ABC’s Charlie Gibson/Barack Obama Interview 10-8-08

Integrity Watch: Hey McCain…. Say it to His Face

Tuesday, October 7, 2008, Barack Obama carried himself with fluid ease and grace during the second and most recent presidential debate. He seemed to wear a steady, almost amused expression throughout the evening. Could it have been because he was calmly laying in wait of McCain to mention his association with William Ayers?

Obama seemed to grow more amused still, as the debate drew closer to the end. Was it because he realized that McCain would likely sidestep the issue altogether, which in turn could create quite the advantageous situation for Obama?

Such an advantageous moment arose when Barack Obama was interviewed by ABC’s Charlie Gibson, Wednesday night. Due to the recent effort of the McCain campaign to convince voters that Barack Obama is the wrong type of American, thus cannot to be trusted, Gibson questioned Obama as to whether he was surprised that John McCain failed to mention Obama’s relationship with William Ayers during the last debate. Obama replied with this:

“Well, I am surprised that, you know, we’ve been seeing some pretty over-the-top attacks coming out of the McCain campaign over the last several days that he wasn’t willing to say it to my face.”

What a beautiful and brilliant move on Obama’s part.

In this play, Obama issues a clear challenge to McCain. He’s basically sayin’ *(wink)* to him, “Put up, or shut up.” Obama’s statement, no doubt, implies that he is willing to address the issue. It places McCain in a very precarious position, for certain. Ick!

I mean…really? What in creation is a maverick to do?

Let us assume that John McCain does not want to incorporate the subject of William Ayers into the next debate. What will he do, or not do, in the meantime?

Will McCain and Palin, in respect of campaigning, stop the terrorist association speech, and officially reprimand the vile rhetoric ascending from the crowds?

If the Straight Talk Express mutes its mention of Obama’s association with William Ayers over the next week leading to the debate, the GOP base might view McCain as folding under Obama’s challenge- “…he wasn’t willing to say it to my face.”

How does a bona fide alpha maverick justify backing down?

Not to mention that McCain suddenly opting out of the hate would present a clear admittance of guilt and evidence of wrongdoing in the minds of undecided voters. Tisk.

On the other hand, if McCain and Palin continue to incite lunacy along the campaign trail, and McCain again fails to mention Ayers during the final debate, it could serve to solidify the belief that John McCain and integrity, (are more than likely), not mutually exclusive. John McCain has accused Barack Obama of nothing short of travesty in the company of his followers, yet he cannot bring himself to take up the matter with the man, himself.

Of course, finally, if McCain decides to answer Obama’s challenge by introducing the William Ayers association into next week’s debate, voters may possibly see it as a desperate and misplaced move. After all, as Obama remarked to Gibson about McCain, “…he wasn’t willing to say it to my face.”

Really, Obama looks like Joe Pesci (Casino) right now…”Listen to me Anthony. I got your head in a ******* vise.”

Well, figuratively speaking, that is.

ObamaGate: Obama Associated With Organization Subpoenaed for Voter Registration Impropriety

On October 4, we reported on the association between Obama and William Ayers. We were not the first, and referenced articles from such publications as the Wall Street Journal. In fact, Hillary Clinton had brought up the issue as problematic during the Democratic Primary.

At the time, we dismissed the relationship as little more than an indication that Obama was more radical than he presents himself.

If you read this article, it will give you a better understanding of who Ayers is and how Obama interacted with him.

Their relationship in an organization named the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC) has strong implications regarding Obama’s ideology. CAC was formed for a good purpose. It was supposed to distribute monies from the Annenberg Foundation for funding educational programs. Instead, the board, including Obama and Ayers, funneled monies to radical organizations. In order to get access to funds, schools had to associate themselves with the radical organizations and align with their causes. Students and programs based on scholarship merit were summarily rejected. The results of a study demonstrated that, despite all the money spent (tens of millions of dollars), the program was completely ineffective from an education standpoint.

It was not, however, ineffective at supporting the radical organizations to which it funneled its funds. One of the organizations was the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).

ACORN has turned out to be more of a radical organization than we originally thought. Apparently, offices of ACORN have been raided by authorities for attempting to manipulate voter registration. ACORN members were attempting to influence Democratic voters to register more than once. Some apparently had registered as many as 72 times. The US slogan is “One Person, One Vote”. Apparently ACORN’s slogan is One Democrat, As Many Votes as We Can Get.

