Blue Dog Democrats Voting for Cap and Trade

26 06 2009

There are 52 Blue Dog Democrats in the Blue Dog Coalition.

22 of them voted Yes on Cap and Trade (HR 2454, American Clean Energy and Security Act) earlier this evening, in a bill that narrowly passed the House 219-212. That’s just over 42% of supposedly “conservative” Democrats voting Yes on a VERY liberal piece of legislation than no one had a chance to even read.

Baca, Joe (CA-43)  225-6161
Bishop, Sanford (GA-02)  225-3631
Boswell, Leonard (IA-03)  225-3806
Boyd, Allen (FL-02)  225-5235
Cardoza, Dennis (CA-18)  225-6131
Chandler, Ben (KY-06)  225-4706
Cooper, Jim (TN-05)  225-4311
Cuellar, Henry (TX-28)  225-1640
Giffords, Gabrielle (AZ-08)  225-2542
Gordon, Bart (TN-06)  225-4231
Harman, Jane (CA-36)  225-8220
Hill, Baron (IN-09)  225-5315
Michaud, Mike (ME-02)  225-6306
Moore, Dennis (KS-03)  225-2865
Murphy, Patrick (PA-08)  225-4276
Peterson, Collin (MN-07)  225-2165
Sanchez, Loretta (CA-47)  225-2965
Schiff, Adam (CA-29) 225-4176
Scott, David (GA-13)  225-2939
Shuler, Heath (NC-11)  225-6401
Space, Zack (OH-18)  225-6265
Thompson, Mike (CA-01)  225-3311

If you live in any the blue areas below, and your representative’s name is listed above, you need to replace them with a conservative Republican. No excuses.

Blue Dog district map

Blue Dog district map

I count 9 that are from southern states that depend largely on farming. At least 2 others are from mostly conservative states (OH and AZ). We only needed 7 of these 9 to defeat the bill. Every one of these 22 needs be replaced in 2010.

Many are jumping on the  8 GOP turncoats who voted Yes: Bono Mack, Castle, Kirk, Lance, LoBiondo, McHugh, Reichert, and Smith(NJ). But these are mostly RINO’s. Are we really that surprised?

Michelle Malkin asks of the 8 GOP turncoats: “We still want to know: What were your payoffs/earmarks?” Who will ever know?

Dan Spencer at RedState is on the right track:

… it is possible to pass such a plan with a whopping seven vote margin – 219-212, with less than 4% of the favorable votes coming from the loyal opposition and more than 20% of the negative votes coming from the majority party.

It does make wonder what is hidden in all those pages that no Representative really had a chance to read, let alone study, that made the Democrats so determined to avoid a real honest to goodness debate.

I’m more surprised at the 22 of 52 Blue Dogs that voted Yes than I am of the 8 GOP turncoats. But I’m also more confident that conservatives can recruit and elect conservative Republicans in most, if not all, of these 22 districts.


Let the Drilling Begin

24 09 2008

Finally. Starting October 1, the moratorium on off-shore drilling will be lifted. States will no longer have any federal restrictions. The Democrats have relinquished the issue to Republicans at long last.

Democrats have decided to allow a quarter-century ban on drilling for oil off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to expire next week, conceding defeat in an months-long battle with the White House and Republicans set off by $4 a gallon gasoline prices this summer.

Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey, D-Wis., told reporters Tuesday that a provision continuing the moratorium will be dropped this year from a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running after Congress recesses for the election.

Republicans have made lifting the ban a key campaign issue after gasoline prices spiked this summer and public opinion turned in favor of more drilling. President Bush lifted an executive ban on offshore drilling in July.

Does this mean drilling can begin? As soon as the states and the federal government lease the lands. But the states aren’t likely to do so without revenue sharing, something the Democrats are still trying to block. But that’s expected to cede soon as well.  

Ed Morrissey is right on:

This puts quite the capper on the 110th.  Not only did Democrats fail to achieve their broad policy goals, they failed on almost every specific goal they set in 2006.  They failed to stop funding the Iraq war, they failed to impeach George Bush, and they surrendered on energy policy.  Their only policy goal achieved — an increase in the minimum wage — came in a war-funding bill.

This battle may have been won, but the larger war for a rational energy policy continues.  Congress has to pass a revenue-sharing bill with the states in order to get investment started in American production — a process that will create American jobs and keep our wealth in the US rather than overseas.  With the meltdown in the financial markets still looming, this could not come at a better time.

Since the Democrats have conceded oil production, I wonder if these failures still think it’s the War in Iraq that got them elected in 2006.

