Posts Tagged ‘Keystone’

Thank God For The Canadians (At Least SOMEONE Cares About US Veterans While Obama Destroys Their Country)

July 9, 2012

This story makes me want to start singing “Oh, Canada.”

Thank God for the VFW, too. 

CANADA WANTS U.S.VETERANS FOR PIPELINE WORK
VFW-backed VetJobs now posting thousands of new vacancies
July 02, 2012

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is proud to announce that its partly owned veterans jobs board has secured an exclusive employment initiative with Alberta, Canada, that could see thousands of U.S. veterans heading north to work on their oil pipeline.

“This is a great opportunity for veterans, transitioning military, National Guard and reservists, and their family members,” said Ted Daywalt, founder and CEO of VetJobs (www.vetjobs.com), a recognized industry leader in helping veterans find work.

“Though America’s Keystone Pipeline is delayed, the Canadians are moving forward on their side of the border and have an immediate need for tens of thousands of workers,” said Daywalt, whose website averages more than 55,000 daily job postings by employers strictly interested in hiring veterans. He said the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation anticipates a shortage of 114,000 workers in the Alberta area, and they want to hire American veterans to fill that shortage.

According to the development corporation, the positions being offered are long term, with many paying as much as 30 percent more than similar industry positions in the United States. Some positions will require a move to Canada, but many others will allow veterans to commute — working several weeks in Canada, then one week back home.

The skilled positions they are currently hiring for include journeymen pressure pipe welders, heavy equipment technicians, steamfitter-pipefitters, structural ironworkers, millwright and carpenter/scaffolders. Professional staff vacancies include construction quality auditors, quality examiners/inspectors, cost estimators, high voltage construction managers, refinery shift supervisors, planners/schedulers, power engineers (operators), project control leads, project managers/coordinators, and health, safety and environment professionals.

“This is a fantastic opportunity and I’m proud of our affiliation with VetJobs,” said VFW National Commander Richard L. DeNoyer, of Middleton, Mass. “Helping thousands of veterans to get well-paying jobs in an important industry just further proves that no one does more for veterans than the VFW.”

To apply for the new positions, go to www.vetjobs.com, click on Search Jobs, then type “opportunity awaits” into the company search field. Additional job postings will be added in the coming months as the Canadian pipeline project progresses.

Barack Obama is a job-killing Marxist.

114,000 jobs on the Canadian side of the border.  We could have had that many damn jobs on OUR side of the border if Obama wasn’t a Marxist posing as an environmentalist.

The very brilliant Charles Krauthammer captured the essence of eco-Marxism the year that Obama was elected to “lower the level of the oceans and heal the planet” among his other promised messianic miracles:

Socialism having failed so spectacularly, the left was adrift until it struck upon a brilliant gambit: metamorphosis from red to green. The cultural elites went straight from the memorial service for socialism to the altar of the environment. The objective is the same: highly centralized power given to the best and the brightest, the new class of experts, managers and technocrats. This time, however, the alleged justification is not abolishing oppression and inequality but saving the planet.

Krauthammer wasn’t the first to notice this “first red, then green” movement from hard-core Marxism to hard-core environmentalism.  From a 1997 article about Greenpeace founder Patrick Moore:

He (Patrick Moore) says the fall of communism brought an influx of anti-corporate extremism to the environmental movement because, “suddenly, the international peace movement had a lot less to do. Pro-Soviet groups in the West were discredited. Many of their members moved into the environmental movement, bringing with them their eco-Marxism and pro-Sandinista sentiments.

“A lot of those in the peace movement were anti-American and, to an extent, pro-Soviet. By virtue of their anti-Americanism, they tended to sometimes favor the communist approach. A lot of those people, a lot of those social activists, moved into the environmental movement once the peace movement was no longer relevant.” Social activists, he suggests, “are now using the rhetoric of environmentalism to promote other collectivist agendas, such as class struggle — which I personally believe is a legitimate area, but I don’t believe it’s legitimate to mix it up with environmentalism.”

Van Jones – Obama’s selection for “Green jobs czar” in addition to being a self-acknowledged communist - is merely one profound example of Barack Obama’s ideology.

The last four years of economic ruin are the profound example of the results of Barack Obama’s ideology.

Obama is killing America hundreds of thousands of jobs at a time.

110,000 jobs from Keystone that Obama destroyed here, 200,000 jobs in Ohio there.  And the consistent plan is to make sure that America will never be strong or energy independent.

Canada is going ahead with the Keystone pipeline on its side of the border because they are not evil unlike our own demon-possessed administration.  If Obama is re-elected, the jobs will go anywhere but America and the oil will go to China.  Not that not having oil will matter to those who vote for Obama; they believe they’ll be riding around on winged unicorns.

I hope 114,000 veterans can escape Obamination and start a new life in Canada.

It’s pretty amazing.  Up until Obama, people from ruined nations fled north TO America.  Now under Obama, Americans from a ruined nation are fleeing north to Canada to get the hell away from what used to be the greatest nation in the history of the world.

Democrats Are Hypocrite Demagogue Fools When It Comes To Gas Prices

February 29, 2012

Rush Limbaugh offers a rather entertaining look into how the Democrats 1) managed to demonize George Bush when the gas prices were actually far less of a problem/crisis than they are now under Obama while simultaneously asserting that Republicans have no right whatsoever to do to Obama what they themselves did to George Bush; 2) believe that Obama should a) open the strategic petroleum reserve and/or b) push Saudi Arabia to increase drilling – both of which are means to increase the supply of gasoline – yet simultaneously insist that the US’  increasing its own gasoline supply by drilling would have absolutely no impact on gas prices whatsoever; 3) are somehow conveniently forgetting how astonishingly stupid and vacuous Obama’s “solutions” to the problem of high gas prices truly were.