According to the New York Post, ACORN, whose political wing has endorsed Barack Obama, relentlessly pursued Democratic voters to register multiple times. Subpoenas have been ordered in an investigation run by election officials.

The New York Post Article states when speaking of several voters that were subpoenaed, Christopher Barkley, Lateala Goins and Freddie Johnson:

Barkley is one of at least three people who have been subpoenaed by the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections as part of a wider inquiry into possible voter fraud by ACORN. The group seeks to register low-income voters, who skew overwhelmingly Democratic.

“You can tell them you’re registered as many times as you want – they do not care,” said Lateala Goins, 21, who was subpoenaed.

“They will follow you to the buses, they will follow you home, it does not matter,” she told The Post.

She added that she never put down an address on any of the registration forms, just her name.

A third subpoenaed voter, Freddie Johnson, 19, filled out registration cards 72 times over 18 months, officials said.

“It feeds the public perception that there could be [fraud], and that makes the pillars fall down,” said local Board of Elections President Jeff Hastings.

According to this CBS Market Watch article:

“Thousands of allegedly fake voter registrations by a nationwide organization are being investigated. At least nine states are reviewing voter paperwork, and Allegheny County police are looking into similar accusations.”

Apparently, according to this article, the initial probes were launched in Cleveland against ACORN in August.

Obama and Ayers, during their time at CAC, filtered millions to ACORN. This impropriety is accentuated by the fact that ACORN publicly endorsed Obama for President and was specifically targeting Democratic voters in their attempt to fraudulently garner more Democratic votes in key states.

At this time, there is no direct association between these criminal activities and Obama himself, but it does bring prior voter tallies in some states into question. We consider this a critical issue in the ongoing saga of Obama, Ayers, CAC and ACORN, and we will do our best to keep you abreast of anything we find.

10/7 Dancing with the Stars Results. Who Went Home?

No one goes home tonight, because of the forced departure of Misty May-Treanor due to her injury, but the judges scores will be additive next week, so the low couple at the bottom of the totem pole will have ground to make up in the votes next week.

It comes down to who “WOULD” have been going home rather than who will… for now.

In no particular order, they call out the names, only saying that the last couple has the lowest point total.

1. Brooke & Derek

2. Cloris and Corky (Please!)

3. Maurice & Cheryl

4. Susan and Tony

5. Cody and Julianne

6. Lacey and Lance

7. Warren & Kim

8. Toni and Alec

9. Rocco and Karina (dead last, but they survive)

This show is really getting boorish. We are kind of sick of the show dragging along Cloris. It is a sad joke that is either being supported by the show by fixing the vote for publicity, or it is announcing that this show is the replacement for Lawrence Welk.

If Cloris survives next week, we will take a week off from coverage until she is hopefully gone.


Who Won The Presidential Debate 2? Obama versus McCain. There is a Rainbow! Obama Wins

Rainbows have been a sign of hope in fable from the Bible to legends of magic and leprechauns. There is always a hope that the person we elect will make a difference, and that the achievements of these great men will touch and benefit us all as a nation.

What was clearly evident in this debate was that McCain is not good at projecting that rainbow. Obama painted one with dozens of colors, and McCain painted reality in a somber brown. McCain has the inherent trait that he does not want to promise what he cannot deliver. Obama has the inherent trait that he will promise anything whether he can deliver it or not. There are many more colors in Obama’s palette, but that is because he makes you imagine the paint instead of actually having to apply any of it.

The latter technique wins debates, because it paints that colored arch of promise. It leads Americans, especially those less educated, to believe that there is a pot of gold to be found at the end of the election.

Here is the reality. At the end of Obama’s rainbow, there is no pot of gold. All there is at the end of Obama’s rainbow is an inexperienced man that would be President.

When Obama speaks of health care, he speaks of covering people with pre-existing conditions, but he does not say how he will pay for it. He challenges McCain on his tax cuts. But anyone with third grade math skills can easily understand that 300 billion in tax cuts is only 1/3 of the government spending that Obama incorporates into his plan. The questions that had to be asked by McCain weren’t. McCain just plain was not aggressive enough. It may have to do with the platform, which did not allow enough challenge of the other’s positions, but these are the questions that McCain missed.

