Saddam’s Crying Like a Little Girl

Saddam pretended to be a tough guy when he was defying the world before the coalition invaded. Then he crawled into a rat hole and whimpered like a kicked puppy.

Now he’s telling the world he’s proud to become a martyr… while his legal team is pleading in U.S. courts to spare his life.

Lawyers for Saddam Hussein asked a U.S. judge to block his transfer to the custody of Iraqi officials poised to carry out his execution.

Hussein’s lawyers filed documents Friday afternoon asking for a stay of execution. The 21-page request was filed in U.S. District Court in Washington before Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly.

According to sources, Saddam will be worm food in less than 4 hours. The world will be a better place for it.

Saddam is dead, dead, dead.

So how do Iraqis feel about this news? Pretty good.

A witness to the execution reported that celebrations broke out after Hussein was dead, and that there was “dancing around the body.”

…and why?

“It’s a very solemn moment for me,” Feisal Istrabadi, Iraq’s U.N. ambassador, said on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.” “I can understand why some of my compatriots may be cheering. I have friends whose particular people I can think of who have lost 10, 15, 20 members of their family, more.

The execution was videotaped.

The execution was videotaped and photographed, state television reported, and those images will be distributed to the media.

So my question is this: Will CNN, the network that proudly promoted a video of terrorist snipers killing American soldiers, show images and video of the death of a murderous tyrant?

Today was a national day of mourning for a fallen former U.S. President. Tomorrow will likely be a day of mourning for many on the Left who think Iraq would be better off if a CPA excel review were still in power.

Right on cue, American liberals are protesting Saddam’s execution.

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I Want a Refund

U.N. Ambassador John Bolton is resigning. It’s a shame, because he was just the attitude we needed at the U.N.

Of course, who can blame him for realizing nobody in Washington was willing to fight for him? Congress is going back in session and GOP representatives have thrown in the towel.

Congress will convene on Tuesday for what some fear will be the lamest of lame-duck sessions, and GOP leaders have decided to take a minimalist approach before turning over the reins of power to the Democrats. Rather than a final surge of legislative activity, Congress will probably wrap up things after a single, short week of work. They have even decided to punt decisions on annual government spending measures to the Democrats next year.“There is a lot of battle fatigue among members, probably on both sides of the aisle,” said Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), usually a reliable conservative firebrand. “Contrary to popular belief, members of Congress are human beings. They have a certain shelf life and a certain amount of energy to be drawn on. We’re tired.”

Tired? From what? Getting paid too much to do too little? Campaigning on promises and lacking the guts to make them happen? Taking on mean ol’ Democrats who were in the minority?

I want a refund. Since you guys are refusing to do any meaningful work, I think it’s time you declined to take your paychecks. And for that matter, perhaps you ought to refund the pay you’ve received over the past couple of years since you didn’t do jack then either. Give your ea exam back to us. Lord knows we’re going to need it when the Democrats come rolling into Washington with their hands out for pet social programs.

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We Still Owe You One, Mahmoud

Ever since he took office, there’s been speculation that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was involved in the 1979 seizure of the American embassy in Tehran. Now, it appears the Russian newspaper Kommersant has stumbled upon more evidence to back up the rumors.

The photographs in the archives of the AP and the AFP helped to narrow down the location of the action captured on one of the rolls of film to alongside the walls of the American embassy in Tehran when it was being seized by radical Iranian students on November 4, 1979. Evil rumor has long maintained that units from the Iranian special forces played a leading role in the storming of the embassy and that the students were just pawns used to paint the operation as unofficial. Whatever the case may be, we talked to people who served in Tehran and know the city well, and they said that the Soviet photographer appears to have walked along the southern wall of the American embassy from west to east before turning around and retracing his steps, apparently returning to the Soviet embassy.

