The world's biggest oil exporting countries -- places like Venezuela and Nigeria -- are really peeved that Americans are now paying a mere $2 a gallon for gasoline, so they plan to cut production by a million barrels a day to drive prices back up, according to OPEC officials.
That's not good news as we enter the cold season, and it's not good news for drivers in general, who have just recently recovered from the summer's astronomic prices. But, hey, you can't blame these countries -- many of their citizens living in Third World or oppressive situations -- from capitalizing on their commodities. That's why we call it "capitalism"!
It's long past time that America begin weaning itself from oil. Yes, that means you, Mr. Texas three-quarter-ton pickup driver who never leaves the city limits and whose wife drives the truck to pick up ribbons at Hobby Lobby. Yes, that means you, Ms. Radical Leftist, always whining that President Bush and VP Cheney only pump up Big Oil ... if America's brilliant researchers at our largely liberal-leaning university campuses could just find a suitable replacement for oil, we could elect Democrats for the next 1,000 years. We must truly lag behind in our education if we cannot figure out cleaner, more efficient and less polluting forms of energy .... so until we do, the Left shouldn't presume to be smarter than the Right.
We simply must be ONE country to kick our oil dependency. It's not a Republican or Democrat problem. It's a problem we all share and our future rests in the balance. Don't expect radicals on either end of our political specturm to get anything done; the action will come from the Militant Middle, where good ideas tend to be good for everyone, not just our extremist comrades. Clearly, we don't want Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and Iran's megalomaniacs controlling the strings that make us dance.