want TRUE change, Gov Palin is the name.

      Drill, Baby, Drill!!!

    7. Maggie on September 24th, 2008 8:26 pm

      McCain runs from debates? He has been asking Obama for months to have town hall meetings with him.. and Obama has refused..

      Per ABC

      Reid to McCain: Don’t Come Back to Capitol
      September 24, 2008 5:14 PM

      A Democrat tells ABC News that, in a phone call late this afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., that it would NOT be helpful for him to come back to Washington, D.C., to work on the Wall Street bailout bill.

      McCain this afternoon suspended his campaign and said he would skip the first presidential debate in order to return to Capitol Hill to work on the log-jammed Bush administration legislation, which, as of Wednesday afternoon, was in peril.

      McCain had phoned Reid to ask about the prospects of him, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and others to sit down and work together on hammering out a bipartisan proposal.

      “Sorry,” Reid said to him, a Democrat close to Reid says.

      Reid then read McCain the statement he had just put out: “This is a critical time for our country,” says the Reid statement. “While I appreciate that both candidates have signaled their willingness to help, Congress and the administration have a process in place to reach a solution to this unprecedented financial crisis. I understand that the candidates are putting together a joint statement at Sen. Obama’s suggestion. But it would not be helpful at this time to have them come back during these negotiations and risk injecting presidential politics into this process or distract important talks about the future of our nation’s economy. If that changes, we will call upon them. We need leadership; not a campaign photo op. If there were ever a time for both candidates to hold a debate before the American people about this serious challenge, it is now.”

      - jpt

      UPDATE: McCain senior adviser Mark Salter emails: “Yesterday, Harry Reid said that consensus couldn’t be achieved without John McCain’s leadership. John stepped up and is providing that leadership. Now Senator Reid seems to have changed his mind for reasons we’ll let him explain. But what he should understand is that this isn’t about Harry Reid or John McCain or Barack Obama. It’s about the American people and, in the words of Warren Buffet, the financial Pearl Harbor they’re facing. John’s committed to doing his part to help avert that calamity. We hope Senator Reid is too.”

    8. Kay Zee Ess on September 24th, 2008 9:58 pm

      Yes, Maggie, I said RUN from the debate.

      Not those bogus pseudo “town-hall” meetings that he has packed 100% with his shills and touts and not one voice of opposition, but REAL honest-to-God debates with actual questions that he can’t run from.

      Yea, Maggie, kinda like that.

      Run, bubba, run. ..and that is what he is doing.

    9. denHaas on September 24th, 2008 10:59 pm


      McCain bails from the debates.He wants to cancel the VP debate also because Palin is a trainwreck that makes Bush look smart.You guys are screwed.

    10. scott on September 25th, 2008 5:24 am

      He’s not running you tart! He’s actually being a leader and trying to help find a solution to the problem Obama and his cronies at Fannie and Freddie created. Obama rejected 10 town hall debates with McCain.

      Besides why would McCain run from a debate that is strong suit and Obama’s weak, foreign policy? If anything, he’s giving Obama more time to prepare while McCain is actually working, doing the job he’s paid $160K per year as a Senator!

      Really Palin a trainwreck? Keeping believing everything you read in the papers. Biden does not even know his basic history of presidents. Had Palin made that mistake, the LIBERAL media would still be bashing her today, but since Biden did it, no coverage at all.

      I can’t wait to all you sheep are led to slaughter by Obama when he raises taxes and backs off all his promises that he knows in reality can’t be met without raising taxes; and drives this country into even deeper despair.

      You can thank Obama and the Democrats for this sub-prime lending mess and destroying the housing market!

      BAAAA Sheep!

    11. SUPER DAVE on September 25th, 2008 6:05 am

      KAYZEE/DENHAS: just what are our senators duties?
      to debate or to vote for our citizens ? i think it is to vote for us.
      mccain will do his dutites while barry o will do nothing because he is at a loss about what to do as a president. he can only vote “uh, present” because he does not know American policy because he is not American.

    12. Maggie on September 25th, 2008 3:38 pm

      Bill Clinton: Don’t ‘Overly Parse’ McCain Request to Delay Debate ABC

      Share September 25, 2008 8:26 AM

      ABC News’ Nitya Venkataraman Reports: Former President Bill Clinton defended Sen. John McCain’s request to delay the first presidential debate, saying McCain did it in “good faith” and pushed organizers to reserve time for economy talk during the debate if the Friday plans move forward.

      Appearing on Good Morning America Thursday, Clinton told ABC News’ Chris Cuomo that McCain’s push to postpone the debate would only be a good political move if both candidates agreed. McCain announced on Wednesday that he would “suspend” his presidential campaign to come to Washington to help negotiate a financial bailout bill

      “We know he didn’t do it because he’s afraid because Sen. McCain wanted more debates,” Clinton said, adding that he was “encouraged” by the joint statement from McCain and Sen. Barack Obama.

      “You can put it off a few days the problem is it’s hard to reschedule those things,” Clinton said, “I presume he did that in good faith since I know he wanted — I remember he asked for more debates to go all around the country and so I don’t think we ought to overly parse that.”

      If the debate moves forward as planned for Friday night, Clinton says “they should be able to talk about this some of the debate because it is a security issue.”

      The former president thought Bush’s address Wednesday night on the economic crisis had a “positive reaction”.

      “I thought it was the clearest statement of why we’re in the fix we’re in, at least what the nature of it is and why some national action is needed,” Clinton said.

