July 31, 2008
It sounds like great news to me so I thought I'd check the websites of ABC, CNN, MSNBC and CBS to see if they had these stories as their top headlines. The answer is no, no, sort of and no. MSNBC had the troop tour story. The rest chose their right to remain silent. But they did share the news of Exxon's big profit and Boston trading Manny Ramirez to the Dodgers.
The media and the Dems have done whatever they can do to ruin the economy and lose the war. When their efforts fail they won't even report the news. Go figure.
Update: In all fairness, ABC News did mention the story about the decline in US casualties in Iraq during their 6:30 broadcast, but not until after they reported on Exxon Mobil's record profit.
Later Fox News reported that for every dollar in profit Exxon Mobil has earned, they have paid three dollars in taxes, so for the last quarter Exxon Mobil paid a record $32 BILLION dollars in taxes! But Obama wants more.
John McCain's campaign cried foul and said that Obama is playing the race card and Obama's campaign replied "Barack Obama in no way believes that the McCain campaign is using race as an issue, but he does believe they're using the same old low-road politics to distract voters from the real issues in this campaign."
What did Barack Obama think when he said he doesn't look like the men on the money? Any rational person knows exactly what he meant. He said what he meant and he meant what he said. Then when McCain responds he accuses McCain of dirty politics. I guess Obama expects that even his opponents are supposed to fawn all over him in the manner of the main stream media.
This afternoon Representative Mike Pence said he has asked President Bush to call a special session of Congress, under Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution:
He may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respsect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper.President Bush should call them out, call them back and force them to vote on drilling.
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July 30, 2008
The young lady who waited on us was very nice and pleasant but this was her first out of state return. Pennsylvania has a 6% sales tax while New York has an 8% tax. There was only about a 50 cent difference, but I can't blame the girl for doing her job and balancing the books. After she made six phone calls and about twenty minutes she finally figured it out. The Sponge Bob game is much better than the Power Rangers anyway, so I suppose it was worth the headache.
That little event got me thinking, how does Pennsylvania manage with a 6% sales tax? What about Delaware? That state has no sales tax and Florida has no state income tax. Where is all of the money in New York going? Today Governor Paterson ordered a 7% spending reduction from all state agencies. Already counties are complaining that it will mean less money from Albany, so they may have to raise our taxes. Why don't they just stop spending so much of our money?
I think I'll move to Bikini Bottom.
It seems that Obama's presidential charade isn't lost on everyone. Milbank declares that "he traveled in a bubble more insulating than the actual president's. Traffic was shut down for him as he zoomed about town in a long, presidential-style motorcade, while the public and most of the press were kept in the dark about his activities, which included a fundraiser at the Mayflower where donors paid $10,000 or more to have photos taken with him."
While most of the press adores the Prince of Hubris, some are starting to tire of him and with about 100 days until election day more are sure to grow weary of Obama's act.
July 29, 2008
The American Presidents, Ninth Edition documents that "No other President came to the White House with more dazzling visions of achievements and left with more shattered illusions than did Herbert Hoover." One of his promises was "the perfection of justice, whether in economic or social fields" and he intended his administration to be a "progressive, reform regime." That all sounds familiar, doesn't it?
Herbert Hoover is said to have been for small government and laissez-faire economics. It's too bad he didn't stick to his guns. He was called a "do nothing President". He tried a housing bailout which was a failure. His refusal to repeal Prohibition probably didn't help. Not only would people have gone to work at breweries and distilleries, but they would have been happier, not having to go to to the local speakeasy for a pop. But Herbert Hoover's biggest mistake was signing the Hawley-Smoot Tariff in 1930 which only intensified the depression. Time and again we find that free trade is a good thing and the imposition of tariffs is bad. Obama doesn't get this.
Unfortunately, President Bush seems to be falling into the Democrats' trap when they compare him to Hoover, accusing him of doing nothing. (For example the economic stimulus and homeowner bailout.) We will never know what would have happened had President Hoover, and later Roosevelt "done nothing". Perhaps the depression may have ended in 1934.
With fewer than 20 legislative days before the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1, the entire appropriations process has largely ground to a halt because of the ham-handed fighting that followed Republican attempts to lift the moratorium on offshore oil and gas exploration. And after promising fairness and open debate, Pelosi has resorted to hard-nosed parliamentary devices that effectively bar any chance for Republicans to offer policy alternatives.
“I’m trying to save the planet; I’m trying to save the planet,” she says impatiently when questioned. “I will not have this debate trivialized by their excuse for their failed policy.”
I wish the interviewer had further prodded Madame Speaker and asked her where she found the Constitutional authority to "save the planet".
On the right we have Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who recently went on an energy tour that included ANWR. Debunking the Democrats claims that there is plenty of oil available for drilling under current leases, Rep. Bachmann retorts:
Rep. Bachmann has also opposed the wretched homeowner bailout and she is calling on President Bush to veto the bill which she refers to as a "blank check" to the treasury.
The Democrats' focus on the National Petroleum Reserve is also striking. While it contains comparable known reserves to ANWR -- 10.6 billion barrels compared to an estimated 10.4 billion barrels in the wildlife refuge -- its fields are spread over 23 million acres. The portion of ANWR territory that should be opened to exploration covers a mere 2,000 acres. The National Petroleum Reserve's fields are a little over 250 miles from the current pipeline infrastructure, while ANWR is only 75 miles away. To top it off, currently there is no production in the National Petroleum Reserve because of ongoing litigation.
By focusing on a patch of Arctic tundra more spread out than ANWR, a greater distance from current pipelines, and subject to lawsuits not addressed by the legislation, the Democrats chose to respond to American cries for expedited drilling in such a way that would have made it harder to produce energy.
Who is right and who is wrong here? How the American people continue to be fooled by the likes of Nancy Pelosi is beyond comprehension. Something tells me it won't be that way for long. As the old saying goes "You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time."
