Obama’s Oil Flimflam
Charles Krauthammer at his best describing Obama's "all-of-the-above" energy policy...except for all of the drilling projects he has rejected.
Tonight's Crazy Story:
Fourth Grader Pens Epic Letter to Local Meteorologist
After a meteorologist visited a fourth grade classroom to teach a lesson on the weather, the students were assigned to write a thank-you letter to him. According to the meteorologist, one letter stood out. Perhaps it was: "Some day when I become supreme ultra-lord of the universe I will not make you a slave, you will live in my 200 story castle where unicorn servants will feed you doughnuts off their horns" complete with a drawing. See the whole letter and the drawing at The Blaze.
Topic One: Gas Prices
Krauthammer on the impact of gas prices on Obama: "An oil crisis looms, prices are spiking — and our president is extolling algae. After Solyndra, Keystone and promises of seaweed in their gas tanks, Americans sense a president so ideologically antipathetic to fossil fuels — which we possess in staggering abundance — that he is utterly unserious about the real world of oil in which the rest of us live. High gasoline prices are a major political problem for Obama. They are not just a pain at the pump, however. They are a constant reminder of three years of a rigid, fatuous, fantasy-driven energy policy that has rendered us scandalously dependent and excessively vulnerable."
Are gas prices tripping up Obama's campaign? "Once upon a time, Obama was a critic of drilling and had a jolly good time ridiculing those who advocated it. Now he’s giving speeches in which he’s taking great pride in the drilling that’s occurring in America. What he won’t tell you is that the increase in drilling is happening on private, not public, lands, and that it’s happening in spite of Obama’s efforts, not because of them. The president knows all this. He’s not a stupid man; he’s just a thoroughly cynical one. And so Obama is doing the best he can to pretend (a) he and his administration didn’t hold views they clearly did and (b) mislead people to think he’s responsible for things he has no legitimate claim to."
There's Always Time for a Laugh:
"President Obama said he's set up a task force to look into high gas prices. He'd look into it himself, but he's busy working on those NCAA tournament brackets."
Topic Two: Unemployment
The unemployment reports from the last few months should be good news for the President. Unemployment has fallen almost a full percentage point from its high last year, and job creation is beginning to pick up. The problem is not the unemployment rate, but the employment quality. On top of the 8.3% of Americans who are classified by the BLS as unemployed, how many people are not even searching for a job because of months of discouragement? We know that the labor force participation rate is dropping, but we do not know the specific reason for people dropping out. How many people have begun getting income from other sources (food stamps, disability, etc.) because their unemployment benefits have run out? How many people have taken a part-time job or a minimum wage job that does not allows them to make ends meet but is better than nothing?
The New York Times is admitting this problem: "The decline in the jobless rate, from 9.1 percent last summer to 8.3 percent in February, is cause for only modest celebration. As we wrote in one of our Wednesday editorials, “at least 40 percent of the new private sector jobs fall into low-paying categories.” People are finding work at bars and restaurants and in retail. By and large they’re not getting hired as teachers, librarians or road workers (better-paid, more secure positions.)"
However, the Times suggests the wrong solution: "Or, instead of trying to re-create the 20th century economy, we could work with what we have—meaning we could work to improve the lot of service-industry personnel – or even better allow them to help themselves. A job at a Michigan car factory is not inherently better than a job at a clothing store or a restaurant; it’s more desirable because it pays better, and it pays better because a few generations ago the Detroit labor force unionized. A job at Walmart with a pension upon retirement doesn’t sound too bad. It could happen through collective bargaining."
Once again, the liberal establishment (including those at the New York Times) fail to understand the consequences of their actions. Sure, collective bargaining rights for Walmart employees sound good for employees, but what about the consumers? If Walmart employees unionize and demand greater wages and benefits, prices at Walmart stores would rise. This would hurt not only the middle class Americans who shop at Walmart, but also the employees who are also likely to make their purchases in Walmart's stores. What good is a $5 per hour raise ($200 per week for a 40-hour week) be if that money is eaten up with increases in grocery and clothing prices?
(As of Wednesday, March 14, 2012 )
Your share as a citizen: $49,832.22
Share per household: $136,251.36
Debt since Obama inauguration: $4,937,932,842,854.89
Topic Three: Afghanistan
Do we need a new strategy in Afghanistan? "The uncertainty in Afghanistan has put Obama in a bind that he must find particularly uncomfortable in an election year. His critics on the left were never happy with the slow pace of the pullout. Now critics on the right have joined the chorus, and the president finds himself defending the extension of a long and costly war he never much liked. Obama is right, of course, to warn against a "rush for the exits." The United States still has interests in Afghanistan, beginning with the need to prevent Al Qaeda from rebuilding. But "stay the course" isn't an adequate response either. Both Americans and Afghans need a clearer sense of what their troops can realistically accomplish between now and 2014, and after."
