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GOP On Democrat Call For Nationalizing Oil

First the Chavez-esque pronouncement, as reported by Neil Cavuto of Fox News, via YouTube:

And the GOP response, via this press release from the office of the Republican leader in the House, John Boehner:

Bombshell: House Democrats Call for Government Takeover of Oil Refineries

Should the Federal Government Run the Entire Oil Industry? Senior Dem Says: "To Me, That Sounds Like a Very Good Idea"

Washington, Jun 18 – Two weeks ago, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) shocked many observers when she admitted to oil company executives during a House committee hearing, “This liberal will be all about socializing, uh, uh . . . would be about . . . basically taking over and the government running all of your companies.”

Most of those watching that hearing simply assumed Rep. Waters’ wild threat was just another extreme idea from someone on the far-left fringe of the Democratic Party. But today, a leading energy voice for House Democrats proved that her dream of nationalizing the oil industry isn’t as far-fetched as some may believe. Rather, it just may be the House Democrats’ worst kept secret.

In front of a sea of news cameras at a press conference earlier today, when senior House Democrats discussed the ongoing energy crisis that has spun out of control on their watch, Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) dropped this bombshell as he stood next to House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel (D-IL): He proposed a Washington takeover of the entire oil industry!

Here’s what Rep. Hinchey said:

Should the people of the United States own refineries? Maybe so. Frankly, I think that’s a good idea. Then we could control the amount of refined product much more capably that gets out on the market…”

“So if there’s any seriousness about what some of our Republican colleagues are saying here in the House and elsewhere about improving the number of refineries, then maybe they’d be willing to have these refineries owned publicly, owned by the people of the United States, so that the people of the United States can determine how much of the product is refined and put out on the market.”

“To me, that sounds like a very good idea.”

Rep. Hinchey is not unfamiliar with energy policy. Rather, he is a leader on the issue for House Democrats and was chosen by Democratic leaders to appear at today’s press conference because of his energy expertise. After all, he serves on the powerful Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, which controls federal spending on many energy-related matters, and the Natural Resources Committee, which has jurisdiction over energy and environmental matters. 

After today’s shocking display, the American people are wondering: what other House Democratic leaders support Washington bureaucrats taking over our nation’s oil refineries? 

Does Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) support it?

Does Majority Leader Hoyer (D-MD)?

Does Democratic Caucus Chairman Emanuel support it?

While the Democratic leadership team is answering these questions, House Republicans will continue to push for their “all of the above” energy plan that harnesses new technologies, encourages more efficiency and conservation, and increases the production of American energy in an environmentally-safe way. A key element of the GOP plan is a discharge petition filed today by Rep. Phil English (R-PA) to force Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Hoyer to schedule a vote on Rep. Joe Pitts’ (R-PA) Expand American Refining Capacity Act (H.R. 2279). The bill would allow the President to recommend closed military bases suitable for new refinery construction.

Instead of talking about a federal takeover of an industry hundreds of millions of Americans depend on each and every day, isn’t it time for the Democratic Majority to take a few steps back from the radical left fringe and schedule the House GOP’s comprehensive energy plan for an up-or-down vote on the House floor?

These are all good questions, Mr. Boehner.

Unfortunately they will be ignored by the Democrat controlled House and Senate, and of course their lickspittle slaveys — our watchdog media.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, June 19th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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