The key point that Republicans should be hammering on for off-shore drilling is the creation of jobs in the immediate future. The oil companies will do that which all businesses do with their profits, invest in new and emerging enterprises. Open up the off-shore drilling and the record “wind-fall profits” the Democrats want to tax, and One would give as an energy rebate, would be used to start developing the infrastructure for the drilling. Virginia, Florida and Texas along with other States that have equipment companies, pipeline companies…would realize near-term growth with the increased demand for their services. New jobs would be created. Additionally, as a part of McCain’s overall energy approach, the proposed nuclear plants would generate up to 750,000 new jobs. People want jobs, not rebates.