Paul Jacob

Kerry pooh-poohs the oil under the snow of Alaska's Northeastern coastal plain. It is hardly a six-month supply, and would likely only reduce our use of imported oil by about three percentage points. And, if there were to be some even more terrible chaos in the Middle East, what good would it be to have a six-month supply of oil at the ready? C'mon, really.

Even the oil companies admit that it will take seven to ten years before they can start pumping out the oil. Again, non-magical folks like those in the current administration and the muggles running oil companies can't just snap their fingers and make the oil appear at the pump. If Kerry were president, he could wave his wand and make that oil appear immediately or, better yet in his view, never appear at all.

Which brings us to the main reason Kerry opposes oil drilling in ANWR. Silly ol' President Bush thinks that our need for foreign oil might be lessened if we were to have this additional 3.2 billion barrels of crude at home. Seems simple enough, but it is too simplistic. It presupposes that we'll still be an oil-based economy next month, next year, even ten years from now.

You see, Kerry has a better plan: Let's invent something spectacular to replace oil completely! Something that never causes any environmental concerns. A perfect energy source.

"We can't drill our way to energy independence," Kerry tells us. "We have to invent our way there, by harnessing the entrepreneurial spirit that made our country great."

By "harnessing the entrepreneurial spirit" Kerry doesn't mean what, say, I mean when I write about it in my Common Sense e-letter. Nope, he means grabbing lots of tax dollars and giving those dollars to politically favored scientists and inventors (and, sssshhh, big corporations, too, for their research and development departments) so that they can find this new magical energy source. Then, all our energy problems will be solved.

This seems so much better for us energy-consuming muggles than to make energy suppliers do research on their own nickel. Better to let the government do it, with our money. Perhaps they can call the program something catchy, like "Leave No Scheme for a Magical Energy Solution Behind."

The best part would be if this new energy source could even make it possible for Kerry to keep driving the SUVs he owns — er, his family owns. He doesn't own them.

Enough of big oil. Let's opt for magic from John F. Kerry and the wizards in Washington, let's spend a few extra trillion on new, perfect technology. Then — hocus, pocus — in a week or two, that silly ol' oil-based economy will be a thing of the past.

Now, why didn't we think of that?

Paul Jacob

Paul Jacob is President of Citizens in Charge Foundation and Citizens in Charge. His daily Common Sense commentary appears on the Web and via e-mail.