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Shadegg: #dontgo is much bigger than gas prices

Posted: 08 Aug 2008 06:25 PM CDT

Shadegg

GOP protest goes beyond gas prices

American colonists liked their tea, but the Boston Tea Party was a revolt against more than an unfair duty placed on what many would consider a luxury item. Paul Revere, Samuel Cooper, Thomas Melvill and 112 other men did not don costumes and throw tea from ships in the dead of night solely because of opposition to a levy on tea. Their acts that December evening were a revolt against tyranny. The Crown was infringing upon the basic rights of the colonists, limiting their ability to establish commerce and prosper.

In much the same way, the Republican protest that began in Washington last Friday is about more than gas prices. In fact, it’s about more than energy. I’ve called this the new Boston Tea Party. This is about the American economy, jobs, and national security. And, in the end, it’s about who we are as a people. Our refusal to tap our own resources – oil, and natural gas or to use nuclear power – touches every sector of American industry.

While we spend $1.2 billion a day on foreign oil, the U.S. airline industry, is laying off flight attendants, mechanics, pilots, and airport workers. The American auto industry, is laying off assembly workers and closing plants. American families are tightening their budgets and canceling vacations, hurting the tourism industry which is vital to our economy here in Arizona. From coast to coast industries and workers are suffering.

Washington Democrats’ anti-energy policies risk our economic, as well as national security. Dollars spent on oil from the Middle East or Venezuela, cost American jobs and finance America’s enemies, either directly or by providing income to the people who bankroll them. We must stop!

We can no longer defend buying oil from the Middle East, Russia, or South America when we have our own oil off our coasts, under public lands in the West, in Alaska, and in millions of tons of oil shale.

We cannot defend creating jobs for oil field workers in Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, but telling American workers they are out of luck. We cannot justify saying to employees of a U.S. airline, that they must accept being laid off after 10, or 15 years on the job because the majority party in Congress is more sympathetic to views held by environmental extremists than it is to their plight.

Environmentally, forbidding domestic production doesn’t make sense. America would access oil using cleaner, more environmentally conscious methods than the countries from which we are currently buying it.

Of course we need to move beyond fossil fuels. We must stop wasting energy and make more energy-efficient homes and buildings. We should be developing cars and vehicles that are more efficient and run on clean, renewable fuels.

We can, and will, achieve these goals much more quickly if we use our domestic resources. Imagine the benefit if we shifted money spent on foreign oil back into the American economy and invested it in the development of alternatives.

Ingenuity is the essence of the American people. We are a “can do” nation, not a “can’t do” nation. We have faced, and overcome, every challenge placed in our way. We won our independence from Britain, the most powerful nation in the world at the time; we defeated fascism and communism; we conquered polio; we put a man on the moon. We will overcome this energy crisis, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other defeatists notwithstanding.

-John Shadegg (Op-ed to Arizona Republic)

Support the #dontgo Movement Slatecard

Posted: 08 Aug 2008 05:27 PM CDT

dontgoThe #dontgo movement has sparked the Revolution we had been waiting and hoping for. Bloggers are blogging. Citizens are getting engaged. Leaders are emerging. You, me, we, us — have come together to make a difference.

And it’s working.

Signing petitions is one important way to help. Another way is to harness this energy and make a real difference by supporting the #dontgo Movement’s Slatecard of Congressional candidates with a financial contribution. These Republicans are both incumbents and challengers working hard to help lower energy prices in Washington and in their districts. They need the money and are making us proud.

By using Slatecard to make a $1, $2 or even $5 contribution to each candidate on this card we will be able to raise thousands of dollars collectively. (You can even make the donation recur automatically monthly through November.)

Imagine if 30,000 people donate $1 to every candidate on this Slatecard and then gave each candidate the “#dontgo Movement” issue badge. Our message — this Movement — will make a huge impact. The candidates will know EXACTLY why we support them.