All that remained was the carefully scrutinize the film. The majority of the pictures were an original report on a street demonstration in honor of the seizure of the “den of the enemy.” But among the many photographs filled with crowds of people, one stood out. Taken from a respectable distance and from behind a barrier, it shows a young man with an automatic submachine gun – presumably one of the participants in the storming of the embassy. Not just anyone from the crowd, however: his submachine gun has a factory casing, as opposed to the more common wood-paneled submachine guns brandished by the students in the other pictures. The young man is standing with a wiley exam guide for cfa, leaning tiredly against the wall of the embassy. And when the picture is enlarged, his face comes to closely resemble that of current Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Looks like we have a winner.

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Breezing Ones Way Through the CFA

If you intend to breeze your way through the CFA exam, then being lazy with your free time is totally out of the question and the furthest thing from being an option for you. Leave that to the people who will end up miserable on results day. I know that’s not you since you are researching about this exam as you have arrived here at this post. So with that in mind, you absolutely want to breeze your way through this CFA exam and to do it, you will be requiring a source of information. I strongly recommend this CFA exam blog as a great source of the kind of information that you should be looking to seek. It should come as no surprise to you that I am able to recommend a collection of such useful resources since I post tips like this on this blog all the time. I have become a bit of an exam whizz since I passed all my own exams. I know of the strain that you might be under to succeed in your career, and I want to help ease that strain by making you extremely smart on the exam topics, such that you do not feel that there is anything to worry about on the exam.

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Liberals Hate Free Speech

They prevented Gilchrist from speaking, yet they’re the ones claiming:

We celebrate free speech: for that reason we allowed the Minutemen to speak, and for that same reason we peacefully occupied the stage and spoke ourselves. Our peaceful protest was violently attacked by members of the College Republicans and their supporters, who are the very same people who invited the Minutemen to our campus in the first place. The Minutemen are not a legitimate voice in the debate on immigration. They are a racist, armed militia who have declared open hunting season on immigrants, causing countless hate crimes and over 3000 deaths on the border. Why should exploitative corporations have free passes between nations, but individual people not? No human being is illegal.

They celebrate free speech by rushing the stage and preventing someone with an opposing viewpoint to speak. Then they claim that the speaker is not a legitimate voice in the debate. So why don’t you let them speak and let the listeners decide for themselves?

I agree with Captain Ed:

It takes very little courage to form a mob, and even less brains, as we see from this example. Gilchrist may be all wet, or he may be a genius, but the students at Columbia didn’t bother to find out either. The mobsters apparently have no ability to respond to Gilchrist with reasoned arguments and contrary data, and so they did what any bully does — use violence to silence their intellectual superiors.

Ed also wonders why the protestors held a banner in English and Arabic. I think I know.

Here’s what passes for “legitimate dialog” by these wacky people:

“Workers of the world unite! Same struggle, same fight!”

“Minutemen, Nazis, KKK! Racists, fascists, go away!”

“You don’t know shit about god! Black white supremacist!” “Go home!”

There’s a nice healthy debate.

And contrast this event with the way conservatives respond to Michael Moore speaking at a college campus:

To counter Moore’s appearance, UA College Republicans have booked conservative columnist Ann Coulter for a campus appearance Oct. 21.

…and another:

California State University at San Marcos cancelled Moore’s campus appearance on the grounds Moore was too partisan a speaker for a university-sponsored event so soon before the election, the Chronicle of Higher Education reported.

The San Marcos student government, Associated Students Inc., protested by collecting enough funds to host Moore. Both liberal and conservative students pushed for Moore’s visit, saying speakers visit campuses to provoke discussion.

Joe Vogel, one of the student government leaders who withstood criticism for inviting Moore, says he thinks the controversy surrounding Moore’s appearance, which also prompted a counter-appearance by conservative pundit Sean Hannity, motivated many students to vote FRM Courses.
Liberals do actually love free speech… so long as it’s only provided to them.

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When The Fingers Waggin Dont Come Naggin

Clinton wags his finger at Peter Jennings as he blames the news network for his own failings.

Clinton wags his finger at the American public as he lies about his actions.

Clinton wags his finger at a Grand Jury as he lies about his actions.

