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Friday, July 03, 2009

The Lies. The Deceptions.

The truth about Obama's cap-and-trade tax: Calling the impetus behind it "dementia" is being too kind.
Cap and Trade Dementia
By Peter Ferrara, The American Spectator

Barack Obama called for House passage of the cap and trade tax bill last Friday by calling it a jobs bill. The bill is designed to raise the price of energy in the U.S. so much that it will reduce the use of fossil fuels by 17% by 2020 and by 83% by 2050. Sentencing the U.S. economy to high cost energy is not a particularly good strategy for creating jobs. The Charles River Associates, a Harvard based economics consulting firm, estimates a net loss of jobs from the bill of about 2.5 million each year.

This is surely a gross underestimate of the net job losses from a bill designed to reduce the use of fossil fuels to the level in 1907. All those soccer moms better get used to riding their horses to the grocery store and back. And their husbands better get used to working the farms again, by hand, as high cost energy will chase remaining American manufacturing out of the country to India and China, which do not suffer from Al Gore's delusions about supposed global warming.

Yet Barack Obama calls it a jobs bill. This reflects a by now well-established pattern of deceptive, misdirection rhetoric, raising broadly appealing ideals in promotion of policies that would do just the opposite. [link] [my emphasis]
It's a pattern, by the way, that has been adopted by a number of Obama lackeys as well. Take our congressman, Rick Boucher. There was once a time - not long ago, in fact - that he was considered to be an honest man. Feckless. Uninspiring. Detached. But at least honest.

No more.

Now he's taken up the Obama method of propaganda dissemination with relish.

From the Coalfield Progress on Tuesday:
Boucher calls for climate bill support

Ninth District U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher was among the House members urging passage Friday of a sweeping climate change and energy bill.

Boucher, D-Abingdon, one of the architects of the legislation, argued in remarks during the floor debate that the bill would meet his two major goals — keeping electricity rates affordable and allowing utilities to keep using coal, which produces 51 percent of electricity nationwide. In fact, the EPA projects that coal use will grow by 2020 to help meet new demand for electricity to power vehicles, he said.

Also, Boucher said, the legislation puts a price on carbon dioxide emissions, which “will unleash investments in clean energy technologies that will create millions of new jobs. These energy technologies will evolve from America’s laboratories. They will be deployed at home. They will be exported around the world. They will be the foundation for our next technology revolution.” [link]
You might chalk this up to being nothing more than double talk. But it is, in fact, more sinister.

The third paragraph above necessarily negates the second.

How is it that his legislation that "puts a price (call it what it is - a tax) on carbon dioxide emissions" will "unleash investments in clean energy technologies"? Here's how: The price of coal will skyrocket and America will be forced to look for alternative fuels once coal is made - by Boucher mandate - prohibitively expensive. Just exactly how will that grow the coal business?

It won't. It will destroy the coal business.

Boucher is lying to you.

Studies are being released each day (here is today's) predicting the widespread devastation that will result from this "climate change" bill. Depression Central will be right here in Southwest Virginia where the economy is highly dependent on the coal industry and the coal industry is slated for termination. (For details on the impact go here.)

And Boucher wants you to believe that his legislation (oh, I forgot this little ditty from the CP article: "Boucher, D-Abingdon, one of the architects of the legislation, argued ...") will be good for us. He wants you to believe that it's going to create jobs and not destroy them.

He's lying.

Through his teeth.

Rick Boucher (a once honest man) and Barack Obama (a former cocaine user). A match made in heaven.

Perriello Needs To Learn How It's Done

Tom Perriello must learn how to lie better.

Case in point. Virginia's rookie 5th District congressman has come up with a really unique excuse for his having voted in favor of cap-and-tax, as his handlers demanded. It was for national security.

I kid you not.

The laugher.

Don't he and Rick Boucher talk? Didn't Perriello get the memo that said to extol the virtues of the bill's "job creation" aspects?

But no. He did it for national security reasons.

Ya need to work on your political dodges there, big guy.

Is This a Good Idea?

Admittedly I have no military experience. And far be it from me to second-guess the generals who make these decisions. But somehow reading this makes me think of those isolated outposts in the Saharan desert that Gary Cooper made famous:
In Tactical Shift, Troops Will Stay and Hold Ground in Afghanistan
By Thom Shamker and Richard A. Oppel Jr., New York Times

Washington — The first major operation launched with the additional troops ordered to Afghanistan by President Obama is devised to clear Taliban havens across a strategic southern province — and then, in a marked departure from past practice, to leave clusters of Marines in small bases close to the villagers they were sent to guard and aid, according to senior military officers.

