Letter from America
Where do we start? Petrol is heading toward $4 a US gallon (which is where it was when we stayed in Glasgow in 1990). The Bushies have resisted all attempts at energy conservation – even when experts have pointed out that energy independence is of strategic importance in the post 9/11 world. Funding has been cut for alternative energy research, automobile fuel economy standards remain lax, and the latest energy bill included $16,000 million in tax breaks for oil companies – the same oil companies now reaping record profits.
But there is some good news. When the price of petrol goes up, the president’s approval rating goes down – so as there are predictions of $5 a gallon this summer, it doesn’t look good for the republicans to hold on to their majorities in the House of Representatives and the Senate in the November 2006 elections. That means - you guessed it - we could see proceedings leading to Bills of Censure or Impeachment early next year (see www.impeachpac.org).
PS. It used to be that there were “good polls” and “bad polls” - but now they are all pretty much saying the same thing - he’s gotta go. The approval rating for the Republican majority congress is at 22%.
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