Quotes of the Day

America must get to work producing more energy. The Republican program for solving economic problems is based on growth and productivity.
Large amounts of oil and natural gas lay beneath our land and off our shores, untouched, because the present administration seems to believe the American people would rather see more regulation, more taxes and more controls than more energy.
Coal offers great potential. So does nuclear energy produced under rigorous safety standards. It could supply electricity for thousands of industries and millions of jobs and homes. It must not be thwarted by a tiny minority opposed to economic growth which often finds friendly ears in regulatory agencies for its obstructionist campaigns.
Make no mistake. We will not permit the safety of our people or our environment heritage to be jeopardized, but we are going to reaffirm that the economic prosperity of our people is a fundamental part of our environment.

Ronald Reagan, via Larry Kudlow. I miss Reagan. How come no one talks like this? How the Hell hard is it?

And I have to ask lawmakers in Washington, DC, who have prohibited this drilling in ANWR if they’re doing all they can to secure the United States. When you consider, too, the geology that we’re talking about here, and the physical space that’s even needed to drill now, about a 2,000 acre plot, because of directional drilling and new technology, allowing such a small footprint to even be placed upon the tundra up north, it’s about 2,000 acres, which is smaller than the size of LAX and other big-city airports, that we would need to drill, and allow these resources to finally be tapped and to flow into hungry markets, and make us more secure. I think it’s so short-sighted.

Sarah Palin, quoted here.

I like Palin. I hope we see her as McCain’s VP. We need something to arrest the downward trend, though I really see no way McCain can win. But Palin for VP would help, and would position the GOP to have a conservative woman run in 2112. That might be enough to drive BHO out after one term.

UPDATE: Instapundit links to a Gallup poll supposedly showing McCain and Obama tied at 45%. But Intrade shows them 31 points apart. Hmmm, indeed. Which is more reliable, a crowd of people with money on the table, or a bunch of people answering a pollster’s questions?

8 thoughts on “Quotes of the Day”

  1. People do talk like this, but not in public. The media is full of folks who like to cloud issues with extraneous arguments. And the worst problem is that the worshipful attitude toward certain candidates has made their words golden, even when they are based on flawed logic. I watched them build Thunderhorse over a series of years. It takes time. And the sooner we start the better. Contrary to some ignorant folks in Congress’ beliefs, oil is not a migratory beast that can be hunted. For every pumping wellhead, there are ten to twenty dry holes. Having a lease for off-shore is no guarantee that there is oil in unexplored areas, but limiting access to KNOWN oil producing areas is folly. Like it or not, oil is going to be the main fuel source for the next ten to twenty years. We can push alternative sources, but the fact is that they just aren’t up to the levels of production we need now. And BTW, for all those with hybrid cars, once you hit highway speeds, you are using just as much fuel as a standard vehicle. Do you know ANYONE who drives at posted speeds? I didn’t think so. And I am just a lowly high school teacher. If I can figure this out, why can’t those overpaid bigshots in Washington?

  2. People do talk like this. They’re just in state capitols, not Washington.

    Thomas PM Barnett blogged a few months ago about a David Ignatius piece discussing Pennsylvania’s “comeback” led by decent public sector leadership and short-term sacrifice by its private sector pillars to reinvest in future tech and worker ed over the past 20 years. He said something like “this is the grand American experiment, 50 states in 50 directions looking for what works”.
    Reading old stuff from Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Michael Lind and Henry Adams, I am almost worrying less about the federal government’s direction and worrying much, much more about states.
    Alaska has a great governor with an eye to the future, much like Florida, Kansas, Montana, Connecticut, South Carolina. Then you have states like Michigan, Illinois, Alabama and New York. America’s future depends more on these 50 different governors and their legislators than all the federal government pinheads. If they can get it right more often, we succeed as a nation. Waiting on solid (let alone effective) leadership from the federal government might be a hopeless proposition for the next decade or more. The governors can get it done, just like Sarah Palin is currently.

    Regarding energy, I wonder why we’re not developing sugarcane ethanol in some of the Everglades Charlie Crist & Florida just bought from US Sugar. With inefficient corn ethanol down the tubes, we need to seize the opportunity across the board and develop what works in different states.

  3. Intrade gives odds,polls give voting intentions at a specific time-two very different things.At election time Intrade is a very reliable predictor;the favored candidate in each state wins over 95% of the time.

  4. 2112? That’s a long time to wait. Besides which all the coastal dwellers will have drowned in the rising sea levels by then. But, at least Washington, D.C. should be only a memory by then.

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