This entire week has been stressful for my wife’s family. Her father (like so many in PA, WV, KY, and VA) works for ICG, (a coal mining company) and like so many other coal companies they are beginning to feel the pinch of the Green Movement. As for me, I stand firmly divided. If the new policies that the EPA wishes to be put in place are completed; then, an estimated 80,000 miners will lose their job within a year. At the same time thousands of acres of beautiful surface mining will be kept untouched. 65% of Aericans will end up with out domestic energy in their homes; while, China and India continue to overproduce and pollute the global markets with dirty sulfur rich coal.The international talks on nuclear disarmament continue; while, despots and rogue regimes continue to profit from global speculation in the energy commodities market.
I do not wish to leave this world worse than I found it but somebody has to demand that both sides see this issue. Party affiliations aside, I find it to be dirty Chicago style politics in which a Candidate promises the unions one thing and an opposing political interest group another. In this case the Obama administration should be called out by the Mining unions and demand he live up to their needs and not the PAC monies being funneled into the Democratic party by Green Movement groups headed by Al Gore and his new found friends. In addition, the GOP can no longer sit idlly by and watch big business go unchecked over the natural landscapes of American’s backyards.This is about the current generation not leaving the next generation environmentally and economically bankrupt. A solution of best and mutual interest would be derived from profit sharing amongst the energy companies that can develop both cleaner technology in addition to retention and job growth. This is a win-win situation if everyone would just get involved. So stop complaining and start doing something, NOW!
>Huckabee/RomneyToday the Republican V-P race heated up again and is starting to look more and more like the original nomination race. Again, Huck and Mitt are throwing barbs at each other over who is more qualified as the true conservative candidate. Of course McCain has a choice these two or door number three. My bet is that he will reach back to his true Maverick roots and find a Goose among the pigeons. Too many of GOP the contenders were mediocre or carrying a voting record that is disturbing to the core conservative base. The scary fact is that either of these men would be a good running mate but to put them only a heart attack away from the Oval is still not good enough for the GOP leadership. The Washington Post ran an article bashing Huck for speaking out but again this should not be a surprising move on his part. The length of time between the nomination process and the convention are almost as long as glacial migration and have made the anxiety among core voters unbearable. No matter who is pick, the one thing that should be learned by all of this is that the parties need to reformat the process and put the races or the conventions in together. No more three month layoffs.
Speaking of Veeps… Today the LA Times announced that several members of the state DNC committees will move to nominate Hillary from the floor in Denver. Now the issue is what happens next. Will the DNC eat its young and debate through almost four votes? If so we now are on the edge of a true democratic process and the possibility of having a dual minority ticket within the DNC, women being a minority in politics. As that prospect becomes ever more present then the question becomes what will the Obama Nation reaction. Will the unions that so vehemently opposed Hillary stick by Obama and continue the canvasing of multiple neighborhoods to up the registrations of DNC voters. Or will the DNC break under its own weight as many of the state party leadership continue to struggle to maintain liquidity during the process. Of course there is always the Green answer but who really thinks that Gore could win anyway. (We Campaign does!)