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I offer the following proposal to lower gasoline prices; end the Iraq war while keeping an eye on Iran; and ensuring Social Security's viability well into the future:

- Erect American-owned offshore oil-drilling platforms in international waters off the oil rich coasts of Saudi Arabia, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Iraq and Iran. We already have the technology to erect the platforms, and we have multimillion-gallon tanker ships importing oil from that area every day.

- Pull all U.S. military and tax dollars out of Iraq.

- Leave U.S. Air Force and Navy forces in those international waters to protect our oil-drilling platforms and monitor threats from Iran.

- Use the hundreds of millions of dollars saved from the war in Iraq for Social Security.

These progressive steps would drastically reduce the cost of crude oil; allow the United States to control the flow of oil without being held hostage to Arab countries; and reduce the environmental threat in U.S. coastal waters, while saving Social Security.

Hopefully, the new Democratic president will enact these suggestions in 2009.

Paul L. Cook, Augusta

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teabag1963
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teabag1963 05/05/08 - 02:52 am
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what good is a market flooded

what good is a market flooded with oil and not enough refineries?now the refineries want more profit,because of the rising crude prices.obviously the game has been lets raise the prices and see if consumers buy more or less gas.one oil analyst confirmed it when she said the higher we raise prices, the more they buy.we are a spoiled rotten nation,we like our fancy rides,and other crappy material stuff.raise the prices to $ 10 they'll still buy it.until we learn(myself included) to tighten our cheap made in china belts we'll never get out of this hole that we seem to enjoy.

DeborahElliott2
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DeborahElliott2 05/05/08 - 03:42 am
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ROFL Charley! Are you

ROFL Charley! Are you waiting for gas to get to the $10 mark?

justus4
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justus4 05/05/08 - 06:52 am
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The writer talk about
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The writer talk about patroling international waters in the Med, well we are, and have always been there. That will always happen. All forces out? Well thats not an easy thing to execute & how many civilian contrator will remain? Folks, we are stuck in that area & neither (Dem or Rep) president won't matter at least for a decade. And oil, well get ready for $5.00 a gallon, less stability with Iran & Iraq, and here's the rub, Afghanastan will be where the troops go, so at least they will have left Iraq.

critter
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critter 05/05/08 - 07:19 am
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Still wondering where all the

Still wondering where all the oil from Iraq that was going to pay for the war is currently going.....

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 05/05/08 - 07:22 am
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Paul Cook, what a surprise.

Paul Cook, what a surprise. Haven't heard from you for a while. Your idea about drilling off shore in the middle east is very funny. I'd love to see it. You can bet no politician will consider the idea.

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jude1072 05/05/08 - 07:54 am
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What would happen if US

What would happen if US consumer did not buy gas for one week?

dashiel
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dashiel 05/05/08 - 07:59 am
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Answer: US consumer would

Answer: US consumer would stay home for one week.

jude1072
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jude1072 05/05/08 - 08:06 am
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Just think how fast the US

Just think how fast the US government would work to "solve the gas price Problem" if they did not get tax revenue for one week.

Bizarro
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Bizarro 05/05/08 - 08:12 am
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Is that Paul Kook????? What's

Is that Paul Kook????? What's he got kookin now.

Bizarro
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Bizarro 05/05/08 - 08:12 am
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Is that Paul Kook????? What's

Is that Paul Kook????? What's he got kookin now.

Yak1
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Yak1 05/05/08 - 08:21 am
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And now we see the incredible

And now we see the incredible absence of reality that is the Liberal Socialst Party. Paul, of course you realize that if we pull out of Iraq it will be the same as if we abandoned the Clinton War of Bosnia (remember S-Head ONE YEAR ONLY???). The abuse and brutality will start again. And where in your fantasy world would we be able to protect our "drill rigs" in the Persian Gulf? ONE suicide boat and BOOM. The terrorists would know there would be NO response. The liberals are too cowardly.

No what you do is fight the way they fight. We put a huge tarrif on ALL food leaving the US to countries we decide WE do not like. I can assure you I can walk a lot longer than they can starve.

dani
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dani 05/05/08 - 08:41 am
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We only need to wait until

We only need to wait until the election is over, and in a few months the prices will return to normal. So much of this has to do with the coming election. As we know, the Dem's favorite ploy is "It's the economy, stupid" and they very much crave a return to power over the people..

