A Wyoming congressional update

Sen. Mike Enzi at the Petroleum Association of Wyoming meeting

Sen. Mike Enzi was joined by Sen. John Barrasso and Rep. Cynthia Lummis at the Petroleum Association of Wyoming’s annual meeting in Casper. (Dustin Bleizeffer/WyoFile — click to enlarge)

by Dustin Bleizeffer

U.S. Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso, and Rep. Cynthia Lummis, spoke at the Petroleum Association of Wyoming’s annual meeting last week in Casper. They spoke about the upcoming election, and how a possible shift in the U.S. Senate to a GOP majority would land top chairmanships for Enzi and Barrasso. They also discussed energy and the economy. Here are some of the highlights of their address.

Sen. Mike Enzi:

Senator Mike Enzi

Sen. Mike Enzi

— “This year the most important election is president of the United States. If the current president thinks that he got re-elected he will consider it a mandate, and when you consider that he’s doing things outside of the law right now, consider what he might do if he gets re-elected. You know, he’s signed executive orders that have no basis in law. Unfortunately, it takes 3 or 4 years for the courts to undo those, and they will be undone.”

— “I need actual examples of what would happen if some of the tax code was changed for your business. … And I will need the help. Most people don’t understand business. If they don’t understand business I can tell you they don’t understand the oil and gas business. So you will be under full flood lights and under fire.”

— “Those three states (senate races in Montana, North Dakota and Nebraska) turned around puts us at 50 members of the United States Senate. If we have a Republican president, Republican vice president — you’ll recall that the vice president gets to break the tie on those leadership votes — and I’ll get to be a chairman of Health, Education, Workplace Safety, Training and Pensions. And that’s a pretty big bite of the apple.”

Sen. John Barrasso:

Sen. John Barrasso

Sen. John Barrasso

— “The president, when he was running for office, said that … under his plan that renewable energy would be the cheapest form of energy. And people thought at the time that meant that he was going to lower the cost of renewable energy. But that’s not what he meant. I mean, you’ve got to listen very carefully to what he says because what he actually meant was that he was going to raise the cost of red-white-and-blue energy higher so that in fact renewable energy wouldn’t be any cheaper, just cheaper than all the other things that he wants to make much more expensive.”

— “We ought to be exploring for more energy off-shore, on public lands, and in Alaska. … Both Democrat senators from Virginia say we should explore off the coast of Virginia. … This administration still blocked what was, in a bi-partisan way, an effort to provide more American energy. So we know the mindset of this administration.”

— “So much of the development there (in North Dakota) that’s private land. That’s not public land. The president says, well we’re producing more energy now than we were in the past. Well, it’s not because of this administration. This administration is trying to slow it down. We’re trying to bring more energy security in this country.”

Rep. Cynthia Lummis:

Cynthia Lummis

Cynthia Lummis

— “This election is like no other. … Are we going to continue to manage our decline, as Paul Ryan is apt to say, ‘doubt, despair, debt and decline,’ or are we going to reestablish the opportunity society that was envisioned by our founding fathers? Will it be based on every person’s right to pursue happiness, interest in pursuing happiness, ability to pursue happiness as it was contemplated back then. And not to producing equal outcomes, but just producing equal opportunities.”

— “We all need to make the moral case for free enterprise because the way this country is going right now, as to the fiscal side of things, is immoral. It’s immoral that our debt exceeds GDP. It’s immoral that we’re spending a trillion more every year than we take in, and it’s immoral that we treat business as the cause of our problems and not the founding of our economy.”

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Published on August 26, 2012

{ 5 comments }

Andrew August 30, 2012 at 1:17 pm

The Lummis comments are utterly nonsensical. She weaves together sentences and thoughts in a manner that is very Palin-esque (not a compliment). “It’s immoral that our debt exceeds GDP.” How is this immoral? Fiscally irresponsible, maybe. Unsustainable, yes – probably in the long run. But immoral – no. It is immoral to show complete disregard for the less fortunate and to act with no sympathy for the disadvantaged. It is immoral to spend billions on missiles while millions of people starve. However, i would not expect a woman of her means (and inheritance) to fully appreciate these concepts.

I would however expect her to understand fundamental economics. That our debt exceeds out GDP is not reason to sound an alarm. The ratio is not approaching historical highs. In addition, a significant portion of this debt is held by Americans. What’s further, if national debt and deficit are of such concern to her, why will she not support a single tax increase, even for the most advantaged?

Brodie Farquhar August 28, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Just more boiler-plate fear and loathing from our congress critters. Quite obviously, these three are bought ‘n paid for via their campaign contributors and no not remotely represent the interests of average folks in Wyoming. If you read their quotes and detect echoes of Rush and Faux Noise, you’re absolutely right! All GOP talking points are test-driven by the propaganda machine before they’re repeated by rank and file Republicans.

Patrick August 28, 2012 at 2:06 pm

These are certainly illuminating.

“Are we going to continue to manage our decline, as Paul Ryan is apt to say, ‘doubt, despair, debt and decline,’ or are we going to reestablish the opportunity society that was envisioned by our founding fathers?”

That’s quite a quote for a woman who inherited wealth and has made her fortunes in public office.

Enzi and Barrasso may be a bit clumsy, but they are at least transparent about representing oil & gas interests. Lummis’ pretention to political philosophy is cloying and out of touch.

Bryon August 28, 2012 at 1:50 pm

What is interesting to me is how none of our delegation speaks to the Obama administrations ability to shave 10% annually off foreign oil imports, or 1 million barrels a day. Oh, and what about the fact that under Obama, domestic oil production has increased 13% and the 2 billion barrels produced in 2011 was the highest production since 2003.
Additionally, nothing the GOP states makes reference to the fact we as a nation consume too much energy and that oil, gas, and coal are non-renewable, so what about conservation and efficiency as a means to controlling prices. In an atmosphere of personal accountability, you’d think the GOP would consider this, as the Obama administration has.

Nancy Galgerud August 28, 2012 at 12:19 pm

The articles were very very well done and said very bluntly and to the point. He is so very very deceitful. PLEASE–lets get RID of him. Most Sincerely, Nancy G

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