The GOP Revolt

How is it possible that this news story about the GOP in congress continuing to discuss energy policy after the lights were out did not make the front page of the Washington Post today?

It’s the headline on Drudge and probably accounts for Obama’s shifting position to maybe support offshore drilling.

Stories on the front page of the post include:
Morse on the Anthrax man.
FARC rebels in jail now working with Colombia
Jobless rates and
the Kevin Bacon theory.

Not one of those could be bumped for a bit of rebellion in Congress in a DC newspaper??!

In the meantime, overnight Obama changed his tune a bit. So now he’s willing to maybe drill along with giving people what he likes to call free money to help with their bills.

“This rebate will be enough to offset the increased cost of gas for a working family over the next four months,” Obama said during a two-day campaign swing in Florida. “It will be enough to cover the entire increase in your heating bills. Or you could use the rebate for any of your other bills, or even to pay down your own debt.”

[tangent: re-read the above and then compare it to George Bush saying “And people can figure out whether they need to drive more or less; they can balance their own checkbooks.”
I like it when my leaders don’t treat me like an idiot.]

Where was I. Obama quotes:
He doesn’t think it’s “too much to ask” of oil companies to give money to people to buy more gas and heating oil. Is this how capitalism works? Or would that be socialism?

Or as Jimmie says: (ht the Anchoress from above)

That new tax money is also going to come out of our hides because the oil companies will do what every single company since the beginning of time has done when costs rise – they raise prices to pass along the cost to the consumer. It’s a little thing that Barack Obama’s never heard of called basic economics.

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  1. One of the few things I actually liked about the Obama campaign was his opposition to Senator McCain’s (and Senator Clinton’s) “gas tax holiday.” I agreed that it was gimmicky and that it provided perverse incentives to increase demand.

    Little did I know the Senator was just waiting for a chance to multiply it by 50 and have the government cut checks.

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