Oliver North says that we must not withdraw: "Obama still claims he is "confident that we can continue the work of meeting our objectives" and "accomplish the mission" while implementing his "exit strategy." But then he says his goal is to "responsibly wind down this war" and "bring our troops home." This isn't a "strategy," and it's not a valid reason to send young Americans into harm's way in one of the most difficult and dangerous places on earth. The commander in chief we hired nearly four years ago still hasn't learned that the only "responsible" way to end a war is to win it. On the day Taliban leaders announced they were pulling out of any further talks, I was visiting Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. While I was there, the mother of a severely wounded Marine said to me, "I hope my son's sacrifice was not in vain." I share her hope. We all should -- even our ambivalent commander in chief."
Afghanistan was a war we had to fight: we could not sit idly and allow nations to protect terrorists as they plot strikes against America. We were successful in defeating the Taliban, in disrupting Al Qaeda, and ultimately, in finding and killing the mastermind of 9/11 in the neighboring nation. However, we have learned that democracy and freedom is only successful in nations that want it. Iraq has been moderately successful because the people accepted American ideals; recent events in Afghanistan have shown that the people are unwilling to accept similar ideals. While it would be great to create a thriving democracy, recent events show that is unlikely. We have accomplished our objectives for entering Afghanistan; if the people have shown us that they do not want us there, then it is probably time for us to leave.
Tweet of the Day:
@ThisGirlisRight: Univ of Calif study has found the stimulus didn’t increase economic output or private-sector employment, it boosted public-sector employment
Topic Four: Defeating Obama
Is the only way to defeat Obama to vet him like Breitbart planned: "America must Breitbart Barack; it's the only way he can be defeated. The left will scream. It will be called negative campaigning, racist, and worse. Knowing Barack Obama and his minions -- as we now do -- it will be called both. Conservatism will become synonymous with "negative racism" -- at least in the written press, televised news, and progressive blogosphere. Yet if the right wages a polite and dignified campaign, eschewing negativity and "in your face" advertising, the Republican candidate still will be labeled negative and racist."
The article goes on to say: "Until now, the right has been forced to play defense on progressive terms, fighting not to lose, instead of to win -- politically, leading from behind. It's the way John McCain campaigned, and it will guarantee a loss in November. There is no room for civility in this election battle. This is not a game -- we are fighting for our children and the future of America, the last, best hope for humanity. Obama the Great will not play nice; he will be brutal and negative -- he's never been anything but negative. Should he choose to pretend he is not, lackeys on the left will take up the slack."
For some food for thought, John Hawkins has a fifteen question quiz to determine if you should vote for Obama in 2012.
Food for Thought - A Quote from our Founders
"In the supposed state of nature, all men are equally bound by the laws of nature, or to speak more properly, the laws of the Creator."
Topic Five: ObamaCare
Will Scalia be the swing vote for ObamaCare on the Supreme Court: "As the nation fast approaches the Supreme Court’s deliberations on the fate of ObamaCare (oral arguments scheduled for the 26th, 27th, and 28th of this month), the Obama Administration is pumping up a campaign to hoist the Court on the petard of conservative justice Antonin Scalia’s words. In a 2005 case, Scalia wrote a concurring opinion supporting the Court’s 6-3 decision decreeing that Congress may ban a medical-marijuana patient from growing cannabis for personal use in California where it’s legal. The Obama Justice Department mentioned the case 10 times in its Supreme Court brief on ObamaCare and Scalia’s concurring opinion specifically five times."
The administration's lie machine continues, as Sibelius says that Congress weighed its authority on ObamaCare, despite the fact that no one could explain exactly how the Constitution gave Congress power to mandate insurance. Meanwhile, another administration lie on the cost of ObamaCare is coming to light. (Who would have seen that coming? Oh, that's right...every conservative voice.)
Finally, there has been discussion recently on the idea of a partial repeal of ObamaCare. Erick Erickson explains why this is a poor idea. "If the GOP will not commit to repeated votes on full repeal with the American people so clearly on their side, prepare to be nickeled and dimed into an even more costly form of Obamacare where all the stuff both sides agree they hate (the stuff that typically was designed to keep costs down) goes away and all the stuff the Democrats love stays because squishy Republicans are too scared to vote with the rest of their party for repeal. Republicans have never shown the will to lose for the cause that Democrats have shown. The Democrats were prepared to lose Congress to pass Obamacare. They did both. Republicans will not ever be so brave or so bold. The only way to get the GOP to fight for repeal is to push them to repeal the whole without ever letting the Democrats fix the bad parts. Full repeal is the only time the public will be absolutely with the GOP and the GOP will only proceed with the public’s support."
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