Dave FunkBy Dave Funk, Republican Congressional Candidate in Iowa’s Third Congressional District

It really was only a matter of time.  Thanks to an agreement the Carter administration recognized during his Presidency, Cuba has partnered with Russia to build oil derricks in the Gulf of Mexico.  That’s right.  The left has spent so much time pushing green energy subsidies the Russians have now penetrated the Western hemisphere to take oil that rightfully, should already be ours.

It comes down to this.  Drill here and drill NOW! According to an article from the Washington Times 63% of Americans support drilling oil in the gulf.  It really was only a matter of time before someone else was going to do it.  The Obama administration and Democrat leadership have done nothing to protect our energy interests.  Instead of drilling, they’ve tried to cram cap and trade down our throats.  The Whitehouse and Congress have set us up for failure yet again.  Their energy policy has done nothing but hurt our global energy position.

I don’t care what studies the left quotes saying it will only save us a few cents per gallon and it isn’t worth it because there are just as many that state otherwise.  Frankly, it has some obvious value considering Russia is now here ready to drill.  Repeatedly the policies of this administration are preventing us from being able to compete in the global economy.

The author of the article said it perfectly,

“Offshore oil production makes economic sense. It creates jobs and helps fulfill America’s vast energy needs. It contributes to the gross domestic product and does not increase the trade deficit. Higher oil supply helps keep a lid on rising prices, and greater American production gives the United States more influence over the global market.”

This is what we need.  I’m not sure how much more of this administration’s policies America can handle economically.  They have unconstitutionally penetrated the private market to the point where they are now making themselves the referees, players and coaches.  They have done nothing but create more government jobs and have completely neglected the private sector.  This is yet another example of Obama’s gross negligence and inability to actually help the private sector.  Their policies have been devastating at best and we are not going to take it anymore.

We need to elect those that will fight for US jobs and will fight for the US economy.  Not individuals that are going to turn their backs and retreat.  We need real leadership, not union pandering and crony capitalism.  We need true patriots, not individuals that ignore long time treaties yet bow down to ideological enemies.  We cannot take this anymore.  It is time we vote these individuals out and take our country back.  I cannot wait for November.

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  1. So I did a little research here. I walked outside my house, found my back yard behind it, kept walking across the alley and found my neighbor’s back yard and their house. It turns out that my back yard and their back yard are two different things. Mine’s well maintained and theirs has a bunch of junk in it that, frankly, I can’t do a lick about because it’s THEIR backyard.

    What’s this have to do with anything? Well, Cuba’s waters are Cuba’s. They’re not “rightfully ours.” They’re not “our” backyard, and they can do whatever they want with them, including leasing them to Russia. Yes, the place they’re drilling is “in the gulf” but geography lesson: We don’t own the whole Gulf of Mexico.

    But Brian, if they’re drilling in international waters, isn’t that ours? No. They have a right to it too. It’s not an invasion or taking “our” oil unless they’re right off the Louisiana coast.

  2. I did a bit more research on this topic and found that the area in question is Cuba’s exclusive economic zone, an area which we are not allowed to touch regardless, so they’re definitely not taking “our oil.” Additionally this area has been drilled for years by Canada, Spain, and Brazil. Could the US have, in the 70s made sure not to give Cuba a portion of the resources off their coast? Well, I suppose so, if we weren’t interested in fairness. As it is, we gave them a smallish triangle off their NW coast much smaller than the 200 nautical miles we enjoy in each direction off our own coasts. It seems though, that this post is more a bash at Carter and a jumping off point to criticize unrelated Obama economic policies than a revelation of a real problem in our nation’s energy supply.

    Please fact check a bit more. -BG

    1. @Brian Getz, You’re right Brian. It is their water. But if you drain the water out of a swamp from one end, doesn’t the other side lose their water as well.

      The point is this. We should be drilling. The Russians are exploiting OUR resources because our current administration chooses not to. Dave isn’t saying that Russia or Cuba’s move is not legit. It is legit. But just because they are drilling it out on their end doesn’t mean we aren’t losing it on ours.

      These are our resources and we need to tap into them, period. The fact that we haven’t started drilling is indicative that team Obama isn’t in this to actually help. They are more interested in raising our taxes through healthcare and cap & trade, creating government jobs and neglecting the private sector to do something that is actually mutually beneficial for the US AND the world.

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