The Most Open, Honest Congress Ever…

…Has turned out the lights and cameras without calling for a vote on a bipartisan energy bill presented by the Republican minority. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have adjourned Congress for a five-week vacation, but Republicans have stayed in a first-ever “phantom session” demanding a vote on the bill.
While there is also significant support in the Democratic party for a vote on the bill, the upper echelon of the Democratic Party wants oil prices to increase, in the thankfully mistaken opinion that they can then strong-arm voters into accepting increasing levels of socialism-via-greening. The wide-based support for the Republican maneuver today shows that most Americans want a comprehensive PLAN, which includes not only research into alternative energy–which has already been researched for decades without becoming feasible–but also tapping into the vast energy reserves that are already domestically available.

Of course, Speaker Pelosi needs a break to publicise her new book, which is currently number one…

…thousand, seven hundred and sixty-two at

UPDATE: My e-mail to Claire McCaskill
I would like to believe that both of my Missouri Senators took part in the phantom session after Speaker Pelosi adjourned congress, aimed at voting on a bipartisan energy bill.

Given your voting record, however, may I assume that that is not the case?

UPDATE: Claire McCaskill responds

Thank you for contacting me regarding high gas prices. I understand the impact prices are having on Missourians, and I welcome the opportunity to respond.

Gas prices are determined by several factors. Over the last several years, the steady rise in gas prices has been attributed to an increase in demand but a decrease in the supply. As world demand climbs, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has responded by raising production quotas slowly and reluctantly. And, most recently, speculators (those who buy and sell oil on the world market) have been buying oil at a rapid pace. All of these factors have created a volatile market that has driven oil prices to over $120 a barrel.

While there are no easy, short-term solutions that would dramatically decrease prices immediately, my colleagues and I have approved several measures that address both the supply and demand side of this problem. The Energy Independence and Security Act, which was signed into law last December, will help decrease the demand of world oil by investing in alternative fuels and making cars more fuel efficient. And, this past spring, I cosponsored a provision that would increase domestic oil supply by halting deliveries of crude oil to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). The Department of Energy made an administrative decision to put this policy in place and stop filling the SPR just a week after this legislation passed the Senate.

What’s more, however, these recent prices are very telling that Americans can no longer rely on oil to fuel our country. Americans need alternatives to oil, and they need it as soon as possible. Congress, for example, can reinvest funds generated by repealing tax breaks from large oil companies to make alternative fuels a reality sooner. If my colleagues and I really want to solve our energy crisis, we need to focus on this and other reforms that get alternatives out to the energy market faster rather than near-sighted proposals that prolong our addiction to oil.

Along with alternative fuels, strong laws must be in place to prevent market manipulation and consumer exploitation. I have cosponsored the Petroleum Consumer Price Gouging Protection Act that would protect consumers from price gouging, and I am currently exploring measures that will reign in potential abuse by oil speculators. The federal government needs to crackdown on activity that unfairly inflates prices at the pump.

Thank you again for your correspondence, and I will be sure to keep your comments in mind when the Senate considers future energy legislation. Please do not hesitate to let me know if I can address any other matter that is important to you.

All best,
Senator Claire McCaskill

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I spent the first years of my life in a trailer park outside of a tiny town in rural Missouri. I grew up to be a long-haired, gun-hating, military-hating, Presbyterian super-liberal. Well, perhaps the “growing up” happened later. While in high school, I was on the cross-country and wrestling teams, and actually won my weight-class in a State powerlifting competition. I went on to attend college on a Bright Flight scholarship, where I promptly became an atheist. I trained for a few years in Shotokan karate and Cheng-system taijiquan before training in my first real martial art, Hwarang-Do, under the late Franklin Fowlkes (later the Founder and Grandmaster of the Five Elements Martial Arts System). I married an older Taiwanese woman my junior year, got divorced in short order, and dropped out of college. After completing my AA in Psychology, I decided I needed a complete change of scenery and joined the U.S. Marine Corps (having early been assured that there was no way that a skinny liberal like me would ever survive Boot Camp). Contrary to what the Hipster Zombies will tell you, this did not “brainwash me into being a Conservative”. Instead, it made me a very unhappy, short-haired liberal, surrounded by guns and the military. However, I spent my whole contract (after schools) on the island of Okinawa, where I was exposed to points of view not dominated by the American liberal media. During this time, I taught ESL classes as a side-job, trained under some of the highest-ranking masters of karate on Okinawa, and discovered the practice of Buddhism. I also spent some time in Korea, where I got to train in hapkido. It was during this period that I came gradually to realize how stupid and evil American liberalism actually is. This was partly due to my Military Police command sending me to Small Arms Instructor school, which gave me more exposure to guns than I could ever have imagined—thus negating my idiotic liberal distaste for them. After the active-duty portion of my Marine Corps contract was over, I worked several jobs, from security contracts to operating a forklift in a warehouse. In 2002, however, when the invasion of Iraq was getting under way, I signed up with the Missouri Army National Guard, and have remained with them since, continuing as a Military Policeman. I am also full-time corrections officer, a member of the Anglican Church, and at one time was an Instructor Candidate in Dekiti-Tirsia Serradas Kali (until my instructor moved away). My hobbies (beyond blogging) include strength training, shooting sports, martial arts, creating digital art, and being a huge science and science-fiction geek.

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  1. You know, just when I thought the height of stupidity had been reached by the upper level democratic party, they go and prove me wrong yet again that their ignorance and stupidity holds no bounds. I find it even more humorous that Pelosi is using these stall tactics when she blasted Bush for stalling on separate issues several weeks ago. So this is what our government has come to; a bunch of kids playing grab ass and falling all over themselves while trying to pick up the new chic in school. Two thumbs up for the Democratic Party! Just one more of a thousands reasons why I’ll be voting for McCain in November. The American people need to wake up and smell what they voted in. I don’t claim any political affiliation, I research candidates and issues, then make the choice on which I believe to be the best choice in my opinion. We as a nation need to get more involved in OUR countries future, and make sure it’s a future worth living in. Very nice e-mail to McCaskill! Subtle, yet a very nice shot!

  2. People like her couldnt thrive without the support of cities such as STL & KC. Now take a look at those cities, not that there arent deacent people in those vicinities, there is by & large such a cess pool of societal breakdown, as well as lack of morality. They are a poor representation of their midwestern geographic. I think there is a zone in those two locations where a void of reality is somehow maintained.

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