The Democrat Gas Hypocrisy
February 27, 2012

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RUSH: Michael Janofsky at the New York Times, April 24th, 2006, about six years ago: “Democrats Eager to Exploit Anger Over Gas Prices.” This is back in 2006. The Democrats were running for office in the midterm elections trying to talk us into a recession. This is after they had failed at trying to talk us into failure in Iraq. “Democrats running for Congress are moving quickly to use the most recent surge in oil and gasoline prices to bash Republicans over energy policy, and more broadly, the direction of the country. With oil prices hitting a high this week and prices at the pump topping $3 a gallon in many places…” We’re now over $5 in California. In 2006, with “prices at the pump topping $3 a gallon in many places Amy Klobuchar, a Democratic Senate candidate in Minnesota, is making the issue the centerpiece of her campaign. Ms. Klobuchar says it ‘is one of the first things people bring up’ at her campaign stops. To varying degrees, Democrats around the country are following a similar script that touches on economic anxiety and populist resentment against oil companies.”Yep!”‘It’s a metaphor for an economy that keeps biting people despite overall good numbers,’ said Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York…” What else do we have, Chuck-U? Oh, Chuck-U is in the news today, folks. Chuck-U tells Clinton to pressure Saudi Arabia to pump more oil. Senator Chuck-U Schumer “wants Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to press…” She’s got her own section in the program todayfor her own rampant hypocrisy. (We’ll get to that in due course.) Chuck-U Schumer “wants Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to press Saudi Arabia to boost output as rising prices are hitting consumer at the gasoline pump.” Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa!Wait a minute. More oil? Chuck-U wants more oil? Is that what he’s asking the Saudis to do, pump more oil? Is that right? Is that what that means? Senator Schumer tells Clinton to pressure Saudis to pump more oil? He wants more oil? Then how come this regime vetoes the Keystone pipeline and has a drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico and makes fun of/mocks the concept of producing more oil in the United States? So Senator Chuck-U Schumer is asking Senator Clinton to make us more dependent on foreign oil! That’s what he’s doing when he’s asking her to pressure the Saudis, pump more oil. He wants us to be more dependent. He doesn’t want to use our own oil. Obama doesn’t want to use our own oil.How come Chuck-U is not out there saying, “Everybody go buy a Volt?” How come Chuck-U’s not saying, “Hey, everybody go buy a Prius, go buy a hybrid”? How come Chuck-U’s not out there saying, “Get your tire gauge out and make sure the pressure is right and get a tune-up”? That’s what Obama does. So the Democrats want more oil. They want the price to come down with more supply. Funny how that never works domestically. So 2006, New York Times: “Democrats Eager to Exploit Anger Over Gas Prices” — at $3 a gallon. From BigGovernment.com Wynton Hall with the story: “Seven Gas Facts Obama Cannot Escape — “1. In September 2008, Barack Obama’s ‘Nobel-prize winning physicist’ of an Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, told the Wall Street Journal: ‘Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe,’” which is much higher than what we pay. Obama has said he wants high prices. Why don’t these guys come out and say, “This is exactly what we want”? Steven Chu, the energy secretary, Nobel-prize winning physicist has advocated for higher prices. So has Obama. Now they’re getting higher prices. You know why? They want higher prices so you’ll have to go out and buy a Volt or a hybrid or get on a bus or get on a subway or take mass transit and become like a number. A robot. An interchangeable part of the system, like a Chinese citizen taking orders and dictates from the state and their command-and-control economy.

The truth is, they want higher prices. The problem is it’s an election year. Can’t advocate for higher gas prices in an election year. “2. In 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama admitted that, like his future Energy Secretary Mr. Chu, he believed that high gas prices would be a good thing because they would force Americans to ween [sic] themselves off of oil, but that he would have ‘prefered [sic] a gradual adjustment.’” We had the sound bite last week. We reminded you of it when gasoline hit four bucks and Obama said: It’s okay; it’s okay. I’m just a little upset how fast it got there. “3. On January 19, 2009, the day before Barack Obama [immaculated] gas prices were $1.84 a gallon. As of February 20, 2012 a gallon of gas cost $3.59,” and now it’s close to $5 a gallon. And don’t forget, in 2006 it was $3 a gallon, and the Democrats are out exploiting it and trying to turn it into a big political issue. “4. As Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson points out, ‘Offshore drilling permits are being issued at less than half the rate of the previous administration. The average number of leases issued on public lands is less than half than during President Clinton’s term.’ 5. In 2008, Barack Obama seemed perfectly comfortable with soaring energy prices if they meant curbing greenhouse gas emissions.

“As Mr. Obama confessed: ‘Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.’” In their hearts and minds, Obama and the left are LOVING gas prices go up. They just can’t say so. But they love it. And that’s why there’s not a huge effort to bring them down. There’s a huge effort to make you think they want to, but how many stories have you seen where Obama says, “Ah, there’s really not a whole lot the president can do”? And Jay Carney says, “Well, there’s not a whole lot the president can do.” In 2006, don’t forget, Chuck Schumer and John F. Kerry (who, by the way, served in Vietnam) were mocking Bush for asking the Saudis to pump more oil! Arabs producing more oil makes prices go down, but somehow the US pumping more oil won’t make any difference.

That’s what they tell us. “Nah-nah-nah. That’s the stupidest thing we ever heard of! That’s a tired, worn-out cliche. ‘Drill, drill, drill,’ and for 30 years they’ve been saying that. That’s what the Republicans always say. Just drill, drill. That’s gonna take us two to three years!” Well, where would we be if 30 years ago we had just started drilling, drilling, drilling? Chuck-U Schumer in 2008: “Schumer to Bush: Stop ‘Coddling’ Big Oil, Saudis,” and get on ‘em and make ‘em pump more. And Chuck-U wants Hillary to do the same thing now. Obama, he can lower the sea level but he can’t lower the price of oil. “7. Try as he might, President Obama’s campaign will try to distance themselves from the fact that a central pillar of Mr. Obama’s 2008 campaign was a pledge to reduce the ‘pain at the pump’ caused by high gas prices.”

We can go back and we can get all of that audio that was a centerpiece of his campaign, a pillar, to reduce pain at the pump. But missing no opportunity to invoke class warfare, Obama said, “For the well-off in this country, high gas prices are mostly an annoyance, but to most Americans they’re a huge problem, bordering on a crisis. Here in Indiana gas costs $3.60 a gallon,” he said in 2008. Now it’s 2012, we’re over $5 a gallon, and there’s not much we can do about it.