1. If Obama is going to cover pre-existing conditions for health care, where does that money come from? Does it come from those that are healthy in America? You bet. Will people with health problems just be able to jump on the train now at everyone else’s expense? How could that possibly be paid for? Get some numbers and pin the man down.
2. Senator Obama, you say Republican tax cuts will total 300 billion dollars, but you are also offering tax cuts. How much will those cost and how could you possibly believe that will be made up by only taxing people that earn over $250,000 without destroying small enterprises. Someone has to pin this man down on the costs of his programs. Where does the money come from?
3. On every topic Obama speaks to, he talks of spending. We will need money for education, health care, Social Security, Medicare, foreign aid, energy independence, blah blah blah. But he has no way to pay for any of it other than some absurd idea that taxing people making more than $250,000 will make any difference at all. He sounds like he has his wallet open to help America, but what he has open is America’s wallet, and it is empty.

On the McCain Front:

McCain is easy to debate. He is just too much of a straight shooter. He doesn’t want to tell you there is a rainbow if there isn’t one. He doesn’t speak of spending for everything in creation while promising a pot of gold.

Problem is, if you don’t promise the pot of gold, and your opponent is, you have to challenge the other man’s pot by calling his bluff. McCain was challenged on how he would fund his tax cut, but didn’t take the opportunity to drill Obama on his tax cut or his spending programs. A simple response, “You promise a tax cut plus all 900 billion dollars in new spending. Specifically how much will your tax cut cost, then add on your 900 billion dollars in spending and tell America how you will pay for that? Here is a piece of graph paper and a pencil, show us.”

It is sad to see McCain being weak in the debates because we have no faith in Obama. We believe he is the same hollow promise campaigner we have seen many, many times in our past. And we also believe that if he wins this election, all we will hear for years as his policies fail, is that the Republicans made it worse than he thought. He has built up the perfect excuse and continues to make promises he knows he can never hope to meet.

We believe that America wants that pot of gold. They will follow the candidate that calmly promises it to them. And for that reason, we believe Obama won this debate. He won it with false promises and false hopes that Americans want to hear. And McCain failed to challenge him appropriately to bust the concept of the Obama Fantasy Island.

While McCain is a poor debater, we also believe the formats being chosen for these debates, especially this debate, clearly favor Obama. He overstays his welcome, overruns his time frequently, and leaves little time for the other side. He also gets to answer questions from people that have no chance to challenge him on his response. They ask a question, he answers and it is done.

We would prefer a face to face debate. One in which each man confronts the other, one in which the promises of one can be clearly challenged by the other. This debate clearly did not cater to that and we do not think that an accident.

Obama comes across as confident and cool. McCain comes across as uncomfortable and stressed. As long as that is true, it is like listening to a story at bedtime. As you doze off to sleep, there is just the story. It takes you over as you gradually doze off to your slumber. It wishes you happy dreams as you hear of the characters of the story (in this case us) living happily ever after. Obama tells that story well, but we believe that under Obama’s leadership, our cradle will rock, the bow will break, and down will come America, cradle and all.

10/6 Dancing in a Bar Review and Recap, Analysis and Sexual Innuendo

Misty May-Treanor is done. She sprained her ankle in practice. She wouldn’t win, so it was a good time to get out. She ruptured her Achilles tendon. So, that is a pretty major injury. And what is interesting about it is that she is the most athletic of anyone here. We hope it wont hurt Misty in volleyball. We know she is competitive, but her age is catching up.

Susan & Tony (7/10)

Susan looks so amateurish. Her movements are like she is dancing karaoke. She looks like someone learning how to dance. Tony, of course, is great, and leads her about, which helps, but she isn’t very good. Her leg lifts get all of six inches off the floor. Tony can throw her around because she is petite, but she doesn’t have it quite. Tony’s legs are much faster and hide her flaws well. And you have to give the gal a point for having fun and effort. Judges: 21.

Lance & Lacey (8/10)

Last week the judges said they didn’t want to see Lacey’s tricks. Stupid, but hey, you have to play by their nonsense rules even if it makes it less fun for the audience. The “tricks” are the art. But the judges aren’t very good so you have to cater to them. They cooled it down for the Waltz this week, leading into very subtle, well choreographed moves with great chemistry. If the judges call these tricks, they should be sent home themselves. Judges: 22 The two judges that gave the 7s are stupid and have it in for Lacey.