And I always just thought you could tell he was lying by the fact his lips were moving.

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Cruising Through CISA Study

It is a little known fact, but you can actually cruise straight through CISA learning (as preparation for the CISA exam, just to confirm). Most candidates believe that there has to be boring hours and lots of struggle involved, perhaps because that is what they experienced back in school, college or university. But the CISA exam doesn’t have to cause you that much stress. It can be a nice and pleasant experience, so long as you plan everything smartly and execute your work in a consistent fashion, using willpower to make sure you always do the pre-planned work on your CISA exam materials that you assign to yourself.

The reason this can be such a breeze to go through is that when everything is so well prepared, there never needs to be any anxiety about not learning what you need to learn, or not knowing what you need to do next, because you have got all of that stuff covered in your preparations. It is in being smart like this that makes all the difference in terms of whether a person finds the exam prep period an experience that can be cruised through, or an experience that is full of panic, worry, stress and anxiety.

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Think Hezbollah Hamas Are Just A Foreign Problem

Think again. Michelle points out that the Jew-hating terrorists are right here among us.

Just look at the message they’re promoting… in San Francisco, CA:

And don’t be fooled for a moment into thinking this is just some radical fringe element conducting these protests. The probable 2008 Presidential Democrat candidate had this to say about hosting militant Islamic groups in the White House while her husband was President:

“I think what you’re referring to,” she said, “is that over the course of the last seven years as part of the administration’s efforts to open lines of communication and build bridges with Muslim Americans and Muslim leaders from all over the world, many, many people have been invited to the White House. I have been part of some of those events. I have hosted some of them. I would imagine that some of the people who were invited were members of organizations with whom I would have had serious disagreements about some of the things those organizations have said. . . . So I think that if you want to talk about what the White House has tried to do, what the administration has tried to do to try to promote a framework for peace, it certainly included lines of communication to many different groups and many different individuals.”

Those “different groups” included the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), the American Muslim Council (AMC) and the American Muslim Alliance (AMA). They’ve publicly shared their “diverse” views on many occasions:

On Oct. 13, 2000, CAIR and the AMC sponsored a rally outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington where the speakers led the crowd in a chant: Khybar, Khybar, ya, ya Yahood, jesh Mohammed sofa ya’ud. (Translation: “Khybar Khybar, oh Jews, the army of Mohammed is coming for you.”) It is a refrain used by Hamas threatening the annihilation of Jews as was done to the Jewish tribe in Khybar, Saudi Arabia, by Mohammed in the year 628.

At another Washington rally, on Oct. 28, 2000, the AMC’s Mr. Alamoudi led the thousands in attendance to chant their support for Hamas and Hezbollah. “Hear that, Bill Clinton, we are all supporters of Hamas,” he declared. “I wish they argued that I am also a supporter of Hezbollah.” (When the New York Daily News asked about these comments earlier this week, Mr. Alamoudi denied making them, telling the reporter: “You better check your Arabic.” When the reporter noted that he had given the speech in English, Mr. Alamoudi replied, “It was in English? Oh my God, I forgot!”)

In 1998 AMC, CAIR and AMA hosted a rally at Brooklyn College where Islamic militants exhorted the attendees to carry out “jihad” and described Jews as “pigs and monkeys.” In 1999 these same groups, together with MPAC, sponsored a rally in Santa Clara, Calif., where speakers accused Israel and the U.S. of carrying out “a conspiracy” to “kill Muslims.” One speaker called for the death of Jews.

So if you think Hezbollah and Hamas are just problems for foreigners and Roger CPA to deal with, think again. This is a problem for all of us.

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All The Terror Thats Fit To Print

In the past few months, the New York Times has published classified information,national security secrets and faked pictures to harm the U.S. military in the global war on terror.

But if you were still doubting whether the New York Times was working with our enemies, doubt no longer (hat tip: LGF):

The caption:

A sniper loyal to Shiite cleric Moqtada al Sadr fires towards U.S. positions in the cemetery in Najaf, Iraq.