And from MSNBC: “8 Reasons Why Gas Will Hit $5 a Gallon This Year.” I’ll just read through them. Not gonna give you details. Number one, Strait of Hormuz. Number two, Iran. Number three, refiners raising prices. Number four, other geopolitical risks. Number five, the European Union may save itself. Number six, the US economic recovery means higher oil prices. Number seven, summertime. Number eight, supply risk. In all eight of these reasons, not one of them mention Obama or his energy policies. So we have every effort in the world being made to shield Obama from any relationship to high gasoline prices, despite what the Democrats did all during ’05, ’06, ’07, and ’08. We even have some Republicans now saying, “We really don’t want to try to tie the president to this, market forces no president can control.”

We said back in 2006 there’s nothing Bush can do about it. The president does not have a magic wand. Releasing from the strategic reserves doesn’t make a significant long-term difference in the price of oil. And people who said that back then want us to say something consistent now. “Well, come on, let’s not jump on Obama for this. We all know honestly that presidents can’t do anything about it.” Bush was not choking the supply, however. Obama is. Obama is a factor in the price of gasoline. See, that’s the difference, Obama is a factor in the price of oil. Obama wants higher oil prices, his energy secretary and he have both said so. They want higher oil prices. This is not making it up. They want higher oil prices. It’s less freedom. It’s less mobility. It forces you into alternative buying decisions when it’s time to get a new car. So, Obama does have something to do with high oil prices.

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Eric in Glen Arbor, Michigan, you’re next on the Rush Limbaugh program. Hello, sir.

CALLER: Hi, Rush. Longtime listener from the early Clinton years.

RUSH: Thank you, sir.

CALLER: The reason why I’m calling is about the oil prices and what we’re paying at the pump. Lots of news about it, and if we go to five-, six-dollar-a-gallon oil, that’s gonna sink the economy, and I think it’s time to fight back, and I think we can fight back by several perspectives. One, we, as a consumer, can cut back slightly on our fuel usage. And, two, instead of just releasing 30 million barrels of oil from the strategic energy reserves, we need to do it in a strategic manner. For example, release seven million barrels of oil at, say, $89 a barrel. It’s about 109 bucks a barrel today. Release it at below the market price and then make several subsequent releases without telling anybody –

RUSH: There’s not enough oil there to make any difference. The real question is what is the price of algae by the gallon, because Obama has suggested pond scum as the next alternative fuel for oil. We cannot, by the way, and I appreciate the big-heartedness here in wanting to conserve, but there’s gonna be forced conservation at five dollars a gallon. There was a four. People will drive less because they can’t afford it. By the way, the economy’s already sinking. But you get to five or six dollars a gallon, the choice to conserve will not be something you have to force on people, it’ll be happening naturally. But even at that, conserving is not growth, and growth is what our economy needs. Growth and supply, growth in expansion, demand, all these things, that’s what this country and this economy needs. We can’t conserve our way to growth of anything.

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One look at the record of gas prices between George Bush and Barack Obama is all it takes – it is literally as simple as looking at a picture to understand how badly Obama has failed America.

2011 was THE most expensive year for gasoline prices in the entire history of the United States.  And then Obama began 2012 by giving us THE most expensive January in the history of the country, and followed that up by giving us THE most expensive February in the history of the country.

And Obama just threw the Keystone oil pipeline into Canada’s face and demanded that Canada sell its oil to China.

Gasoline prices have now DOUBLED in the three years of the failed Obama regime.

“Hope and change” means $6 a gallon gasoline in Florida and gas prices that are very likely going to be that high across the entire nation by Memorial Day.

And consider how this president DEMONIZED his predecessor in speeches like this one in which he said:

What Washington has done is what Washington always does – it’s peddled false promises, irresponsible policy, and cheap gimmicks that might get politicians through the next election, but won’t lead America toward the next generation of renewable energy. And now we’re paying the price. Now we’ve fallen behind the rest of the world. Now we’re forced to beg Saudi Arabia for more oil. Now we’re facing gas prices over $4 a gallon – gas prices that are decimating the savings of families who are already struggling in this economy. Like the man I met in Pennsylvania who lost his job and couldn’t even afford the gas to drive around and look for a new one. That’s how badly folks are hurting. That’s how badly Washington has failed.

And now the same man who attacked Bush isn’t responsible for the very same thing he attacked Bush over even though the situation is now WORSE under his completely failed leadership.

Because – to quote Obama himself – “that’s how badly OBAMA has failed.”

Obama ‘Hope And Change’ You Can Take Right Out Of Your Own Pocket: Florida Drivers Are Paying Nearly $6 A Gallon For Gas (You Will Too Soon)

February 25, 2012

Many Americans heard allof Obama’s “promises” and listened to the mainstream media praise him as a “transformational candidate” who was “sort of God.”  They wanted to know what an Obama presidency would be like.

Well now they know:

Florida Drivers Shelling Out Nearly $6 A Gallon At Some Gas Stations
By Matthew L. Higgins
February 22, 2012 11:47 AM

TAMPA (CBS Tampa) — Talk about pain at the pump! Some Florida drivers are spending nearly $6 a gallon to fill up their gas tanks.

According to GasBuddy.com, motorists are shelling out $5.89 for a gallon of regular gas at a Shell station in Lake Buena Vista, topping out at $5.99 a gallon for premium. It doesn’t get better at a Suncoast Energy station in Orlando, where drivers are paying $5.79 for a gallon of regular.

“Prices over in the Disney World area are much higher than any other place in Florida,” Jessica Brady, AAA spokeswoman, told CBS Tampa, adding that people regularly complain about gas prices in that area.

The Sunshine State is opening up its wallet, paying an average of $3.67 a gallon of unleaded gas, 12 cents more than the national average. And it’s only expected to go up.

“It doesn’t look like we will have relief at the pump anytime soon,” Brady told CBS Tampa. “I do think we will see prices surpass $4 a gallon. I think we will see that closer to spring time.”

One reason for the high prices is the conflict with Iran over the Strait of Hormuz. Iran has threatened to disrupt oil shipments through the waterway due to the European Union sanctions leveled against the country over its nuclear program, causing the price of crude to skyrocket. Trading on a barrel of crude today is a little over $106.

Another reason for the high gas prices: positive economic news. The drop in the unemployment rate and improved housing market numbers have caused gas and oil prices to rise.

“I know it frustrates quite a few consumers why positive news will lead to higher prices,” Brady told CBS Tampa. “It really just comes down to speculation.”

A third culprit behind the gas price boom is Greece. The EU’s bailout for the indebted country only adds to the global fuel demand.

