Sunday, August 9, 2009

Things that make you say hmm

Finally, the oil off the shores of Florida will drilled for. Too bad we will paying the Russians to use it.


Dr. Ezekial Emanuel, special advisor to the President, thinks that doctors take the Hippocratic Oath too seriously. Really?


Oh, it gets better - Dr. Emanuel views on the elderly - “Treating 65-year-olds differently because of stereotypes or falsehoods would be ageist; treating them differently because they have already had more life-years is not.” Watch out AARP members. Can you say rationing?


Oh, by the way he doesn't like babies all that much either.


How come the French can use nuclear energy safely, but we can't? What do they know that we don't?


Sen. Spector says that they (Congress) needs to make decisions quickly, that is the reason that they don't read the bills. Maybe, just maybe, you can make the bills less than say 1000 pages and you will have time to read them and waiting a day or two wouldn't hurt.


Rep. John Conyers finds it odd that people want him to read the bills before voting on them. “I love these members, they get up and say, ‘Read the bill'... What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?” Umm, Congressman Conyers YOU HELP WRITE THE BILLS AND YOU ARE A LAWYER.

13 comments:

Opus #6 said...

He is a lawyer himself! That is rich!

Just a conservative girl said...

I am not sure that he ever actually practiced law, but he does indeed have a law degree.

Hazaa said...

Considering that citizens WITHOUT a law degree are reading it... maybe he might be in the wrong job?

LL said...

What an odd thought - a member of Congress who is not a lawyer - THAT IS CHANGE I CAN BELIEVE IN!!

A friendly center-lefter said...

regarding drilling - can you postulate any scenario where we won't be paying SOMEONE to use it? after all, any oil drilled in the US won't be drilled by the US gov't, it would be drilled by an oil company, who can then sell it to whoever will buy. most likely some will go to us, a lot to the chinese, etc. but right now the oil and the land/sea around it belong to the american people. so who exactly does it help most right now to open new areas to drilling?

Just a conservative girl said...

Apparently right now it will be helping the Cubans and the Russians. The more energy sources that we can domestically the better off we will be. We need to get away from relying on the Saudi's and Chavez. That gives them far too much power of the lives of everyday Americans. The real point I am trying to make is that we are now drilling off the shores of the US and we will have to pay to import it as opposed to having an American based company doing so. That will help create American jobs. You may not like the oil industry, but they do employ many many people in this country. If our shores are being drilled from, then the jobs should be going to Americans. Heaven knows we can use the jobs right now.

hometown guy said...

wait - is there some law that multinational oil companies have to hire americans to do drilling? that may change my opinion. but i'm not aware of any such law. i guess i don't get what the incentive for an oil company would be to conduct business in a way that favors the american people over their other investors, profit wise.

Just a conservative girl said...

Again, it is not about profit for the oil companies. It is about hiring Americans to do the work. If American companies are drilling of the shores of Florida, who do you think will be doing the majority of the work?
As for oil companies making profits; it is not all that bad of deal for you. They do have to pay taxes on that profit. You can demonize them all that you like, but we should be doing everything to make ourselves less dependant on foreign sources of energy. Drill, nuclear, wind, solar, natural gas. We need to be taking an all of above approach.

hometown guy said...

so there would be a provision that says they have to be America-based companies, or else they can't drill?

i don't have a problem with oil companies, or their profits. i hope i haven't said anything to give that impression. i just want Americans to benefit from the use of American land.

Just a conservative girl said...

There isn't a provision that says anything, as we won't give the permits to drill. They are going to be just outside our country's limits drilling for oil that we will not allow anyone to go and get. Now the Cubans have given permission to the Russians to come and get it. The chances of the Russian oil companies hiring Americans to do the work is minimal at best. We are losing on both fronts. Paying more money to get the oil, and not getting the jobs either. Had we given the permits to drill American based oil companies could have gone and gotten it, lowering our dependence on imports and getting some much needed employment for people in this country. And yes, the oil companies have fingers in many different countries, but many of the employees of the large American based oil companies are Americans.

hometown guy said...

you mean there is oil in international waters that's available on a first-come, first-served basis?

TosaGuy said...

Cuba is 90 miles from FL. Oil drilling technology has expanded to the point that a drill can be slanted many miles in all directions from a single oil rig. Oil rigs can be placed in Cuban waters and slant drill into international waters and into American waters.

The concern of many about coastal oil production is the pollution factor. The fact that a country 90 miles from the US is allowing coastal drilling renders that point moot. Also, American drilling practices are the most environmentally safe in the world -- much better than the Russians. It is the height of ridiculousness to not let drilling in American waters.

hometown guy said...

excellent point, tosaguy. i don't think that applies to all offshore drilling, since there isn't a foreign country 90 miles off of most of our coasts, but you have made a good point about florida.

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