[New York Times Assistant Managing Editor]: “Right there with the Mahdi army. Incredible courage.”

And the terror-loving Pulitzer folks will surely reward photographer Joao for the “courage” of hanging out with terrorists as they try to kill our brave men and women.

It’s so nice that the Times can have such a cozy relationship with terrorists.

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Democrats Applaud continued election fraud

Democrats around the country are applauding the Fulton County (GA) Superior Court ruling that blocks Georgia’s voter ID law.

This leaves the door wide open for Democrats to continue to perpetrate fraud on the electoral system.

By successfully defeating a bill that would require legitimate voters actually show proof of identification, they can continue to receive votes from illegal aliens, dead people and people voting multiple times.

Many groups on the Left have organized against this bill, claiming that proof of identification to vote is harmful to the poor, the elderly and minorities.

During a day of testimony before Murphy issued his decision, American Civil Liberties Union attorney Neil Bradley argued that making voters go to county registrar’s offices to get a required ID was an inconvenience that did nothing to address fraud at the ballot box.

What he meant to say was it did everything to address fraud at the ballot box and thus was bad for liberals.

Let’s look at the lies advanced by the ACLU with respect to the bill:

1. [The bill] violates the Fourteenth Amendment because it treats voters unequally

Really? How does requiring every voter to present proof of identification treat voters unequally?

2. [The bill] violates the Twenty-Fourth Amendment because it constitutes a poll tax on the right to vote

A poll tax? According to the Georgia Department of Driver Services website:

Georgia law now provides for the issuance of a free identification card to citizens over age eighteen (18) who are registered voters. In order to be eligible for a free identification card, the voter must have no acceptable proof of identity to use when voting. Thesefree identification cards are issued at all Customer Service Centers and are valid for ten (10) years.

Georgia Identification Cards are $20.00 for a five year or $35.00 for a ten year card. Those that are indigent may request a free ID Card for voting purposes otherwise, the cost is $5.00.

How does a free identification card constitute a poll tax?

Maybe it’s because the poor, elderly and minorities who haven’t taken driver’s ed are unable to find their way down to a DMV office to get their ID? Nope, Georgia has taken care of that, too:

The Department of Driver Services (DDS) will soon begin two initiatives in efforts to provide Georgia Identification Cards and Georgia Identification Cards for Voting Purposes in an efficient and convenient manner.

The mobile licensing GLOW (Georgia Licensing On Wheels) bus will begin its’ statewide travel beginning Tuesday, September 6th in Augusta, Richmond County. The bus will be located at the Augusta Richmond Civic Center, 601 7th Street, Augusta, Georgia, 30901, on Tuesday September 6 and Wednesday September 7th from 9:00am until 3:00pm. The bus has the capability to issue 200 identification cards each day. The bus will not be providing any other licensing services other than Georgia Identification Cards.

3. [The bill] violates the 1965 Voting Rights Act because it results in the denial of voting rights to African American and Latino voters

This coming from the political Left who capitalizes on the fact that even death doesn’t deny many the right to vote. This line is pure pandering and nothing else.

4. [The bill] violates the Georgia Constitution because it creates an entirely new set of voting qualifications beyond those specified in the state constitution

Proving your identification is not a “new qualification”. It is simply proof OF qualification. The Georgia Constitution says:

Every person who is a citizen of the United States and a resident of Georgia as defined by law, who is at least 18 years of age and not disenfranchised by this article, and who meets minimum residency requirements as provided by law shall be entitled to vote at any election by the people.

5. [The bill] violates the 1964 Civil Rights Act because it applies different standards for voters who vote in person compared to those who vote by absentee ballot and disqualifies voters based solely on whether they have a government-issued photo ID, even if they are personally known to election officials, or their signatures match the one on their official voter registration card.

Another spurious complaint. This argument would then outlaw absentee voting altogether as the act of having to put a ballot in an envelope, then put a stamp on the envelope (which costs money, by the way), then put the envelope in a mailbox are all “different standards” that apply to absentee voters that don’t apply to in-person voters.