But this movement goes beyond this website. You can also spread the word and increase your impact by adding this widget to your website (two different sizes) by grabbing the code. And email your friends — ask them to make a contribution.

The time is now. Please consider making a contribution today.

(About Slatecard)

I co-founded Slatecard with Sendhil Panchadsaram in October 2007 as a utility to support and enhance Republican activism. It is a tool for Republican candidates, causes, and the Slatecard community. Anyone can create a Slatecard of the candidates they support and those donations are tracked in real-time on the site.

Slatecard is the Right’s successful counter to the Left’s ActBlue. In ActBlue’s first election cycle (2004), they raised less than $1 million. We have set a goal to beat that amount and have raised nearly $500,000 to date. To see the buzz about Slatecard, check out our del.icio.us feed of news clips.

Honesty and transparency matter. By making a contribution through Slatecard, 96.05% of your contribution will go directly to the candidate’s campaign committee. Our 3.95% processing fee is the lowest in the market.

Slatecard is a volunteer effort. We rely on donations from the community to pay for software, fees associated with processing, hosting, etc. Thank you for your continued support.

Gang of Ten YouTube Responses

Posted: 08 Aug 2008 03:28 PM CDT

Are you a little ticked off about the recent Gang of Ten news regarding #dontgo? So are we!

We would like to hear your response in the form of a YouTube video. If you can make a video responding to the Gang of Ten’s attempt to shut down the goals of #dontgo, we’ll be sure to post it here and rotate it out on the homepage of www.dontgomovement.com.

If you have a video, simply comment here with the URL. We’ll add it as soon as possible. Please also blog about this, tweet it, and talk about it on any radio program you call in on.

MoveOn Isn’t Moving Anywhere With New Attack Ads

Posted: 08 Aug 2008 01:08 PM CDT

MoveOn.org in their support of Nany Pelosi’s decision to not allow a yes or no vote on the matter of domestic, off-shore oil drilling released a series of radio attack ads Thursday targeting six Republicans who support off-shore drilling and are currently active in the phantom session that is in protest of Nancy Pelosi’s refusal to do anything to help America gain energy independence. An article released by the Politico suggests that there is a good possibility that these ads will backfire. In fact, it is very likely that these ads will backfire.

Among the Republicans MoveOn has targeted is Rep. Mike Conaway of the 11th District of Texas. The only problem with this is that Conaway represents a district where the oil industry is a major contributor to the economy of the region. This is also a highly Republican, and highly conservative area where it is predicted that Conaway will win reelection without any problem at all. In fact, the Politico reports that four of the six GOP leaders that have been targeted by MoveOn have no threatening challengers this election, and will most likely keep their seats. This doesn’t seem like the wisest of moves by MoveOn, but then again you are talking about an organization that has members who support $10/gallon gasoline at the pumps (If you don’t believe me you can check it for yourself)

Even in the 7th District of Texas where incumbent Rep. John Culberson is going up against a serious challenger for his seat, Michael Skelly, the radio attack ads are not being taken seriously, and have already been condemned by Culberson’s Democratic rival. The ads released by MoveOn.org oppose off-shore drilling and claim that the Republican Party has been bought off by Big Oil. Skelly released a statement saying that MoveOn’s position on domestic, off-shore drilling “is 100% wrong”. Members of MoveOn condemn the House GOP of just playing politics, and not offering real solutions, but the only groups playing politics are far left organizations like MoveOn who would rather watch the American people suffer for their own political agenda.

According to the Politico not even the Nation Republican Congressional Committee view these ads as a credible threat against these six Republicans running for reelection as NRCC spokesman Ken Spain released this statement:

“We wholeheartedly endorse this colossal waste of funds. Not only is MoveOn.org’s anti-drilling position out of step with 70 percent of Americans, but a member like Mike Conaway who represents the Texas oil patch will probably see his approval rating surge upward as a result of these ads.”

