PatriotPOst.US, 08-33 Digest Thereâ€™s political compromise and then thereâ€™s selling out. Just when the GOP had begun making measurable pro-drilling advances against the never-drill-anywhere Democrats, a gang of five â€œmaverickâ€ Republicans joined with a gang of five â€œnormalâ€ Democrats, creating the Gang of Ten and putting the kibosh on domestic drilling anytime soon. Behind a guise of a â€œcompromiseâ€ that would have made Henry Clay cringe, Republican Senators Saxby Chambliss (GA), Bob Corker (TN), Lindsey Graham (SC), Johnny Isakson (GA) and John Thune (SD) with their Democrat collaborators crafted a â€œbipartisanâ€ energy plan that is little more than a blanket concession to the Left. Under the Gangâ€™s proposal, drilling in ANWR is still a no-no, drilling within 50 miles of the coast is forbidden, and in the five states where offshore drilling is permitted with the approval of the state legislatures, extensive regulations may relegate it to a pipe dream. The real clincher, though, is the tax credits and subsidies the Gang would direct toward chasing alternative and renewable sources of energyâ€”handouts funded by $84 billion in new taxes on oil companies. That should do the trick.