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It’s The Oil Stupid, Part 2

Friday, July 11, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

My column focuses on the Don’t Drill Democrats culpability in creating the market malaise sweeping through many sectors in our economy.

No increase in domestic energy production = rising oil prices and declining productivity at home. The markets know the Obama-Pelosi-Reid Democrats will never open up domestic production, and as long as their ascendency seems likely, the futures markets will pummel the price of oil, noting that the likelihood of conflict with Iran will cause oil supply disruptions that cannot be made up anywhere in the world since the easiest, most stable supply of oil to get to –that under the control of the U.S.– is off limits due to the no growth environmental lobby that owns Pelosi et al.

The Bush Administration ought to issue “standby” leases for oil production on the outer continental shelf, ANWR, and any other promising areas, leases that contain incentives to rush new production forward if and when Congress ever drops the flag. Not only will it speed the production when it becomes necessary, it will focus the country on all that could be done if Congress got out of the way of the market demand.

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It’s The Oil, Stupid: A Reply To Airline Execs

Friday, July 11, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Nancy Pelosi leads the Don’t Drill Democrats in saying “Drop Dead” to the American economy. From the New York Times:

House Democratic leaders took a hard line Thursday against opening up restricted areas to oil production as Republicans threatened to try to keep Congress in session this summer unless they got a vote on new drilling opportunities.

Meanwhile, my inbox is filling up with an e-mail from senior airline execs urging me to urge Congress to end the speculative bubble in the price of oil.

My response:

Dear Airline Execs:

How spineless. You want me to help you complain to Congress about “speculation,” but you quiver at the prospect of speaking truth to the Congress about the need for immediate, increased domestic exploration and drilling. If you are really concerned about your businesses, employees and especially your customers, you’ll send a second e-mail that bluntly demands drilling on the outer continental shelf immediately. If Congress put together a crash program to increase domestic supplies and backed it overwhelmingly, the speculative fury you wrote me about would dissolve overnight.

You wrote to me: “Since high oil prices are partly a response to normal market forces, the nation needs to focus on increased energy supplies and conservation. However, there is another side to this story because normal market forces are being dangerously amplified by poorly regulated market speculation.”

While there is certainly a futures market at work in the high price of oil, you and I both know that a focus on prodction now would kill that in a heartbeat. Your limp aside on “the need to focus” is exactly the sort of corporate speak that chills your customers’ willingness to sympathize with you, the same sort of weak plea that pours out from your PR jockeys when massive delays or cancelled flights roll through the system.

Who taught you guys how to communicate, anyway? Simpering pleas and defelections from the real problem won’t rally anyone, much less your extremely ticked-off customer base that just started paying $15 to check bags and $4 for a Coke.

Don’t send me pleas to contact Congress on your behald if you lack the courage to speak the plain truth to the democratic leadership in the House and Senate: We need oil to fly, and we need to get it from wherever it is. Now.

Send another letter to Congress. Tell them to allow drilling on the outer continental shelf. Now. Right now. Then you might get some respect from your customers.


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More On Obama’s Language Requirement

Friday, July 11, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

John Hinderaker points out that Obama’s “Teach your children Spanish” diktat revealed more than his contempt for ordinary Americans:

One thought, though: isn’t this one more example of how out of touch Obama is? The ugly American abroad is a stereotype from the 1950s and 1960s. Does Obama really not know that for the last several decades, every school district in America has been relentlessly pushing the study of foreign languages? Is he unaware that it is now commonplace for American high school students to travel abroad in school groups to practice their German, French, Spanish, Japanese, and so on?

The 8th Anniversary of The Hugh Hewitt Show

Thursday, July 10, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The first show was July 10, 2000. Many thanks to all of you who have listened over the years, and to the many guests, recurring and one-time, who have made the show a great success. We look back and forward today with Mark Steyn, James Lileks, Frank Gaffney and Congressman John Campbell among others. At 52, I am hopeful that I can keep sitting down behind a mic for at least a couple more decades. Since the election of 2000 it has been a steady stream of dramatic stories and tumultuous times, and I am grateful to Salem Communications for the network that allowed me (and Duane, Adam, Anthony and a long line of interns) to play a small part in the national debates in this ear of extraordinary challenge and change.

Well wishers can join our celebration by sponsoring a child in the Dominican Republic through Children International, contributing to the Semper Fi Fund, by ordering a copy of Letter to a Young Obama Supporter for a young voter in their life, or by ordering a copy of Townhall Magazine for your entire family.

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