I’ve run into a lot of flak from colleagues who treat McCain’s proposal to lift the federal ban on offshore drilling as if it were a suicide pact. Woe is freakin’ us, bros. Relax, if your state doesn’t want to drill, like Florida or California, it won’t. However, if your state does want to drill for oil, like perhaps Virginia, new business and tax revenues comes to both your state and federal gov’t, and you have more high paying jobs in your state that Americans are willing to do. If you live in a state that wants to drill, and you don’t, you can call your local congresscritter. That’s called federalism, and there’s nothing wrong with that. This is the easiest slam dunk proposal I’ve heard from McCain and I can’t see how it isn’t a winner. I expect more like this will come out and haters will come out in droves in the media…and in my building.
The only criticism I’ve heard from Obama and the media is that “drilling will only reduce the price of gas by a few pennies.” Well, #1 how do they know, and #2 wouldn’t citizens rather more of the money you use to put gas in your tank go to Americans rather than Saudi Arabia or Venezuela? When the best criticism against a policy is, “it isn’t as good as you say it is” then that really isn’t a criticism. To quote Marcellus Wallace: “That ain’t no kind a answer”.