And because of these reasons, Brady believes that Florida and the rest of the U.S. could see historic gas prices.

“I think this year we will see much higher highs.”

Believe it or not, those prices aren’t the highest in the nation. According to GasBuddy.com, motorists in Alaska are paying a whopping $6.34 for a gallon of regular at some gas stations. The cheapest gas can be found in Wyoming at $2.75 a gallon.

Obama is a pathologically dishonest weasel who is trying to take credit for BUSH’S ENERGY POLICIES to claim that we’re drilling more of our own oil than ever before.  Meanwhile, Obama has doubled down on PREVENTING drilling over every federal area that he can control:

Since taking office, he has declared 85% of our offshore areas off limits, decreased oil and gas leases in the Rockies by 70%, rejected the Keystone XL pipeline, and has 10 federal agencies planning more regulation of hydraulic fracturing…. The president’s ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ approach to energy security is hurting consumers.”

As one fellow furious blogger notes:

Here are the facts. Offshore is down 30% since Obama took office. Rocky Mountain federal lands are down 70% under Obama. He has held 85% of the outer shelf off limits. Only 3% of federal lands are available for lease. Obama says domestic production is up. It’s up due to francking and many in his party and administration want to stop that.

Here’s a quote from his energy secretary, Chu. President Barack Obama’s Energy secretary unwittingly created a durable GOP talking point in September 2008 when he talked to The Wall Street Journal about the benefits of having gasoline prices rise over 15 years to encourage energy efficiency.

“Somehow,” Chu said, “we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.”

Obama is a truly evil man.  He lies so outrageously it is beyond unreal.

Four years ago he was demonizing Bush for the price of gas.  Now all of a sudden everyone and everything is to blame except the same office of the president.

Canada Prime Minister In China To Sell Keystone Oil Obama Rejected So America Could Have Highest Gasoline Prices EVER Instead

February 8, 2012

Fact one: America is just about to lose a huge source of oil because Barack Obama pissed away the hundreds of millions of gallons of Keystone oil and the tens of thousands of jobs it would have provided.  Now the energy America will desperately need to going to go to China.

Canadian PM in China trying to sell Keystone oil, says Sen. Hoeven
By Josiah Ryan – 02/07/12 12:40 PM ET

Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) on Tuesday said that thanks to the Obama administration’s delay of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is, at this moment, hawking his nation’s excess oil to the Chinese administration.

“Right now Prime Minister Harper is talking to Hu Jintao, president of China, and believe me, China wants that oil,” Hoeven said. “[W]e will see what kind of agreement he comes back with from China.”

Harper arrived in China on Tuesday with a delegation of Canadian businessmen, and plans to meet with Chinese officials on the topic of energy.

Hoeven, whose state would host part of the proposed Keystone pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to the American Gulf Coast, argued forcefully from the Senate floor on Tuesday that Canada wishes to sell its oil to its “best friend” the United States, but that the administration’s delay of a decision on the project had caused them to shop overseas for a buyer.

“The only thing we can figure is that the administration has decided that they don’t want oil produced in the Canadian sands,” Hoeven said. “While we continue to put Canada on hold, China is working very hard to make sure that oil comes to them.”

After a quiet morning on the floor, the Senate recessed for a break until 2:15 p.m. to accommodate party luncheons. The Senate will also be recessed Wednesday to accommodate a Democratic retreat.

Fact two: Americans spent more on gasoline over the course of 2011 than in ANY YEAR IN AMERICAN HISTORY.

U.S. drivers spend record amount on gasoline in 2011
Despite lower demand, more than $448 billion has been paid so far for fuel — $100 billion more than in 2010. Consistently high oil prices are blamed.
December 09, 2011|By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times

American drivers this week broke a record that will bring them no joy.

They collectively spent more than $448 billion on gasoline since the beginning of the year, according to the Oil Price Information Service, putting the previous record for gas expenditures — set in 2008 — in the rearview mirror with weeks of driving still to go.

It’s also a huge jump over last year, when U.S. drivers spent more than $100 billion less on gas.

The major reason for the record-setting gas spending in 2011 was that oil prices were consistently high all year. And that probably brought joy at the other end of the pipeline. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is on pace to top $1 trillion in net oil exports for the first time, or 29% more than last year.

Fact three:

Gas prices to spike 60 cents or more by May
By Gary Strauss, USA TODAY

Get ready for another round of pain at the pump: $4 (or higher) gasoline.

After rising 19 cents a gallon in the past four weeks, regular unleaded gasoline now averages $3.48 a gallon, vs. $3.12 a year ago and $2.67 in February 2010.

Prices could spike another 60 cents or more by May. “I think it’s going to be a chaotic spring, with huge price increases in some places,” says Tom Kloza of the Oil Price Information Service. Kloza expects average prices to peak at $4.05, although he and other industry trackers say prices could be sharply higher in some markets.

Rising prices are an annual spring ritual, largely because of seasonal demand.

Refiners also switch from winter formulations to more expensive seasonal formulations to meet stringent environmental standards, which can tack on 15 cents a gallon, says Brian Milne of energy tracker Televent DTN.

This year’s earlier-than-usual run-up is more about anticipation than current supply and demand. Last week, the Energy Department reported anemic U.S. consumption — the lowest levels since September 2001. Domestic crude oil prices, now about $98 a barrel, are near six-week lows.

Renewed tensions in the Middle East are bolstering crude prices, while speculators are boosting futures contracts, betting on global supply disruptions and tighter refining capacity. Kloza notes that several U.S. and overseas refiners have experienced temporary or permanent closures.

So far, $4 a gallon has proven to be the upper limit consumers will pay. Last April, national prices peaked at about $3.98 a gallon. In 2008, a sharp run-up ended when prices hit an all-time average of $4.11 a gallon that summer.

“Higher demand, Iran, lost refining capacity are all potential problems,” Milne says. “We’ll get over $4 a gallon, but it’s going to be tough to sustain that level. People will drive less.”

Energy analyst Patrick DeHaan of price tracker Gasbuddy.com expects prices to rise to about $3.55 a gallon by the end of February and peak around $4 by Memorial Day weekend.

“You could see prices in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Washington and other major metropolitan areas at $4.60 or higher,” DeHaan says.

Lisa Margonelli, author of Oil on the Brain: Petroleum’s Long, Strange Trip to Your Tank, says consumers will be vulnerable to rising prices until the U.S. develops alternative fuels such as natural gas.

