The Difference Between Compromise and Selling Out

PatriotPOst.US, 08-33 Digest There’s political compromise and then there’s selling out. Just when the GOP had begun making measurable pro-drilling advances against the never-drill-anywhere Democrats, a gang of five “maverick” Republicans joined with a gang of five “normal” Democrats, creating the Gang of Ten and putting the kibosh on domestic drilling anytime soon. Behind a guise of a “compromise” 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 “bipartisan” energy plan that is little more than a blanket concession to the Left. Under the Gang’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 energy—handouts funded by $84 billion in new taxes on oil companies. That should do the trick.