Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Boehlert on the Issues

Today's (or at least this morning's) must-read is an interview Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (my retiring congressman) did with Claudia Dreifus of the NYTimes. Boehlert discusses the role of science in government decision-making, the increased partisanship in Washington and what it meant to be a centrist Republican trying to get things done, as well as some important issues like the need to increase fuel efficiency standards. While I wish they'd gone into more depth, it's a decent exchange and I wanted to pass it along.

2 Comments:

At 8:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The key to that article is that a family of 4 in Alaska will get about $10K in oil royalties...a welfare state.
Do Hoosiers in Indiana get roylaty checks for the limestone extracted and sold in Indiana: NO.

Do citizens of the peachtree state (GA) get royalty checks for the beautiful lumber in their state: NO

But Alaskans get paid because they happen to live in an oil rich area --not from their own labors in the oil industry but because they live in an oil rich part of the country. Almost reminds me of the middle east Saudi or someplace like that.

Yet when discussing drilling in AK Democrats and moderate Republicans never bring up this fact as a possible motivation for the Alaskan delegation. Politicians share alot of secrets in plain site.

 
At 9:41 PM, Anonymous GreenGOP said...

I'm sorry to see Boehlert go. He was a good Green Republican.

 

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