Playing Politics with Energy Relief

The headline reads Senators to push for $100 gas rebate checks and that seems promising though a bit pointless since I personally spend more than $60 a month on fuel for one of my two automobiles and I drive only 14 miles a day. When I read further into the article though I realized that mostly the story is just a political stunt by the Senate majority.

Attaching the amendment to send everyone a $100 check for gas price relief to a bill authorizing drilling in ANWR (Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge) means that most likely the bill will not be passed, certainly not any time soon since drilling in the wildlife preserve in Alaska remains a very big controversy between environmentalists and energy hawks. Putting aside the merits of that argument for a moment what really annoys me is that if anyone was serious about actually giving $100 rebates to American taxpayers they wouldn’t attach the idea to a controversial bill that has been held up for years already and likely to be held up for a while longer if it ever passes. This is just a stunt to try to make anyone who votes against the bill or fights against it vote against the rebate. It isn’t about giving relief at all but making political points at expense of the American people.

If the Senate majority really wanted to create a rebate they would create an emergency spending measure limited to only the rebate and pass it and send it to the President for his signature. Since they really aren’t trying to create a rebate bill at all this will probably not happen.

Jerry Sutton

I am, at heart, a software developer though I am currently managing a small Information Technology department for a mid sized company located in my hometown of Jacksonville, FL. When I am not playing with the latest smart-phone or trying to become inspired to write code I read almost anything I can get my hands on from Pulp Era adventures to biographies of world leaders and everything in between.


  1. I couldn’t agree more. I’m so tired of political lip service.

  2. The insulting part is that they expect us not to notice. The sad part is that there are enough people who don’t that it makes the whole exercise worthwhile for the politicians. 😐

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