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Oil contradiction

It seemed odd that President Bush announced a goal in his State of The Union address that made absolute sense and upon which we could presumably all agree. That is, to reduce our oil imports from the Middle East 75 percent by the year 2025 and, more importantly, to move beyond a petroleum-based economy.

Unfortunately, he again grossly misled us. The day after the speech, Bush’s Energy Secretary, Samuel Bodman, said the president didn’t mean it literally. “This is purely an example,” said Bodman. Furthermore, Bodman added we would continue to import oil from that region because it’s the most oil-rich area in the world. This quasi retraction got scanty press coverage and appeared as a short clarification on page A7 of the Sac Bee.

If you aren’t already disgusted and fed up with this form of rhetoric and manipulation, you should be. How much more deceit and down-right lying will it take to motivate us to dump Bush along with his corrupt, propaganda pushing and war mongering administration?

Larry Hoffman

Grass Valley

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