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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Say It Ain't So

Please tell me Obama didn't reject the construction of the Keystone oil pipeline.

Please.

Is he that hellbent on destroying our country?

He is:
Obama’s Keystone pipeline rejection is hard to accept
Washington Post editorial

On Tuesday, President Obama’s Jobs Council reminded the nation that it is still hooked on fossil fuels, and will be for a long time. “Continuing to deliver inexpensive and reliable energy,” the council reported, “is going to require the United States to optimize all of its natural resources and construct pathways (pipelines, transmission and distribution) to deliver electricity and fuel.”

It added that regulatory “and permitting obstacles that could threaten the development of some energy projects, negatively impact jobs and weaken our energy infrastructure need to be addressed.”

Mr. Obama’s Jobs Council could start by calling out . . . the Obama administration.

On Wednesday, the State Department announced that it recommended rejecting the application of TransCanada Corp. to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline, and Mr. Obama concurred. The project would have transported heavy, oil-like bitumen from Alberta — and, potentially, from unconventional oil deposits in states such as Montana — to U.S. refineries on the Gulf of Mexico coast.

Environmentalists have fought Keystone XL furiously. In November, the State Department tried to put off the politically dangerous issue until after this year’s election, saying that the project, which had undergone several years of vetting, required further study. But Republicans in Congress unwisely upped the political gamesmanship by mandating that State make a decision by Feb. 21. Following Wednesday’s rejection, TransCanada promised to reapply — so the administration has again punted the final decision until after the election.

We almost hope this was a political call because, on the substance, there should be no question. Without the pipeline, Canada would still export its bitumen — with long-term trends in the global market, it’s far too valuable to keep in the ground — but it would go to China. And, as a State Department report found, U.S. refineries would still import low-quality crude — just from the Middle East. Stopping the pipeline, then, wouldn’t do anything to reduce global warming, but it would almost certainly require more oil to be transported across oceans in tankers.

Environmentalists should fight for policies that might actually do substantial good instead of tilting against Keystone XL, and President Obama should have the courage to say so. [link]
Is Obama simply a coward? Or is he fulfilling his campaign promise to raise our costs of energy?

Either way the man is not on our side.

November!  It can't come soon enough.

Obama, The Anti-Jobs President

One day - one! - after I hear that Barack Obama - our "jobs president" - is going to focus his next annual budget proposal on the creation of jobs (how many times have we heard it before?), I read this:
The Anti-Jobs President
Wall Street Journal editorial

The central conflict of the Obama Presidency has been between the jobs and growth crisis he inherited and the President's hell-for-leather pursuit of his larger social-policy ambitions. The tragedy is that the economic recovery has been so lackluster because the second impulse keeps winning.

Yesterday came proof positive with the White House's repudiation of the Keystone XL pipeline, TransCanada's $7 billion shovel-ready project that would support tens of thousands of jobs if only it could get the requisite U.S. permits. Those jobs, apparently, can wait.

Unless the President objected, December's payroll tax deal gave TransCanada the go-ahead in February to start building the pipeline, which would travel 1,661 miles from Alberta to interconnections in Oklahoma and then carry Canadian crude to U.S. refiners on the Gulf Coast.

The State Department, which presides over the Keystone XL review because it would cross the 49th parallel, claimed yesterday that the two-month Congressional deadline was too tight "for the President to determine whether the Keystone XL pipeline is in the national interest." The White House also issued a statement denouncing Congress's "rushed and arbitrary deadline," which merely passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.

This is, to put it politely, a crock. [link]
I can't think of anything the president could do on his own that could be more destructive to the USA.

And he's done it.

Obama, the jobs president. Gimme a break.

This guy's gotta go.

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That, by the way, goes hand-in-hand with this:

Interior Secretary Imposes 20-Year Ban on Uranium Mining on Public Lands

What are these people doing to us?

Where's Tim Kaine?

