Congressman Doolittle visits Janesville School students
Doolittle said he began his political career in the California state senate and said his motive is to make the world a better place.
He was also asked if he would run for president, and Doolittle said he never would. He is the congressman from the fourth district of California.
Some of the questions were:
Why are we paying more for gas this year?
Answer: In recent years there are two great economies, China and India, who have come on the scene and have enormously increased their demand for petroleum.
For decades and decades neither country has never had much in the way of energy consumption, but now the countries are getting on the field so now there is a new demand for petroleum.
The total world supply of petroleum just barely exceeds the total world demand because of India and China.
If there is any disruption to countries who are major oil producers, there will be a spike in the price of oil.
We have lots of oil that’s within the control of the United States. I voted, as your representative to develop that, whether it’s off shore or whether it’s in Alaska, but it’s never actually become law.
The House and the Senate both passed legislation, but President Bill Clinton vetoed it. So we didn’t get the drilling in Alaska we hoped to get. There’s 100 million barrels of oil in Alaska, we have other oil reserves we just haven’t tapped into them yet.
Another problem in America is the petroleum has to be refined with gasoline and it is very burdensome on companies to build new refineries because it’s expensive.
No new refineries have been built in the United States since the 1970s, the existing refineries have been enlarged in their capacity to refine gasoline.
The fact is we just have such demand for it, but we don’t have enough refineries.
I voted as your representative for bills to make it easier to have refineries, but those bills have never became laws.
He also said the country is going through transition and there are laws saying different formulas for fuel have to be used during the summer that are different than the winter. Spring and fall are when the transitions occur.
In our opinion, what’s the most important thing you do?
Answer: “I think the Constitution gives us our answer,” Doolittle said.
The most important thing to do is to make sure we protect the people of the United States from attack.
We’re very much involved in that right now in the international war on terror and homeland security.
Will there be social security when we’re all retired?
Answer: Yes. But you will either pay more or will have reduced benefits.
The tipping point for social security is in 2017, so in 10 years there will be more money flowing out of the social security than there is flowing into it.
That’s why you will hear constant talk about fixing the problem before it becomes a crisis.
Because once it becomes a crisis, there are only two possible solutions, reduce benefits or increase taxes and over the years, the answers to the solutions have been both reduced benefits and increased taxes.
I have voted as your representative for change.
You don’t have to reduce benefits and you won’t have to increase taxes, but the system has to be restructured.
You will have some type of social security. I hope we’ll do the right job for you so that you’ll have something that will be great use to you.
What is your view on illegal immigration?
Answer: Illegal immigration is a real problem in this country. And as your representative I’m supposed to crack down on that.
It was my amendment that passed in the House of Representatives last week that says if you aren’t here legally and can’t show a social security number, you won’t be able to get a mortgage on a house.
Is the government going to have enough money to fund another hurricane with all the money going to Hurricane Katrina?
Answer: Hurricane Katrina is the most expensive disaster in the history of the United States.
If another one comes along, I would hope we would come up with the money to deal with it.
What is your opinion on the war in Iraq?
I voted to go to war. Saddam Hussein, who was in Iraq, started three wars and paid families of suicide bombers $25,000 each.
He was rewarding people for terrible anti-social behavior.
Our objective in Iraq is to get the government, military and police force up and running and step back letting them do the job they are supposed to do. They have the greatest interest.
Iraq and Afghanistan’s neighbors, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have more of an interest than the United States in helping the situation stabilize.
I’m glad our government is finally talking to the Syrians and the Iranians because they obviously are going to have to be part of the equation.
Are we going to have draft people?
Answer: No. We won’t have to draft people.
It is my hope shortly, very shortly, that we’ll begin to reduce the number of forces.
Is the government doing anything to stop global warming?
Answer: Well, there’s a lot of talk about global warming. But the fact of the matter its uncertain as to what the facts really are about global warming.
Committees have been formed to discuss the subject.
I think its way overblown in the terms of the impact mankind actually has. Ninety-eight percent of Antarctica is getting colder, not warmer and Iceland has some of the thickest ice in decades. The earth is a pretty big place and a resilient place.
Global warming is getting a lot of discussion and a lot of focus, companies are already working on reducing their carbon dioxide emissions.
There’s a lot of effort being made to the extent we got off petroleum, which I’m in favor of doing and went to nuclear energy or hydrogen.
Then you’re putting out much less carbon monoxide in the air.
“I don’t think putting carbon dioxide into the air by man made energy sources is the problem, but I do think being held by unfriendly
countries who have most of the world’s petroleum is a problem.
“So as your representative, whenever I could, I voted for the alternative energy and I voted to move in that direction as quickly as possible.”
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