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July 25, 2005

Did Tom DeLay Just Lose a Legislative Battle?

Posted by Nick Beaudrot

CBS News -- which I try to use as a barometer of what non-cable news is covering -- has this story on their gateway page: "Congress Nearing Energy Bill Deal". Let's pause for a moment about the thought of giving oil and natural gas extraction even more tax favored status at a time when Exxon Mobil literally has more money than it knows what to do with.

Now that that's over, let's get to the real news: "House and Senate conferees abandoned giving makers of the gasoline additive MTBE liability protection against environmental lawsuits on Sunday, removing the major roadblock to enactment of broad energy legislation". This is significant, because House Leadership, in the form of DeLay and his collegaue "Smokey" Joe Barton (R-TX) have had a monomaniacal obsession with protecting the poor small-market gasoline manufacturers from the big bad environmental groups. It seems strange for them to give up on their favorite pet rock when they are so close to victory. So are they now secretly plotting to scuttle the whole bill? Or has Tom DeLay just lost for the first time in years?

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Too soon to tell, IMO. When the final conference report ready for voting is released 15 minutes before the vote, we may see that the MTBE stuff is back, hidden in some obscure provision and perhaps using more general language.

Even if MTBE suit protection is gone, we shouldn't expect the final law to lean very close to the Senate version. Delay is not dead yet - they've run out of oaken staves. Mummies!

It would be nice if in eight years we could get one sensible law out of the Bush regime.

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | Jul 25, 2005 3:07:57 AM

Another item to watch for in the final bill: repeal of the Public Utilities Holding Company Act (PUHCA). PUHCA repeal is a wet dream for utilities and energy companies. With repeal, Wall Street can engineer the takeover of public utilities by anyone.

Read that leveraged buyouts with you paying the interest charges on junk bonds, and local utility taxes being collected at state/local level but not paid because they are offset by holding company losses elsewhere.

Picture your local utility owned by Chevron/Texaco or BP, or your friendly Chinese government.

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | Jul 25, 2005 3:22:17 AM

It seems you have run out of something to post and are down to sheer speculation. Well, here's something relevant to current events and is a lot more interesting:


July 22, 2005, 2:13 p.m.
Looking the Wrong Way
New York City’s new search policy is a waste.

http://nationalreview.com/comment/mac_donald200507221413.asp

Time to get real: Only Muslims commit Islamic terrorism. By definition.

Ask Osama bin Laden, who called on Muslims, and Muslims only, to kill Americans wherever they can find us.
Yet the New York Police Department has promised that its new policy of subway bag checks will be scrupulously random. This senseless sacrifice to political correctness will waste precious police resources with little improvement in public safety.
The British police have just released photos of the suspects in the Thursday subway bomb attempts. Did the police look for freckled-face Irish lassies on the subway videotapes? Unlikely. The suspects all appear to be South Asian or North African. The British are indifferent to the civil-libertarian hysterics because they were just attacked and fear they will soon be again. It will apparently take another strike on U. S. soil to wake up NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly and the rest of the American law-enforcement establishment that public safety comes before political correctness.

Posted by: Robert Zimmerman | Jul 25, 2005 7:55:04 AM

Rob, that's great until AQ gets caucasian islamic converts to carry out their attacks. Then all our racial profiling is for nothing.

Posted by: verplanck colvin | Jul 25, 2005 10:17:31 AM

Rob, that's great until AQ gets caucasian islamic converts to carry out their attacks. Then all our racial profiling is for nothing.

If you wish to catch fish, you fish where the fish are. For the present, the fish are men 18-45 of middle eastern and African descent. *If* the fish become something different than they have been for the last 20 years, then we will change our fishing hole.


Posted by: Robert Zimmerman | Jul 25, 2005 10:29:27 AM

Even if it's safe to assume you're right, Rob ; you're dealing with a large disaffected group who are shit on enough. I'm almost to the point of wondering if too much pressure won't be worse than saying "fuck it" and putting on a show for the rubes while supposedly trolling in an operation that doesn't look too promising (cops have to look like they're doing something to moderate the heat when assigned "Mission Improbable").Cede a point ; TPMF (tet lead) was known bad news; the replacement was merely an unknown quantity.

Posted by: opit | Jul 25, 2005 2:39:50 PM

Even if it's safe to assume you're right, Rob ; you're dealing with a large disaffected group who are shit on enough.

Let's back up here and realize that I am advocating something that vastly improves public safety and makes perfect sense while Opit, here, is worried about "feelings". Kinda says it all, doesn't it?

Posted by: Robert Zimmerman | Jul 25, 2005 4:42:58 PM

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Posted by: peter.w | Sep 17, 2007 2:37:22 AM

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