Wednesday, July 27, 2005

HAPPINESS IN GOP LAND: DIRTY TRICKS A LA TOM DELAY PREVAIL

GOP/TOM DELAY, THE ESSENCE OF ETHICAL BEHAVIOR, AND A MAN OF HIGH PRINCIPLES AND MORAL STATURE, SNEAKS PROVISION INTO BILL, AFTER THE CONFERENCE WAS CLOSED TO DISCUSS OR REJECT FURTHER AMENDMENTS, AWARDING HALLIBURTON…..

(HALLIBURTON, YOU WONDER, CONFUSED AND PERPLEXED, THAT IS, IF YOU POSSESS AN OUNCE OF INTELLIGENCE IN YOUR BRAIN AND A HALF OUNCE OF MORAL FIBER IN YOUR SOUL.)

YES, MY DEAR FRIEND

HALLIBURTON. HALLIBURTON

HALLIBURTON

THE COMPANY OF

NONE OTHER THAN

SMOOTH TALKING TRICKY DICK CHENEY

YES, HALLIBURTON, THE COMPANY INVESTIGATED FOR GROSS AND DISGUSTING OVERCHARGES TO THE U.S. OF A.

THAT IS, US.

YOU, ME, WE THE PEOPLE.

AT THE EXPENSE OF OUR SOLDIERS WELL-BEING AND LIVES.

But of course you knew all of this on some level, did you not? Cheney says he is no longer involved with Halliburton but he receives monetary payments from the company in one form or another, call it what they will in the upper 0.5% of income earners - bottom line - money received is money received, so, please, give us all a break. Tricky Dick Boy II is an involved and willing participant in the twisting and corruption of the Bill. Some of us are keeping the scores, dudes.

GUESS WHO THE OTHER BENEFICIARY OF THE “BILL” IS?

TAKE A GUESS.

ONE TINY AND SORRY GUESS.

READY?

ROLL THE DRUMS
OR

READY THE PRIMAL SCREAM.

TAKE YOUR PICK. WHATEVER SUITS YOU.

SILENCE CAN BE SOOTHING, TOO.

HERE WE GO........................ DRUMS.....SCREAM.....SILENCE.....

SUGAR LAND TEXAS, SUBURB OF HOUSTON, THE OIL CAPITOL OF THE U.S.

AND HOME OF TOM DELAY, THE EXTERMINATOR.

You would think these guys would lay low and play by the rules, given the fact that the stench of the CIA leak scandal sewage is slowly but surely seeping toward the White House top aides and possibly the President himself. Not to mention that the MSM media and press has finally risen from its pathetic slumber and are awakening to what many of us have known for some time.

But oh no! The necons are clearly out of control and cannot stop their dirty dealings. They are addicted to and drunk with power. Maybe Tommy Boy misses being in the limelight of scandal where he can thumb his nose to the American public with the swagger and sneer of a typical neocon.

Time for intervention, dudes and dudettes, like, uh, Karen Hughes.

Serious intervention.

It would be nice if we were discussing mere individuals with a vast number of very complex and challenging problems, but this lot is not some poor pathetic individual in need of treatment. It is a movement of extremist radicals who are hell bent on an ideology that is taking us straight to hell.

LS


Waxman letter: Repubs secretly added provision into energy bill

07/27/2005 @ 6:37 pm

RAW STORY received today a letter from Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA) to House Speaker Dennis Hastert today regarding a $1.5 billion provision benefiting oil and gas companies, Halliburton, and Sugar Land, Texas, that was inserted into the energy legislation after it had been closed to further amendment. Writes Waxman:

The provision at issue is a 30-page subtitle called "Ultra-Deepwater and Unconventional Natural Gas and Other Petroleum Resources."[1] This subtitle, which was taken from the House-passed energy bill, was mysteriously inserted in the final energy legislation after the legislation was closed to further amendment.

Obviously, it would be a serious abuse to secretly slip such a costly and controversial provision into the energy legislation.

