Mr. Cline’s prescription for taking back the issue of the high price of gas and fuel oil, and oil company profits is fine, as far as it goes, but he leaves out a piece of data the needs constant reiteration in the current debate. That piece of data is the huge amounts that the oil companies remit to the government in taxes. This should be broken down into the corporate income taxes and the federal and state taxes paid at the pump on a gallon of gas.p>I am all in favor of the economics lesson that Mr. Cline advocates, but the general public, stupid or not, can slough it off if it is not tied directly to their own wallets. It should be a constant refrain from McCain about the taxes paid at all levels by the oil companies. That ties the economic lesson directly to our wallets; it makes the information a reality to the American consumer, many of whom pay little attention to the facts underlying the issue. If I could advise McCain, I would have him include this riff in virtually every speech that he gives on the campaign trail. It should be drilled into the consciousness of Americans just like the “Drill here, drill now” campaign sound bite until the public reflexively thinks of it every time anyone starts to rant about the high price of oil at the pump, or in our heating oil tanks, or the price of truck diesel that is included in the price of everything that we buy at the grocery store. br> — Ken Shreve /p>
I’ve got a response for Bill and Hillary Clinton’s relative (Barbara Boxer) — Democrat Congress = $4+ gas prices. Not until Democrats seized control of Congress on a platform of outright lies and liberal blue dogs promising to support conservative values did we see gasoline prices skyrocket to over $4 and the booming Bush/Republican economy slow down.
As far as Obama condemning John McCain for taking legal contributions from American corporations, he should clean up his own act and quit taking illegal donations from foreign Muslims with links to terrorist groups like Hamas. Better $2 million from Big Oil than over $2 million from shady Middle Easterners.p>Let’s not forget Obama’s only regret about the high gas prices is that American’s didn’t have time to get used to them. This is really a guy who cares about the little guy isn’t it? Like Obama, Al Gore thinks gas prices are too low and should be over $5 a gallon. John Conyers wants to raise the Federal gasoline tax and Bill Clinton if he’d gotten his way would have doubled energy taxes in his first administration. Democrats don’t give a tinker’s damn about working Americans paying higher gas prices. What really matters to Democrats is power — naked raw power for them, their families and their cronies who they make rich on the backs of the American people — time to show Americans who the grossly rich are and how they’re getting that way by abuse of power. br> —
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?