Oh yeah, if you'd like to tell Madame Pelosi what you think of her you can call her at 202-225-0100.
Governor Paterson did not disappoint, in fact I yelled "Woo Hoo!" when he said he was calling for an emergency session of the state legislature and the legislators vacations were coming to an end. He went on to state that, like New Yorkers, the government will need to learn to get by with less and we need to cut up our credit cards!
One thing the Governor said that may give some of us pause is that the government needs to act. As history has shown, government action often makes fiscal problems worse.
It remains to be seen if the dysfunctional New York State Senate and Assembly will do anything to balance the budget. It doesn't fit with their "spending for votes" way of thinking. But the Governor is going to give it a go and he should get credit for that.
Washington, are you listening?
July 28, 2008
Much to my chagrin, my Republican candidate for the US House of Representatives, Dale Sweetland, has come out in favor of releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Who does he think he is, Dan Maffei? Why not just come out and announce that we can turn the economy around if all Americans raid their 401k?
It's starting to sound like the governor is a closet conservative, at least fiscally. The governor is going to be up against some pretty tough opposition to any cuts in spending and it shows guts that he's at least trying to do something to curb spending.
It would be nice if our local, state and federal governments had kept spending under control for the last century, but they have not. It's never too late to start, however, so good luck to Governor Paterson. Maybe President Bush can take a cue and veto the housing bill.
Perhaps press reports like No. 44 Has Spoken deluded him into believing that he's already the president-elect. With each passing day Senator Obama's ego grows ever larger. He believes the only way to solve the problems of the globe is his ascension to the White House. He believes that his few years as an Illinois state senator and his very brief stint as a US senator (most of which he has spent campaigning) qualifies him to serve as leader of the free world. Anyone who dares to mention that media hype and hope do not entitle him to the presidency is attacked as mean spirited and playing dirty politics.
Rex Murphy said it best in Obama's Audacity of Hubris: "Yet, there he was on Thursday, acting in every way as if he were already president delivering, Urbi et Orbi, a proclamation. There was something almost glorious about the presumption: Call it the audacity of hubris. There was also and equally something very reckless about it. The only set who seem more enraptured than a good part of the U.S. media about the Obama campaign is the Obama campaign and the candidate himself."
July 27, 2008
Rather than report the story, the media has now become the story, intertwined with the Obama campaign. They've entered into a credibility damaging viscious circle that goes something like "We love Obama, now we are reporting on our love for Obama because his opponent pointed it out, so we must now attack the opponent".
ABC News has the headline Anatomy of an Attack: How McCain Hit Obama - McCain Camp Seethed, Then Began Landstuhl Attack by Touting Hannity Comments on their website. Including the title, the article mentions the McCain campaign "seething" three times. About McCain's ad regarding Obama scrapping his plans to visit our wounded troops the author writes "The McCain campaign dropped the bomb...... an extraordinarily harsh attack line: 'And now, he made time to go to the gym, but cancelled a visit with wounded troops'."
Of course, ABC made the Obama campaign's retort sound extremely reasonable: "The Obama campaign was quick to cry foul.....This politicization of our soldiers is exactly what Sen. Obama sought to avoid." They failed to point out that had Senator Obama visited Landstuhl without the press it simply would have been a sincere gesture from the man who wants to be president. It became political when he scrapped the visit because he couldn't bring his reporters along.
When did criticizing a political opponent become an "extrordinarily harsh attack"? Oh yeah, when the politician making the criticism is the opponent of your love child.
Hat tip to No Quarter for picking up on this. Those 200,000 Germans really showed up for free concerts by wildly popular German reggae singer Patrice and the pop band Reamonn. If a free concert wasn't enough, they also gave away free bratwurst and beer. Gee whiz, I may have gone to that!
Isn't it the job of the media to report events as they actually occur? How about this headline "Obama gives a speech during the intermission of a free concert in Germany". If the New York Times would report the truth, rather than their version of it, perhaps their readership numbers wouldn't be in such a free fall.
July 26, 2008
Today, Saturday July 26, 2008 Congress met to pass a bill bailing out 400,000 of our fellow Americans who took out mortgages they couldn't afford. Yep, it's true and President Bush is going to sign this awful bill into law. He must not have gotten the memo about how out of control spending cost Republicans the House and the Senate not too long ago.
In short, nearly half a million Americans bought homes they could not afford. These people cannot afford to pay their mortgages. So what does this bill do? This bill will allow these delinquent borrows to refinance with new mortgages backed by....you guessed it...the American taxpayer. There's also some money thrown in for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. We can't let them go under, now can we?
Keep in mind, Congress does not make any money to add to the budget, all they do is spend it. The President does not generate income to add to the budget, he just signs the spending bills sent to him by Congress. This is not their money, this is our money. Our money is now being used to guarantee the mortgages of people who don't pay their bills.
Well, that's not really true either. It's more like our kids and grand kids money. We're already trillions of dollars in debt. Maybe we can send the Chosen One-the Messiah Obama go on another fundraising swing through Europe, so the Europeans can bail us out. They sort of owe us anyway, so why not?
If you would like some insight into how we got into this mess in the first place (no, it wasn't Bush's fault) check out Thomas Sowell's column in Investors Business Daily from earlier this week.
Now if we can just keep the enviro-nazi's and the "not in my back yard" crowd out of this we'll be all set.
July 25, 2008
Yes, you read that right. In this interview, with a straight face, Harry Reid says over and over again that paying taxes in the United States of America is voluntary! How could anyone make this stuff up? He had no choice but to concede that some tax evaders are fined or even imprisoned for not paying their taxes, but then reiterates that paying taxes in the USA is a voluntary process. There you have it folks, straight from Harry Reid's mouth. Save this video so when you decide to stop paying taxes you can tell the IRS Harry Reid said it's voluntary.
This is how people act when they are wrong. He accused the media of not relaying news stories properly. So, when you are wrong, and there is nothing the media can do to change the fact that you are wrong, what do you do? You yell at the reporter "I would suggest you turn up your hearing aid. It was clear for those of us who understand English".
