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September 15, 2008

Rumor: McCain Supposedly Mulling Endorsing the Gang of Ten Compromise
Update: The McCain Thing is Merely a Rumor; That Asinine Republican Senators Support This Abomination Is Not -- Kill It On Their Side

Put pressure on these idiot senators -- Corker, Graham, and Chambliss, among others -- to end this joke now.

The bill would open up a tiny little smidgen of space on the Outer Continental Shelf for oil and gas exploration — just enough that Democrats who vote for it can claim to be pro-drilling, neutralizing one of the Republicans’ most energizing issues going into the November elections. But the benefits of the bill’s meager drilling provisions would be negated (and then some) by $30 billion in tax hikes on U.S. oil companies, placing our own domestic producers at an additional disadvantage compared to their overseas competitors. In exchange for very little new supply, these companies would pay higher taxes related to the crucial activities of exploration and refinery-capacity expansion. To nobody’s great surprise, the industry is not eager to accept this trade.

The money raised by taxing U.S. oil companies would go to pay for $84 billion in new spending on dodgy renewable energy projects — mostly tax credits for hybrid cars and research grants for biofuel production. If you want to know how much of an impact this multi-billion-dollar giveaway for special interests is likely to have on gasoline prices, consider this: Since 2005, Congress has passed two energy bills chock full of subsidies for renewable energy, and gas prices have increased nearly $1.50 per gallon.

Perfect. A "drilling" bill which does not actually permit drilling -- thus ending all possibility of expanded drilling in the future. The Democrats will say, correctly, "Well, we voted for a 'drilling bill' last time and supplies did not rise and prices did not fall. So isn't our precious ecosystem more important than expanded drilling, which has been proven not to work?"

It's better to have no bill at all than a phony one which dishonesty "proves" there's simply no point to drilling more American oil.

At least with no bill, we can keep fighting on this vital issue into the future, with some hope of success.

Is It Possible... to get the Anti-Amnesty phone brigades up and working again to threaten the senators pushing this?

Honestly, guys. A month ago we were not going to vote for you. You were going down in flames.

You want to fuck with us again? Do it. Fuck with us again. Fucking sell us out and refuse to heed the strong preferences of your constituents.

Do it, fuckers. A lot of us are simply angry and want a goddamned shock to the system. And here's the thing you can take to bed with you tonight -- a clearing out of all of you deadweight RINO Senators and a genuine Republican bloodbath is also a perfectly serviceable shock to the system as far as we're concerned.

It's not our first preference -- but it is a not-terribly-distant second.

Try us.

Do it. See if we're fucking kidding, assholes

Donation Strike: I'm just one blogger, but if we can get a sudden stoppage of internet donations, I think they'd notice.

Contact the RNC:

Here's the info for the RNC Finance Department:

Phone: 202-863-8747 |

Fax: 202-863-8589 |

E-mail: membership@rnchq.org

Doubts... Let's focus on killing this bastard from the Senate side of things.

Apply pressure there, and to the RNC. One of these stupid fucks -- Graham, Chambliss, Corker -- has to step up, announce it's a bad deal, and withdraw support from it.

The Five Sell-Outs: I'm really disappointed in John Fucking Thune.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (GA) -- 202-224-3521 -- 770-763-9090

Sen. Johnny Isakson (GA) -- 202-224-3643 -- 770-661-0999

Sen. Bob Corker (TN) -- 202-224-3344 -- 423-756-2757

Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC) -- 202-224-5972 -- 864-250-1417

Sen. John Thune (SD) -- 202-224-2321 -- 605-334-9596

Thanks to Double Plus Undead. He's been on these fucking numbskulls before.

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