Democrats Want to Drill…

25 07 2008

… In your WALLET! Nowhere else. 

Ed Morrissey notes the WSJ latest poll showing mounting public support for domestic drilling.

Michelle Malkin has more on Pelosi’s do-nothing halt on relieving the pressure on Americans’ wallets.

Left Wing Lie Du Jour

30 06 2008

Are the media elites holding open tryouts in the blogosphere? Sure seems that way. If not, someone should tell Think Progress. They have a post titled McCain: I ‘Don’t See How It Matters’ That I Don’t Know The Price Of Gas. It cites a HuffPo post that looks pretty bad…at first. 

Patterico, though, looks at the actual exchange and notes quite a discrepancy:

WICKSOL: When was the last time you pumped your own gas and how much did it cost?

MCCAIN: Oh, I don’t remember. Now there’s Secret Service protection. But I’ve done it for many, many years. I don’t recall and frankly, I don’t see how it matters.

Later in the interview, McCain says:

I’ve been on the campaign trail for so long I don’t remember when I last filled up my own gas tank, but I certainly did for many, many, many years and I understand the difficulties and challenges that it poses for the people of California and my home state of Arizona.

Think Progess cites this as evidence of “McCain’s cluelessness about gas prices.”

But McCain isn’t saying he doesn’t know the price of gas. He is saying that he doesn’t remember the last time he pumped his own gas, and how much it cost then.

So, does John McCain know the cost of a gallon of gas in America? Yes, he does. Here’s a news story from June 18:

“The price of a gallon of gas in America stands at more than four dollars. Yesterday, a barrel of oil cost about 134 dollarsm” said McCain.

Again, that McCain quote is from June 18 — six days before the O.C. Register interview that Think Progress uses to claim McCain doesn’t know the price of gas.

This Think Progress post is a lie. At best, the story is that McCain doesn’t remember the last time he pumped his own gas. Even that is a non-story, since nobody pumps their own gas while on the campaign trail. Someone ask Obama when he last pumped his own gas.

Another liberal blog, Comments from Left Field, jumped on the lie and is still trying to smear McCain as “irritated,” even after Think Progress was exposed:

The high price of gas is extremely important to ordinary people who aren’t multimillionaires running for president with a Secret Service detail to take care of all the mundane details. Which means that McCain is being dismissive about an issue that affects the daily lives of millions of Americans. It should not be “irritating” to answer such a question.

And MyDD, usually a pretty good lefty blog, only altered the title of his post, but it’s still off target:

McCain Didn’t Know the Price of Gas, Doesn’t Think It Matters

Why can’t liberals just admit their mistake? Because liberals thrive on emotional reaction that is not based on facts. Liberals prefer to create a commotion hoping Americans won’t notice the truth. If they create enough of them, at a rapid pace, Americans can’t keep up and they’ll be suckered into believing nothing more than rhetoric. Efforts to slap labels of “Out of Touch” or “Elitist” on John McCain in this case is no exception. Even when the truth is is spelled out, liberals know they must keep their turmoil running. This one has simply run out of gas 😉 

Republicans vs. Democrats on Gas Prices

11 06 2008

Hat tip: Power Line Blog.

This chart was put together by Republican whip Roy Blunt illustrating the vast differences between Republicans’ and Democrats’ ideas to lower gas prices.

gas savings chart

Blunt’s office adds this footnote:

Methodology: Retail gasoline prices are the result of literally hundreds of factors including crude oil supply, global demand, refinery capacity, regulation, taxes, weather, the value of the dollar, etc. Therefore it is impossible to say with certainty what one individual action will do to the overall price. However, based on what we know about the impact of crude oil supply and prices it is possible to develop some potential ranges of impact on gasoline prices for certain policy changes. For example, using the methodology employed by Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats that suspending shipments into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (between 40-77,000 barrels of oil a day) would reduce gas prices by at least 5 cents, bringing ANWR online (at least one million barrels of oil a day) could impact gasoline prices by between 70 cents and $1.60.

Also notice that neither party includes in their plan a reduction in federal taxes on a gallon of gasoline. Those “big oil” companies only make around $0.08 per gallon profit. And they provide a service too. The government takes twice the amount big oil gets, $0.16 per gallon, and government doesn’t provide anything for that two-fold amount. So, since “big government” doesn’t care about the American people, free enterprise will have to step in and do the job, again. At least the ideas proposed by Republicans enable the free market to work. In contrast to the Democrats plan, which include more big government and substantially less savings.

Bottom line: Republicans: Win – win. Democrats Win (government) – Lose (people).