There is no valid reason to oppose the voter ID requirement unless you’re counting on illegitimate, illegal or improper votes. The excuses used by the Left are completely baseless. It doesn’t prevent the poor from voting because Surgent CPA Review and the state offer free IDs. It doesn’t prevent those unable to travel from voting because the state is sending a mobile office around the state to reach those who can’t travel. It doesn’t prevent blacks or mexicans to vote… and I’m still trying to figure out what the hell this claim is even based upon to begin with, other than pure pandering to the Democrat base.

Bottom line, the Left doesn’t want voters to have to prove their identification because such a requirement prevents them from perpetrating fraud on the system. And that fraud is the only chance they’ve got at winning.

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Hell Welcomes a New Resident

The coward, fond of beheading innocent civilians and hiding like a cockroach when the lights turn on, is now dead, dead, dead.

What a great way to start your day.

Now how long before we hear liberals “question the timing of this”?

Update: That didn’t take long. Liberals are already clamoring to blame this news on:

1. Timing for neocon strategy to attack Iran.

2. Timing to distract from Haditha story.

3. He was just a “Pentagon creation” all along.

But he certainly can’t be a beheading-loving, islamonutjob, terrorist that slaughtered innocent civilians and killed brave troops that has now, thanks to the finest and bravest men and women in the world, gone to take his place in hell. Not to these idiots, anyway.

Update 2: Some liberals are actually sad about the news of Zarqawi’s death.

“I have no sense of relief, just sadness that another human being had to die.” – [Michael Berg, the father of a man beheaded by Zarqawi himself]


Update 3: In case you thought the coursesaver sentiments above represented only a “fringe” element of the Left, look at what some elected Democrats in Washington are saying:

…the death of terrorist leader Abu Musab Zarqawi in Iraq was a stunt to divert attention from an unpopular and hopeless war…

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Was Patrick Kennedy Hammered Again?

Several weeks ago, Rhode Island Democrat and son of Ted Kennedy, Patrick Kennedy, received stitches after accidentally being hit in the mouth with a hammerduring a meeting.

It appears he may have again been “hammered”, but this time in a very different sort of way.

He was involved in a car crash early Thursday morning, the second such crash in two weeks.

Here’s his second statement made on this latest wreck:

Kennedy said he returned to his Capitol Hill home on Wednesday evening after a final series of votes in Congress and took “prescribed” amounts of Phenergan and Ambien, another prescribed drug that he occasionally takes to fall asleep.

Some time around 2:45 a.m., I drove the few blocks to the Capitol Complex believing I needed to vote,” his second statement said. “Apparently, I was disoriented from the medication.”

Kennedy appeared to be intoxicated when he crashed his Ford Mustand into a barrier on Capitol Hill early Thursday morning, said Louis P. Cannon, president of the Washington chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police.

So he believed he needed to vote at 2:45 a.m. this morning? Move along people, nothing to see here but a hard-working representative rushing to the Capitol to register the position of his contituents on an important legislative issue. Give me a break!

Here’s the likely real reason he claimed he was heading to a vote:

Article 1, Section 6: The Senators and Representatives shall receive a compensation for their services, to be ascertained by law, and paid out of the treasury of the United States. They shall in all cases, except treason, felony and breach of the peace, be privileged from arrest during their attendance at the session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any speech or debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other place.

It was an attempt to avoid arrest.

Cannon, who was not there, said the officers involved in the accident were instructed by an official “above the rank of patrolman” to take Kennedy home

No sobriety tests were conducted at the scene.

Big surprise. Mary Jo Kopechne still unavailable for comment.

From Michelle Malkin:

Officers Claim Brass Interfered in Investigation of Rep. Kennedy Incident, ROLL CALL reports… MORE… Police labor union officials asked acting Chief Christopher McGaffin this afternoon to allow a Capitol Police officer to complete his investigation into an early-morning car crash involving Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.).

