Drill, baby, drill! It worked.

Drill, baby, drill! It worked.

How about those low gas prices? Who can we thank for them? Well, a number of people, none of which, however, are in the Obama administration. The “Drill, baby, drill” policy of the states have worked; something that Obama said was a lie.

But first, a follow-up on a story last episode about the Atlanta fire chief that published a book with his Christians views, and was docked a month’s pay and suspended. Upon returning from that suspension, he was promptly fired. Another shot on the religious liberty front.

And finally, we have a bounty on the head of a terrorist that we used to have in Guantanamo. I think it might have cost less just to keep him incarcerated.

Mentioned links:

Reed: Atlanta fire chief terminated following book controversy

Klobuchar says U.S. is world’s No. 1 oil producer

Saudi Arabia’s $750 Billion Bet Drives Brent Oil Below $54

Fracking Debunks Obama’s ‘We Can’t Drill Our Way Out’

Oops! U.S. Offers $5 Mil Reward for Al Qaeda Terrorist it Released From Gitmo

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Show transcript

I have a follow-up to a story I highlighted in my last episode, when I listed a number of stories where Christians were being shut out of the culture and the rights we all have, until now, enjoyed. I mentioned that Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran had been given administrative leave and docked a month’s pay for publishing a book which had his Christian views on (among other things) homosexuality in it. Upon his return, however, the mayor, Kasim Reed, had a New Year’s gift for him; a pink slip.

The mayor says the city’s ethics officer was not consulted before the book was published. Cochran says he did get permission. The mayor told Cochran not to speak to the media about the suspension. Cochran says he didn’t, but did speak to religious groups. Further, Cochran said he gave a copy of the book to Mayor Reed’s executive assistant a year ago, and says the mayor confirmed getting the copy, so this is not some out-of-the-blue surprise.

The mayor says it’s not an issue of religious beliefs, but of judgment. Perhaps, but why is it even a judgment issue. Apparently, at least to Atlanta’s mayor, expressing your religious beliefs is now an ethical problem.

I know I’m getting old, but I remember a time when we had a First Amendment.

Which country is producing the most oil in the world? Saudi Arabia, right? Well here’s the thing. If you answered that, you’d have been right…a couple years ago. Right now, however, the US is the number 1 oil producing country. Have you seen the prices at the pump recently? If you’re on Facebook, you’ve likely seen folks posting pictures of sub-$2 gas prices. So who can we thank for that?

We can start by thanking Texas and North Dakota, both with Republican governors. (I’m sure that’s just a coincidence.) They are producing over 50% of the domestic oil, much of it from shale; you know, that fracking business.

Someone else we can thank is Saudi Arabia itself. When oil prices are high enough, it encourages the market to find cheaper ways of producing it, which can drive price down. Now, normally, the Saudis like high oil prices; it fills their coffers. They could do this by cutting production and thus the supply, raising prices globally. However, with the US producing so much domestically, they are trying to make the return on new investment not worth it, so they have been keeping up the production, not cutting it. The result is that, with the market flooded with oil, the price has dropped. The Saudis have been trying to run US oil producers out of business, but in the meantime we get cheap gas.

Canada is due some thanks, too. Tar sands production up north has also increased supply, and again, with more supply comes lower prices. Basic economics.

Someone we can’t thank, however, is President Obama. I’ve seen all sorts of graphics and articles noting that he should get credit for lower gas prices, and he’s tried to take credit himself, but you have to look at his policies and ask, what has he done to encourage lower prices? Remember, this is the guy who said that drilling would not be enough to drop the price of gas.

[Obama, Can’t drill our way to lower gas prices]

Well, to borrow from a recent political slogan, yes we can. What those people said, whom he claimed were lying, was entirely true. Again, it’s basic economics, and yet Obama, and those easily swayed by his speeches, refused to believe it. And now he’s trying to take credit for the very thing he said wouldn’t work!

Further, he’s been actively opposing it. Federal lands have not been opened further for drilling. States, instead, have been drilling and fracking on state-owned land. So indeed we have been implementing the “Drill, baby, drill” policy, just not with his help. The US has become the #1 oil producer, not because of Obama’s policies, but in spite of them.

Should we pursue alternative fuels and better fuel efficiency? Absolutely! Whether that should be market-based, or whether the government should throw money at the likes of Solyndra is another issue. In the meantime, however, if lower gas prices are a good thing, as Obama himself has said, he ought to pursue those ends. Only then can he share in the credit.

A Saudi national named Ibrahim al-Rubaysh has a $5 million bounty on his head, courtesy of the US government. He’s a dangerous terrorist, and the only way to make us safe from him again is to put him back in custody.

Yeah, I said “back” in custody. In late 2006 the Bush administration repatriated him back home under a Saudi Arabian “rehabilitation” program that supposedly reformed Guantanamo Bay jihadists. Instead, al-Rubaysh has become a major leader in AQAP; al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

The promise to close Guantanamo made by President Obama may have sounded nifty, but in fact, about a third of those we release from there go right back into the battlefield, and sometimes we have to pay to get them back.

Doesn’t matter which party does it; sending terrorists back home is just not a good idea.

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