Fact four: Barack Obama is the worst and most failed president in American history.

Obama’s Own Jobs Council Says Only Republican Policies Will Work. Watch Obama And His Media Propaganda Weasel Out Of That One

January 19, 2012

Let’s look at some of the articles on this:

Recommendations from Obama jobs council have a conservative tilt
By Christi Parsons
January 17, 2012, 12:03 p.m.

President Obama’s jobs council is recommending a series of job-creating proposals with a distinct Republican flavor — just the latest economic message to emerge as Obama prepares for his contest with the eventual Republican nominee.

Obama’s jobs council is calling for an overhaul of the corporate tax structure, expansion of domestic petroleum drilling and a raft of reforms to federal regulation.

As first reported by Reuters, the new corporate tax rates should sink to “internationally competitive levels,” the report says, as well as an “all-in strategy” to cut reliance on foreign fuels by promoting domestic sources.

This is just the latest in the new stream of GOP-sounding policy proposals coming from the White House this year. Last week the proposal was to streamline the government by consolidating federal agencies.

White House officials characterize the proposals as common-sense ideas that the president has been working on for a long time. Next week’s State of the Union address is expected to contain more of the same. [...]

In a word, bullcrap.  BULLCRAP!!!

Here’s another article from the LA Times that ran on page A9 (January 18, 2012) in the print edition under the title “President takes step to the center” and the subtitle “Obama embraces the business-friendly proposals of his jobs council.  Republicans like them as well.”

You can see how that title quickly changed (and notice how that part about Obama caving in to the right-wing of the Republican Party and Republicans being willing to work with Obama to enact these common-sense policies they have ALWAYS demanded just kind of vanishes):

Obama praises business-friendly proposals: The president’s jobs council calls for lowering corporate tax rates and overhauling federal regulations, among other measures. With a touch of acidity, Republicans agree.
By Christi Parsons, Washington Bureau
January 17, 2012, 9:07 p.m.

Reporting from Washington—President Obama praised a series of business-friendly proposals from his jobs council — the latest example of the president’s strategy of seizing Republican-leaning ideas to protect himself against attack in the coming campaign.

Obama’s jobs council on Tuesday called for overhauling the corporate tax structure and reforming federal regulations. Corporate tax rates should sink to “internationally competitive levels,” the report recommended, and an “all-in strategy” should be adopted to cut reliance on foreign fuels by expanding domestic drilling.

As the election season heats up, Obama has been mixing a populist economic message — trumpeting his efforts to create a consumer protection agency, for example — with steps to woo centrist voters by preempting Republican ideas. Last week, the White House offered a proposal to streamline the federal government by consolidating agencies.

White House officials characterized the council’s ideas as common-sense ones that the president has been working on for some time. Next week’s State of the Union address is expected to contain more of the same. Obama doesn’t agree with all of the job council’s proposals, aides said, and will decide in the coming weeks which ones he will act upon and how.

Shortly after the report was released, Republicans applauded the White House — albeit a bit wryly — for endorsing the GOP approach to job creation.

“With this report, President Obama’s own panel of experts has endorsed the approach to job creation House Republicans have been pursuing for more than a year,” House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said. “Nearly 30 House-passed job bills are awaiting action in the Senate, most of which address the recommendations made today.”  [...]

Let’s just get this straight: Obama has just plain DEMONIZED Republicans up one side and down the other.  And now he “seizes” Republican ideas and the media propaganda just claps and applauds and says what the Hypocrite-in-Chief is doing is wonderful.

But let’s also get another thing straight: Obama is a liar and a deceiver straight from hell.  He’s not “moving to the right”; he’s just nakedly posturing himself with false rhetoric.  Like the demonic liar that he is.

Both articles above clear refer to “expansion of domestic petroleum drilling” and “expanding domestic drilling.”  Do you see that?

And what did Obama do just yesterday?

He officially killed the Keystone Oil Pipeline Project and the minimum of 20,000 jobs that would have come with it.  And he actually said that this project – which is THE most studied project and which was studied for three full years – didn’t get enough study as he blamed Republicans for his killing a project that Republicans did everything they could to drag him into signing.

This man is truly demon possessed.  There is not so much as a single shred of honesty or decency in this demagogue.

Meanwhile, under Obama, gasoline and energy are more expensive than they have EVER BEEN IN AMERICAN HISTORY.  And, yes, prices have risen since I wrote that article which documents that fact.

The last line of the first LA Times article above speaks volumes:

“Nevertheless, the suggestions are unlikely to result in sweeping changes to the law over the coming election year”

He has no intention of doing anything he says.  It’s all just empty dishonest fluff from a man who only cares about his re-election campaign.

The mainstream media propaganda is as dishonest as the Liar-in-Chief they do everything they can to legitimize. Obama makes a few false statements which everybody with half a brain KNOWS are transparently false rhetoric and the media falls into line and reports Obama’s lies and his slanders as gospel truth. The lying weasel has no intention of following through with any of these policies which he obviously KNOWS are things that the American people want (or else why would he campaign on them???!!!???). But the media gives Obama whatever the hell he says in a speech full faith and credit even though he proves that he’s lying the VERY DAMN DAY he gives the speech.

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‘Necessarily Skyrocketing’: Obama Gives Americans Highest Gas Prices IN HISTORY In 2011 – With 2012 Shaping Up To Be Much Worse

January 9, 2012

You remember that quip Obama gave us that under his policies, energy prices “would necessarily skyrocket“?

Remember that Obama appointed an energy secretary named Steven Chu who said, “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe”???  With gasoline prices in Europe consistently hovering between $7 and $10 a gallon???  Steven Chu said that in explaining the Obama policy of “progressively” making gasoline more and more expensive in order to force Americans to turn to alternative energy sources.  And one of the ways Obama wants to accomplish that dream (which amounts to a nightmare for working Americans) is to tax Americans for driving by the mile.

Barry Hussein can file 2011′s gasoline prices under the category “mission accomplished.”  But, of course, he’s really only just getting started.

Gasoline prices were higher last year in America than they had EVER been:

U.S. drivers spend record amount on gasoline in 2011
Despite lower demand, more than $448 billion has been paid so far for fuel — $100 billion more than in 2010. Consistently high oil prices are blamed.
December 09, 2011|By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times

American drivers this week broke a record that will bring them no joy.

