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Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less

In his column today, posted at Townhall.com, Larry Kudlow asks:

“There is a voter revolt going on, and it reminds me of the anti-tax rebellion that lifted Ronald Reagan into office twenty-eight years ago. Is the conventional wisdom about to be swept away? As Republicans press home the drill, drill, drill message, might they pick up seats in Congress this year? And might the national clamor for a more realistic and balanced energy policy -- one that includes more oil, natural gas, clean coal, nuclear, and the alternatives of wind, solar, and cellulosic -- carry John McCain to a convincing victory over Obama?”

“Without even realizing it, the GOP drilling offensive has become a new contract with America. And it appears to be working. The public is putting aside global warming and choosing instead new-energy production, a stronger economy, and more job creation. Voters want growth, not austerity. They want Ronald Reagan, not Thomas Malthus. And by resisting this grassroots call, the Democratic party is digging itself into one of the biggest political dry holes in history.

“New economic statistics highlight the damage done by the unprecedented oil-price shock. Only a year ago real gross domestic product was growing at 4 to 5 percent. Then came the dramatic rise of energy prices and down came the economy.”

And on Capitol Hill, the “revolt,” which we growled about last Friday, continues. A few links to several of the skirmishes include:

  • Hot Air reports on news from Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) and about a grassroots website supporting the House protest.
  • A You Tube video of Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) announcing American Energy Freedom Day on October 1, 2008 when the Congressional ban on offshore drilling would expire although that certainly does not seem to be what either Speaker Pelosi or Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) want.
  • Finally, here’s a link to a letter the Republican Study Committee sent to President Bush asking him to call Congress back into a special session to deal with energy.

Visit Representatives Pence and Bachman in the House tomorrow. The lights may be out, but I’m sure you’ll be welcome. The phone number of the Congressional switchboard is (202) 224-3121.


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