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Author: Bob Webster
Date:  May 26, 2008

Topic category:  Other/General

Who's to Blame for America's Oil Crisis?

A CNBC poll asks, "Who's to Blame for America's Oil Crisis?" After more than 10,000 votes, the U.S. Congress is given the lion's share of blame at 36%, more than twice those who thought President Bush is to blame. Speculators came in a strong second at 25%. Maybe there is still hope for the American electorate. Too bad the GOP is making no discernible effort to take advantage of the historic low esteem Americans have for this wacky Democrat-controlled Congress.

The breakdown of CNBC's poll results as of Memorial Day morning:

These results are interesting for several reasons:

While internet polls like these are not scientific, they are instructive. Particularly when results such as these come from a poll being conducted at CNBC, hardly a friend of the Bush Administration and certainly not an enemy of the Democrat-controlled Congress.

What might we surmise from these results? Purely speculative, of course, but experience and observation should be worth something, so here goes:

With a little education and intelligent analysis, it might be possible to get the voters who chose OPEC or Speculators, and possibly even some who chose Big Oil, to recognize where the real problem lies - at the feet of the Democrat-controlled Congress. If successfully educated to the reality of how this oil crisis came about, Congress might well garner between 65% and 70% of the votes. I hold little hope that either Bush-haters, or wacky environmentalists and Marxists will ever achieve a perception of reality that allows them to make a rational choice. Still, 70% is a pretty good potential majority for those who blame the Democrat-controlled Congress.

Does anyone seriously believe the GOP will make any effort to educate voters to the cause of all their misery?

Don't hold your breath. Unless, of course, you are among those who still believe that human emissions of CO2 are going to cause catastrophic climate change.

Bob Webster
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Biography - Bob Webster

Bob Webster, a 12th-generation descendent of both the Darte family (Connecticut, 1630s) and the Webster family (Massachusetts, 1630s) is a descendant of Daniel Webster's father, Revolutionary War patriot Ebenezer Webster, who served with General Washington. Bob has always had a strong interest in early American history, our Constitution, U.S. politics, and law. Politically he is a constitutional republican with objectivist and libertarian roots. He has faith in the ultimate triumph of truth and reason over deception and emotion. He is a strong believer in our Constitution as written and views the abandonment of constitutional restraint by the regressive Progressive movement as a great danger to our Republic. His favorite novel is Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and believes it should be required reading for all high school students so they can appreciate the cost of tolerating the growth of unconstitutional crushingly powerful central government. He strongly believes, as our Constitution enshrines, that the interests of the individual should be held superior to the interests of the state.

A lifelong interest in meteorology and climatology spurred his strong interest in science. Bob earned his degree in Mathematics at Virginia Tech, graduating in 1964.

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