Maurice & Cheryl (9/10)

Cheryl looked killer and knew the moves. Maurice came to play. He was using his athleticism jumping over Cheryl’s head. Tons of energy, which is what the Jibe is all about. Maurice failed to impress us in past weeks, but this week, he was all that. Cheryl was still the lead in the dance. If you watch it closely, she actually is throwing him around. Oh, this woman is great. We were wrong, she is better than Lacey. There were some awkward moves where Cheryl had to cover up for Maurice in the middle. He just didn’t know which way to turn. But the finish was dazzling and we had our winner this week. Judges 24. To put in perspective how stupid this is, look at some of the 24s from prior weeks. This was the best dance of the show thus far. But at least they didn’t fall asleep.

Rocco & Karina (6/10)

Rocco tried to start off in a blindfold. We wanted to borrow it for the rest of the dance. It looked like a dance at a wedding dance. They just couldn’t pull it off. Some lame applause from the audience that was obviously bored. It just had nothing going for it despite some cornball shenanigans and nice finish by Karina. Judges: 20. Overdone.

Warren & Kym (8/10)

We believe Warren is the most overrated dancer in this competition next to Cloris. He is somewhat graceful, but his physique is out of touch and awkward. Kym though, is killer and she is on par with Cheryl. And her dress this week was a designer dream. The dress was designed to dance, where some moves were done with the dress rather than with Kym’s hands. Warren looked stiff and like a trainee. He has one advantage. He is strong so when Kym wants to make a move that involves trust in her partner, she knows Warren won’t drop her. But it is a bit difficult watching Warren do a pirouette without laughing. Kym leads Warren so well that it is almost seamless. Kym had Warren dancing on her every whim. She is a classic. If you can make a fat man like Warren look good in dance, you can do anything. Judges: 25. That is kind of close, but Maurice did a better job than Warren ever could. They underscored Maurice and over-scored Warren.

Cody & Julianne (8/10)

Lots of energy, like you would expect from the youngest pair in the competition. Cody didn’t have the legwork down though. He was hopping about but Julianne was the only one dancing in parts. As they progressed, Cody loosened up and got more fun and showed in some moves he has great flexibility. There were parts that could have been great where Cody plays Julianne like a guitar, but he made such stupid faces, he lost the magic of it. Still, this is no elimination couple. Judges: 21. OK. Not good judging in comparison to others, but it keeps them in the running.

Toni & Alec (7/10)

Toni came out wearing a full gown that looked like it was worn by Marie Antoinette. It made for an elegant dance. But it made it very difficult for her to move and for us to see her move despite how loud they made the music. We don’t see elimination, but this was not up to Toni’s usual standards. Judges: 22. Pretty close.

Cloris & Corky (4/10)

Time for the joke of the competition. Should have been eliminated in week one or two. Either this is a setup for entertainment factor or she is drawing a sympathy vote. It ain’t talent. Cloris has to act up to get anything done. Trying to be funny. Every move looks like she belongs in a geriatric ward. She has fun, and we give her credit for still standing afterwards, but she doesn’t compare to the rest of the crowd. At the end her wig came off. It was awful. Judges: 16. Way too generous. Let’s cut the patronizing nonsense.

Brooke & Derek (8/10)

Brooke is elegant and the dress was stunning. Woman have a alight advantage because the professional men can really lead them. Brooke though has very nice lines and very pretty arm movement. The end had Brooke kissing her daughter for a nice heart warming touch. We liked this dance. Judges: 28. Now, we liked this a bunch. But that is way over the top. Still, we liked it and we think Brooke is earning big numbers.


Misty May-Treanor and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy

10/5 The Amazing Race 13 Recap Episode 2: First Place By A Nose

The Amazing Race was much more interesting this evening. Some personalities started to come out and we started to have teams we liked and disliked. That makes for a more entertaining competition.

The show begins based on last week’s finishes. The leaders get to start first. But as is the case in almost all Amazing Race episodes, who starts first means nothing? Why? Because they all eventually have to hop a plane to somewhere, and there are rarely planes available to go exactly where you want to go when you need them.

The teams begin in Salvadore, Brazil. Where they ended last week. Nick and Star get to depart at 4:07 AM. The teams have to fly to Porteleza Brazil. The key, of course, is they have to fly. And one by one at different times, everyone scrambles for the airport.

