Richard S. wrote:Do you think that maybe if you're going to make a policy towards energy it might be reasonable to expect that you'd want input from the industry?
Not if you goto court all the time to try to hide what was said in these meetings from our Congress, who has legitimate "Oversight" duties.
Richard S. wrote:Don't you think that maybe this information would propietary or even even a national security concern? The answer to those two questions is a simple yes.
When these meeting at least provide the appearance of "Conflict of Interest", you would at least want to release the transcripts to Republican Senators to vouch for the national interests of these discussion. Why won't Bush let Republican Semators (say Orin Hatch & Arlen Spectre) take a look at those transcripts to vouch for their "national interest" content? (they don't have to give away any secrets, just say they were legitimate) To this day they are top secret, just like Nixon's Watergate tapes that eventually proved he was a common criminal)
While allot of the evidence I rely on is circumstantial, there is nothing wrong with such evidence.
Example: Say I have to prove to a jury that it snowed last night, but I don't have any witness who was awake & can testify that he/she actually saw it snow. (Direct Evidence)
What I have is just the circumstantial evidence that the local meteorologists predicted snow last night, I went to bed with bare ground & woke up with a 6" coating of snow. I have nothing but "Circumstantial Evidence" to prove it snowed, but it is pretty compelling evidence.
We've been over this a million times Richard & if I haven't convinced you with what I think are very compelling arguments to at least investigate this matter further, I have nothing further to add.
The rest of your points I will just lump into things many politicians may say when running for election. (Confuse the voters with minutia while you are picking their pockets) Just as Bush said he was against Clinton's "Nation Building" & then jumps into Iraq...,...Political BS.
I think what life-long friend & adviser to McCain, Senator Graham, said yesterday really gives away what these rich men believe: "American are just whiners! " (while their chauffeur drives them to the country club)