I previously advised the White House how to sort out the Iraqi mess, but the fools ignored me. Now Bush has the lowest approval ratings in history. Belatedly, they adopted minor elements of my plan(partnering with local sunni militias), which proved wildly successful. Now we face a different crisis, how to supply our need for oil. Democrats are deadset against any drilling whatsoever. They are held hostage by the environmentalist wacko fringe of their party, who value bugs and weeds more than humans. Or they are paralyzed by fears of global warming or other nonsense. Thank goodness they weren't around when it was time to build the Hoover Dam or the Panama Canal. Democrats do love Social Security however, America's first socialist program. Unfortunately, at least the few sane democrats realize paying for the promised benefits will bankrupt the system in a decade or two. Republicans are all for drilling everywhere, except off the coasts of their home state. The idea that perhaps it won't be the worst thing in the world to have saved our oil when the world starts running out is not part of their plan. As for Social Security, they see it as the classic third rail of politics. Touch it and die instantly. Their plan is to let someone else deal with it later. My plan. Set aside all the oil resources in ANWR, offshore and on other government land as assets to pay for Social Security benefits. That oil is only going to get more valuable, unlike any paper assets the plan could be invested in. If, as democrats maintain, Social Security is sound and will not be broke, then we need never touch that oil. If the plan founders however, all we have to do is start drilling to pay benefits. Since the SS assets will be locked in the ground, they will be unavailable to divert to other spending. Democrats will not be tempted to do so anyway, since they hate drilling so much. Everyone wins. Someone wake John McCain up from his nap and explain this to him. Then he can go on the news and attack me and denounce the idea, like he seems to do with anyone who voices support for him.