Ken and Tina get to go next, followed by Terence and Sarah. Mark and Bill were next. They tried to play out some drama by having the people speak of their relationships, but it was just filler.

Now, as you would expect, Nick and Star arrived at the airport first. But guess what? The next flight was hours away. Ken and Tina catch up and they all scramble to find a faster way out. By the time they do, they find a 6:45 flight, but it is full. They get on a waiting list with Ken and Tina now in the lead negotiating.

What we found out here is that Tina is narcissistic. The airline notified everyone that they had a larger plane than planned. Tina somehow thought she was the one responsible for the choice of the airline. They had rolled out that bigger plane just for her pruned and painted on eyebrows! Hardly.

Of course, now everyone caught up and everyone got on the plane. They were actually arguing over who got the seats closer to the front. That was what happened to the lead, it was gone.  This very silly saga repeats almost every week. We think it would be much more fair if the flight were not part of the issue. If the teams have to fly they should fly and resume where they left off (with appropriate time gaps). But the drama may be lost as the leading team expands its lead, so they have to keep on causing ties to give the weaker teams a chance.

Ken and Tina somehow ended up behind Terence and Sarah. Things happen funny on airlines. But Tina informed Terence and Sarah that they wouldn’t have even gotten on the flight if she hadn’t arranged it. This was stupid on Tina’s part. If it didn’t get arranged (by the airline with a larger plane), Tina wouldn’t have a seat either. The fact that it was got everybody seats. We hate narcissism. And we hate husbands that endorse it in their partners acting the hero. Terence stood up to Tina because he did not believe it. Neither did we. Ted said he didn’t care and tried to act the tough guy. He swore and was rude. We do not like Ted. We know had we been in Terence’s situation, we would have told him simply to go to heck.

They kissed and made up though and got on the plane. Then everyone scrambled for cabs off the plane. Some got lost in the airport so some made it out faster than others. Terence and Sarah made it out first, which we appreciated after Terence’s run in with Ted and Tina. In this episode, we decided we want Ted gone. We don’t like him, he cheats on his wife and he cheats in life.

First to the clue box was Terence and Sarah. They had to grab a Dune Buggy to drive up the beach. One by one the teams had to get in the Dune Buggies and boogie up the beach. At the end of the Dune Buggy run, a detour got laid out. Beach it, to roll boats to the sea. The alternative was Docket, which was to find a container in a shipyard after finding it in a database on a computer.

Almost everyone chose the boats. But it was difficult. The nerds took the Docket, but were alone. The scramble was tough, and as usual, at this phase, it was hard to see who is in front. All you get are people bickering with each other.

We watch one by one the folks getting the boats to the water. We could see them flashing quickly who was in what place, but we weren’t sure it meant much.

They had to confront a wall with a ton of foreign language destinations and advertisements and had to pick out their next destination. Mark and Bill were right apparently in choosing the Docket, because they were in first although we never saw them actually find their container. They found their destination on the wall first and got their next clue.

Why someone didn’t just follow them to the cab and follow them we don’t know. Tina somehow caught up and was next to guess. And it turned into a cab race. Kelly and Christy let their cab go when they got their clue and realized they still needed a cab. D’oh.

We were disappointed that Ken and Tina made it first. They won an off-road vehicle. We were disappointed because we don’t like Ken after his posturing at the airport. The nerds got there second. Mark and Bill lost by a hair. The rest in order:


3. Terence & Sarah
4. Aja & Ty
5. Toni & Dallas
6. Nick & Star
7. Kelly & Christy
8. Andrew & Dan
9. Marisa & Brooke
10. Anthony & Stephanie

That makes Anthony and Stephanie dead last. And they were eliminated.

End of story. Night.



Obama Coverup, Affiliation With Known Terrorists Questions Candidate’s Ideology

During the Democratic primaries, Hillary Clinton became aware of an association between a known terrorist, Bill Ayers, and Senator Barrack Obama.  She stated that this association could be used by the Republican party to discredit Obama if he became the Democratic nominee for President. As more news on this relationship comes to light, it appears she may well have been correct.