Apparently, Harry Reid doesn't understand English. If he did he would realize that one thing a vast majority of American agree on is that we need to drill for oil in ANWR and the Outer Continental Shelf. More on this story.
He ventured forth to bring light to the world-The anointed one's pilgrimage to the Holy Land is a miracle in action - and a blessing to all his faithful followers
And it came to pass, in the eighth year of the reign of the evil Bush the Younger (The Ignorant), when the whole land from the Arabian desert to the shores of the Great Lakes had been laid barren, that a Child appeared in the wilderness.
The Child was blessed in looks and intellect. Scion of a simple family, offspring of a miraculous union, grandson of a typical white person and an African peasant. And yea, as he grew, the Child walked in the path of righteousness, with only the occasional detour into the odd weed and a little blow.
When he was twelve years old, they found him in the temple in the City of Chicago, arguing the finer points of community organisation with the Prophet Jeremiah and the Elders.
Read the full article. This is priceless.
July 24, 2008
Update: It has been reported that Obama used his big Berlin speech as an avenue to raise campaign funds. Could it be he didn't visit our wounded troops because he didn't think they would contribute to his campaign?
Yes, the Germans went wild for Obama's speech as most of his apostles here at home probably did. He talked about "global citizenship", "sustained sacrifice", "shared burdens" and "trade that is free and fair for all". He will send a "direct message to Iran that it must abandon its nuclear ambitions" and in Iraq will "finally bring this war to a close". He will save the planet and eradicate AIDS and poverty, because poverty causes terrorism. He notes that every language is spoken in the US and wants to eliminate all borders.
Lacking from his speech is the idea of American exceptionalism. He diminishes the role America played in ending the cold war and bringing down the Iron Curtain. He diminishes the sacrifice of Americans who fought and died in Europe in the last century. He also diminishes the role the American military has played in Iraq. With all due respect, you don't win wars by wishing for peace. You don't bring down terrorists and dictators by giving them a lecture.
Now we are all just "fellow citizens of the world". When in Ohio Obama blasts American companies that ship jobs overseas. When in Germany Obama lauds the global economy. Talk about playing to your audience.
Obama fails to recognize or acknowledge that the 9-11 terrorists were well to do and came from middle class families. He calls for unity, advancing his collectivist message to include the entire globe. When he talks about sustained sacrifice he doesn't say whose sacrifice? The American worker? He neglects to mention that President Bush is a rock star in Africa due to all he has done to battle the AIDS virus. So we should expect that if elected president, Obama will send even more of our tax dollars overseas.
Of course, Obama would never fail to mention in a speech how imperfect America is and how we have not "lived up to our best intentions". In his view, we will not be a perfect nation, a perfect global citizen until he is elected president.
July 23, 2008
As the Soldiers where (sic) lined up to shake his hand, he blew them off and didn't say a word as he went into the conference room to meet the General. As he finished, the vehicles took him to the ClamShell (pretty much a big top tent that military personnel can play basketball or work out in with weights) so he could take his publicity pictures playing basketball. He again shunned the opportunity to talk to Soldiers to thank them for their service.
So really he was just here to make a showing for the Americans back home that he is their candidate for President. I think that if you are going to make an effort to come all the way over here you would thank those that are providing the freedom that they are providing for you.
I swear we got more thanks from the NBA Basketball Players or the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders than from one of the Senators, who wants to be the President of the United States. Read full story.
It had seemed that Obama kept the media at a distance during these events because he was afraid of making one of his famous gaffes. This story would lead one to believe that he didn't want the media recording his outright snub of our troops. The media has been talking non-stop about his three point shot, did he make that shot after snubbing the very people keeping him safe? Is he such an elitist that he's too good to sit down with the men and women in the milatary? Or is he uncomfortable in the knowledge that he will never live up to the greatness of those who serve our country?
According to the Post Standard, 80% of Republican Dale Sweetland's campaign contributions were raised locally. Sweetland said that if the National Republican Congressional Committee were to offer him funds he would accept, but other than that he's not trying to raise money in Washington, DC.
On the other hand, they report that Washington fuels Maffei's lead over Sweetland's local cash. Only about 14% of Dan Maffei's campaign contributions came from local donors. The majority of his funds came from Washington DC but he also raised quite a bit in California, New York City and Boston.
So who can we assume Dan Maffei is going to be working for? Us? That's doubtful.
One more thing to keep in mind, a vote for Dan Maffei (or any other Democrat running for Congress) is a vote to for Nancy Pelosis to remain as Speaker of the House. Wake up, folks.
Many of us have relatives who fought and died in World War II and find it insulting when politicians like Obama use sacred backdrops to pander. My friend Paul Zanucchi has a great piece today on the American Sentinel. He's justifiably angry. Click here to read what Paul has to say.
Passage of this act would open the Outer Continental Shelf, ANWR and other oil rich areas for oil and gas exploration, among other measures. Republicans are calling this an "all of the above" strategy that promotes conservation while easing the burden on Americans. For Congressman Boehner's press release click here.
After President Bush lifted the executive ban on drilling the price of oil dropped. It went down again today. If the Congress lifts its ban the price will drop again, before we even pull an ounce of oil out of the ground.
The Democrats will do all they can to see that this bill never makes it to the floor for a vote. We need to let Nancy Pelosi know we want this to go to a vote. Call Nancy Pelosi today, tomorrow and the next day at 202-225-0100.
July 22, 2008
In the mean time his opponent for the open 25th Congressional District seat, Dan Maffei, has used some more of his far left-wing money to release a new television ad. He said he's going to take our money and invest it in "green technology". I would suggest that Mr. Maffei read up on where all of this green investment has gotten us thus far.
