The Discerning Texan

All that is necessary for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing.
-- Edmund Burke
Friday, August 01, 2008


Power and Control has a terrific summary of the Republican Uproar in Congress today over Pelosi and her "Politburo's" Stalinist tactics to avoid a vote on drilling--enough so to risk a total government shutdown later in the year.

Breaking News: House Republican are holding an after session session to try to get House Speaker Democrat Nancy Pelosi to bring the House Back in Session to debate the Republican plan to open the waters of the Outer Continental Shelf of the US for oil exploration and production. Speaker Pelosi has ordered the lights, air conditioning, and CSPAN shut off. Here are some quotes from the links below provided by the commenters at Just One Minute.

Rep. Tom Cole (Okla.), chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said the dimly lit chamber is a "vision of the future by the Democrat Party: The lights are out, there's no power, and the air conditioning is gonna go off soon."

Update: A GOP staffer just informed me that post-adjournment protests by the minority party are not unprecedented. The Democrats did it back in 1995, when the Republicans were in control. Democrats placed a big photo in the speaker's chair of then-Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) wearing a diaper. Republicans note they are being more respectful this time.

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), who was on a plane headed home, went back to the Capitol, walking on to the floor dragging his luggage. He got a standing ovation.

Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.) called it a "new Boston Tea Party!"

Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) said he was "not leaving until we call this Congress back into session and vote for energy independence."
House Dems turn out the lights but GOP keeps talking

Dems turn out the lights but GOP won't go home Part II

GOP talkathon Part III: No shirt? No tie? No problem

GOP revival: Twittering the House revolt; Hoekstra: “Our voices can’t be shut down”

Blackout: Pelosi turns off the lights as GOP demands action on drilling; Update: Video added; Update: Pelosi moves to shut it down?

House Adjourns, But Republicans Linger to Bash Democrats on Energy

Video via Instapundit

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The Dems needn't have risked a shutdown--but Pelosi and her Marxist allies would not allow a floor vote...because even with a majority she didn't have the votes to prevent drilling. So she used parliamentary procedures to avoid giving lower and middle class Americans what would amount (especially for them) an enormous economic shot in the arm. But who wants that?

Not the Leftists (via Classical Values):

The truth has finally come out. Officially. Greens think more wealth is a bad idea.

Environmental campaigners, citing government-commissioned research, have said that the UK's claimed carbon emissions figures are "a big lie". The analysis adds carbon burdens associated with offshore manufactures, shipping and aviation to the UK total, and - according to the activists - shows that economic growth and carbon emissions are inextricably linked, and that the UK is actually responsible for much more greenhouse gas than it admits.

John Barrett, one of the authors of the reports by the Stockholm Environment Institute at York (SEI-Y) for the government and campaign group WWF*, was quoted by the BBC today:

"We are constantly battling against increases of wealth... There's a very fundamental problem here that no one really wants to talk about."
I believe that is going to make greens really popular with the poor people of Britain and the rest of the world.

I do think he has a point though. Have a look at this chart. A country's wealth correlates very well with its CO2 output. Except for a few resource extraction countries like Bahrain and Libya which actually put out more CO2 per dollar of wealth than average.

Next the greens will be telling us that poverty is good for people. That not is going to sell well. Not well at all.

Be sure to look at the chart. Very enlightening.

Also, Congressman Eric Cantor has outdone himself with his very own YouTube--It's a thing of beauty:

If you are so inclined--and if you feel the Party has let you down,
DiscerningTexan, 8/01/2008 06:05:00 PM |