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American Energy Security is a National Priority (by Pete Olson)

Pete Olson’s campaign manager passed along this post by his candidate and asked that I share it:

American Energy Security is a National Priority (Texas GOP Candidate Pete Olson)

August 26th, 2008

Another election year conversion from Nick Lampson – this time, he’s changing his tune on energy. True to form, Lampson is running from his 10-year record of voting against American energy independence when the heat is on. Lampson voted against drilling in ANWR five times – two of which included using revenues to support alternative energy research. He opposed funds for clean coal research and then sought to divert that money to the National Endowment for the Arts. He even voted against allowing new American refineries to be built in June of this year.

Nick Lampson helped create America’s energy problems. Now, he’s touting a bill that is a compilation of all of the things he’s opposed for so long – domestic drilling, new refineries, alternative energy technology and the rest. It’s the same tactic he’s taken in the past, and it’s all about politics – not about solving our energy problems. Once this election passes, so will Nick’s new-found love for American energy independence – mainly because he’ll be back at his home in Beaumont.

American energy security is a national priority – not another election year political maneuver. We need a balanced approach that includes expanding offshore drilling and domestic oil and gas production, new nuclear plants, clean coal technology, as well as wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and other alternative energy sources that will make us energy independent in the future.

Pete Olson couldn’t be more right.  It makes no sense to send $700 million a year–mostly to people who hate us–when we have plenty of homegrown oil right here in the United States.

Also, if Democrats like Nick Lampson cared about the environment they’d want oil to be drilled here in America under our environmental regulations, instead of in unstable, unregulated nations like Nigeria.  Also, if Democrats cared about union workers, they’d put drilling on the fast track.  Imagine how many union jobs drilling would create.

But environmental Marxism trumps all, I suppose.

You can donate to Pete Olson’s campaign here.

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Jeff Beatty would be a Do-Something Senator

Jeff Beatty, who is running for the Senate in Massachusetts, penned an op-ed in Human Events today.  He makes a strong case that the Commonwealth’s people just can’t afford six more years of John Kerry (especially with Deval Patrick as the Governor):

Kerry’s shilling for Barack cannot mask what we here already know: The combination of Gov. Deval Patrick and Sen. John Kerry has been devastating for the citizens of Massachusetts.  Under Kerry and Patrick, Massachusetts now has one of the nation’s highest property tax burdens, is among the highest in per capita debt, and is one of the few states in the country to be losing population.  Now, Governor Patrick is flirting with raising income taxes to wipe away the sins of his Democratic buddies.  In short, the Patrick/Kerry movie boils down to a series of broken promises and failed leadership.

Kerry promised people here that the Feds would pick up most of the tab for the Commonwealth’s mammoth infrastructure project called the Big Dig.  Instead this project is almost $20 billion and rising over-budget, and mass tax payers are now footing almost the whole bill.  Kerry is a staunch opponent of efforts to the repeal the death tax, fails the taxpayer by taking more PAC money than any almost other senator, and has failed to pass a single piece of his sponsored legislation in the past 9 years.

Even people who may be more socially liberal than Jeff Beatty can understand that Massachusetts’ tax burden is just too high.  They need someone in office who can call attention to the serial abuses of the public trust that exist in Massachusetts, while standing up for the rights of all Americans.

If Sen. John Kerry has done anything during his time in the Senate, it’s prove that his only constituent is himself.

You can donate to Jeff Beatty’s campaign here.

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