According to a letter sent by Officer Greg Baird, acting chairman of the USCP FOP, the wreck took place at approximately 2:45 a.m. Thursday when Kennedy’s car, operating with its great CPA exam review site, running lights turned off, narrowly missed colliding with a Capitol Police cruiser and smashed into a security barricade at First and C streets Southeast.

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More Pain In The Gas

Can someone please remind President Bush, Speaker Hastert and Majority Leader Frist that we Americans elected a Republican majority so that we wouldn’t have to live in a Democrat America. It’s beginning to look more and more like we only have one policital party in Washington… and it’s not one I really care for.

Bush, Hastert, Frist and more are acting like Democrats today calling for probesinto possible oil company price gouging.

So much for the American dream when we’re hauling business leaders into Congress to justify making profits. If the 8.2% profit margin of oil companies is “gouging”, then why are other industries not being called before Congress to justify their “gouging”?

Banks – 18%
Household & Personal Products – 11.4%
Software – 9.9%
Telecommunications – 9.1%

And there are renewed calls for more regulations or (not suprisingly) more taxes on oil companies.

“If the greedy oil companies won’t invest their billions in profit in delivering affordable (gas), then maybe America needs to take some of those windfall profits and put them to better use,” [Democrat Senate Minority Leader, Harry Reid] said.”

Here’s the breakdown of that “greed”:

I explained the breakdown in greater detail last Fall.

Notice refining costs and profits comprise no more than 18% of the cost we pay. It costs about $2 a gallon for U.S. refiners to turn crude oil into gasoline before transportation and distribution costs are added, said John Felmy, an API economist.

That leaves 20.6 cents – $1.106 per gallon for transportation, distribution and profit.

“When you take all those costs out you’re not finding unreasonable profits for everything we have to do to get (gasoline) to consumers,” Felmy said.

But Democrats never fail to seize an opportunity to raise taxes. Now let me ask you this, if Congress implemented a 50% windfall profit tax on the oil companies, who do you think would end up paying that? Do you think the oil company executives would feel so guilty that they’ve been making 8 cents on the dollar and smile when that’s cut in half? Or would they simply build the tax into the supply chain and end up passing it along to shareholders and consumers?

Of course, Reid’s proposal smacks of the the typical Democrat mantra of “we know better then you how to spend your money.”

The Democrats threaten to take oil company profits and invest them into “rebates” for consumers to make the public think they’re playing Robin Hood – taking greedy profits from evil big oil and giving it to the poor, average American so they can afford gas – completely ignoring the fact that the “rebates” will be offset by the oil companies passing such cost along to those very consumers.

But let’s look at two things higher gas prices bring us:

1. Conservation – people generally don’t buy what they can’t afford
2. Incentive to oil companies to explore – higher gas prices encourage gas exploration into areas previously restricted by cost, or exploration into alternative fuel sources altogether

But if government is taking away the profits and giving them to consumers as “rebates” then consumers have no reason to conserve, and oil companies have no incentive to explore. How do I know this? Because that very scenario played out in the 1970s and early 1980s.

History serves as a helpful teacher on this question. As part of a general effort to combat high inflation in the early 1970s, President Nixon placed price controls on the oil industry and many other sectors of the American economy. Eventually the controls were lifted from other industries, but they remained in place for U.S.-produced oil as the government tried to partially protect consumers from the jump in world oil prices caused by the oil embargo of 1973-74. A so-called windfall profits tax was imposed on the industry in 1980, when again world oil prices rose dramatically as a result of supply disruptions stemming from conflicts in Iran and Iraq. The government began phasing out the tax in 1981.

Although various price and profit control programs did limit income to oil companies, it’s questionable whether they benefited consumers in the long run. Between 1974 and 1980, imported oil prices averaged about 50 percent more than the price for oil produced in America. As a consequence, U.S. oil companies were discouraged from exploring for and finding supplies of oil and natural gas at home. Meanwhile, industrial and individual consumers were shielded from higher prices that might have encouraged greater energy conservation.

