Debra J. Saunders

Many in the press have faulted Camp McCain for being too cute in taking on Obama's energy plans. Hence the stories about McCain aides handing out tire gauges labeled "Obama Energy Plan" in response to Obama's stump statement, "We could save all the oil that they're talking about getting off drilling, if everybody was just inflating their tires."

I'll take the tire gauges over Obama's $1,000 pander. Ditto Obama's huge flip-flop on the 70 million barrel Strategic Petroleum Reserve. In July, when other Democrats were clamoring for a release of the oil, Obama had the fortitude to argue that the reserve should be saved for "a genuine emergency," like a terrorist attack. Now he says he wants to free the oil.

Slick. Mayhap, instead of tire gauges, McCain's Navy should be handing out $500 bills in Monopoly money. Or a pair of earrings.

Last month, Michelle Obama said of the $600 stimulus rebate checks: "You're getting $600 -- what can you do with that? Not to be ungrateful or anything, but maybe it pays down a bill, but it doesn't pay down every bill every month. The short-term quick fix kinda stuff sounds good, and it may even feel good that first month when you get that check, and then you go out and you buy a pair of earrings."

Now, I've never spent $600 for a pair of earrings. But in the event of an emergency -- which requires the releasing of petroleum and mailing $1,000 checks to working families -- I could learn to sacrifice.

Debra J. Saunders

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