Although the name of the subtitle refers to "ultra-deepwater and unconventional natural gas,"it appears that the $1.5 billion fund created by the subtitle can in fact be used for many oil and gas projects.

The text of the letter follows.

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July 27, 2005

The Honorable J. Dennis Hastert
Speaker
U.S. House of Representatives
H232 Capitol
Washington, DC 20515-6501

Dear Mr. Speaker:

I am writing to draw to your attention a provision in the Energy Conference Report that raises serious procedural and substantive concerns. At its essence, this provision is a $1.5 billion giveaway to the oil industry, Halliburton, and Sugar Land, Texas. The provision was inserted into the energy legislation after the conference was closed, so members of the conference committee had no opportunity to consider or reject this measure. Before the final energy legislation is brought to the House floor, this provision should be deleted.

The provision at issue is a 30-page subtitle called "Ultra-Deepwater and Unconventional Natural Gas and Other Petroleum Resources."[1] This subtitle, which was taken from the House-passed energy bill, was mysteriously inserted in the final energy legislation after the legislation was closed to further amendment. The conferees were told that they would have the opportunity to consider and vote on the provisions in the conference report. But the subtitle was not included in the base text circulated to conferees, and it was never offered as an amendment.

Instead, the new subtitle first appeared in the text of the energy legislation only after Chairman Barton had gaveled the conference over. Obviously, it would be a serious abuse to secretly slip such a costly and controversial provision into the energy legislation.

On the merits, the subtitle is an indefensible giveaway to one of the most profitable industries in America. The provision establishes a $1.5 billion fund, up to $550 million of which would be dedicated direct spending, which is not subject to the normal congressional appropriations process. Although the name of the subtitle refers to "ultra-deepwater and unconventional natural gas," it appears that the $1.5 billion fund created by the subtitle can in fact be used for many oil and gas projects. According to the language of the subtitle, oil and gas companies can apply for funds for a wide variety of activities, including activities involving "innovative exploration and production techniques" or "enhanced recovery techniques."[2] While oil and gas companies could be required to contribute to the costs of their projects, the subtitle expressly provides that the Department has discretion to reduce or eliminate any such contribution.[3]

The subtitle appears to steer the administration of 75% of the $1.5 billion fund to a private consortium located in the district of Majority Leader Tom DeLay.[4] Ordinarily, a large fund like this would be administered directly by the government. The subtitle, however, directs the Department to "contract with a corporation that is constructed as a consortium."[5] The leading contender for this contract appears to be the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) consortium, housed in the Texas Energy Center in Sugar Land, Texas.[6] Halliburton is a member of RPSEA and sits on the board, as does Marathon Oil Company.[7] The subtitle provides that the consortium can keep up to 10% of the funds - in this case, over $100 million - in administrative expenses.[8]

The subtitle further provides that members of the consortium, such as Halliburton and Marathon Oil, can receive awards from the over $1 billion fund administered by the consortium.[9]

In short, the subtitle provides that taxpayers will hire a private consortium controlled by the oil and gas industry to hand out over $1 billion to oil and gas companies. There is no conceivable rationale for this extraordinary largess. The oil and gas industry is reporting record income and profits. According to one analyst, the net income of the top oil companies will total $230 billion in 2005.[10] If Congress has an extra $1.5 billion to give away, the money should be used to help families struggling to pay for soaring gasoline prices - not to further enrich oil and gas companies that are rolling in profits.

In recent years, Congress has been repeatedly embarrassed by the mysterious insertion of provisions in omnibus legislation. Last year, for example, we learned only after House action that the 3,000 page, $388 billion omnibus spending bill allowed members and staff of the Appropriations Committee to examine the tax returns of ordinary Americans.[11] We should not allow this to happen again. The Energy Conference Report should not be brought to the House floor until this objectionable provision is deleted and there is ample opportunity for members to read the legislation and delete any other problematic provisions.

Thank you for your attention to this problem.
Sincerely,

Henry A. Waxman Ranking Minority Member

cc: The Honorable Nancy Pelosi

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