"The Senate has in the past blocked efforts to open the Alaskan refuge to energy exploration. But because the proposal is now part of a bill funding troops in wartime, President Bush's long-sought goal of allowing drilling in the refuge will be politically tougher for senators to oppose."
I'll vote for any candidate who supports stopping crap like this. No, I'm not talking about drilling in the Arctic.... I'm talking about attaching a bill to drill in the Arctic to a bill that that has nothing to do with drilling in the Arctic. Now, if Congressman who are opposed to drilling vote against it, they will also be voting against supporting the troops and their opponents will hang them with it come election time. When the Democrats were in power they did it to the Republicans, now the Republicans are doing it back. It's very common in Washington and it pisses me off because each issue doesn't get the fair vote it deserves. When the elections roll around, you'll see ads that say, "He voted against funding for the troops," when in fact he might have been all for funding the troops until they attached that stupid drilling bill.
This is why you can't believe a word you hear in a political ad. It's impossible to be a politician without being forced to vote against something you like because they've attached something you hate (or vice-versa). One of the reasons that we get so many governors in the White House (our last 4 presidents were all governors) is because they can't have their voting record used against them. That's why I always pick my candidate based on shoe-size.
(For the record, I couldn't care less about what they do in the Alaskan Preserve. I've never been there, I don't know anyone who's ever been there. Strip-mine it for all I care. I do believe it's a short term solution to a long-term problem: oil.)