Gang of Sellouts

Joining five Democrats to make up the Gang of Ten, five Republican senators tossed Sen. John McCain under his Straight Talk Express Energy bus.

The five Republican senators (Graham, Thune, Chambliss, Corker, and Isakson) should be renamed the Gang of Sellouts.

The Gang of Ten is a bipartisan group of senators who recently offered an energy policy — intentionally or stupidly otherwise — that can only benefit Senator Obama, whose energy policy up until this point was to tell us to keep our tires just as liberals prefer Fedzilla: properly inflated.

McCain had Obama on the energy ropes and was scoring some big-time political points, but the Gang of Sellouts has let Obama off the ropes. Just when McCain was making headway, the Gang of Sellouts let the air out of his energy fight.

According to Kimberly Strassel’s August 8th article in The Wall Street Journal, the Gang of Ten’s energy policy is to allow four states to determine whether or not to allow drilling for oil on offshore federal land and deny drilling within 50 miles of our coasts and any drilling in ANWR. Oil companies would be allowed to explore for oil off Florida’s coasts. You know, like those stalwarts of environmentalism China, Cuba and India are planning to do in the next couple of years.

Additionally, the Gang of Ten would provide over $80 billion in tax credits for alternative fuels by eliminating $30 billion in tax breaks for oil companies, which of course ultimately comes out of American consumer’s pockets. That’s right: raise taxes on the very companies that would invest in finding more real energy to help make America energy independent, while propping up more Fedzilla hoaxes like ethanol. The Emperor not only has no clothes, he’s fat, wart-riddled and ugly.

Increasing taxes is never the right approach if the goal is to provide incentives to expand business, lower prices, and provide jobs. Only Democrats do not understand that raising taxes destroys incentives. One would think, even pray and dream, that Republicans — even the Gang of Sellouts — would know this.

The first rule of Republican economic politics must always be to never cut deals with the Tax Devil. The second economic maxim is that America can not tax and spend its way to prosperity. These two fundamental rules should be burned into the doors of all Republican senators and congressmen’s offices. Even tattooed onto their foreheads.

Unable to drill within 50 miles of our coasts, we will not be able to tap into the rich energy reserves that lay just off of our coasts.

As George Will pointed out in his June 5th op-ed The Gas Prices We Deserve, the US Minerals Management Service restricted offshore areas may contain 86 billion barrels of oil and 420 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, which is ten times the oil and 20 times the natural gas Americans use annually. Read that again. Whose side are these numbskulls on?

The Gang of Ten’s proposal would restrict us from this energy — energy that would help make America more energy independent. Thanks for nothing, Gang of Sellouts.

“America is serious about becoming independent of foreign oil," said Sen. Saxby Chambliss, a member of the Gang of Sellouts. Either he is lying or he is tremendously stupid. The energy policy he helped create with the Demonrats on the Gang of Ten will make America more dependent on foreign energy, not less.

But energy independence is not what Democrats want. For whatever perverted, anti-American reason, Democrats detest American oil companies and want us to be energy slaves to other countries who, by and large, do not like America. Burn this into your memory: Democrats do not support drilling for oil. Welcome to Planet of the Apes.

At least in the short term, drilling for oil and gas off of our energy-rich coasts and at ANWR is indeed the answer, along with every imaginable energy mining upgrade possible. Ordinary Americans understand this and overwhelmingly support increased drilling. Even McCain, who previously did not support increased drilling, has come around to this reality.

The Gang of Republican Patriots in Congress — who refuse to go home for a five-week vacation and are pressing Speaker Pelosi to order the return of the other congressmen to vote on an energy bill — deserve our admiration and praise. Note to McCain: conduct an energy news conference from the darkened floor of the House of Representatives with these congressional patriots.

Energy independence must be the goal. This goal can not be achieved by endorsing an extremely flawed plan that will not lead to drilling where the energy is located. That’s a fool’s game, which is why the Democrats endorse it.

Energy is, and will remain, the defining issue of the presidential campaign. The Gang of Sellouts has made McCain’s job of capturing the White House more difficult and has added fuel to Obama’s anti-drilling political tank.

Drill now for energy freedom and independence. Meanwhile, send the Gang of Sellouts “Obama for President” bumper stickers and a broken tire gauge. They’ll know where to put it.