Monday, July 10, 2006

An Inconvenient Truth For Corker, Hilleary, and Bryant: Gas Prices Are High And You Have No Answers

It may be an inconvenient truth for the Republicans running for the US. Senate because they have no new solutions or ideas on how to remedy the problem, but gas prices are high and the American people are hurting.

According to the Associated Press, "U.S. gas prices jumped nearly 11 cents per gallon in the past two weeks with the national average for self-serve regular just shy of $3 a gallon, according to a survey released Sunday.

The average price for the grade was $2.995 per gallon Friday, up 10.73 cents in two weeks, according to the Lundberg Survey of 7,000 gas stations across the country. The price was less than 2 cents below the all-time high of $3.01 set Sept. 9, analyst Trilby Lundberg said.

The average mid-grade price was $3.10 a gallon while premium ran $3.20.

The lowest price for gas was $2.70 a gallon in Charleston, S.C., while the highest -- $3.27 a gallon -- was in Honolulu."

It is simply unacceptable for working men and women to be held hostage at the pump everytime they fill up.

We deserve leaders who will confront the issue head on, not try to run away from it.

That is exactly what Harold Ford Jr. has done when it comes to gas prices--he has been a real leader.

Congressman Ford knows that we cannot continue this process that is forcing us to be the first generation of Americans to finance both sides of a war we are fighting. It just isn't feasible.

That is why he has been proactive in trying to solve the crisis both short term and long term.

Ford has proposed a suspension of the 19 cents a gallon gas tax, which would be paid for by a tax on the huge profits of Big Oil.

Last month, the Congressman launched new television and radio ads, which took on Big Oil and high gas prices.

Further, Ford has an energy plan, unlike his opponents, which will actually make our nation energy independent in the future.

And just recently, Ford proposed an emergency energy summit, which would look to create solutions to our nation's dangerous energy crisis.

The Congressman has also personally set an example by having his campaign use a truck that runs on bio-diesel.

This is a far cry from the actions of his Republican opponents, who have said and did absolutely nothing when it comes to gas prices or our nation's oil dependence. (Keep in mind, they have Big Oil in their back pocket)

It may be an inconvenient truth for the Republicans that gas prices are high because it hurts them politically. However, that does not mean they can simply ignore the issue and continue to let the American people suffer.

We deserve better and will get better when we elect Harold Ford Jr. our next U.S. Senator this fall.

So, if you are fed up everytime you fill up, make a statement and send Harold Ford Jr. to the U.S. Senate to make a real difference on gas prices and the energy crisis!

189 Days

Days of Congressional Inaction on Ethics

Above is the number of days that have passed since Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty to bribing Congressman.

It is also the number of days in which Congress has failed to pass an ethics reform bill that would limit private travel, ski and golf junkets, and would call for a full disclosure of expenses by lobbyists on members of Congress.

It is time for Congress to step up and pass an ethics reform bill that would do all of the above. In addition, it is time to end the pork barrel spending system as we know it and establish an independent ethics commission that would review ethics complaints against members of Congress.

I am proud Congressman Harold Ford Jr. is fighting for that reform!

Read Congressman Ford's call for reform of the House rules here!