“Essentially what they are trying to do is create and sustain a productive presence in Helmand Province, including both combat power and civil-engagement capabilities,” a senior military officer said. [link]
I'm reminded of Dien Bien Phu.

But that's not fair. I'm sure our military strategists know what they're doing. I'm ... sure.

I just don't like that "clusters of Marines in small bases" left to their fate in a hostile land. It concerns me.

Whatever For?

Of this I'm a bit skeptical:

Some airlines adding airbags to first-class seats

So investigators find little pieces of melted airbag mixed in with the flotsam, jetsam, brain matter, and human viscera when they start dragging smoldering wreckage out of the hole in the ground.

Air bag? I'd rather they handed me a Bible.

The Bigger Problem

The scandal:
Post Co. Cancels Corporate Dinners
By Howard Kurtz, Washington Post Staff Writer

Washington Post Publisher Katharine Weymouth yesterday canceled plans for a series of policy dinners at her home after learning that marketing fliers offered corporate underwriters access to Post journalists, Obama administration officials and members of Congress in exchange for payments as high as $250,000.

The fliers were approved by a top Post marketing executive, Charles Pelton, who said it was "a big mistake" on his part and that he had done so "without vetting it with the newsroom." He said that Kaiser Permanente had orally agreed to pay $25,000 to sponsor a July 21 health-care dinner at Weymouth's Northwest Washington home, and that Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) had agreed to be a guest. [link]
Let's be clear - even though Kurtz isn't. Those "corporate underwriters" are better known as lobbyists. Lobbyists are willing to pay huge sums for exclusive access to Washington politicians. The Washington Post, which was once a newspaper of some integrity, was willing (and preparing) to obtain and sell that access to said lobbyists.

That's not right.

But here's the bigger problem with this shameful drama: A major American newspaper had the means by which to sell political access to corporate lobbyists. They were going to do it because they could.

You think our congressman's ongoing efforts to provide Washington Post reporters with special legal immunities to the law are not connected? It's all connected.

It's a cesspool.

And it's wrong.

This Seems Right

Paula has somewhere around ten cats here in the house. The photo and caption below fit every one of them:

Cat's concern? "Mom, FOOD. Now."

Quote of the Day

From Investor's Business Daily:

At this point in a normal downturn lasting 11 months, the economy should be booming — with big jumps in GDP and 300,000 new jobs each month coming mostly from the private sector.

But 18 months into this downturn, we're still losing jobs — with 2.7 million gone in the private sector just since January, when the Democrats took full control of the government.

Shrinking GDP has crushed investment. First quarter gross private domestic investment — a proxy for business investment — plunged 20%, or nearly $450 billion, annually. The outlook is grim.

Worse, the June jobs data mark a milestone of sorts: Our unemployment rate equals that of the no-growth Eurozone nations.

Why is this job decline happening? The private sector — the real engine of economic and job growth — won't hire because it's scared of what it sees coming out of Washington.

On the horizon, as far as the eye can see, are higher taxes, uncontrolled spending and layers upon layers of new regulations.

Who would hire new workers faced with that?

"Stop The Madness That's Killing Jobs," July 2, 2009

A Story To Watch

In war these things happen. I wish they didn't:
US: American soldier captured in Afghanistan
By the Associated Press

Kabul (AP) — US military spokeswoman says insurgents have captured an American soldier in eastern Afghanistan.

Capt. Elizabeth Mathias said the soldier has been missing since Tuesday. She said she could not provide further information.

Mathias said the military was using "all our resources to find him and provide for his safe return." [link]

Emphasis on safe return.

This Can't Be Good

$800,000,000 spent by the United States government to stimulate the economy and what do we have to show for it?
Payrolls Fall More Than Forecast, Unemployment Rises
By Shobhana Chandra, Bloomberg

July 2 (Bloomberg) -- Employers in the U.S. cut 467,000 jobs in June, the unemployment rate rose and hourly earnings stagnated, offering little evidence the Obama administration’s stimulus package is shoring up the labor market.

The payroll decline was more than forecast and followed a 322,000 drop in May, according to Labor Department figures released today in Washington. The jobless rate jumped to 9.5 percent, the highest since August 1983, from 9.4 percent. [link]
I've heard talk of a second stimulus. Why?