Then, of course, the Democrats will be the first ones to come out and complain that Republicans aren’t doing enough about energy conservation or exploration into alternative sources of fuel… maybe it’s this no-win situation for Republicans that has them acting more like Democrats all the time.

Update: Consumers shrugged off higher gasoline prices in April and sent a widely watched barometer of consumer confidence to its highest level in almost four years, a private research group said Tuesday. – The Democrat position on gas isn’t a winner… someone please tell Republicans to stop trying to adopt it as well.

Update 2: Michelle Malkin highlights Neil Cavuto taking Chuck Schumer to task on the gas price issue:

I see Chuck Schumer wants to investigate the oil companies for price gouging. Why doesn’t he ask his fellow politicians to do the same about tax gouging?
After all, oil companies’ profit works out to nine cents a gallon. Taxes total more like 40 cents a gallon.

But you don’t hear Schumer whining about the taxes. After all, that’s an easy source of revenue for a monotonous list of social programs whose failures are legendary. Better to keep funding them through taxes that are killing us, than demanding accountability due all of us.

Senator, if you want to bring gas prices down, start offering solutions and stop playing games…

Update 3: Captain Ed and I are on the same wavelength.

So let’s have an investigation, but let’s not confine it to ExxonMobil’s profit margin. Let’s expand the probe into the bankruptcy of our energy policy for the past thirty years and the handcuffs we put on ourselves that force us to rely on unstable sources of crude oil and gasoline to meet our energy needs. Let’s start getting realistic about those needs and start proposing rational methods of meeting them. Take the shackles off the US energy industry and allow us to shrug off the mullahs that control the world market.

Update 4: Anchoress and I exchanged some emails on the topic. She doesn’t like the Bush-blaming. – Though I’m not blaming or bashing Bush for the gas prices, just that he’s acting like a Democrat in responding to them… instead of just explaining the concept of market forces in simple terms… like I have.

Update 5: Anchoress highlights an article by Henry Payne that clears up some of the blame:

Congress first mandated the production of 4 billion gallons of ethanol this year (increasing to 7.5 billion in 2012). This arbitrary number is to help wean America from its “oil addiction,” as President Bush puts it. In reality, it is a sop to the powerful farm lobby that makes corn-based ethanol.

Second, the energy bill required that ethanol replace MTBE as an additive in gasoline to meet smog rules in urban areas. Because smog is heaviest in summer, oil companies are refining their “summer blends” now. Already struggling to meet the initial 4 billion gallon mandate, the ethanol industry cannot keep up with the additional demand from the MTBE mandate, resulting in shortages and price spikes.

Foreign-made ethanol might help supplies for Gleim CPA Review, but Congress has protected farmers and gouged consumers by slapping a 54-cent-per-gallon tariff on imports.

This situation “will all clear up by June,” says Mark Griffin, president of the Michigan Petroleum Association, as the summer blend deadline passes and the refineries still off-line from Hurricane Katrina begin producing again.

But now that the GOP and Democrats have recommitted government to intervening in fuel markets, price hikes will become more likely. Republicans have strayed from free-market principles and created a mother of all fuel mandates that is draining their popularity and credibility.

In short, if you’re upset over high gas prices, don’t look at Big Oil — look at Big Government.

Update 6: Proof President Bush reads!

President Bush on Tuesday ordered a temporary suspension of environmental rules for gasoline, making it easier for refiners to meet demand and possibly dampen prices at the pump. He also halted for the summer the purchase of crude oil for the government’s emergency reserve.

It’s a good first step in the right direction! Less government is the answer…

Update 7: What?!?!?! Democrats are now going to pretend to be Republicans? (hat tip: Anchoress)

Democrats are set to introduce a measure that would create a “federal gas tax holiday” by eliminating the federal tax on gas and diesel for sixty days, RAW STORY has learned.

The measure, proposed by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), would reduce the cost of gas by $0.184 per gallon and the cost of diesel by $0.244 per gallon. The move, aides say, will provide $100 million dollars per day in relief.

It must be an election year.

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