Something smells

Published 6:41 pm Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Do you smell what I smell?

No, it’s not exactly song lyrics, but similar.

So what am I referring to, you ask?

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Just an odd series of events that I’ve learned about on TV or radio in the last few weeks.

First, I heard about the $2 billion loan from Obama to Brazil for deep water oil exploration. Then there was the BP deep water rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico that led the president to impose a six-month moratorium on deep water drilling in U.S. waters.

Never mind that the oil industry will be further crippled, and many more people will be put out of work. Let’s appeal to the environmentalists who are the reason we’re drilling almost a mile deep instead of in shallow water, on shore or in Alaska.

Then, a few days ago, I heard that George Soros, one of Obama’s largest campaign contributors, is investing heavily in oil. His organization, Center for American Progress, has invested $900 million in Brazilian deep-water drilling. This is the same outfit that hired self-proclaimed communist Van Jones after he was relieved of duty as Obama’s “green jobs czar.”

I am no expert on the oil industry, but I understand that these deep water rigs have a lot of expensive equipment on them and are owned by companies who lease them to companies like BP, Exxon, etc. Rather than losing money by sitting idle, won’t the owners move them to where they will be used? Could Brazil use them, maybe?

It appears illogical to me that a series of events like a big U.S. loan to Brazilian oil, a big George Soros investment in Brazilian oil, and a moratorium on U.S. drilling that will leave rigs idle could be merely a coincidence.

Perhaps it is just, as some Democrats will say, “politics as usual,” like offering potential candidates jobs to drop out of a race, and packing a health care bill with enticements such as the “Louisiana Purchase” and the “Cornhusker Kickback.”

No, I think the smell mentioned earlier is due to something rotten, not in Denmark but in Washington, D.C.

Republicans, show some spine by demanding an independent investigation to expose the whole truth. The voting public deserves to know by November.

Bob LaneBainbridge, Ga.