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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

You Democrats Don't Want Southwest Virginia's Coal?

Lots of other countries do:
Exports of coal surge to highest level since 1991
By Matthew Brown, Associated Press

U.S. coal exports reached their highest level in two decades last year as strong demand from Asia and Europe offered an outlet for a fuel that is falling from favor at home.

U.S. Department of Energy data analyzed by the Associated Press reveal that coal exports topped 107 million tons of fuel worth almost $16 billion in 2011. That’s the highest level since 1991, and more than double the export volume from 2006.

Much of the increase went to slake the thirst of power-hungry markets in Asia, where rapid development has sparked what mining company Peabody Energy calls a “global coal supercycle” that heralds renewed interest in the fuel.

The AP’s analysis showed coal exports to South Korea leapt 81 percent last year to more than 10 million tons. India saw a 65 percent jump, to 4.5 million tons. And Japan bought almost 7 million tons - a 119 percent increase - as the nation sought alternatives to nuclear power after an earthquake and tsunami resulted in the Fukushima nuclear-complex meltdown.

Exports also are up to Brazil, China and several European nations seeking high-quality coal for steelmaking, according to the Energy Department data. [link]
If your interest is in the jobs the coal industry creates, remember, they are not just in the mines. There's this:

"Port expansions also are envisioned along the East Coast and in Texas, where Kinder Morgan Energy Partners plans to invest $140 million to expand a coal terminal in Houston. But many of those port plans are being challenged by the coal’s industry’s long-time opponents."

The irony? Fools like Barack Obama (and Tim Kaine here in Virginia) cling to their failed notions that "green energy" jobs, all six of them so far, are the way of the future. This while coal energy continues to expand and support families by the tens of thousands here and around the world. And, to top it off, the planet that Obama will tell you he's trying to clean up by destroying the coal industry is the same planet that continues to burn coal in ever growing quantities for power.

Don't want Southwest Virginia's coal, fellas? Fine. Lots of other folks do.

Get Out The Tap Dance Shoes, Mitt

This should be interesting.  Mitt Romney is going to make a speech at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting this week.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch and change of underwear.  It could be a long speech.

He has so much explainin' to do.

From Hope & Change ...

... to Tax The Rich.

That's now Barack Obama's campaign theme.

It'll work for those who simply want people unlike themselves punished.  Tax 'em!  Make 'em bleed!

But a plan to return America to prosperity?

Make the case, Barry.  Be President for just a moment and make the case.

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See also "Centerpiece Of Obama Re-election Campaign Is Far Left."

Voters are too smart to fall for this.

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To show just how disingenuous Obama's Eat The Rich campaign is, see "Just a reminder: “Buffett Rule” that Obama won’t stop talking about is aimed mainly at around 400 taxpayers."

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From "The Obama Rule" in today's Wall Street Journal:
Forget Warren Buffett, or whatever other political prop the White House wants to use for its tax agenda. This week the Administration officially endorsed what in essence is the Obama Rule: Taxes must be high simply to spread the wealth, never mind the impact on the economy or government revenue. It's all about "fairness," baby.

The policy goal is to impose an effective minimum tax of 30% on the income of anyone who makes more than $1 million a year. When President Obama first proposed this new minimum tax he declared that the rule "could raise enough money" so that we "stabilize our debt and deficits for the next decade."

Then he added: "This is not politics; this is math." Well, remedial math maybe.

The Obama Treasury's own numbers confirm that the tax would raise at most $5 billion a year—or less than 0.5% of the $1.2 trillion fiscal 2012 budget deficit and over the next decade a mere 0.1% of the $45.43 trillion the federal government will spend. When asked about those revenue projections, White House aide Jason Furman backpedaled from Mr. Obama's rationale by explaining that the tax was never intended "to bring the deficit down and the debt under control."

Okay. So what is the point?
The point? Obviously, if it's not intended to raise all that much cash for the Treasury, the point(s) are to (a) punish the successful among us, and (b) get Obama's sorry ass reelected.

I'm trying to remember the last presidential campaign that had as its centerpiece the call for punishing Americans who have broken no laws and done no harm. Has there ever been one? Theodore Roosevelt maybe?  Woodrow Wilson?

"In the end, that's what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?"
-- Barack Obama, a long, long time ago --

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Is Obama being given too much credit? Is it possible that he's just not smart enough to figure all this all?

A good argument can be made. After all, the constitutional scholar who doesn't know what the Supreme Court is all about is the same wealth redistributionist who declares with a straight face ... ... I'm not trying to 'redistribute wealth'.

A Breakthrough

A major American newspaper acknowledges reality.  The globe isn't warming.

The startling front page headline in The Oregonian:

Global Warming Without Warming.


In a word: Unorthodoxy.

Synonym: Heresy.

Prediction: A job posting for the reporter position at The Oregonian to be announced before the week's out.

For The Love Of God

P.T. Barnum lives:

Miss Universe pageant allowing transgender women

Bring in the dancing bears and bearded ladies.