"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." -2 Chronicles 7:14

Friday, October 14, 2011

Drill, Baby, Drill!

Rick Perry unveiled the first part of his jobs plan this morning, promising to create 1.2 million jobs.  "The quickest way to give our economy a shot in the arm is to deploy American ingenuity to tap American energy,"  the governor said at a steel plant in Pennsylvania.  Today is his first major policy speech and is what he hopes will give his campaign a boost as well.  "My plan will break the grip of dependence we have today on foreign oil from hostile nations like Venezuela and unstable nations in the Middle East to grow jobs and our economy at home."  Governor Perry is right.  We have nearly unlimited natural gas, oil, and coal resources that are being wasted.  By not drilling on and off shore for our own energy, we give other countries the chance to do so.  An example of this is the fact that Cuban workers are set to begin drilling for oil off the Florida Keys in the coming months, using a Chinese-funded Spanish rig.  These nations will be profiting from our oil, that we could be taking advantage of, but we are not.  Not only that, but the odds of another disaster like the BP oil spill happening while these Cuban workers drill are at nearly 100%.  Those workers are just not skilled enough in how to drill properly, while the American oil workers are the best in the world.

Governor Perry believes that this is the best way to create the millions of jobs that are needed right now.  It would create thousands of jobs instantly.  Workers are needed to drill the oil, process it, then transport it across the country.  Not only that, but energy and gas prices would go down, since we would be supplying them ourselves instead of depending on another country for it.  We currently import nearly 49% (net) of our energy needs.  Drilling on and off shore is something we need to do, and have needed to for a long time.  This message of "drill, baby, drill" has been echoed by politicians before.  Probably most familiar, former Governor Sarah Palin put forth a similar message.  We need to actually do it.  One of the ways we can, to quote Governor Perry, is to tell the government environmental agencies to step down. 

I have personally read through this first part of Governor Perry's plan (energy is the first and largest part, but there is "more to come" for a further jobs plan in the near future, he says).  I found nothing that could be counted even controversial, unless you consider taking environmental agencies out of power to be controversial.  Governor Perry also wants to get rid of President Obama's Clean Air Act.  Unnecessary programs like that, that are costing millions if not billions of dollars, will be removed and that money will be used for drilling.  Governor Perry's plan is pure common sense.  Common sense solutions are something we need more of right now.  He says that it would not need Congressional approval to pass, making it realistically possible to begin drilling within the first 100 days of a Perry Administration.  This sets his plan apart from Mitt Romney's and Herman Cain's, both of which would need Congressional approval.  I have to admit that I have not read Governor Romney's plan, simply because I cannot find it.  Mr. Cain's plan, I have read, however when you read it, it just sounds "too good to be true," because it is.  When you look deeper, you can see the flaws, as aforesaid. 

I'm sure there will be flaws found in Governor Perry's plan, whether they be real or they come from those who oppose the governor.  Either way, I have read it through, and I believe it is an absolutely great idea that could create thousands of jobs instantly.  This is only the first phase of his plan, and I cannot wait to read the rest of it.  I encourage you, please, read Governor Perry's plan for yourself.  Do not rely on the national media to tell you about it.  Check it out for yourself and form your own opinion before you listen to the biased media.  Even this morning, Governor Perry went on five morning talk shows, where hosts were attempting to trip him up on questions.  The media has made it clear they oppose him.  Do not let those be the people who form your opinion on this plan for you.  Look at it for what it is; a good plan that could be exactly what we need right now.  This plan, even in its first stage, would erase dependency on foreign oil as well as create millions of jobs.

You can read the plan here:  http://www.rickperry.org/.

This video is not all about his jobs plan; the governor discusses a few different issues,
including Iran and securing the U.S.-Mexico border, along with his jobs plan..

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