      He said that both Democrats and Republicans “should move as quickly as they can” on the president’s economic rescue plan but that both parties “want to know exactly how this $700 billion is going to be stabilize the system.”

      President Bush’s bipartisan meeting on the economic crisis will take place at 4pm at the White House, both Obama and McCain will be in attendance.

    13. Maggie on September 25th, 2008 4:42 pm

      McCain hasn’t been in training for days this week on what to say about foreign policy.. trying to memorize what he has to say about foreign policy.
      With all the misquotes and false stuff by Biden to laugh at Palin is a joke.. This is a man who went out and told people his wife and daughter were killed by a drunk man..for years , when it was totally false..

      Never got the name on this, but this was on Greta’s blog a few days ago.. by a blogger..

      On Oct. 6, 1999, the U.S. Senate passed the Financial Services Modernization Act, and President Bill Clinton, who considered it a priority, signed it into law.

      The law allows banks, the stock exchange and insurance companies to work under the same or similar rules by deregulating the former law governing these matters, the Glass-Stegall Act. Glass-Stegall, which was enacted when Franklin Roosevelt was president, separated banks, the stock exchange and insurance companies. The stock exchange crash of 1929 brought about this act. We now have financial problems again. NOTE: Both the housing crisis, and the rise in insurance rates are direct results of this law..thank you Mr. Clinton.

      The North American Free Trade Agreement and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade were signed by Clinton in 1993 and 1994 respectively.
      Although, both parties pushed for NAFTA prior to President Clinton taking office, under George H.W. Bush the original NAFTA agreement was written to address agricultural trade and investment between the United States, Canada and Mexico; to address tariffs in the import export trades, and to allow investors to invest in foreign markets and exchanges.
      Prior to President Clinton’s approval, the NAFTA agreement along with the NAAEC and NAALC amendments were fast-tracked through congress. Congress had 90 days to say “yes” or “no” and could not change the terms of these agreements, which did not address the issues of working men and women in the work environment. The amendment summaries are as follows:
      North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation

      The North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC) was a response to environmentalists’ concerns that the United States would lower its standards if the three countries did not achieve consistent environmental regulation. The NAAEC only obligates parties to enforce their own environmental laws. The NAAEC, in an endeavor to be more than a set of environmental regulations, established the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation, a mechanism for addressing trade and environmental issues, the North American Development Bank (NADBank) for assisting and financing investments in pollution reduction, and the Border Environmental Cooperation Commission (BECC). The NADBank and the BECC have provided economic benefits to Mexico by financing 36 projects, mostly in the water sector.

      North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation
      The North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation (NAALC) supplements NAFTA and endeavors to create a foundation for cooperation among the three countries for the resolution of labor problems, as well as to promote greater cooperation among trade unions and social organizations in order to fight for improved labor conditions. NOTE: These agreements were for trade globalization and due to their inclusion into NAFTA, the United States lost millions of jobs. It was Bill Clinton who, “complemented” the original NAFTA agreement with the NAAEC and NAALC amendments.

      The Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000 or CFMA (Public Law 106-554, §1(a)(5) [H.R. 5660], December 21, 2000, 114 Stat. 2763, 2763A-365, 7 U.S.C. § 1), was passed by the United States Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton in December 2000 to allow for the creation, for U.S. exchanges, of a new sort of derivative security: the single-stock future.
      The CFMA has received criticism for the so-called “Enron Loophole,” 7 U.S.C. §2(h)(3) and (g), which exempts most over-the-counter energy trades and trading on electronic energy commodity markets. The “loophole” was drafted by Enron Lobbyists working with Senator Phil Gramm [1] seeking a deregulated atmosphere for their new experiment, “Enron On-line”[citation needed].
      NOTE: The Commodity Futures Modernization Act was signed on President Clinton’s last day in office.

      One can wonder if he signed it at that time to sabotage the incoming Republican President and reclaim the white house for his party in 2004; or if he signed it out of greed or pressure from special interest groups. Regardless of the reason, this law is directly responsible for the speculators who use it to wager on oil futures and drive up the price of oil. It is also being used by brokers to provide ‘creative financing’ on home mortgages. These brokers flew under the radar of the SEC and didn’t verify the borrower’s income or their ability to repay the loans. Now, the brokerages are going under, and Bush had to bail some of them out (i.e.: Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac). Again..thank you Mr. Clinton!

      It’s clear to me that the Republican Party.mostly George Bush has actually been very effective in keeping our economy afloat after inheriting the laws enacted by the dems. With Pelosi and her band of idiots, he’s getting absolutely no help. The dems refuse to overturn any laws implemented by a democratic President.

      If you factor in the towers being hit, and the devastating blow inflicted on our economy by Bin Laden. Remember, for weeks after 9/11, people were not shopping, flying, going out to dinner, going to the movies.the economy had stopped dead in its tracks. This was the intended outcome Bin Laden had intended.only worse. In response to this national economic emergency, billions of dollars were spent for the stimulus packages which were required to restart the economy and keep the airline industry from going under. Once you allow yourself to see the bigger picture, you’ll begin to realize just how well Bush performed on economical issues.

      So, as you see, the dems are being dishonest by blaming Bush for the economy. The economic downturn in this country is a direct result of a democratic administration under President Clinton. I really like Bill Clinton.and was saddened to learn that my favorite President had caused this much financial pain to my country, and my fellow countrymen. Its no wonder Bush had to borrow from other countries in an attempt to pull our behinds out of this mess.

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