Wednesday, September 10, 2008

"Drill Here, Drill Now"

We were surprised when the GOP Convention adopted this brazenly sexual motto.  It just didn't sound like the chubby middle-aged people in hats shaped like blocks of cheese that we were seeing on television.  Let's face it:  Republicans aren't an especially sexy bunch.  Right?

Wrong.  Turns out that a key Bush Administration office has fostered "a culture of substance abuse and promiscuity," which is now under investigation.  Officials at the Minerals Management Service, which collects the fees on oil and gas which are the government's largest source of income after taxes, “frequently consumed alcohol at industry functions, had used cocaine and marijuana, and had sexual relationships with oil and gas company representatives.”

Nor is this a matter of purely personal morality.  Investigators, as quoted in the Times, describe incident after incident in which oil companies were permitted to revise their bids downward after signing contracts -- thus cheating taxpayers out of  the fair value of natural resources which belong, in the end, to that American people our politicians like to yammer on about.  

So if the lies, drunkenness and fornication don't offend you, please stop to consider the financial mismanagement which has been so typical of these past eight years.  And the next time you see a Republican shouting "Drill, baby, drill," we suggest that you run like hell.

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