The government thought it would be a great idea to subsidize ethanol, which is more expensive to produce than gasoline and has helped to drive up the price of gas. According to this report of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, regarding ethanol and the energy bill proposed by the EPA:
Ethanol costs considerably more than gasoline, so the mandate benefits Midwestern corn farmers and the ethanol industry at the expense of the driving public. In addition, the logistical difficulties of incorporating ethanol into the nation’s fuel supply also have added to costs. In effect, the ethanol mandate is yet one more costly federal fuel requirement piled on to an overly complex regulatory scheme and has proved to be a step in the wrong direction.Dan Maffei appears to be against competitive enterprise so it is doubtful he will take any time to read any of CEI's reports.
Then Barack Obama threw his buddies in the press under that old bus of his. Well, of course he did! He's a gaffe machine whose on/off switch is not easily controlled. He can't risk having reporters with microphones there. I mean, one of them could develop a conscience and actually air the footage of another gaffe. Heaven forbid.
I'm sure they will forgive and forget. They're just working out the kinks in this budding romance. And it's a brilliant move on Obama's part, he's giving them cover since everyone with eyes and ears knows he has them in his pocket.
Brietbart has the video of Andrea Mitchell complaing to tingly-legged Chris Matthews on Hardball about the lack of reporting going on during Obama's trip to the middle east.
There are two videos and you can vote on which one you like better. I picked the first one. They're both funny. The media is so blatantly obvious, they aren't even trying to look objective. Even if you aren't one of John McCain's biggest supporters you should vote for him just to stick it to the main stream media.
Click here to see the videos and vote for your favorite.
July 21, 2008
The headline from ABC News: State Dept. Talks With Iran, N. Korea Look Like Obama Policy. They would have us believe that President Bush has been seeking counsel from junior Senator Barack Obama, and that he has had some radical shift in foreign policy.
The American Thinker has a great piece rebutting this argument authored by Ray Robison who points out that President Bush has consistently been tough with the Iranians. He sums it up as follows:
With no more nuclear threat from Saddam, against a US government that has raised the stakes on Iranian attempts to hide nuclear development, and faced with an international community that largely agrees with our president that Iran must not get nuclear weapons, it is possible that Iran has run out of options and might actually be looking for a peaceful way out. Because of Iran's recent history trust is out of the question. But there is no reason not to find out what they have to say. That's not weakness. It's negotiating from a position of strength.
It isn't as if President Bush himself flew to Tehran to meet with the mullahs and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as Obama has indicated he would do.
The Democrats will do all they can do to make sure prices go up, up and away while they hope for magic fairies to fly in and create new sources of energy. They will block all attempts to explore for oil and build new refineries in the US.
Let's not forget about the cost of heating our homes. They'll block any new nuclear power plants or exploration and drilling for natural gas. But don't worry, the polar bears will be happy.
Just in case you don't like high gas prices, sign the American Solutions petition telling them you want to drill here, drill now and pay less.
Update: ABC News just announced that John McCain has a major appearance scheduled for Thursday.
July 20, 2008
They certainly can't be blamed for their angst at the thought of an Obama presidency. With his shifting positions, voting record and naivete they should be downright scared. Barack Obama is trying to portray himself as some sort of world leader when he's not even half way through his first term as junior senator from Illinois. Who is he kidding? Eckart von Klaeden summed it up quite nicely when he said "Euphoria in politics is an invitation for disappointment."
His appearance at the "Victory Column" in Berlin's central Tiergarten park is expected to draw huge crowds and is being likened in advance to former president John F. Kennedy's celebrated "Ich bin ein Berliner" performance of 1963.
But in the German Chancellery a few hundred meters away there is unease with the Illinois senator's cult-like following and skepticism about whether he can live up to the hype.
"There is a sort of Obama-mania in Germany right now, but I think a lot of people will have their illusions shattered if he does become president," an official in Chancellor Angela Merkel's office told Reuters, requesting anonymity.
July 18, 2008
Barack Obama is billing (to us) his visit abroad as a "fact finding mission". He's as popular in Europe as he is with the left in the US. He's going over there on an adulation mission, on our dime.
He will also travel to Iraq, hoping to enhance his national security credentials. According to ABC News that may not be as easy as he thinks. Apparently the American troops over there aren't on board with his plan for defeat. They spoke to Major General Jeffrey Hammond about Obama's withdrawal plan.
Asked if he considered it dangerous to pull out if the withdrawal is not based on "conditions," Hammond said, "It's very dangerous. I'll speak for the coalition forces, men and women of character and moral courage; we have a mission, and it's not until the mission is done that I can look my leader in the eye and say, 'Sir, Ma'am, mission accomplished,' and I think it is dangerous to leave anything a little early."At this point, who really knows what Obama plans to do if he's elected, he waffles so much it's hard to tell. But judging by what he has consistently said until recent weeks, it's a good bet that he will withdraw our troops before there is lasting stability in Iraq.
Our troops aren't on board with his withdrawal plan, they want to stay until the job is done. So what is his motivation to go to Europe and the Middle East? He knows that he's wildly popular with Europeans, Palestineans and the rest that are jealous, resentful and downright hostile to the United States. He wants to say to Americans "Look at me! The whole world loves me!" The problem with his plan is he's running to represent the United States of America. Rather than spend our money to go overseas, why doesn't he remain in the US, having a dialogue with the American people about his big spending, defeatist plans for us?
Subtle, yet effective. General Petraeus understands there is an enemy that must be defeated. Senator Obama has simply decided to take the enemy out of his equation.
Andrew Yarrow is sounding the alarm about our growing deficits and debt in "Forgive Us Our Debts: The Intergenerational Dangers of Fiscal Irresponsibility". The book takes us through the process of how we got to this point and explores options for getting us back on track fiscally. Unfortunately, that responsibility falls on the shoulders of our elected officials who care more about the next election than doing the right thing for our country. Whether you agree with Dr. Yarrow's entire analysis or not, he is right in pointing out that something must be done soon.