Bill Ayers and his wife, Bernadine Dohrn, were known terrorists for a group called the Weather Underground. Ayers claims to have set bombs at the US Capitol and the group was involved in the bombing of government buildings in the 60s and 70s.   Among those bombings was an attack on the Pentagon in 1972. Ayers has been repeatedly unrepentant about the attacks.  In 2001, this article appeared with Ayers standing on the American Flag as it lies in the dirt.

There are reasons to be concerned, primarily because Obama has made sincere efforts to conceal or downgrade his relationship with Ayers.  Obama, when asked about his relationship with Ayers in one of the debates during the Democratic Primary responded,

“This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood, who’s a professor of English in Chicago who I know and who I have not received some official endorsement from. He’s not somebody who I exchange ideas from on a regular basis. And the notion that somehow as a consequence of me knowing somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was eight years old, somehow reflects on me and my values doesn’t make much sense, George.”

Obama left it at that, but as it turns out, that was hardly the entire story.  We find it amazing that Obama could brush off bombing of the US Capitol and the Pentagon so lightly!!! And this was much more than a casual acquaintance between the two, according to this article in the Wall Street Journal,

“From 1995 to 1999, he (Obama) led an education foundation called the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC), and remained on the board until 2001. The group poured more than $100 million into the hands of community organizers and radical education activists.”

This demonstrates a  5 year relationship between Obama and Ayers, who was one of the original grantees of the CAC and was co-chairman of the Chicago School Reform Collaborative, one of the two operational arms of the CAC.”

Obama obviously had not been forthcoming in the debate and has not answered to his affiliations to Ayers, and, according to this article, looks to be attempting to cover up that relationship.

Andrew McCarthy, former federal prosecutor that led the investigation into the 1993 World Trade Center bombing when asked about Ayers had this to say, “Of all the people that have ever bombed the Pentagon, the State Department and a New York City Police Department headquarters, I am certain he is one of the best”.

We are disturbed with these allegations and would like a clear explanation from Senator Obama regarding his affiliation with CAC.  We do not wish to have the President of our nation, especially after 9/11, affiliated in any way with terrorists.  Such a tie would be a disgrace to America and endorse terrorist activities world-wide.

Beyond the implied associations with terrorism, it also brings into question Obama’s ideology.  Certainly such an affiliation implies Obama’s leanings are much more radical than they would otherwise appear.

The 2008 Presidential Debates: It’s Energy Independence Stupid!

The candidates need to focus. We believe there is one primary cause of America’s current problems. It isn’t Wall Street. It isn’t Main Street. It isn’t corruption. Quite simply, it is dependency on foreign oil and natural resources.

There are many nations we purchase oil from; they are not all rogue.  But what nations have led to problems for the US and yet still profit from selling us their oil directly or indirectly?  Iran, and for every barrel we purchase, we support their nuclear endeavor. Saudi Arabia, where most of the 9/11 terrorists were born. Russia, which is now invading Georgia.

Now we even talk about attacking Iran or defending Georgia when it is OUR OIL money that is supporting Iran and Russia.

We are allies of Israel. It puts us at odds with ourselves and our own policies supporting Israel while we depend on her worst enemies for the bulk of our oil.

We realize that we purchase much or our oil from allies and local nations.  Please read our series on natural resources to find out who we depend on the most for our oil, but even those nations have seen their currencies advance strongly in the face of our dollar’s collapse as our economy weakens and our deficit rises.

This election could still go either way, but the advantage is currently with Obama.  We believe, however, there are many closet voters just waiting for their opportunity to elect McCain instead. It is popular to say you are for Obama, or to just hate Bush, but we believe that many Americans that take these positions are really not in favor of Obama’s policies, inexperience and lack of spending discipline.

When Clinton ran for President the first time, he came up with a slogan. It narrowed the issues and allowed America to identify with his ideals and his campaign. That slogan was, “It’s the economy stupid”. It focused his objectives and gathered a nation around him to fix our economic problems.

We face a myriad of problems, but most have been brought on by our dependency on foreign oil.

1. 9/11 brought on by our presence in the Middle East to protect our interests with respect to foreign oil.
2. War in Afghanistan against the Taliban.
3. Two attacks on Iraq, the second of which led to occupation. There is little doubt that many consider this a war over oil. Well, if we didn’t need their oil, it wouldn’t be an issue, would it?
4. A huge Federal deficit.
5. More pollution outside the US because we don’t use our own advanced technologies to tap the resources we need.

It’s energy independence, stupid!