Americans want something done about high energy and high gas prices, and they want something done now. MoveOn doesn’t seem to want to help the American people, but there is a group of Republicans on Capital Hill right now fighting for the people of this great country of ours. Contact your representative today, and tell them to get back to DC and support legislation that will help America gain energy independence. If you are living in a district where you are represented by one of these rebel Republicans then take some time to thank them for standing up for the needs of the American people.

The other Republicans being targeted in these ads are Minority Whip Roy Blunt, and Reps. Marry Fallin (R-Oklahoma), Mike Pence (R-Indiana), and Jon Porter (R-Nevada)

Gang of Ten

Posted: 08 Aug 2008 09:41 AM CDT

Lindsey Graham

This morning we learned that an effort is underway that would essentially knock down the intentions of the #dontgo Movement. While the Gang of Ten, as they are being called, is not hot off the press, it appears they are still meeting and planning on pushing forth a bill that stinks of politics.

The Republican Senators joining this Gang are Lindsey Graham , John Thune, Saxby Chambliss, Bob Corker and Johnny Isakson.

As of now there is no solid evidence showing the Gang of Ten will succeed. Especially considering the fact that these Senators organized BEFORE #dontgo kicked off. I would imagine there are conversations going on that suggests the Gang of Ten should back off because Republicans are now dominating on the #dontgo issue.

But if the Gang of Ten sticks to its guns, even after a full week of movement style activism and center-right based rallying, I think a revolt against these Senators might be in order.

This is the part of the Gang of Ten plan that will enrage the movement:

That’s because the plan is a Democratic giveaway. New production on offshore federal lands is left to state legislatures, and then in only four coastal states. The regulatory hurdles are huge. And the bill bars drilling within 50 miles of the coast — putting off limits some of the most productive areas. Alaska’s oil-rich Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is still a no-go.

The highlight is instead $84 billion in tax credits, subsidies and federal handouts for alternative fuels and renewables. The Gang of 10 intends to pay for all this in part by raising taxes on . . . oil companies! The Sierra Club couldn’t have penned it better. And so the Republican Five has potentially given anti-drilling Democrats the political cover they need to neutralize energy through November.

When asked about the Gang of Ten, Dan Burton said that compromise is likely. The problem with this compromise, however, is that it essentially puts us right back at square one.

Which would be nothing short of another example of our Do Nothing Congress.

Thoughts?

What I Saw at the #dontgo Revolution

Posted: 08 Aug 2008 08:13 AM CDT

After being captivated by the #dontgo revolution online, I was finally able to see it in person yesterday on the House Floor thanks to a few friends on the Hill. The following is a detailed account of my 2+ hours at the scene of the revolution for those who aren’t able to come to DC to get a taste of what it’s like.

We went in via the Republican Cloakroom where I had to leave my purse. The cloakroom is pretty small, with chairs lined up against the wall for half the room, a couple of computers labeled “for member use only,” 2 tvs and a kitchenette. First person I saw upon entering: Robert Bluey! Great to meet him.

Got to the floor around 12:45pm and sat on the right side of the aisle (which was packed) while Rep. David Davis (R-TN) was wrapping up. There was a sign on a podium next to him that said, “NANCY PELOSI, WE’RE HERE, WHERE ARE YOU?”

Next up was Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) who has done great work on this issue (see him knocking on the door to the Dem cloak room demanding a vote here).
From my notes – no tape recorder and I had some trouble writing fast enough so it may not be 100% accurate:

  • He told the audience Montana is the “energy warehouse of America” and they want the ability to use it. He wants “American solutions” so we “dont have to rely on our enemies.”
  • Congress shouldn’t be able to “pick [energy] winners and losers or we’re all losers”
  • Montana has 4.3 million barrels of oil (?) but we “need pipelines and refineries” to make use of it, while we’ve “let Canada take over our energy production,” we need to “develop our own American solutions”
  • American Energy Act – conservation, technology, alternatives, AND fossil fuels
  • Democrats say the House Republicans are grandstanding, but “if I have to grandstand to draw attention to a problem they refuse to solve” he will
  • Pelosi isn’t here, would “rather be at a book signing in San Fransisco”
  • ended to standing O and chants of “VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!”