Here's a spot-on response to Obama's cynical, arbitrary and short-sighted decision to block the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.  It comes from the Republican Party of Virginia:
RPV Chairman Mullins: America needs jobs, not political posturing

-- Obama decision to kill Keystone XL more proof that we can't afford four more years --

-- Tim Kaine stands by his good friend instead of fighting for Virginia --

RPV Chairman Pat Mullins gave the following statement:

"President Obama tries to look like he is working hard to fix the economy, but today's decision is more evidence that he doesn't have the same priorities as the people of Virginia. We needs jobs, yet the current occupant of the White House has no problem throwing 20,000 jobs on the fire just to help his re-election efforts," Mullins said.

"President Obama's decision - and Tim Kaine's silence - make it clear that our country simply can't afford four more years of Barack Obama, or six years of Tim Kaine in the U.S. Senate," Mullins said.

"This is yet just another example of how Tim Kaine will stand by Barack Obama, even though his policies have a detrimental impact on the people of Virginia. "

"Virginians needs more jobs, not more political posturing," he said. "Sadly, that's all Barack Obama and Tim Kaine have to offer."
We need new leadership in this country, and fast.

And Tim Kaine isn't going to provide it.

He and Barack Obama need to be sent back to whatever hole they crawled out of and this country needs to get back on track.

George Allen On The Keystone Pipeline Travesty

From a press release:
Henrico, VA - George Allen released the following statement today on President Obama’s decision to block construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

“This negative, political decision is a disappointing continuation of the counterproductive energy policies that are punishing working families and small business owners with unnecessarily high fuel and energy costs. These harmful approaches, which Tim Kaine supports, are causing higher costs for farmers, high food and gasoline costs for struggling families and fewer job opportunities for Americans. Virginians deserve a U.S. Senator who will put jobs and lower energy costs over partisan politics. It’s time for America to take control of our own destiny by unleashing our plentiful energy resources to help create millions of jobs, increase our supply of affordable energy, allow Americans to access secure sources of energy, and keep our money here in the U.S.A. while generating trillions in revenues to the government – without raising taxes.”
Everything is getting more expensive. Particularly the cost of energy. And Obama couldn't care less.

This is not good.

Smoke & Bluster

It was all a lie:

Obama Nixes Job-Creating Pipeline 11 Months After Launching Plan With Canada to Boost Growth on Both Sides of Border

It was all a lie.

Food For Thought

Received via email:
Why the U.S. was downgraded:

• U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000
• Fed budget: $3,820,000,000,000
• New debt: $ 1,650,000,000,000
• National debt: $14,271,000,000,000

• Recent budget cuts: $ 38,500,000,000
Let's now remove 8 zeros and pretend it's a household budget:

• Annual family income: $21,700
• Money the family spent: $38,200
• New debt on the credit card: $16,500
• Outstanding balance on the credit card: $142,710
• Total budget cuts: $385

Got it?
OK now Lesson # 2:

Here's another way to look at the Debt Ceiling:

Let's say, You come home from work and find there has been a sewer backup in your neighborhood....and your home has sewage all the way up to your ceilings.

What do you think you should do?
  1. Raise the Ceilings, or

  2. Pump out the sewage
Your Choice is coming November 2012.
Brings the numbers down to earth, doesn't it?

Hmmmm


Quote of the Day

From John Nolte:
The mainstream media will spend ten days losing their ever-loving minds blaming a Sarah Palin campaign map a killer never saw for that killer’s actions, but this news about a confessed terrorist admitting that a clip from Brian De Palma’s “Redacted” “prompted” him to murder two American airmen gets buried at the bottom of a Salt Lake City newspaper article.

Remember how, during the lead up to the release of the “Passion of the Christ,” the leftist media was on high alert waiting for synagogues and crosses to be burned? And yet, not a word in the national media about how this particular Hollywood film “prompted” the murder of two American servicemen.

Buried. Memory-holed. Never happened. Carry on.
"Terrorist Says He Was 'Prompted' to Kill U.S. Airmen By Anti-War Movie," January 18, 2012