"Forgive Us Our Debts" solidifies the notion that the United States has become a socialist country, and the way things look it's only going to get worse. Andrew Wilkow once said that Americans want our needs to be provided by the government so we can take care of our wants. It began with FDR and the entitlements keep expanding while we go into debt to pay for it.
We don't want to fund our own health care, we want the government to do it. We don't want to fund our retirement, we want to retire early and have the government pay for it. We want big new houses and when we can't pay our mortgages we want the government to bail us out. We want cell phones, ipods, computers, new cars and new clothes. When we can't pay the bills we file bankruptcy.
It is time for Americans to stop looking to the government to solve their problems. It is time for the government to reign in spending. As Yarrow concluded "If we do not, Ronald Reagan's 'morning in America' may undergo a time-zone shift of historical proportions: if it's night time in America, isn't it morning in China?"
Talk about a flip flopper! Obama's official position when it comes to Iraq officially depends on what day of the week it is. It's too bad most of the media are too in love with him to point this out.
July 17, 2008
Democrats keep saying we should release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, like we did after Hurrican Katrina. They fail to see the point that Hurricane Katrina was a natural disaster and there were supply disruptions. We can't release the reserves every time there's a spike in oil prices. That's like telling people to dip into their 401k's every time the price of gas goes up. It's just ridiculous.
After the President signed the executive order on Monday API released the following statement:
"It is now up to Congress to lift the moratoria. Doing so could boost U.S. supplies of oil and natural gas, increase the nation’s energy security, add additional, well-paying American jobs and bring billions of dollars into the Treasury. We encourage Congress to pass a common-sense and effective long-termToday the price of oil dropped for the third day in a row. The price of natural gas dropped 8%, the biggest drop in a year. Imagine what will happen if Congress voted to allow drilling in ANWR and offshore? You can't change the law of supply and demand. Supply goes up, prices drop. If speculators believe there will be an increase in supply, they will speculate that the price will drop. It's not that complicated.
energy policy designed to increase conservation and energy efficiency, promote greater supplies of all forms of energy, including domestic oil and natural gas."
Earlier this week American Solutions presented their petition with over 1.3 million signatures to leaders in the House and the Senate. This is what the American people want. When the Democrats took control of the House and Senate in 2006 they promised to do something about the price of gas. Since then the price has steadily climbed while they block any remedies that would alleviate the problem. The American people did not vote the Democrats into office for them to oppose President Bush on each and every one of his proposals. It is time for them to finally put politics aside and do their jobs.
It isn't too late the sign the petition to Drill Here, Drill Now and Pay Less.
According to the Chamber Post Blog, they have released a key vote letter to members of Congress urging them to vote against this bill. In part, the letter states that the Chamber:
The cost of natural gas is expected to double this winter over last year's price. The cost of a gallon of gas is now over $4.00. Prices of everything are now going up. People are losing their jobs. The last thing we need is Congress passing another inane law that will drive energy costs up even further while doing nothing to increase domestic production.
strongly opposes H.R. 6515, the "Drill Responsibly in Leased Lands Act of 2008," because its few pro-energy provisions are far outweighed by its punitive antienergy provisions. H.R. 6515 could ultimately result in the production of less American oil and natural gas, which, in turn, would lead to higher prices
and even more pain at the pump for consumers.
Section 7 of H.R. 6515, more commonly referred to as "use it or lose it," is completely unnecessary because oil and gas producers already operate under binding, statutory time limits for their leases. For onshore production, Section 17(e) of the Mineral Leasing Act, 30 U.S.C. § 226(e), stipulates that an oil company must have a producing well within 10 years, or else surrender the lease. For offshore production, the Outer
Continental Shelf Lands Act, 43 U.S.C. § 1337(b), stipulates that an oil company must produce energy within either five or 10 years, or else surrender the lease. Simply put, leaseholders are already required to surrender leases that are not producing.
We are supposed to have "representative government". Something is terribly wrong when the American people overwhelmingly support legislation to open up more federal lands for drilling and Congress ignores our wishes. Is it any wonder their approval rating is so low?
July 16, 2008
They're trying to play it off like their biased coverage is due to Obama's "newness". Excuse me, but have we not been getting non-stop coverage of this guy since his appearance on Oprah a few years ago and his speech at the 2004 Democratic convention? If someone buys a new pair of underpants and wears them every day for three years, are they still "new"?
Senator John McCain's trip to Iraq last spring was a low-key affair: With his ordinary retinue of reporters following him abroad, the NBC News anchor Brian Williams reported on his arrival in Baghdad from New York, with just two sentences tacked onto the "in other political news" portion of his newscast.
But when Obama heads for Iraq and other locations overseas this summer, Williams is planning to catch up with him in person, as are the other two evening news anchors, Charles Gibson of ABC and Katie Couric of CBS, who, like Williams, are far along in discussions to interview Obama on successive nights.
That these news execs say with a straight face that they devote the same amount of time to candidates from each side is utterly ridiculous. Obama will be the recipient of free campaign commercials. If he makes any major gaffes while in Iraq (which is very likely) do you think the MSM will fill us in?
Our founders intended that the Senate would be the chamber which would house the statesman of our legislative body. But, then again, our founding fathers never met Chuck Schumer.By Jerry Bower in How Chuck Schumer Set Off a Bank Panic.
You're getting $600 - what can you do with that? Not to be ungrateful or anything, but maybe it pays down a bill, but it doesn't pay down every bill every month," she said. "The short-term quick fix kinda stuff sounds good, and it may even feel good that first month when you get that check, and then you go out and you buy a pair of earrings."
There is a lot of talk about the Obamas being elitist and how most Americans don't buy themselves $600 earnings. While that is true, what is more disturbing about Mrs. Obama's comments is the notion that somehow the government is responsible for paying people's bills. Is she suggesting that the government start sending citizens $600 checks every month? Since when do the hard working people of America expect the government, ie our fellow citizens, to pay our bills? This is just more proof that the Obamas are socialist to the core.
