Friday, May 6, 2011

The Socialist Republican Party

Wait a second! Are the Republicans considering nationalizing our oil fields? Because when the "Drill, Baby, Drill" (DBD) contingency finishes their chanting, they follow it up by saying we need to drill so we won't be dependent on foreign oil. But the only way that argument makes sense is if that "domestic" oil stays in the US. It doesn't. Multinational corporations extract it, and whatever doesn't happen to spill gets sold on the world market to the highest bidder.

The DBD advocates are either uninformed, or they're trying to pull fast one on us. The only ones who will benefit from the resumption of offshore drilling near our national shoreline, or in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge are the multinational oil corporations. I think they do quite well already.

Instead of advocating for the most profitable corporations in the world, the Republicans should be advocating for us. But since that isn't going to happen, we should be compelling our leaders in both parties to give significant tax breaks for the purchase of electric and hybrid cars, solar panels for the home, and mass transit. We should be insisting that funding for our infrastructure be increased and include the development of high-speed rail with access from rural communities to regional economic centers.

Don't drink the DBD Kool-Aid. There's nothing good in it for you.

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