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December 5th, 2004

If President Bush made energy independence his moon shot, he would dry up revenue for terrorism; force Iran, Russia, Venezuela and Saudi Arabia to take the path of reform - which they will never do with $45-a-barrel oil - strengthen the dollar; and improve his own standing in Europe, by doing something huge to reduce global warming. He would also create a magnet to inspire young people to contribute to the war on terrorism and America's future by becoming scientists, engineers and mathematicians. "This is not just a win-win," said the Johns Hopkins foreign policy expert Michael Mandelbaum. "This is a win-win-win-win-win."

Of course, President Bush will never DO that, for one simple reason: he comes from oil money. His whole family is steeped in oil money. His friends are steeped in oil money. He wouldn't have had the money to dupe the religious right if it weren't for oil money.

Talk about biting the hand that feeds you...

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