Unfortunately for those of us in NY, the Cost of Government Day won't be here until July 28. The only states worse than NY are Washington DC, New Jersey and Connecticut. To see where your state ranks click here.
President Bush went out on a limb with the troop surge at a time when the war (thanks to Democrats and the media) was very unpopular. John McCain went out on a limb by whole heartedly supporting the surge. The men and women of our military put their lives on the line under the leadership of General David Patraeus. What did Barack Obama do? Oh yes, he vehemently opposed the surge. One would have to assume that Obama prefers shameful defeat over victory.
What a shame it will be if Barack Obama is elected president and then claims for himself success brought about by the very actions he so forcefully opposed.
July 15, 2008
Governor Romney has a proven track record as a successful business man. He understands the US economy better than most politicians, as he has actually worked in the private sector. When it comes to the issues Romney is right on just about everything. He has the ability to raise a ton of cash, which McCain is going to need to compete against Obama this fall.
Most people really don't care what religion he practices. To those who call him a flip-flopper: he has nothing on Obama. Much has changed since the primary season and now more than ever McCain needs a running mate with strong economic credentials.
On top of all of that, there is a lot of conservative support for Governor Romney, although that support came a bit too late for him to win the primary. His CPAC speech was a huge hit with the young conservatives and Romney could be just what Senator McCain needs to re-energize the conservative base.
He certainly is more deserving. Not only is Senator Schumer not remorseful for his reckless behavior he is actually proud of himself. The Democrats are actively doing everything they possibly can to destroy the US economy. Do the American people understand this? Could it possibly be true that the American people are going to give even more power to this destructive group than they already have? It's time for people to wake up.
Mr. Schumer now argues that OTS was asleep at the switch, and that blaming him is like blaming "the fire on the guy who called 911." In fact, it's blaming the guy who poured on the gasoline. Very few banks, if any, would remain standing for long in the current tense financial environment after a Senator, in effect, told its depositors to run for the exits. In the 1930s, such tipsters were derided as rumormongers and often faced indictment for encouraging depositors to stampede banks.
Only last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced an investigation into the role of rumor-peddlers in the run on Bear Stearns. We somehow doubt that Mr. Schumer will receive similar SEC scrutiny for his very similar role in bringing about a liquidity crisis at IndyMac. But he may be more deserving.
July 14, 2008
I came across a post from YID with LID about Investor's Business Daily calling for Nancy Pelosi to resign.
Feckless to Reckless: Pelosi Should Resign
Leadership: With oil hitting $147, Nancy Pelosi finally admits energy is a problem. But instead of drilling for it, she's cooked up a new drain-the-reserves scheme. It's pure politics at a time of crisis. She ought to resign.
They have it absolutely right. This woman is out of control and has become downright dangerous. There is absolutely no excuse for the way this woman is playing politics with our economy and our very lives. Enough is enough. Give her a call and tell her how you feel.
Nancy Pelosi: 202-225-0100.
Good for him! He had previously said he would sign the order after Congress lifted its own ban on offshore drilling. Of course, Congress refused to act, so Bush went ahead and signed the order today. The ball is officially in Congress' court.
It's really too bad we now have a Democrat majority in the House and Senate. If not there is no doubt the ban on drilling would be lifted. If not for Nancy Pelosi the issue may have already come up for a vote on the House floor. The arrogance of these people is stunning to behold. They claim to be the ones to solve the problems of average Americans when they are the very people causing the problems. Talk about the tyranny of the majority.
Let's all hope we have enough change to continue paying these high gas prices. If you don't, sign the American Solutions Petition to drill here and drill now.
One has to wonder which Obama will be speaking in Berlin. Will it be the far left Obama beloved by the American Communist Party or will Obama's second act continue? You know, the one where he pretends to be a more centrist candidate in the hopes of gaining favor with those of us who hold more traditional values.
It is very ironic, that a man whose policy proposals seem to be right out of the Communist Manifesto has chosen Berlin as the venue of a major speech.
Obama on Patriotism
Collectivists vs. the Individual
Obama the Collectivist
Update: From the Brussels Journal, read about what the Europeans are saying about the flap about Obama's Berlin speech.
July 13, 2008
Obama keeps making mistakes. Nobody really knows where he stands because of his nearly constant shifting of positions. At least with McCain, he's been around long enough where we can trust he is who claims to be. Who is Barack Obama, really?
He was born in Hawaii, raised in Indonesia and spent his young adult life hanging with radical left-wingers in Chicago. He went to a church with a racist pastor for 20 years. He wrote a couple of books hyped by Oprah and became a millionaire. He spends $10,000 a year on dance lessons for his kids. Most of the time he's been a US senator has been spent campaigning for the presidency. Yet he acts like he knows what life is like for average Americans in Kansas, Indiana or Tennessee. Who does he think he's fooling?
He says in his commercial that people leave NY for jobs in other states. Yet he fails to see the connection between the liberals in NY and their policies which have caused businesses to close and people to move away. People don't leave New York to live in California, New Jersey or Massachussetts. They leave NY to live in states with low taxes, where people can still afford to do business.
Mr. Maffei likes to remind us that he grew up in Syracuse. He leaves out the part about him being in Washington DC for most of his adult life. He doesn't mention that the only reason he moved back from Washington was to run for Congress. He also fails to mention where all of his campaign cash is coming from. His donors include the likes of George Soros and Eliot Spitzer. That doesn't include the thousands given to him by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
His sales pitch about being a home town kind of guy is nonsense. The people weren't buying it the last time around. Let's hope they don't buy it this time.
July 11, 2008
President Bush proposed eliminating a program "that helps low-income Americans make their homes more energy efficient". That is, a program that gives the money we earn and the government takes from us to other people so they can stick some insulation in their walls.
