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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

My Politics - Some Newt Wisdom

Those of you who know me or read this blog often will hopefully see my political stance - which I classify as a center to left leaning independent. I'm concerned about the poor and justice issues - but also value self determination and enterprise. Honestly - most of the time both parties frustrate me and confirm my aversion to party politics. 

However, when someone speaks logically about a subject I have to take notice. While not a huge fan of his, I ran across this video on You Tube where Newt Gingrich lays out a three pronged approach to current energy crisis including releasing funds from the strategic petroleum reserve, drilling and using domestic oil and aggressively pursuing alternative fuel sources.

I like most folks hate paying almost $5.00 a gallon for gas - but in many ways we have caused our own problems by poor choices of automobiles, illogical environmental policies and a lack of aggressive alternative research (that arguably has been blocked by oil and auto companies). 

However, we need to move forward logically while caring for the environment. As with most things - the extremes usually miss the point and the correct path requires some compromises - from all parties.

Check out Newt's thoughts. How would you respond?