GOP Threatening to shut down Government over Pelosi refusal to even allow a vote on drilling (because she knows she'll LOSE)

by Kal El on August 13, 2008 · 3 comments

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What will Comrade Pelosi and Fuhrer Reid do? If the Government is shut down, they will no longer be able to plot the redistribution of my hard earned income, the capitulation to terrorists will have to be put on hold. This will be a disaster! For them. So for those of us who do not have our heads up our asses, this is great news.

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans are poised to shut down the government if they are not allowed a vote on new oil drilling legislation.

This comes even as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi indicated she could budge on allowing a drilling vote, which so far she and her Senate counterpart have blocked from seeing daylight in Congress.

Current bans on the Outer Continental Shelf and oil shale drilling expire on the first day of the coming fiscal year: Oct. 1. Now, Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., is leading a group of GOP senators celebrating the day, which they have dubbed “American Energy Freedom Day.”

“The overwhelming majority of Republican Senators have pledged to protect October 1 as American Energy Freedom Day so we can reduce dependence on foreign oil and lower the cost of gas at the pump,” DeMint said, according to a release from his office.

“Many people aren’t aware that the bans on drilling must be renewed every year, and all we have to do is allow these prohibitions to expire on October 1. In just 50 days, Americans will have the freedom to pursue their own energy resources here at home. Our letter is very straightforward: we will actively oppose any effort to extend the bans on offshore drilling and oil shale,” DeMint said.

This is setting the stage for a showdown in September with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and most other Demorats who oppose this drilling.

In response to DeMint, Reid spokesman Jim Manley said: “Isn’t this the same day that Republicans would be endangering the delivery of Social Security checks because of their misguided attempts to promote energy policies that will do nothing to deal with the short term problems facing the country?”

Reid and Pelosi have avoided holding votes on drilling because of growing support among their own ranks for such legislation amid rising energy prices. Democratic leadership maintains new drilling won’t change prices in the near term.

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And be sure to take a look at the report of Pelosi opening her mind to offshore drilling, in The Hill.

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  • Philip Saenz

    It doesn’t bother me if the GOP shuts down government. They never accomplish very much anyway, thanks to Nancy Pelosi and her worthless gang.

  • Storm-Rider

    Democrats like Reid and Pelosi are elitists and they love the ideas of European Philosophers such as Voltaire and Plato, i.e.: political leadership of elite “Philosopher Kings” such as themselves. They look down their noses at the majority of American citizens who want illegal immigration stopped, security of life and liberty against Islamic Totalitarianism; and energy independence through domestic drilling, expanded nuclear power, and other alternative energy sources. This attitude and their actions are of course un-American and anti-American. The American idea is that just government power can only derive through the consent of the governed, i.e.: government of the people, by the people and for the people.
    What we now have in America; thanks to the “New Deal,” is this European-style welfare state which mocks the will of the majority. We now have Socialism in America thanks to the Democratic Party and its “New Deal” Socialist Revolution. This American Socialist Revolution began in 1933 under the direction of FDR and his Socialist teammates. Socialism is un-American because it is unconstitutional. The U.S. Constitution does not empower the Federal Government to provide health care, retirement money, food, jobs or education. The tenth amendment gives those powers to the states or to the people. I’m not saying there is not a role for government to play in these areas – just not a role for the Federal Government. By providing this vast amount of jobs and benefits the Federal Government supports many of the people, and thereby controls them. This is un-American and unconstitutional; it is the people who are supposed to control the government.
    The Federal Government of the United States simply has too much power as a result of the “New Deal” Socialist Revolution; and it is unjust and unconstitutional, and I believe it is leading to tyranny because this much centralized power removes ordinary Americans from the table – it has led to government power without the consent of the governed; and to policies which frustrate the will of the majority.
    “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Lord Acton
    “The greatest tyrannies are always perpetrated in the name of the noblest causes.” — Thomas Paine
    “Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have … The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.” Thomas Jefferson
    “The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite.” — Thomas Jefferson
    “There are those who still think they are holding the pass against a revolution that may be coming up the road. But they are gazing in the wrong direction. The revolution is behind them. It went by in the Night of Depression, singing songs to freedom. So it was that a revolution took place within the form. Like the hagfish, the New Deal entered the old form and devoured its meaning from within. The revolutionaries were inside; the defenders were outside. A government that had been supported by the people and so controlled by the people became one that supported the people and so controlled them….. In the welfare state the government undertakes to see to it that the individual shall be housed and clothed and fed according to a statistical social standard, and that he shall be properly employed and entertained, and in consideration for this security the individual accepts in place of entire freedom a status and a number and submits his life to be minded and directed by an all-responsible government.” Garet Garett