Sunday, July 6, 2008


Splash and Dash.

Another concrete specific Republican proposal to do something about the Energy Problem. There is a problem, a loophole in the bio-diesel subsidy recently enacted. The catch phrase explaining it “Splash and Dash” I saw it last night on FOX. I found the link below this morning.
Another “common sense” piece of legislation put on the House floor by a Republican. Something concrete to fix a relatively small problem. The scam is obvious, the fix is simple if the Republicans back it 100% the Dems will look pretty “same old, same old” or dare I say anti-change. Maybe this will be the log jam breaker to start building a coalition with some of the Democrats for the good of the country. For common sense for the idea of Make Do, Make It Now, Make It Work. Or doing something constructive to lower the costs, while we wait for the democrats to invent the free energy machine. I call it good stewardship of the peoples money.

If you’ll remember John Shadegg (R Az) and Tom Colburn introduced an Enumerated Powers Act . A snippet I found explains that act,
Many in Congress have forgotten the words of Thomas Jefferson -- that "Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated." Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) haven’t forgotten, judging by their “Enumerated Powers Act.” Under it, all bills introduced would have to contain “a concise and definite statement” citing the specific provision in the constitution as authority for a bill. If there is no specific authority for a new “Bridge to Nowhere,” for an earmark to improve the shelf life of vegetables, or to federally fund Planned Parenthood, then a member of the House or Senate can raise a point of order against the legislation.
I showed that snippet to show where Shadegg is coming from. He is one of the few Republicans who have been beating the drum for awhile now. Let’s get behind them on the Energy thing. John Shadegg has chosen not to run again this year. That is too bad. Hope we can find a good replacement. There are so many ways to fix the government. One piece at a time.

The whole concept of Transparency in government across the board as a major issue can be highlighted by specific solutions as advocated by Dan Burton in health care.

Maybe this scam is obnoxious enough that Republicans and Democrats both will stand up to the special interests on this one. It would be nice to see the Do nothing Congress become a Get it Done Congress. A Congress that gets things done with up and down votes in a transparent manner for all to see. Not with some earmark or amendment to an omnibus bill at the last minute. Younger voters are demanding as their unalienable right the ability to get the information they want when they want it. They will demand to know the facts before they make up their minds. They want truth and transparency. No more politics as usual. What they don’t want is the usual dance around the issues at election time. I think they are getting a glimpse of Bill Clinton, or George Bush in Barrack Obama’s new push to the center.

That recent Pew poll showed that the group with the largest change in favor of drilling was in the young voters. This group is fiscally conservative as far as what the government does with tax money. Republicans locally have a real chance here. In order to take advantage, I think the local parties have to start making changes that open themselves up to volunteers and new ideas, The Internet for one. Just plain friendliness for another, and lay off the condescension. Please.

Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative

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