RINO Senator Susan Collins said "I hear from Mainers throughout my state that they are panicked about how they are going to heat their homes this winter and deal with the skyrocketing price of home heating oil." Of course they're worried! But these idiots in Congress won't allow further exploration and drilling for oil here at home. They block the construction of new nuclear power plants. Then when the cost to heat a home skyrockets they turn around and say they want to take tax payer money and send it to people to insulate their homes!
Read the full story.
Rep. King said that Pelosi will not allow a vote in the House on domestic drilling, even though there are about several dozen democrats in favor of increasing domestic oil and natural gas production. Rep. King suggested we all call Nancy Pelosi's office at 202-225-0100 and tell her we want to drill. Don't be shy. Call her and tell your friends to call her. Then sign the petition to drill here, drill now and pay less!
July 10, 2008
No Beer, No Civilization from George Will on Townhall chronicles how beer helped to save humanity. I'll drink to that!
If you are looking for new and creative ways to save the planet, you must read Solutions for Rising Sea Levels Part I - Kill the Whales on the Conservative Principles blog. I wonder why nobody has thought of this before!
Anyone who keeps abreast of the news in Britain will have become accustomed to the absurd, the insane, and the depressing: the sharp rise in violent crime; criminals routinely escaping with a fine or community service; the erosion of free speech; the destruction of our culture by an authoritarian “liberalism.” “Where will it all end,” someone asked me rhetorically a few weeks ago. No great comfort, I admit, I responded, “what makes you think it will end?”
The liberals are suspicious of all white British citizens and they're against British traditions, religion, culture and values. The liberals hate humanity in general and are even suspcious of small children.
The US, by contrast, still instills in its citizens – of whichever race or background – a sense of pride and hope. It believes that it is a great nation. And it is a nation “under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
This is where I would disagree with the article. The left in our country is much the same as their pals across the pond. They blame America first, they want America to lose. They don't want immigrants to assimilate, they want America to change to suit the immigrants. They want God out of the Pledge. They call themselves progressive but they are against progress. They want to follow the failed socialist policies of Europe.
The left in America is angry because their chosen one, Barack Obama, is tacking rightward because he knows his radical left wing agenda won't sit well with the majority of Americans. Hopefully, the American people will see him for what he really is - a typical liberal politician pandering for votes.
July 9, 2008
Rather than retrieve resources from our own land, Nancy Pelosi wants to take our reserves, which are set aside for emergencies or disruptions in supply, to try to rig oil prices. This has been tried before and it didn't work. Even if it did work it would only bring relief for a brief period of time. This will do nothing to reduce our dependence on foreign sources of oil.
It is amazing how these so called representatives can be so wrong, so often and continue to get away with it. In the mean time Iran continues playing their dangerous games and we still aren't doing any more drilling, building any new refineries or nuclear plants.
From the Huffington Post:
Today is going to go down as a dark day in our nation's history, as the Senate completes its total capitulation to the Bush administration and its corporate masters, through passing legislation that dramatically expands the
government's surveillance powers and immunizes the companies responsible for illegally spying on us from any form of legal redress for the victims.
And some of HuffPo's reader comments:
You owe me a kiss Obama. I usually get one when I have been screwed.
When I first learned of Obama's win in Iowa, I thought wow, at long last the Democratic party is going to move the country away from the evil of conservative control. Then I started listening to Obama and looking at his advisors and policies. I soon discovered how wrong I was.This act of treason only reinforces my conclusion.
Glenn Greenwood over at Salon.com is hopping mad.
As Turley says, and as I've written many times over the last two weeks, what is most appalling here beyond the bill itself are the pure falsehoods being spewed to the public about what Congress is doing -- and those falsehoods are largely being spewed not by Republicans. Republicans are gleefully admitting, even boasting, that this bill gives them everything Bush and Cheney wanted and more, and includes only minor changes from the Rockefeller/Cheney Senate bill passed last February (which Obama, seeking the Democratic Party nomination, made a point of opposing.
Some of Greenwood's readers also commented:
We've been had. We've been had. We've been had. Yes we can.
I will not vote for someone who cannot bring himself to stand up for the rule of law and the US Constitution. I won't vote for McCain, and now I won't vote for Obama.
End. Of. My. Rope.
Obama's arrogance is reaching megalomaniac proportions. He obviously feels he can change position at will on a host of issues, without serious consequences because, he seems to think, Democrats who didn't support him initially will willingly support him now because they have nowhere else to go.
Earlier this evening I was listening to John Gibson on Sirius and he played some clips of former Obama supporters really freaking out, cursing and crying. It's kind of amusing, the left is totally freaking out over Obama finally doing the right thing. He said he was going to become bi-partisan, do they really believe he can win in November by being a far left loon? Frankly, I wish he had kept the far left happy.
The only thing wrong with the conclusions of these psychiatrists is that this is the first case! Haven't they heard of Al Gore, Sheryl Crow, Laurie David or any of the other global warming hysterics out there? Maybe they are so engrossed in their work that they don't have time to listen to the news. Maybe, being in Australia, they didn't hear about the time Sheryl Crow said people should limit their toilet paper use to one square per, uh, sitting. If that isn't delusional I'd like to know what is.
Well, at least now we have an official diagnosis for the Global Warming Kool-Aid drinking wackos out there.
Yo no hablo Espanol! No Obama, I don't speak Spanish and I don't want to! If my kids want to learn Spanish so they can work at the DMV some day to help all the illegal alliens obtain drivers' licenses, fine, they can learn Spanish. If they want to travel abroad some day, fine, they can learn the language. As long as they live here, in the United States of America, the only language they should be required to learn is English.
July 8, 2008
Who are these people that approve of Congress? Are they lobbyists or relatives of the politicians? Maybe they are people who don't drive, watch TV, read the newspaper or pay for anything. I've figured it out! 9% of the people polled are babies!
It's too bad the babies don't know Congress is mortgaging their future and making the present quite unbearable for their parents. When the babies grow up and a gallon of gas costs $15 we can tell them that liberal politicians said it would take too long to drill for oil here at home. I'm sure they'll understand.