They collectively spent more than $448 billion on gasoline since the beginning of the year, according to the Oil Price Information Service, putting the previous record for gas expenditures — set in 2008 — in the rearview mirror with weeks of driving still to go.

It’s also a huge jump over last year, when U.S. drivers spent more than $100 billion less on gas.

The major reason for the record-setting gas spending in 2011 was that oil prices were consistently high all year. And that probably brought joy at the other end of the pipeline. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is on pace to top $1 trillion in net oil exports for the first time, or 29% more than last year.

Next week, OPEC convenes to discuss production levels. Analysts held out little hope that the group, which pumps 40% of the world’s oil, would raise output to lower prices and boost the economic recovery in the U.S. and Europe.

“They won’t do anything,” said Fadel Gheit, senior oil analyst at Oppenheimer and Co. “They can lay the blame on the banking sectors and debt and they are happy to keep providing oil at what are record prices for this time of the year.”

On Friday, crude oil for January delivery gained $1.07 to close at $99.41 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Nymex oil prices are up 8.8% so far for the year.

At the pump, gasoline prices hit a record for this time of year. On Friday, the average price of a gallon in California was $3.613, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report. That’s 27 cents a gallon higher than the record for a Dec. 9, set in 2007. It was 36.9 cents higher than last year.

Nationally, the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline was $3.293, also breaking the 2007 record by 28.5 cents. Compared with last year, it was 31.8 cents higher.

Burbank resident Dan Bell, 38, said he recently turned down a job that would have paid him more because he would have had to spend too much on gasoline to get there.

“I just hate the fact that OPEC is making that much money,” Bell said. “There’s not much we can do. We still have to go to work.”

According to the Energy Department, the demand for vehicle fuel has been about 4% lower this year than in 2010. And domestic production of oil is on the rise.

But increasing amounts of oil produced in the U.S. are going to other countries. For the last three weeks, U.S. refineries have had a record high level of fuel exports, averaging about 2,984,000 barrels a day to markets overseas, the Energy Department said.

That was more than 600,000 barrels a day higher than last year and more than twice as much as was exported in 2008.

In 2008 when gasoline prices went up, Democrats in Congress (and one candidate for president named Barack Hussein Obama) demonized George Bush:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Thursday blamed the “two oil men in the White House,” President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, and their Republican allies in Congress for gas prices exceeding $4 a gallon.

Pelosi, a California Democrat, said multiple initiatives intended to lower high energy costs have passed the Democratically controlled House only to “run into a brick wall” in the Senate because they did not receive the 60 votes needed to overcome Republican filibusters.

The price of oil is… is attributed to two oil men in the White House and their protectors in the United States Senate,” Pelosi said in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

Democrats think that preventing America from being able to drill for its own oil so we can bow down before OPEC is the key to low oil prices, apparently.

But my point in citing this is to ask, “Who is to blame for gasoline being more expensive than it has ever been in history of America now that Democrats are running things?”

How is this disaster NOT Obama’s fault, oh party that made everything Bush’s fault?

You know, Obama, the guy who said, “Under my plan energy prices will necessarily skyrocket“?  Why was Bush to blame for everything and Obama isn’t to blame for anything?

Other than the fact that the Democrat Party is the party of abject hypocrisy and if you get your “news” from the mainstream media you fill what little brain you have with propaganda.

This abject failure of Obama to control energy prices is nothing new; I was writing about this in 2010, too – at a time that under Obama’s watch gas prices had increased 55 percent.

Oh, btw, Obama isn’t starting 2012 so great when it comes to oil and gas prices, either:

Gasoline prices start the year at a high — and rising
Gas prices are the highest ever for this time of year, and analysts predict that motorists will be digging deep in 2012 to fuel their vehicles.
January 06, 2012|By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times

Not only are we worrying about the end of the world in 2012 — thanks, Maya calendar makers — but this also may be the year of the gas-pocalypse, analysts warn. That’s because gasoline prices are the highest ever for the start of the year, and they’re on the rise, supercharged by expensive oil and changes in refinery operations.

In California, the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline was $3.666 on Thursday, up 8.1 cents from a week earlier and up 33.1 cents from a year earlier, which had been a record price for this time of year, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report. Nationally, a gallon of regular was averaging $3.319, up 6.5 cents from a week earlier. That topped 2011′s record-setting start by 24.2 cents a gallon.

It’s the wrong way to kick off the new year, said Susan Sutter of Anaheim, who has seen the price of a gallon of gasoline at her local Arco station rise 18 cents, to $3.49, in the last week.

“I’m just appalled,” said Sutter, 54, who drives a Honda Civic sedan. Sutter’s ire wasn’t cooled by the fact that she was paying quite a bit less than the state average.

“I just hate these prices,” she said. “Someone is lining their pockets, and it sure isn’t me.”

Of course, current prices don’t guarantee future prices, but analysts are predicting that motorists will be digging deep this year to fuel their vehicles.

“Average gasoline prices are moving up as we enter the new year, a trend that has held since 2008,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com, a website that tracks fuel prices. “We’re starting 2012 about 20 cents per gallon higher than 2011, setting up an ugly year for motorists.”

Energy Department statistics suggest that U.S. drivers won’t be getting any good news on prices soon.

In 2010, the year of the smallest recent gap between start-of-year prices and that year’s peak, the rise was 14.5% nationally and 10% in California. That translated into a jump of 38.7 cents a gallon in the U.S.’ average gasoline price and 30 cents in California’s.

The biggest recent start-to-peak increase came in 2009. Nationally, the average gasoline price started the year at $1.684 a gallon and climbed 60% to $2.694, a jump of slightly more than a dollar. In California, the average price per gallon soared 75%, to $3.287 from $1.874.

And 2011 showed that when prices start out high, it doesn’t take a huge percentage increase to add to consumer woes. Average prices rose 29% nationally in 2011, a jump of 89.5 cents a gallon to the year’s peak of $3.965. California prices also rose 29% last year, for a 95-cent rise to the high of $4.257.

The AAA Fuel Gauge Report mirrors the trend shown by the Energy Department’s weekly telephone survey of service stations. The averages reported by AAA are gathered daily by the Oil Price Information Service using credit card receipts from more than 100,000 outlets.

