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Some relief, maybe?

Gas prices are ABSURD. We can all agree on this, despite our political differences.

Today, George W. Bush announced that we will stop filling the strategic oil reserve in order to reduce prices. That is a good thing. Good job, W. Yes, I am complimenting our president. This is the first time.

However, I seem to remember this being discussed once before. I believe it was during the year 2000, a few months before Bush v. Gore took center stage. Sure, it was a different time. Some may even say it was a different world. Circumstances were not as dire as they are today, but the dookie was still flying off those fan blades in record quantities.

If I am not mistaken (and I'm not), Gore proposed stopping the flow of excess oil into the strategic reserves in order to lower prices at the pump. In fact, I've got a CNN transcript of what then Governor Bush said in response to Gore's plan.

What was it, exactly, that Bush said six years ago?

Ah, yes. Here it is.
"The Strategic Reserve is an insurance policy meant for a sudden disruption of our energy supply or for war. Strategic Reserve should not be used as an attempt to drive down oil prices right before an election. It should not be used for short-term political gain at the cost of long-term national security."
Burn, baby. Burn. He did the right thing, at the megar cost of poking another hole in his credibility. Not like his rep isn't riddled with bullet-holes aready, but SHEESH! He is doing exactly what he criticised others for proposing. And right before an election, at that.

Hypocrite.

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