Monday, May 01, 2006

Say What?

I think Mike Doogan has been snatched by the Political Body body snatchers. Campaign contributions of $25,000.00 since April? I visited his web-site here.

The D'Ear has it rumored that Doogan says you have to leave your soul at the door if you are in the Senate. Or words to that effect. It seems Doogan's soul has been snatched by the Political Body body snatchers.

Endorsements are one thing, but when you accept campaign money from the BIG GUYS, your soul is no longer yours.

It is however, interesting to read what he has to say on the issues.

Education: Smaller class sizes and smarter spending

He does support Eric Croft's idea on decreasing class sizes to 15. But he does not say how you get there. He does seem to agree with the exit exam. And he has addressed the different test scores among the children in the different schools. The answer more money did come up, but again does this mean spending the money in a smarter way?

Oil: Its more than just more money

When I read this, I had to say well what is it then. He did address the need for more exploration, but how do we get there? He cites to Arctic Power and their lobbying efforts towards senators who are against ANWR (Cantwell perhaps). Senators do sell their soul.......................perhaps?

The headlines........................................

Senate revives ANWR

The Senate adopted $2.9 trillion legislation March 16, including a provision for oil and gas exploration and development in ANWR. Republicans won narrow 51-49 vote victories on the overall budget resolution and an amendment introduced by Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., to fund the Energy Reserve Fund with revenues from ANWR leases.

ANWR opponents, led by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., bypassed an attempt to spike ANWR drilling language in favor of trying to bring down the entire budget resolution if ANWR instruction was included. The effort failed despite hope fostered earlier in the week when several Republican senators vowed to vote against drilling.

The White House included ANWR energy exploration and development in the president’s budget proposal sent to Congress in February, calling for a first lease sale in 2008 and a second in 2010. The budget proposal estimated lease sales would generate $8 billion in bonus revenues, including $7 billion from the 2008 lease sale. The revenue would be split 50-50 with the State of Alaska under a prior agreement.

Senate vote 'miraculous'Alaska’s two senators lauded the 51-49 Senate vote as a first step toward opening ANWR to development. They said the legislation includes language instructing the Senate Energy Committee to raise $3 billion, which could result in prompt action on the legislation.

“Oil and gas exploration is crucial to our nation’s defense and our domestic energy supply. We believe this is the largest concentration of oil and gas in North America. It must be explored and developed,” said Alaska senior Sen. Ted Stevens.

“This is a critical first step to victory for Alaska,” said Sen. Lisa Murkowski. “Sen. Stevens and I know we still have a few hurdles to clear, and we are committed to seeing this through to the end.”

Jerry Hood, a pro-ANWR lobbyist working for Arctic Power in Washington, D.C., agreed.

“Considering the Senate didn’t have the votes to pass the budget resolution at noon the day of the vote, I call that Senate vote historic and miraculous,” Hood said.

In addition to a green light from the House on the budget resolution, which sets spending and revenue levels for the FY07 budget, Congress also must approve an additional budget reconciliation measure containing the ANWR language. President Bush can then sign the legislation into law.

Funds, with strings attachedIn his annual address to the Alaska Legislature March 22, Stevens told state lawmakers to allocate additional funds for Arctic Power to help fight for ANWR’s passage.

“In a question and answer period following his talk, Sen. Stevens said the Legislature should give Arctic Power additional funds, but perhaps they should put restrictions on the funding,” said Stevens’s aide Courtney Boone. “Later in a press conference, the senator said he thinks Arctic Power should have funding but it should come with guidelines from the Alaska Legislature. And he encouraged consultation (by Arctic Power) with the Alaska delegation.”

Hood said Arctic Power’s efforts in 2005 reflected the planning and coordination with the delegation that Stevens wants to ensure happens. “It has been a cooperative, collective team effort since I set foot in Arctic Power’s office,” he said. Hood joined the Arctic Power team early last year.

It is always interesting to see a Democrat tell you how you can tell another Democrat that they should do something, when that Democrat who is doing the telling is in the minority on their own party's voting record.

Wasn't it Cantwell who yesterday on Face The Nation was talking about bio-diesel and ethanol?

There is a brilliant idea. What do we do with all of our cars, trucks and planes? Wait? Or what about all of the plastic bags, and everything else made with petroleum products.

The United States is not Brazil.

Mike is going to have to do better. He did have a great one liner though.

"include not one dime of give-backs to the most profitable corporations on the planet."


The headlines.......................................................................................

Profits soar; drivers fume


Taken together, Exxon, Chevron and ConocoPhillips made a profit of $8.19 on every $100 in sales. In contrast, Internet bellwethers Google Inc., Yahoo Inc. and eBay Inc. collectively turned a $19.20 profit on every $100 of their combined revenue.


What planet is Mike living on?

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