This year’s gasoline prices could be significantly higher than in previous years, said Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst for the Oil Price Information Service.

“Somewhere between the Grammys and the Oscars, the gasoline market and perhaps the crude market will trend considerably higher,” Kloza wrote in his blog, Speaking of Oil.

Kloza cited three potential causes: “International worries about a second Arab Spring will combine with domestic concerns about U.S. refinery maintenance and the closure of at least two critical East Coast refineries” to push prices higher.

In addition, U.S. refiners have been exporting record amounts of diesel fuel as they pursue profits from foreign buyers, causing an increase in diesel production at the expense of gasoline production. Tighter gasoline supplies mean higher prices.

History isn’t on the side of U.S. consumers. Kloza said that U.S. average gasoline prices have jumped in 11 of the last 12 years, to the record-high average of $3.514 a gallon for all of 2011. Oil prices are also starting the year on the move, another discouraging signal for gasoline prices, Kloza said.

The U.S. benchmark grade of oil, West Texas Intermediate, has remained above $100 a barrel in the three trading days so far this year on concerns about Iran’s threat to close the Strait of Hormuz, a key passage for oil transport.

The price eased a bit Thursday, falling $1.41, or 1.4%, to $101.81 on the New York Mercantile Exchange after the Energy Department said U.S. oil stockpiles increased by 2.1 million barrels from a week earlier instead of declining 1 million barrels as analysts had expected. In London, the European benchmark, Brent North Sea crude, slipped 96 cents, or 0.8%, to $112.74.

Notice how the media – if they bother to talk about it at ALL (from my own searching the LA Times is about the only ones) – make sure to blame everyone and everything BUT the Fool-in-Chief.

When the media talks about the high gas prices of 2008, the somehow fail to mention the way DEMOCRATS created that messTheir steadfast refusal to allow offshore (or damn near ANY) drilling (see also here) is profoundly responsible for our high energy prices.

There are two competing policies.  First, let’s look at President Bush’s:

Gas prices have been on a roller-coaster ride over the past decade, dropping to near $1 after President George W. Bush’s first year in office, crossing the $2 mark in 2005 and reaching $4 in June 2008 before Congress and Mr. Bush took action, lifting presidential and congressionally imposed moratoriums on expanding offshore drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf.

Mr. Bush lifted the presidential moratorium in July that year. The congressional moratorium expired Sept. 30, and prices fell precipitously, dropping more than $1 in October.

“The reason that it dropped is because the U.S. sent a signal to the markets, by dropping the moratoria, that we’re going to drill on our lands. Obviously, we never followed up, and thus you see the crisis gradually rising,” said Rep. Doc Hastings of Washington, the ranking Republican on the Natural Resources Committee.

He said the solution is the same for both the short-term and long-term prices: Assure the markets that the U.S. will pursue domestic exploration.

You can see the impact that America drilling for its own oil has on prices – and how despicable the mainstream media can be in covering up the truth – in the following CBS piece entitled “The Immediate Benefit Of Offshore Drilling” from July 17, 2008:

After trading at a record high of $147 a barrel Friday, the price of oil saw its largest one-day drop since the 2003 beginning of the Iraq war on Tuesday, falling $6.44 a barrel. Wednesday, it fell another $3.71, to $135.03, and at one point was trading as low as $132.

So what happened? As is usually the case with markets, a variety of factors caused this dramatic drop. According to the Associated Press, the Energy Information Administration announced that U.S. crude-oil supplies rose by 3 million barrels; beleaguered banks have been selling off valuable energy contracts to pay for other debts; and there’s even some speculation that computer programs used by Wall Street may create a “cascading effect” once prices start to drop.

But bizarrely, the AP didn’t mention that on Monday – again, the day of the single biggest one-day drop in oil prices in five years – President Bush removed the executive order imposing a moratorium on offshore drilling in the United States.

To think that this dramatic and unexpected move by the Bush administration didn’t have a significant effect on oil prices is folly. Even Democrats admit that relatively small margins in oil production could have a huge impact on prices.

The price per barrel of crude oil – which was at an all-time high the day Bush signed the moratorium that ended the ban on offshore drilling after going up and up and up to that point – continued to drop and drop. By September, it was below $109 a barrel. By October it had dropped even more. And it kept dropping.

But now in the age of Obama, it’s going up and up and up again. We have had a 55% increase in the price of our gasoline during a terrible recession. Obama’s energy policies have hurt this nation badly at an incredibly vulnerable period, without so much as a peep from most of the media.

Prices were at an all time high in 2008, thanks to Democrat policies.  Bush lifted the ban on offshore drilling, and all of a sudden those sky-high oil prices that Democrats demagogued plunged dramatically.  And continued to plunge for the rest of 2008 until we elected a fool.

Now let’s consider Obama’s policies:

Barack Obama threatened to bankrupt the coal industry – which produces 49% of our nation’s electricity – and said that:

“Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.”

He told just enough lies and half-truths to get coal-state Democrats such as West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller to get them to believe he wouldn’t destroy their economies. But now that he’s elected he’s free to break those promises and pursue ruinous policies. Rockefeller is now saying of Obama that:

“he’s beginning to not be believable to me.”

But it’s like, “Sorry Sucker.” When you vote like a fool, you receive a fool’s fate.

Anyway, maybe you thought, “Well, I’m not in a coal producing state,” or “I’m not in a coal-fired electric grid,” so you thought Obama’s shockingly bad energy policies didn’t matter.

But you’re still going to have to put gas in your car, and Obama’s going to see to it that it costs you a pretty penny to do it.

In fact, gas will have to rise to the European level prices of at least $7/gallon in order for Obama’s policies to impact CO2 levels as per his energy policy. So you can bet that fuel prices will continue to rise, and rise, and rise.

Consider:

It wasn’t long ago that Barack Obama was saying that high fuel prices would be good for the country as long as they rose slowly enough that your stupid brain wouldn’t notice:

John Harwood asked then-Senator Obama, “Could the high prices help us?” And Obama responded:

OBAMA: I think that I would have preferred a gradual adjustment. The fact that, ehh, this is such a shock t’American pocketbooks is not a good thing. Uh, but if we take some steps right now t’, uh, help people make the adjustment – first of all by putting more money into their pockets, but also by encouraging the market to adapt to these new circumstances more quickly, particularly US automakers.

