This cartoon, by Michael Ramirez, was published back in April but it didn’t make it into our local paper until May and I didn’t flip through the edition it was in until today. All the same, it could have been printed today and had the same impact.

If the goons in congress would have allowed us to drill 30 years ago we may have been in a different spot today than where we actually are. Maybe it’s about time they stop saying the same thing they have been saying for 30 years and start doing something. Sure, it will be a few years before the oil would get to market, but it will get to market eventually. There is absolutely nothing we can do that will immediately affect prices. So lets do something that will have a shot at it relatively soon.

After all, last week when President Bush lifted the executive ban on offshore drilling oil prices dropped. Just from talking about drilling. Imagine what kind of price drop there could be if congress agreed, and someone actually started drilling. We could see $3.00 gas again in the next five years.

Man, just saying that hurts my wallet. I’m begging for $3.00 gas. What a world.

2 Responses to “Drilling….”

  1. 1 julie July 21, 2008 at 10:51 am

    Wow. What a great cartoon! So true.

    In 2000, I think, we went out of town for the weekend. We filled up for $.88/gallon. A few months later I came home complaining to my husband I’d been ripped off at the gas station by paying $1.40/gallon at the pump. I said, I will never pay that much for gas again! Then it hit $2/gallon and we started saying the government had to do something! But the news just showed politicians saying their hands we’re tied, we should be thankful, because Europeans pay more! The democrats take over congress by promising they had a compressive, and obvious plan that would help gas prices. (Way to go, Pelosi, it appears your plan raised prices!) At $3.00/gallon we said, well, it can’t go higher! We wished it would go back to $2.00/gallon. This weekend we paid $3.86/gallon and were thankful it wasn’t the $4/gallon we’d been paying.

    All these years congress has said their hands were tied, but be thankful, you’re not Europe. (They conveniently forget to mention the very accessible public transit system European’s have. If I need to go somewhere more then walking distance, I need a car. American’s don’t have a lot of options.) It’s taken about 8 years of consistently raising gas prices for congress to even consider other options, or to acknowledge they can do anything. I hope it doesn’t take as long for them to pass some kind of helpful legislation.

  2. 2 thebaldmonkey July 21, 2008 at 11:12 am

    Yeah, I lived in Europe for six years as a kid. I am one of the minority of Americans blessed to have experienced the European transit system and civilization first hand and to realize that, no matter how much our government tries to push public transport and driving reduction on us, it is never going to work here. Not without major, MAJOR reworking of this entire countries infrastructure.

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