Members pass a law they have been breaking for years.
Members of Congress should consider themselves fortunate that the Constitution gives them legislative immunity. Otherwise, they might someday face prosecution under a law they overwhelmingly passed this week.
The bill — referred to as “NOPEC” — is a meaningless gesture whose symbolism is intended to mollify angry motorists as gasoline prices approach $4 per gallon. Even though Democrats are intentionally keeping those prices high for environmentalist reasons, they have passed this bill as their way of shaking a stick at the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), the international cartel whose supply decisions have enormous and dangerous influence on the price of oil.
Pelosi Premium Pain By David Freddoso
Democrats want more expensive energy.
House Republicans sent out an e-mail to celebrate the second anniversary of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D., Calif.) promise that she had a “common-sense plan” to reduce gasoline prices — details of which she has yet to reveal. Their release included the gory details on how today’s fossil-fuel prices compare to those of two years ago: a barrel of crude oil up to $117 from $64; heating oil at $3.31 per gallon, up from $2.71; gasoline up to $3.56 a gallon from $2.96 (remember when we used to complain about gas flirting with the $3 mark?); and diesel fuel up to $4.14 from $2.87 per gallon.
Republicans have taken to calling this phenomenon the “Pelosi Premium.”