JOBS - it should be job number one for Congress when it returns to its job in September. It is a job, I fear, that will go wanting while Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid still hold the gavel of congressional leadership.
What is needed?
This is not rocket science.
Lower corporate tax rates and provide incentives and loan guarantees to small businesses to expand and hire more workers. Institute incentives to bring industry outsourced to Mexico (like the recently closed Whirlpool plant in Evansville, IN) and China back to America. Close tax loopholes that allow such outsourcing in the first place.
Immediately lift the Obama-imposed ban on drilling in the Gulf and put the estimated 18-25 thousand workers back on payrolls and off unemployment rolls.
Lift the ban on drilling in Alaska's Anwr refuge and allow drilling on 1.5 million of the refuge's nearly 20-million acres on the north coast of that state. Anwr holds an estimated six to sixteen billion barrels of oil.
What about the Caribou calving areas so sacred to the environmentalists who have blocked drilling in Anwr for more than a quarter century? Endangering caribou was the same argument used to try and block oil drilling in Prudhoe Bay. When drilling began in Prudhoe Bay more than a quarter century ago, caribou native to that area numbered about 3,000. Today the herd is estimated at 23,000.
Drilling in Anwr would put up to a half-million Americans back to work - at top wages - and bring in tens of millions annually to Alaska and the U. S. Treasury from royalties for the drilling rights.
Anwr could supply up to 20-percent of America's oil needs. We could then cease doing business with Saudi Arabia, from whom we import 14.3-percent of our oil and put a big dent in oil imports from Venezuela, which supplies 12-percent of our annual petroleum needs.
Without the need for oil from those two despotic nations we could thumb our nose at Chavez and begin to finally cut-off the money rolling into this country from Saudi Arabia to fund mosques that teach the radical theology of Wahhabism, which calls for Jews to be eradicated and considers Christians and other non-Muslims infidels.
Does that word sound familiar?
Saudi money makes its way into this country through Muslim charity fronts - fronts that build mosques and madrassas - schools where Muslim children are indoctrinated with the radical Wahhabi teachings, which include stoning women who commit adultery (most men get by with flogging or no punishment at all); and upholds honor killings by male family members of any female family member who dares to offend the strict behavior and dress codes inflicted on females in this male dominated society.
In Saudi Arabia, Wahhabism's Sharia law requires married women cover their faces in public; all women must cover their heads; women are not permitted to vote, drive a car, or go anywhere without being accompanied by a male family member.
Gays must also fear for their lives in Saudi Arabia. If caught they can be stoned, flogged and at best, imprisoned.
Tolerance in any form is lacking in Saudi society. While members of the Muslim faith should be welcomed and respected by all Americans, the barbaric religious practices of Saudi Arabia should be confined to that country and not exported to America through charitable fronts. Wahhabism is offensive to American values of personal freedom and more humane punishment.
The development of Anwr is key to cutting off oil imports from Saudi Arabia and ultimately to our national and economic security.
As we approach the tenth anniversary of 9/11, let us remember 15 of the 19 terrorists who attacked America were from Saudi Arabia.
And please, let me never see another American President holding the hand of, or bowing to, the King of that despotic country. Such a sight is offensive and denigrates a document signed in 1776 by a brave band of patriotic brothers who pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to not have to bow to a despotic King of England.
Put Gulf workers back to work. Develop Anwr on a priority basis. Drilling for oil in American waters and on American soil are good first steps to righting our upside down economy.