Alex's Outlook

Tuesday, January 28, 2003

As a random postscript to the below post...
Democratic Governor Gary Locke of Washington state gave an anemic response to Bush' State of the Union address. It provided no details whatsoever. At best a neutral for the Democrats; all it did was continue their class-warfare attack on Bush's new tax cut without offering a credible alternative. A loser.
Incidentally, Locke is a lousy governor, and selecting him to counterattack Bush's speeh only shows how weak the Democrats have become. His approval ratings hover just under 30%, making him one of the most unpopular governors in the country. His only qualification for "rebutting" Bush's SOTU is that he is a third-generation Chinese-American.

The one thing Bush ominously didn't mention in his State of the Union was his proposed oil-drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). If the Republicans can't argue in favor of drilling for oil in a completely barren, lifeless (except for migrating caribou, which procreate better around warm oil pipelines anyway) tundra, they will NEVER be able to roll back insane anti-oil regulation. Never mind that Alaska wants it, the Eskimos want it and the caribou would want it if they had a say. The Democrats are still stonewalling it, and it's making American oil cost more and makes the US pay Saudi terrorists for oil instead. It would degrade a fraction of one percent of the Refuge under any estimate to the right of the Sierra Club (assuming there is anything to degrade in the first place). There is a huge case to be made for this, and throwing it away would be a big policy blunder on Bush's part.


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