John Doolittle (R-CA) was next to speak. He talked about the history of the House, how it used to be lit by gas. Said if we opened up more drilling the “effect on prices would be immediate.” Democrats are so afraid of drilling and a vote on energy they have held up appropriations bills. On drilling and phantom session: “Why not here, why not now, why not more America forward here and now?!”

Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on Democrat criticism that this is all just a political stunt: “If you’re going to pull a political stunt, do you do it in a darkened chamber” without microphones and television cameras? He brought up a father and son from North Carolina who drove up to DC that morning to see a part of history in the House. They wanted to know why their congressman Brad Miller was not there [answer: because he’s a Democrat]

Unfortunately, I missed Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) speak with her props. I heard a lot of clapping and cheering.

Caught the tail end of Rep. Ron Lewis’ (R-KY) speech: “Let us Vote, let the American people have a voice” let’s “stand up as Americans” not Democrats and Republicans.

Republican Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO) mentioned Pelosi’s live webchat online that day, how important pieces of legislation like the Monkey Safety Act has been passed but no vote on drilling.

  • On Dem claims that they support drilling: “Democrats are for drilling, just not where the gas and oil is”
  • On Obama tire gauge idea: “If that’s your only plan you don’t have much of a plan”
  • When Republicans were in control of the House, they passed and sent drilling legislation to the Senate: “I was for drilling before drilling was cool, I was for nuclear before nuclear was cool, and I was for alternatives before alternatives were cool.”
  • Upon wild applause: “The Speaker would tell the gallery not to applaud but the Speaker’s not here so you can do whatever you want”

Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ) to crowd “You are witnessing something extraordinary” the House is normally empty in the summer, but “lucky you, you get to hear all of us talk.”

  • “What country would say, ‘we have billions of oil and natural gas but we’re just going to leave it in the ground and buy oil from people who hate us’?”
  • Analogy – If you have an orange grove in your yard, why would you buy oranges from your neighbor who raises prices and doesn’t like you?
  • “We’re here because no matter who you are in America, even the Speaker of the House, you can’t stop free speech!”
  • On environmental concerns: “We’re letting Russia, Saudi Arabia, African countries, Venezuela to drill for oil – do we think they would be more environmentally sensitive than the US?”
  • We’re spending “$1.2 billion a day to foreign countries for oil,” if we instead paid American workers it would help the economy, jobs, etc.
  • Predicts “if Pelosi gets her way and we do nothing, some airlines will go bankrupt or fold”
  • Wants to renew solar and wind tax credits, wants “all of the above” energy policy – biomaps, geothermal, solar, wind, and FOSSIL FUEL

During Shadegg’s talk Rep. Chris Shays (R-CT) interrupted with parliamentary procedure to ask “Didn’t we ask Saudi Arabia to pump more oil?” “Yes.” And introducted Abby, a girl that looked about 10 years old, who had been on the Floor watching the speakers since 10am that day.

Shadegg had sign that said:

AMERICAN MADE ENERGY MEANS:

  • LOWER GAS PRICES
  • GREATER NATIONAL SECURITY
  • AMERICAN JOBS
  • STRONGER ECONOMY

After that I went to a press conference right outside the House Chamber and was able to twitter furiously while the Representatives were speaking as cell phones were allowed in that area. My tweets:

At press conference Shays speaking – NEers get oil from offshore but from Canada – why not USA (paraphrased) #dontgo from txt

Garrett plugs Painatthepump@mail.house.gov Send in your stories #Dontgo from txt

Virginia Foxx – Pelosi tried to shut us down Friday but it has had the opposite effect #dontgo from txt

All in all a great experience that I hope continues for the next several weeks. Get down there if you can and be a part of history!

Crossposted at http://alexashrugged.blogspot.com/