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Former Texas Secretary of State Geoffrey O'Connor Attacks Democrats-Peter Stern Smacks Him Back

20 February 2007 at 10:25:56 AM

O'Connor wrote an editorial to the North Texas E-News in which he said, in part:

Meanwhile, the Worldwatch Institute, while it lauded Bush's biofuels proposals, dismissed his other calls for more nuclear energy, clean coal and greater domestic oil and natural gas exploration. It said that it "would fall to Congress to develop the kind of solid, far reaching national commitment to renewable resources and efficiency that will be needed to fuel a strong domestic economy and lower the consumption of oil and other fossil fuels."

So, here we go again. You can almost see history repeating itself. Democrats in Congress will ignore Bush's domestic oil and natural gas and nuclear energy proposals, instead aggressively pursuing alternative fuels and new fuel efficiency measures. That's exactly what happened with the late President Ford's sweeping energy package proposed after the Arab oil embargo of 1973. Congress supported his energy conservation initiatives and measures regarding solar and wind power, but gave only limited support for old fashioned domestic energy. Alternative fuels have a key role to play in our nation's energy needs, but we still must be mindful that such fuels cannot entirely replace our needs for more stable sources for crude.

If Congressional Democrats expect that more biofuels, wind, and solar power plus a boost in auto mileage can solve all of our energy problems, then we're in trouble.

Well, that smearing of Democrats got Peter Stern, who is a Republican,  of Dripping Springs annoyed and he wrote a letter to the editor

Dear Editor:
This letter is in response to former Texas Sec. of State Geoffrey S. O'Connor's editorial titled "So, here we go again...", which apparently is yet another attack on the Democratic majority in Congress.  My wife and I are long-time Republicans, since the Eisenhower administration back in the 1950's.  Mr. O'Connor's myopic opinion embellishes why we have such a wide schism in our political system, so many disenchanted voters and so many social and economic issues at home.
While during his term as Secretary of State, Mr. O'Connor refused to take more seriously the issue of Voter Fraud and Voting Machine Integrity.  Despite many issues highlighting the need for taking serious action, Mr. O'Connor permitted lax oversight by his staff, while reiterating publicly that the issue of fraud and integrity are secure and dismissed any concerns on the issue.
History shows that was a big mistake and there still are many problems with Diebold (large contributor to the Bush campaigns) and other election machines.  In addition there have been many cases of voter fraud won by the Office of the Texas Attorney General.  In fact, former Secretary of State O'Connor was wrong then and he's wrong now.
He states that history repeats itself, that Democrats blindly are against Bush's plans to cut gasoline usage and to explore alternative fuels.  In actually, once again it is Mr. O'Connor who is wearing the blinders in his view of what is really going on regarding major issues.
In his last paragraph Mr. O'Connor instructs us that, "Albert Einstein once said a good definition of insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting different results."  Mr. O'Connor and other misled Americans need to use that logic and apply it more intelligently and responsibly.
While it is true that we must explore alternative energy, to say that not doing so is the sole fault of the Democrats is being over-simplistic and misleading. 
Regarding energy, in reality it is the leaders of the energy/oil industries who hold the key to resolving this issue, which just happens also to be our President's business interest (oil).  Wealthy energy corporations provide legislators with huge contributions to campaign funds.  Currently it is NOT in the industry's "best interests" to forge ahead with alternative fuel plans.
In fact, it is the same companies who are being provided lucrative contracts by the Bush administration in its many efforts around the world, including Iraq and Afghanistan.  In addition, the Bush family for generations has held close ties and allegiances with Mid-East governments and leaders, e.g., Saudi Arabia, and it is these same groups who control the World's oil via OPEC.  So, do Bush and his special interest associates want to pursue alternative fuels?  Well, the reality is that they are --- but not "full steam ahead."  If they could replace current profits by providing alternative fuels, they would do so more quickly, but they can't, so they don't.
Just because Pres. Bush publicly gives lip-service to alternative energy doesn't mean he actually strives towards that goal.  He gave the same speech on that issue when he ran for his 1st and 2nd terms.  If he really wanted to get the US on track with an alternative fuel plan, he could have 'rammed it down our throats" as he's done so many times with the plans and needs of his wealthy special interests.
Furthermore, we can and should apply Mr. O'Connor's comment to the ongoing War in Iraq. 
Yes, "So, here we go again..." Pres. Bush wants US taxpayers to foot the bill for increased spending and to send more money, arms and US soldiers into Iraq.  And yes, "history repeats itself".  We haven't been successful in Iraq, so now we should throw in more money after multiple failures? 
In truth, we are spending more tax dollars on Iraqis and their government than we are spending for our own system and people.  Millions of American citizens are without jobs and are hurting financially, yet we continue to cut and/or outsource American jobs and provide more financial resources in planning overseas ventures than we apply here in the US, where we REALLY need them.
"So, here we go again..." and history does repeat itself. 
Instead of Mr. O'Connor taking a more reality-based look at the issues, he is circumventing the realities.  He is like so many of our politicians and business leaders who try to speak for all Americans, yet they live in a different world reality than the rest of us.

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