Thursday, June 19, 2008

Teddy does not like Bush's idea of off shore drilling. really? what a surprise!


In response to President Bush's call vote of Congress to lift the Federal ban on oil and Gas Drilling off American coast, Oregon governor Ted "tax and gauge me" Kulongoski [not surprisingly] was unmoved by the calls to open coastal waters to Oil Drilling.

Kulongoski commented on Wednesday that it would be a " short sighted response to a long-term issue of creating a sustainable and secure and domestic energy economy."
first of all, nobody said that drilling on coastal waters was the "cure all" to the energy issue, however, it is an option that is currently at hand.

While I do not think anybody disputes that the country must move towards new technologies and fuels, the problem is that is not something that is going to happen overnight.

And it is not just the fuel that we put in our cars that rely on oil. Plastics and other materials also rely on oil.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Federal government taking steps to crack down on illegal immigration

Fox News--

An executive order signed on Friday by President Bush which would require all Federal departments and agency's that use contractors in an effort to crack down on illegal immigration would be required to verify that the workers are eligible to work within the United States.

The order came after a worker verification bill was stalled in Congress, which would have required employers to check the citizenship and legal status of ALL their employees. libertarians however said that the E-verify system is flawed and it would lead to discrimination and job loss by U.S. citizens that are wrongly identified as being illegal.
The executive order states, "it is the policy of the executive branch to reinforce fully the immigration laws of the United States, including the detention and removal of illegal aliens and the imposition of legal sanctions against employers that hire illegal aliens."
Individual states had already begun passing their own laws to keep employers from hiring illegal aliens after Congress had failed to pass a comprehensive immigration bill in 2006.