The Oil Splattered Banner (with apologies to Francis Scott Key)


O! say can you see
by the Dow’s early plight
What so weakly we railed at the Big Oil’s last gleaning
Whose Bush/Cheney dark lies led us into a perilous fight,
O’er the fear ramp ups we watched were so constantly screaming
And the Republican’s red glare, with bombs bursting on airs,
Gave proof to the Right that our flag was still theirs.
Oh, say is that oil-splattered banner yet waved
O’er the land of the few and the home of the caved?

The new Vice President Cheney headed the secret piratized, U.S. Energy Task Force. Somehow, the maps of the Iraq oil fields leaked out during that secret meeting, showing how the oil sections were to be divided by the Big Oil companies. For some reason, the media never followed up on the story. Deputy Secretary of Defense, Paul Wolfowitz testifies Iraq “floats on a sea of oil.” 9/11. Then the bombing and invasion of Afghanistan, followed by a pre-emptive Shock and Awe invasion of Iraq. U.S. soldiers were ordered to guard only the oil fields, the Oil Ministry and Interior Ministry. Hospitals, museums, schools, government buildings, power plants, munitions dumps and infrastructure were free to be looted.

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on a talk show was asked: “Are we in Iraq for their oil?” Rummy grabs his stomach and bends over in mock laughter: “Nonsense! It just isn’t there. There are certain things like that, myths, that are floating around. I’m glad you asked. It has nothing to do with oil, literally nothing to do with oil.”

Baghdad, Iraq, June 19, 2008 – “Big Oil Poised To Do Business With Iraq” For some reason, the new Iraqi government has balked up until now, to not make a deal with Big Oil. Maybe Iraq didn’t like that 70-75% went to Big Oil and the Iraqi’s would get a whopping 25-30% for their oil, as opposed to the 100% ownership under Saddam.

So what’s the status of our oil and blood soaked banner today? From 1999-2007, the drilling permits on public lands were increased by over 361%. 10,000 of those permits are still inactive. Only 17% of leased areas are in production. 25 BILLION (that’s a B as in Bush) barrels of offshore areas ready to drill, that are not being drilled. Even if Florida and California allowed drilling offshore, by Bush’s own administration projections, there would be no impact until 2030.

flag-oil-well.jpgFor the past 30 years, the U.S. has not built any new refineries, so even if the oil companies had more oil, they couldn’t refine it, NOR DO THEY WANT TO. Besides, ANWR wouldn’t go on line for ten years and that oil would go to Japan or China anyway. By now you’re asking “How come Bush, Cheney and Gingrich are saying if we don’t let them drill and suck up ANWR, the price of gas will stay high or go higher?” At $136 dollars or more for a barrel of oil, the speculators are said to account for about $50. That’s more than a third of the cost for a barrel of oil, just for paper shuffling companies like Bear Stearns alone.

EXXON-MOBIL made world record breaking profit records for a single company, of $40 BILLION. No doubt the CEO’s golden parachute will have to rise to $4 BILLION, since the last CEO only received $400 million. So we Americans will have to pay close to $5 a gallon, until late in October of this election year for the GOP gas drop to $3.99. The simple answer is: SUPPLY AND DEMAND. They cut the supply down and that will increase the demand. What a sweet deal for Big Oil, with no sacrifice by the oil and gas companies what so ever. And our Congress will probably still give Big Oil over $100 BILLION in subsidies, paid for by U.S. tax payers. Yes, we tax payers are crazy.

Big Oil is clearly ‘gaming us,’ using the Enron/Halliburton model. Those 2 companies had all the recipes for cooking books. Most Californians remember that in early 2001, the energy companies, mostly in Texas, ‘gamed’ the State for about $12 BILLION. (California Courts determined the State was ‘gamed’ by the energy companies) * There were Brown-outs, when several major power plants mysteriously shut down for repairs at the same time. Governor Davis asked for Californians to cut down on electricity and power usage, by 10%. Californians did what Davis requested and ended the crisis. The new Vice President Cheney had jumped into the fray, calling Gov. Davis and Californians naive. Cheney about the same time said that if Americans want large SUV’s and big (gas guzzling) cars, they should have them.

Even if Iran is bombed, bombed, bombed for the oil they have under their soil, can we Democrats and we the people return our Star Spangled Banner to its’ constitutionally designated owner? YES WE CAN.

jerry_drucker_head.gif* It was reported in May, 2001, that Enron’s Kenneth Lay called a private meeting of California’s top Republicans, at the Peninsula Hotel, in Beverly Hills, to determine how to defeat the $9 BILLION ‘gaming’ law suit brought by the State. Arnold Schwarzenegger attended that meeting and it was also reported that Kenneth Lay suggested to Arnold, that he run for Governor. Big Energy money would support Schwarzenegger. Arnold won, based mostly on California’s 12 BILLION dollar budget deficit and a large rise for car licensing. Arnold settled the $9 BILLION law suit for pennies on the $dollar. California’s deficit is $20 BILLION today. Is it time for another total recall?

by Jerry Drucker

Jerry Drucker is a freelance writer and screenwriter, political progressive letterwriter, member of Valley Dems United, Dems for Change and Valley Grassroots for Democracy. Jerry was voted as the 41st AD man of the year for 2008 by the LA County Democratic Party members.

Reprinted with permission from the Valley Democrats United newsletter, Margie Murray, Editor, where the article first appeared.

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