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  1. Doug Deal says:

    He left out the inaction by supposed conservative Republicans who could have built up domestic energy policy at any time, but chose short sighted inaction to long term leadership.

    The Democrats current schemes are ridiculously nutty, but the Republicans can’t take the moral high ground on this debacle.

  2. Chris says:

    “Tell me what you’d like to see Congress do”

    Well, for starters how about we cut the ridiculous spending that is weakening the dollar. One of the main reasons the price of fuel is so high is that our dollar is worth so much less. So how about some fiscal policies that would reverse that trend.

    Second, how about a bill to expedite the approval of nuclear power plants. We may mock the French, but they are the leaders in safe and efficient nuclear energy. You should get Congress to order the DOE and EPA to begin a fast-track approval program for reactors based on the proven designs the French use. While I’m at it – instead of getting our panties in a wad over prayer in schools or flag burning, how about spending some time on figuring out what if anything is wrong with the Yucca Mt plan and get that pushed though.

    Finally, lets get rid of these stupid ethanol mandates and subsidies. Here is a clue for the economically illiterate goons you work with – if ethanol requires federal subsidies to be cost effective – its not cost effective. Its a handout program to special interests and a kick in the crotch for the poor in the world who are barely struggling to eat as is.

    In the past you have shown leadership in the face of unpopular ideas. I respect that and its one of the reasons your bumpersticker graces my car and your name shows up on my Amex statement. Its time to face the hard facts that we can’t just drill our way out of this mess. You have a strong lead over your opponents and we need someone to explain that taking the easy way out got us into this mess.

  3. Blah blah blah! Gas was $1.46 When Bush took office. BIG GOV = BIG Problems and no solutions. Saxby is one of the top two most fiscally Liberal Senators in GA history.

  4. John Konop says:

    Did not Saxby vote for the pork that killed the dollar? Did not Saxby vote and support stupid ethanol mandates and subsidies that drove up food prices?

  5. Jason Pye says:

    Chris nailed it.

    Chambliss pushed the fiscally irresponsible farm bill through the Senate and voted for trillions upon trillions of dollars expansion of Medicare.

    Chambliss “returns fire” my ass.

  6. Chris says:

    I was not accusing Senator Chambliss of anything. He asked what should Congress do and I offered up suggestions, ones that I consider constructive – alas my tone might not have been.

  7. RuralDem says:

    The nicest thing I can say about Chambless is at least he’s not Jeff Sessions or Jim DeMint.

    Other than that, ouch.

    We deserve better. Much better.

  8. RuralDem says:

    Oh, and am I the only one who thinks these guys sound stupid when they purposely say “Democrat Party” instead of “Democratic Party”?

    It just comes off very odd when used in certain sentences. Hey let’s “thank the Democrat Party” sounds weird.

  9. Harry says:

    Rural Dem,

    Why wouldn’t you like DeMint? He’s one of the foremost anti-pork reformers in Congress.

  10. Progressive Dem says:

    Saxby manages to insult the voters again with cliche suggestions(drilling and refineries will sufficiently increase supply), phony insinuations (the Democrats are responsible for high fuel costs) and lip service (to conservation). However, he does a very good impression of Fog Horn Leghorn – a chicken hawk that we can all be proud of.

  11. SpaceyG says:

    Oh give me a country club mentality break. Saxby Chambliss wouldn’t even know what the price of a gallon of gas or a gallon of milk really is nowadays unless he bothered to ask his freakin’ caddy.

    These golf-course Republicans have NO idea that THEY are bleeding and eroding the American middle class with their incentives and lobbyista for only the very wealthy and the CEOs they golf with everyday.

    The American middle class goes, well folks…. that’s it. End of the line for ‘Merican as we’ve known it.

  12. nast says:

    “Spare us the populist speech, Spacey. It is nobodys business how much CEOs make.”

    Sure it is. It’s the shareholders’ business. Literally and figuratively. But that’s a conversation for a different thread.

