The Albany Herald newspaper was as sweet as summer wine this morning. It seems that Rush Limbaugh and the extreme right are upset that Georgia Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson are part of “Gang of 10” energy proposal
Their energy plan would allow drilling 50 miles off the coasts of Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia, and the Gulf coast of Florida; while eliminating tax breaks for the oil and gas industry to generate $30 billion in revenue, with the money used to fund a new investment in alternative energy.
Other Republicans back an “all of the above” bill that would allow far more new drilling all along the East and West coasts and in restricted areas of Alaska, without the tax increase on domestic producers.
Chambliss and Isakson dismiss the criticism, arguing that voters want Congress to set aside differences and agree on something that will make a difference – even if it requires trade-offs. “Usually if the extremes are raising cain, it means you’re doing something right,” said Chambliss.
I am still asleep and dreaming or did the two senators from Georgia just take about a third of their party behind the woodshed. Senators represent the whole state and not just sections of people or just the people who elected them. People act like their party can not be wrong in the same way people act like their family members are never wrong. News flash: your party can be wrong and your brother might be nuts.
Bickering fueled by talk radio and T.V. makes for fun entertainment but is not beneficial to our nation. I am proud of the fact that the Democrats in the Georgia congressional delegation often work across party lines to seek compromise that is in the state’s best interest and that’s why Rep. Jim Marshall should have been in Denver at DNC Convention arguing that some of our Democrat platform was extreme left.
Then I read the Cal Thomas column about a conversation he had with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush about why the Republicans lost the majorities in both houses of Congress. Jeb Bush said that House Minority Leader John Boehner has confessed to “mistakes” by Republicans when they held the majority. Governor Bush believes too many Republican leaders are “in denial” about why they lost their majority.
Dialog, understanding, negotiations, analysis, reasoning, logic and compromise are elements of proper governing. This Project Logic Ga contributor respects Isakson and Chambliss for putting governing over bickering; and any extreme supporters they might lose will be replaced by many more sensible centrists – ask Senator Nunn.