Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Congresswoman Nacy Pelosi -- Holding Americans Hostage to High Gasoline Prices
This is Nancy Pelosi. San Francisco Democrat congresswoman, first female Speaker of the House and one of the most powerful politicians in Washington. In fact, as Speaker of the House, she is third in the line of succession to the Presidency of the United States. She's smiling because she wields a LOT of power. And she loves every bit of it.
While the President has lifted the Executive ban on increased oil production along America's coastal waters, Speaker Pelosi has flat refused to even allow for a vote to lift a similar congressional ban. In fact, Congress is set to begin yet another one of its month-long "recesses" on August 9th. So while the citizens of this country struggle with $4.00 per gallon gasoline prices and massive price hikes on home utility costs, food and services, Nancy Pelosi and her counterpart in the Senate, Harry Reid, ignore the pain we are all feeling in our wallets. In her quest to flex her congressional muscle over President Bush, Nancy Pelosi, drunk with power, is outright ignoring the plight of the American People. Her refusal to take America's energy crisis seriously and her refusal to listen to the will of The People continues to put this nation at risk.
And so we're staring down the barrel of $4.00 gasoline prices for at least the remainder of the summer. And our so-called "congressional leadership" does NOTHING.
Consider this...18 months ago when the Congress was controlled by the Republican Party, consumer confidence was high. Regular gasoline sold for $2.19 a gallon and the unemployment rate was 4.5%.
Since the Democrats have taken control of Congress, we've seen consumer confidence plummet. The national average for a gallon of gasoline is around $4.00 and we've seen unemployment levels rise to 5%. Morale in this country also seems to be plummeting.
For Nancy Pelosi to do nothing about America's energy crisis is not only irresponsible, but it's borderline criminal. In typical, liberal obstructionist fashion, Democrats argue that oil drilling in America's coastal waters would take years to have any positive effect on U.S. fuel costs. Well then it's really quite simple... we'd better stop pussy-footing around and get to it! For Congress to take the rest of the summer OFF, while Americans continue to hurt, is downright disgusting and shameful. Polls have shown that the vast majority of Americans support increased domestic oil drilling. Speaker Pelosi had better start listening!