  13. Harry says:

    Ask yourself, what would Obama do? I mean, what would he do if Exxon-Mobil were to move their HQ to Bermuda and Home Depot were to move their HQ to Panama and hire non-US tax persons as CEOs?

  14. A Typical White Person says:

    “Blah blah blah! Gas was $1.46 When Bush took office. BIG GOV = BIG Problems”

    So, Bush is responsible for the world’s cost of a barrel of oil too, huh?

  15. A Typical White Person says:

    Harry, you sound like a liberal: “Oh, he’s so nice, I don’t care HOW he votes, he’s just so nice, I’ll vote for him every time!”

    Reminds me of the women who, during the 1990s, would have given Bill Clinton a hummer just because he was pro-choice.

  16. Jason Pye says:

    So, Bush is responsible for the world’s cost of a barrel of oil too, huh?

    He isn’t fully responsible, but his foreign policy has caused tension in the Middle East, which has in turn made oil prices rise.

  17. Jason Pye says:

    Sure it is. It’s the shareholders’ business. Literally and figuratively. But that’s a conversation for a different thread.

    That is a given. I am referring to the general public.

  18. Doug Deal says:

    Jason,

    He also contributed through inaction. Instead of really fighting for nuclear energy fast tracking, opening up oil fields, inclduing those by his brother’s state, he stayed with the status quo.

  19. SpaceyG says:

    I could outdrive Saxby and most CEO’s too, come to think about it. Piece o cake.

    You’re a shareholder? Shareholder/employee? You’d better darn well give a s*%t what the CEO is making… while he/she is busy running the place into the ground while not sharing your values and ethics.

  20. CHelf says:

    It’s crap like this why the GOP will see not only losses in seats in Congress but their voters looking for new homes.

    “Despite us having both the White House and Congress for a few years, we choose to blame the current Congress for not doing anything!”

    Sorry Saxby but this was the worst response anyone could give, especially coming from one with your record.

  21. Trevor Southerland says:

    Yeah… Saxby’s a “genuinely nice guy” that compares our war vets to terrorists…

  22. jsm says:

    Farris, I hope you sent that post to Saxby. In fact, maybe if you send it once a week, somebody on his staff might get the bright idea to show it to him.

    I’ve grown very tired of hearing politicians state the problem. We know what the price of gas is. I want to hear them say what they are going to do about it. What good is stating a problem without offering a feasible solution and a plan to implement it? So what if the libs and the EPA fight against the short-term solution? Someone needs to charge ahead and fight the battle.

  23. Harry says:

    Saxby or anybody else in DC can do very little to lower the price of gas. One thing they could do would be allow drilling in Anwar, the Cali coast and other sacred shrines of Gaia, but they don’t want to do that. Too bad Clinton vetoed it back in 1996 or we’d already be enjoying a lower price. Or, they could remove the gas tax, which would help lower the price a little. See, it’s a supply-demand thing, and OPEC has decided not to try too hard to fulfill the demand, to produce more for less profit. There’s nothing Obama or any senator can do about it. Thank you.

  24. Progressive Dem says:

    “Too bad Clinton vetoed it back in 1996 or we’d already be enjoying a lower price.”

    Too bad we didn’t heed Jimmy Carter and implement an energy policy back in 1979. We would have reduced demand and reduced the accumulation of wealth and power in radical Islamic states.

  25. Harry says:

    Jimmy Carter is the reason we lost Iran and didn’t formulate a plan to cut off OPEC at the knees when we could have done it.

  26. GOPeach says:

    I am for Ron Paul’s Bill H.R. 2415

    Affordable Gas Price Act
    To reduce the price of gasoline by allowing for offshore drilling, eliminating Federal obstacles to constructing refineries and providing incentives for investment in refineries, suspending Federal fuel taxes when gasoline prices reach a benchmark amount, and promoting free trade

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