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Saturday, August 25, 2012

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From James Taranto:

"If the Democratic Party's leaders think an abortion convention is the key to victory, they are living in a bubble, albeit a considerably more capacious one than [Missouri Senate candidate Todd] Akin's.

"It was in 1992, the year Pat Buchanan gave his 'culture war' speech to the Republican National Convention, that James Carville, a strategist for Bill Clinton, coined the slogan 'The economy, stupid.' 'Abortion, stupid' is almost sure to sink Todd Akin, but we doubt it will save Barack Obama. The Democrats may be in the process of turning an opportunity in Missouri into a disaster nationwide."

Like I said ...

Four More Years Of This?

Negative $4,019: The Obama years have been brutal on middle-class incomes.

Want a Way Out Of Our Miserable Condition?

There is a path to growth and prosperity:
Romney Plan Would Make America An Energy Superpower
Investor's Business Daily editorial

Mitt Romney has unveiled a market-based plan to achieve U.S. energy independence by 2020 and make America an energy superpower. It calls to mind just how stagnant our energy policy has been up until now.

Ever since the Arab oil embargo of 1973, presidential contenders have called for U.S. energy independence — and none, not one, has come close to achieving it. In part, that's because oil is a fungible commodity that responds to world prices.

All the same, the idea of the U.S. drilling for its own energy, creating 3 million high-paying jobs, putting historic technological innovations to work and ending our reliance on foreign petrotyrants is a desirable objective if the resources really are there.

Fact is, they are, and that's what's different this time.

Romney's call for energy independence, which includes an honest tallying of what's out there, may just be the energy-independence plan that succeeds.

According to a Romney campaign White Paper released Thursday, experts such as Citigroup, Raymond James and the Manhattan Institute all say that the U.S. could now indeed make itself energy self-reliant: "After more than three decades of falling oil production in the lower 48 states, the U.S. is now poised to sharply increase domestic oil production and sharply decrease its dependence on imported oil . .. Specifically, we are looking ... (at) actual oil independence by 2020."

All they require is leadership and some serious policies, which are there in abundance in the Romney plan. [link]
Think about it. We can vote in November for four more years of windmills and Solyndras and "green" nonsense. Or we can begin the process of making America an energy powerhouse and bringing prosperity back to this tortured nation.

Me? I'll be voting for my children. And their children. And ...

May they too have a chance to experience the American Dream.

Don't Ever Forget

Next time - every time - you turn on the television and watch the mainstream news ...

No Surprise: Media Execs' Donations Overwhelmingly Favor Obama, Democrats

... understand that they are working diligently to pick winners and losers in the policy world with every broadcast.

Another Federal Agency Gets Spanked

The EPA isn't alone in its effort to dictate beyond its authority:
Federal appeals court strikes down FDA tobacco warning label law
By Bill Mears, CNN

Washington (CNN) -- A government mandate requiring tobacco companies to place graphic images on their products warning of the dangers of smoking was tossed out Friday by a divided federal appeals court, with the majority saying the requirements were a violation of free speech protections.

The Food and Drug Administration was ordered to immediately revise its rules.

"The First Amendment requires the government not only to state a substantial interest justifying a regulation on commercial speech, but also to show that its regulation directly advances that goal," wrote Judge Janice Rogers Brown. "FDA failed to present any data -- much less the substantial evidence required under the federal law -- showing that enacting their proposed graphic warnings will accomplish the agency's stated objective of reducing smoking rates. The rule thus cannot pass muster" under past court precedent.

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, passed in 2009, would have required nine written warnings such as "Cigarettes are addictive" and "Tobacco smoke causes harm to children." Also included would have been alternating images of a corpse and smoke-infected lungs.

A group of tobacco companies led by R.J. Reynolds and Lorillard had sued, saying the warnings would be cost-prohibitive and would dominate and damage the packaging and promotion of their brands. The legal question was whether the new labeling was purely factual and accurate in nature or was designed to discourage use of the products.

A federal judge in March had ruled in favor of the tobacco companies. The 2-1 U.S Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia panel has now affirmed that ruling. [link]
It is not the role of the federal government to put legitimate businesses that politicians (and liberal busybodies) don't like out of business. Coal miners and tobacco farmers are citizens too, after all.

The court has done a good thing. Here's to those who are willing to stand up for We the People.

Morgan Griffith On Mitt Romney On Energy

From the office of Congressman Morgan Griffith:
Griffith Statement on Romney Plan for Energy Independence

Christiansburg, VA - Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-Salem) issued the following statement today on Mitt Romney's plan for energy independence:

"Four years ago, President Barack Obama promised that under his energy plan, our electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. He wants to bankrupt coal power, putting tens of thousands of hard-working coal miners out of work and driving up the cost of energy.

"He has done everything in his power to keep those promises. Fortunately for us, we have a chance this November to change direction and replace Barack Obama with a leader who believes in American energy and American coal. That leader is Mitt Romney.

"Mitt Romney's plan for Energy Independence will take the necessary steps to restore the coal industry and allow America to utilize all of its god-given natural resources. He will make it easier to dig and drill. He will pursue innovation and discovery. He will deregulate where its necessary, making it easier to gain permits and go after the oil, natural gas and coal in the ground.

"Most of all, I know Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan will pursue an all-of-the-above approach on energy and that means using our abundant coal resources in Southwest Virginia.

"I have spent the last two years fighting Barack Obama and his hand-picked EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. They have waged a war on coal that has cost jobs right here in our region. Their war on coal is driving up the cost of electricity, which disproportionately hurts the poor and senior citizens.

"With Mitt Romney in the White House, and with his plan for Energy Independence, I know that we will create jobs, grow our economy and put our country back on the right track. I look forward to working with a President who understands the importance of coal and the role it can play in our country's future."
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