I watched T. Boone Pickens on CNBC this morning. He told of being Sen. Robert Dole’s campaign manager in Texas when Dole run for president in 1996. Approaching Dole with serious energy issues of the future, Dole replied, “do you see that dog sleeping over there”? Pickens said, “no”. Well,” he’s over there “, said Dole. Dole told Pickens, you know energy, but I know politics. In politics, you don’t kick a sleeping dog. Energy being the sleeping dog. I said to myself, THATS IT. That is why we are in the mess we are in. Energy was not a campaign issue in 1996, but it should have been. Our failures are not energy insufficiency as much as political inadequacy. America has had a political break-down. Sadly, it continues, even in the face of daily bad news.