Sign the American Solutions Petition to drill here, drill now and pay less.
July 7, 2008
1. the state of being under the control of another person [syn: bondage]
2. the practice of owning slaves
3. work done under harsh conditions for little or no pay
I guess Barack Obama didn't get the memo that a war was fought in America and slavery was abolished. From his own website:
Obama will set a goal that all middle and high school students do 50 hours of community service a year. He will develop national guidelines for service- learning and will give schools better tools both to develop programs and to document student experience. Green Job Corps: Obama will create an energy-focused youth jobs program to provide disadvantaged youth with service opportunities weatherizing buildings and getting practical experience in fast-growing career fields.
Don't you love the way they call it "service learning"? Does that somehow change the definition of his plan?
What we do hear from the candidates is a lot of gibberish about global warming, green technologies and other mumbo jumbo that won't bring any relief to working Americans. We can look forward to increases in the price of gas and the cost of energy to heat and cool our homes. If they want a recession, they're on the right track!
The media must figure we all know how much we're paying for gas so there is no need to mention it very often. My local news station occasionally will tell us where we can buy gas for $4.23 per gallon instead of $4.30, which would be helpful if I didn't have to burn four gallons of gas to get there. But they make sure they give a lot of air time to A-Rod's marriage and alleged affair with Madonna. It's great to see they have their priorities straight.
Are the candidates or the media aware of the 1,292,121 Americans who have signed the American Solutions Petition to drill here, drill now and pay less? If so, do they care? Sadly, the candidates seem to care more about the humanity hating environmental lobby than they do about average American citizens. And the media is hell bent on making sure the American people don't place the blame where it belongs.
July 6, 2008
Suppose all the libs had their way and we withdrew our troops, leaving the Iranians to help themselves to all of that yellowcake? How many of those calling President Bush a liar knew about this? How long have they known it? What other WMD's are still over there that Barack Obama would like to leave in the hands of our enemies? No doubt this little story won't be getting a whole lot of airtime from the main stream media.
The last major remnant of Saddam Hussein's nuclear program - a huge stockpile of concentrated natural uranium - reached a Canadian port yesterday to complete a secret U.S. operation that included a two-week airlift from Baghdad and a ship voyage crossing two oceans.
The removal of 550 metric tons of "yellowcake" - the seed material for higher-grade nuclear enrichment - was a significant step toward closing the books on Hussein's nuclear legacy. It also brought relief to U.S. and Iraqi authorities who had worried that the cache would reach insurgents or smugglers crossing to Iran to aid its nuclear ambitions. Read the full story.
July 5, 2008
I'm not sure when this video was made, but it was posted on You Tube over two years ago. Alaskans want to drill in ANWR, Americans want to drill in ANWR? So what's the problem? The problem is the environmental lobby and the US Congress. Many of our senators and congressmen seem to believe they own the land. Note to Congress: Federal land is the people's land, not the government's.
For more information about ANWR visit ANWR.org.
July 2, 2008
On June 23, CBS lined up five things you might not know about McCain, and check out the difference in tone. He wasn't born in the United States, but in the Panama Canal Zone. He was nicknamed "the punk" in high school, a reputation that "followed to the Naval Academy," where he graduated fifth from the bottom of his class. When he crashed in Vietnam, it was "It was not his first, it was not his second. It was his third crash as a pilot."
Thomas Sowell reminds us of what happens when patriotism goes out of fashion in Does Patriotism Matter.
During the First World War, France fought on against the German invaders for four long years, despite having more of its soldiers killed than all the American soldiers killed in all the wars in the history of the United States, put together.
But during the Second World War, France collapsed after just six weeks of fighting and surrendered to Nazi Germany. At the bitter moment of defeat the head of the French teachers' union was told, "You are partially responsible for the defeat."
Charles de Gaulle, Francois Mauriac, and other Frenchmen blamed a lack of national will or general moral decay, for the sudden and humiliating collapse of France in 1940.
It is unfortunate that liberal historians decide what the young learn about history. Will history now repeat itself?
This year, America doesn't deserve to celebrate its birthday. This Fourth of July should be a day of quiet and atonement.
For we have sinned.
We have failed to pay attention. We've settled for lame excuses.
We've spit on the memory of those who did that brave, brave thing in Philadelphia 232 years ago.
The America those men founded should never torture a prisoner.
The America they founded should never imprison people for years without charge or hearing.
The America they founded should never ship
prisoners to foreign lands, knowing their new jailers might torture them.
Such abuses once were committed by the arrogant crowns of Europe, spawning rebellion.
Today, our nation does such things in the name of our safety.
Petrified, unwilling to take the risks that love of liberty demands, we close our eyes.
We have done such things, on orders from the Oval Office. We have done them, without general outrage or shame.
This guy is talking about Islamic terrorists that want to kill him, you, me and our children. He is talking about fighters who wear no uniform and fight for no nation. They use innocent children as shields and if they catch you before you catch them you will be beheaded. They want to take over the world and this moon-bat is worried about a little bit of waterboarding! Sadly, he speaks for many on the left. They are the ones who will blame America first, no matter what. This is the sort of thing they find patriotic. It's disgusting.
July 1, 2008
Now the insurance industry is being criticized. To all of the global warming hysterics out there-you can't have it both ways. You say the science is settled, that there is a consensus on global warming. You cry that the world has a terrible fever and the consequences are dire. Do you really expect insurance companies not to raise premiums after your declarations of impending catastrophic doom?
Anyone living in a coastal area can thank AlGore and Co. for your rapidly rising insurance costs. This is but one more example of unintended consequences of the liberals idiotic policies.
John McCain wants to win in Iraq and stay there until there is lasting stability. Barry Obama will irresponsibly pull the troops out, leaving Iraq to AlQuaeda, who with the help of Iran will establish a safe haven where they can plan attacks on US and US interests.