The dust is really set to fly (quite literally) as White House press secretary, Dana Perino, told reporters this past Monday (July 14th, 2008) that President Bush was calling for congress to lift the ban on offshore drilling. This ban has been in place for over 18 years, as we near what will be the 20th anniversary of the catastrophic Exxon Valdez oil spill.
Ironically, it was George Bush senior who put the ban on offshore drilling because of the eye opening events that took place after the Exxon spill. But oh, how the years can sometimes ease our pain and fade our memories, as can $4.00 per gallon of gas at the pumps. At least that is what President Bush was counting on when he was quoted at the rose garden, "Failure to act is unacceptable?It's unacceptable to me and it's unacceptable to the American people."
As if this wasn't enough to get most people's adrenaline flowing on the politics scene, it turns out that now Senator John McCain has surfaced, declaring his allegiance to President Bush's plan. If elected, McCain has said he will end the ban on offshore drilling to help ease the drain on American pocket books.
It would now appear that environmentalism may in fact play an even more important role in the election than it has in previous years. Not that it hasn't always been an important issue, but this election, voters are going to be faced with the decision of possibly decreasing oil prices, or...
That is just it. We don't know exactly how Obama is going to react to this set of events. All we have heard from his campaign headquarters so far is that iPresident Bush's plans are "dangerous and deceptive."
While some claim that president Bush's crazy action has just given the presidency over to Obama. Are they underestimating the power of the mighty dollar? Is George Bush really that crazy, or more along the lines of crazy like a fox?