Bizarro
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Bizarro 05/05/08 - 09:12 am
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Really we need a catalyst and

Really we need a catalyst and leaving Iraq would be good. If we suddenly pull out everyone then al Qaeda and Iran will try their best to move in. Hopefully with some success so that they take over, then we can get U.N. approval and another band of bandits to go and drop about 1000 MOABs on Iraq and Iran and blow them into the stone age. Now we take all the oil and dare Russian and China to do anything about it. Uh Oh!. These kooky plans are contagious. It is survival of the fittest, and once we have the oil to drive our industry and technology there should be no stopping us. Long live the Empire. Hee,hee,hee.

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jack 05/05/08 - 11:33 am
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Paul th leftist/socialist

Paul th leftist/socialist Kook is back with more Kookiness. Why not drill oil off OUR coast in the Guld, as is Chiina doing now? Answer-the DIM controlled Congress (supported by the econuts) won't allow it. Same for California coast. I laugh every time I hear the price of gas in CA, as they deserve everything they get (including special blends to satisfy the econuts that drives those prices).

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johnsmith 05/05/08 - 11:41 am
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And I'd like a pony.

And I'd like a pony.

Bizarro
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Bizarro 05/05/08 - 12:06 pm
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And I'd like a pet pig. That

And I'd like a pet pig. That way I can at least eat it if I tire of it as a pet. Well, at least, that's what I did with my dogs. Perhaps we could use humans as a food and energy source. We could raid China and have a renewable source of food and energy for the next hundred years. This is one of Hillary's plans, which I think is a good one. Well I like her economy plan too where she takes all the money from the rich and gives it to the poor. The rich will become apathetic and out of work and enter the welfare state. Then the govt will force the welfare class to work to pay for their welfare. Brilliant way to get the poor working and end class warfare with just one class. Chairwoman Clinton will make a great ruler-she is working on a little Red Book and everythin to change the American ideology for social equality.

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critter 05/05/08 - 01:15 pm
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You ate your dogs?

You ate your dogs?

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imdstuf 05/05/08 - 02:45 pm
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Oh sure, those other

Oh sure, those other countries will just let us drill off shore in what the consider their waters. Right. Even if it is not their waters, you know they will claim it to be. Also, as someone else pointed out, more oil will not help without more refineries.

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Yak1 05/05/08 - 04:16 pm
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Bizarro...the problem is the

Bizarro...the problem is the UN (if properly BRIBED) will NEVER allow us to intervene. We saw it in Iraq during the 1990's. They were taking money left and right to protect Saddam. Face it Paul and all the other socialists HATE the fact that Bush solved the problem they jerked around with for 8 years.

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gnx 05/05/08 - 04:50 pm
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http://www.rigzone.com/data/u

http://www.rigzone.com/data/utilization_trends.asp tells a little more of the story - we can do better over here with what we already have.

Bizarro
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Bizarro 05/05/08 - 07:02 pm
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Well whoever is the next

Well whoever is the next president they dang sure better be making plans to get us some oil like the Russian, Chinese, and Europeans are doing. The best way I see is to take it by force. The world cries how bad we are so why not give them something to really chew on. The dang russians, chinese, arabs, etc have been dickin people around for decades with little repercussions. It is now our turn. I bet we take oil, they blitch and moan, the U.N. get involved (oh heavens) then nada-nothing happens. What are they going to do attack us we can destroy the world several times over so it is a no win situation for a war. We need to be imperialistic and take to build an empire greater than Rome. Oh crap! I musta gotta whiff of DuhJudges spice. Hee,hee,hee.

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dani 05/05/08 - 09:33 pm
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Bizarro..You are the absolute

Bizarro..You are the absolute limit. .:)

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UncleBill 05/05/08 - 10:53 pm
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Well... the economic

Well... the economic exclusion zone goes to 200 miles where states have FER SURE exclusive rights to resources, including minerals. The continental shelf may extend as far as 350 miles where the state also may have the "right to harvest mineral and non-living material in the subsoil of its continental shelf, to the exclusion of others." So if you try to drill for oil within those boundaries, you may be itchin for a fight.

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