Hello. With spring break starting next week here in Waltoncounty we need to be patient when driving. Moderate whensunning and no texting while driving. I see it so often itmakes me nervous to be on the roadways at all. Especially these younger drivers, now that they have grown up with a phone in their hand, what happens to the ba-sic skills of driving gone? Please be safe for the driver next to you could also be texting.It has me nervous watching the gas prices and hearing what Obama says he is going todo. Funny how they act so serious about getting things done in the right direction now that
-election time. It has me fired up to know we could be paying as low as $3/gal and
still be economically in the same state. Strange but that‘s what they are saying. Yes, of
course, presidents have no direct control over gas prices. But the American people knowsomething about this president and his disdain for oil. The "fuel of the past," he contemp-tuously calls it. To the American worker who doesn't commute by government motorcadeand is getting fleeced every week at the pump, oil seems very much a fuel of the present
and of the foreseeable future.PresidentBarack Obamaincessantly claims energy open-mindedness, insisting that his policy is "all of the above." Except, of course, for drilling off the Mid-Atlantic coast (asVirginia, for example, wants), off the Florida Gulf Coast (instead, the Castro brothers willdrill near there), in the broader Gulf of Mexico (where drilling in 2012 is expected to drop30 percent below pre-moratorium forecasts), in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (morethan half the size of England, the drilling footprint being the size of Dulles Airport), onfederal lands in the Rockies (where leases are down 70 percent since Obama took office).But the event that drove home the extent of Obama's antipathy to nearby, abundant,available oil was his veto of the Keystone pipeline. It gave the game away because thecase for Keystone is so obvious and overwhelming. Vetoing it gratuitously prolongs our dependence on outside powers, kills thousands of shovel-ready jobs, forfeits a major stra-tegic resource to China, damages relations with our closest ally, and sends billions of oildollars toHugo Chavez, Vladimir Putinand already obscenely wealthy sheiks.
Obama boasts that on his watch production is up and imports down. True, but truly decep-tive. These increases have occurred in spite of his restrictive policies. They are the resultof Clinton- and Bush-era permitting. This has been accompanied by a gold rush of naturalgas production resulting from new technology that has nothing at all to do with Obama.Do you believe that?Do you think that decreasing U.S. demand will lower oil prices, but increasing U.S.supply will not? This is ridiculous. Either both do or neither does. Does Obama read hisown speeches? Obama says of drilling: "That's not a plan." Of course it's a plan. We im- port nearly half of our oil, thereby exporting enormous amounts of U.S. wealth. Almost 60 percent of our trade deficit
$332 billion out of $560 billion
is shipped overseas to buy crude. Drill here and you stanch the hemorrhage. You keep those dollars within theU.S. economy, repatriating not just wealth but jobs, and denying them to foreign unfriend-lies. Drilling is the single most important thing we can do to spur growth at home while
strengthening our hand abroad. Isn‘t America supposed to be self sufficient someday?
Oh yes, we were some time ago, but then we stopped and closed farming down because of the better lower pricing elsewhere. This is not the same. Our leader could make things lessexpensive for us to live on individually. Tax breaks here or there are nice to some but tellthat to the gas tank in my truck to get my work done. How do you feel? Frank
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