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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

To The People Of The Coalfields

Senator Mark Obenshain comes to you with a message. He has your back:
A week ago, I met 2,000 people who would like nothing more than to give President Obama a lump of coal on Election Day. But what they really want to do is keep giving the entire nation coal-the coal we need for our coal-fired power plants, for our domestic steel production, and to reduce our reliance on foreign energy sources.

I had the privilege of addressing coal miners and other supporters of coal at the Rally for Appalachian Coal in Abingdon, and let me tell you, they are fired up. They know what you and I know: that a healthy, economically secure Virginia is one in which the coal industry enjoys a certain pride of place. They know that coal is an important driver of Southwest Virginia's economy and the economy of the Commonwealth as a whole.

And they know that President Obama's attack on coal strikes at the heart of their region, threatening the livelihoods of thousands of Virginians.

Each year, Virginia's "coal country" produces nearly thirty million tons of coal, mined by companies directly employing more than 9,000 people (5,000 of them miners) and generating more than $7 billion. And that's just scratching the surface, since the coal industry supports so many other jobs-by one estimate, more than 31,000 Virginians owe their jobs to coal.

That's why it's so alarming that Obama's EPA is pushing what they call the Utility MACT Rule, new regulations on mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants that show no sense of balance. It should go without saying that we all want clean air and a healthy environment. Where we go our separate ways is when this administration hands down extraordinarily costly new rules that make very little difference in air quality or public health.

The coal industry has taken great strides at reducing emissions over the past few decades. During a 35 year period when utilities increased coal consumption from 320 to 875 million tons, atmospheric particulate actually dropped 60% thanks to clean coal technology - technology that relies heavily on low-sulfur coal like that found in Southwest Virginia.

But the Obama administration isn't interested in this progress. Instead, the EPA wants to saddle utilities with needless new regulations that will cost $10 billion per year (nationwide), and which threaten to take five Virginia power plants offline-in a state where nearly 50% of our energy comes from coal-while costing the average consumer an additional $270 per year in higher energy costs.

In the United States, coal constitutes 90% of our domestic energy reserve, and studies show that we have a 250 year supply of recoverable coal in this country alone. Some believe that Virginia alone has reserves ten times what has been recovered over the entire history of coal mining in the Commonwealth to date.

Of course, coal mining is not without its difficulties. Virginia's steep terrain and thin coal seams pose serious challenges. In other words, things are difficult enough without the Obama administration interfering.

For many Virginians, it's already tough to keep up with utility bills. According to federal data, Virginia households with annual incomes below $50,000 already spend as much as a quarter of their income on energy (though, for lower income households, some or all of this cost may be subsidized). You would think that our policy focus would be on trying to keep costs down, not send them skyrocketing.

But when it comes to the policies of the Obama administration, you'd think wrong. You and I know that coal will continue to power America, but only if we can fend off attacks from Washington. On energy, Washington never has solutions: whether it's coal, nuclear, wind, or any other energy source, there's always a problem, always an objection, and never a path forward.

Liberals have been railing against coal for decades, ignoring-often mocking-the great successes of clean coal technology and shrugging off the massive economic impact coal has in places like Southwest Virginia. When it comes to energy and jobs, we simply can't afford the policies of the left.

That's why I was honored to speak at the Rally for Appalachian Coal, and that's why I'll always fight for a robust energy economy here in Virginia-coal, nuclear, and offshore drilling. When the federal government attacks our economy, we need to speak up. When it oversteps its regulatory authority, we need to stand up. I hope that Virginians will do so together - that we'll stand up for what's best for Virginia.
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Yeah, Let's Talk About Gay Marriage

My God:

The Federal Reserve said the median net worth of families plunged by 39 percent in just three years, from $126,400 in 2007 to $77,300 in 2010. That puts Americans roughly on par with where they were in 1992.

A famous American recently said, and I quote, "The private sector is doing fine."

An epitaph if there ever was one.

Life. Liberty. Property.

The markers we lay down.  The promissory notes we sign on behalf of our children, our grandchildren, and beyond.  The non-negotiable rules by which we allow our government to exist.

Life.  Liberty.  Property.

The people of North Dakota are poised to secure John Locke's declaration of the rights of free men with this:

North Dakota Considers Eliminating Property Tax

The tax on property finds its origins in feudal England, where tribute based upon property ownership was paid to invading conquerors.  It is viewed by many - with its confiscatory nature - as being little more than that today.

Someday all taxes outside of a consumption tax will be eliminated.

And America will be better for it.

North Dakota leads the way.

Here's to 'em.

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It should be noted that Alabama has taken a step in that direction as well.

'We Are The 99%!'

Oops.  Well, this wasn't supposed to happen:

"According to Crossroads Generation, a group dedicated to reaching young people with the messages promoting individual liberty, limited government, and free enterprise, in the recall election [Wisconsin Governor Scott] Walker carried the vote of those under the age of 25."

Regardless what the clueless are whining about, and regardless how well Wall Street is doing, unemployment - and a complete lack of hope for the future - will have the effect.

Young people (excluding the mindless "Occupy Wall Street" types) are looking for the opportunity to succeed. To share in The American Dream.  To prosper.  The Wisconsin vote reflects that sense of yearning.

Hope thus far denied by Barack Obama.

You're All Racists!

That charge still has its charm, even after hearing it for the 235,450th time.

Oh.  Make it 235,451:

Study Claims to Find Holy Grail of Liberalism: Proof That Anti-Obama Voters Are Racist

Whatever.

You're All Racists! II

Ya gotta admire liberals.  What with their uncanny ability to read our inner thoughts.

To illustrate, take Mike Lupica, liberal contributor to the New York Daily News.  He knows what you're reealllly thinking:

"If there is one great truth about polling in this country, at least when it comes to race, is [sic] that people lie through their teeth. Mostly because they don’t want to look like some lousy, scummy bigot — even talking to an anonymous voice on the telephone."

The dude has his panties in his crack over the fact that Obama isn't polling so well among that segment of America that Lupica wouldn't go near with a ten-foot poll - America outside of Manhattan.

Here's his reality:

White Americans tell pollsters they're not bigots.

And white America voted for Obama in 2008.

But Lupica knows - he knows! - the truth!

When it comes to knowing your inner thoughts, Madame Zelda has nothing on this guy.

* Special note to Mike Lupica: Mike, you really don't want to know what I'm thinking right now.  A hint, though:  It has to do with idiots given keyboards and ...

Burn, Baby, Burn

What are they going to do, torch the rest of the place to the ground?

Unrest feared in troubled Detroit

It was "unrest" - and a whole lot of liberal engineering - that started Detroit on its glide path to extinction.  Conflagration seems a fitting end.

* There's also something of a tradition there.