And Obama’s appointments – particularly his appointment of the Secretary of Energy - affirm that he doesn’t mind you paying up the wazoo at every fill-up:

Obama’s appointments reflect his determination to drive up oil prices and therefore force the American people against their will to embrace his radical leftist energy agenda. Take Obama’s Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, who has stated on the record that he wanted to“figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” And at the time he said those words, gasoline prices were close to $8 a gallon.

Gas prices have DOUBLED since Obama assumed the presidency.

Hold him responsible. Get him out of the Oval Office before he poisons America even more.

The United States is the number ONE country in in the world in having the largest fossil reserves.

And the United States is currently the third largest oil producer in the entire world.

But as long as Obama – and probably as long as any Democrat – occupies the White House, you will not see America bothering to harness it’s own abundant natural resources no matter who gets hurt.

Who’s fault is it that oil and gas and energy prices are so shockingly high?  The mainstream media will never honestly or accurately report it, but you have Barack Obama and the Democrat Party to thank when you can’t fill your gas tank or pay your energy bill.

Right now the Keystone oil pipeline is in front of Obama – and he is just as determined to kill domestic oil and the domestic jobs that come with it as he’s ever been.

Why Exactly Is This Payroll Tax Fiasco Republicans’ Faults Again? Too Bad Americans Get Propaganda Rather Than Facts.

December 23, 2011
It would be inexcusable for Congress not to further extend this middle-class tax cut for the rest of the year” — Barack Hussein Obama, immediately prior to demonizing the Republicans for trying to extend the middle class payroll tax cut for the rest of the year over Democrat demands to do so for a ridiculous two months.
Let’s see.  Republicans in the House passed a payroll tax extension that provided a year of clarity for the American worker and business owner.  And the thing decried as a “poison pill” by Democrats was a provision to speed approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which even the damn liberal LABOR unions are demanding because it would add 22,000 jobs to our economy and 118,000 spin-off jobs:
 
Kimberly Strassel of the Wall Street Journal points out the holocaust of jobs just plain murdered by Obama and his rabid EPA death machine, beginning with the Keystone pipeline that Obama and many Democrats want killed:
Which gets us to his blues, or rather the 20,000 blue-collar construction jobs that would come with the pipeline, and the further 118,000 spin-off jobs. The unions—from the Teamsters, to the Plumbers and Pipefitters, to the Laborers—are out in force pushing for this giant job creator. “We can’t wait to get America building again,” blares a union-sponsored website in support of Keystone, poking at the president’s latest political rhetoric.

Keystone is more than just the administration’s latest headache. It’s the clear culmination of an Obama governing philosophy that has consistently put green priorities ahead of blue-collar workers, and that is now one of the biggest threats to his re-election.   [...]

The EPA has labored over an ozone rule (estimated job losses: 7.3 million), power plant rules (1.4 million), a boiler rule (789,000), a coal-ash rule (316,00), a cement rule (23,000), and greenhouse gas rules (even Joe Biden can’t count that high). The administration blew up Louisiana’s offshore deepwater drilling industry, insisted Detroit make cars nobody wants to buy and, just to stay consistent, is moving to clamp down on the country’s one booming industry: natural gas.

Those going the way of the dodo are utility workers, pipefitters, construction guys, coal miners, factory workers, truck drivers, electrical workers and machinists. Many of these are union Democrats who don’t care if their union bosses are publicly sticking with the president. They are pessimistic about the future and increasingly angry over the president’s attack on their work.

Basically, Obama has quietly (give that the mainstream media would never cover this) killed nine million American jobs.  And counting.
 
Damn Republicans and their damn vile demand that Americans get more jobs rather than more socialist nanny state.
 
And shame on Republicans in particular for a) giving Obama the year-long payroll tax cut extension that initially demanded; b) creating not only thousands but tens of thousands of jobs; and c) helping labor unions.  That’s what Obama and the Democrats are saying.

After doing their part, the Republican House stuck around.  Because unlike the Democrats controlling the Senate, they’re not piles of putrid political slime.

Then – after the Republicans passed their bill (and ask yourself what would have happened in the media coverage if Speaker Boehner had at this point had decided to send the Republican Congress home) – the Democrats came along and passed a two month extension of the payroll tax cut.  Payroll processors have stated that this “is logistically impossible to make the needed changes in tax software before the short-term extension expires.”  They point out that there is “insufficient lead time” to institute changes prior to the February 29 deadline and that such a “shortened deadline could create ‘substantial problems, confusion and costs affecting a significant percentage of employers and employees.’”

After doing their part to screw up the known universe, Democrats immediately left Washington, essentially saying to Republicans, “We’re going to force you to do this on our terms with no negotiations.”  And the press blessed this act of “bold leadership.”

In fact, even more than merely recess, the Democrats in the Senate abjectly refused to send any representatives to the conference committee that provides resolution to bills passed by the House and the Senate:

Silent Hill. Harry’s left. All is dark – Senate side. The House voted simultaneously on Tuesday to disagree with the Senate two-month extension legislation for the payroll-tax holiday and send both chambers’ versions to a conference committee to negotiate a final deal. House Speaker John A. Boehner immediately named his eight negotiators for the committee tasked with resolving the differences in the length of the tax holiday and unemployment benefits, offsets and reform provisions. The development led to a standoff between the Ohio Republican and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

 Mr. Reid refuses to name conferees unless the House passes his short-term bill. On Saturday, the Nevada Democrat sent the Senate home on vacation until Jan. 23. Mr. Reid’s objection means Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell can’t name Republican negotiators because it requires unanimous consent. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, also won’t name her representatives. “I don’t think we should go to conference,” the California Democrat said on Monday evening. “We’re not going to that place.”

They passed their version of the bill AFTER the House passed its version, and then Democrats just left.  Lights out.  Screw you, compromise.  And screw you, American people, because this is all about politics and political posturing, and we Democrats have the media propaganda covering our every move.

To further pursue the Democrat intransigence to so much as get off their asses for a single second to DO SOMETHING, we can add Barry Hussein’s refusal to budge a nanometer:

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, phoned President Obama this morning and asked him to send members of his economic team to the Capitol to end the political stalemate and negotiate a path toward a one-year extension of the payroll tax credit. The president declined the offer.

“With Sen. Reid having declined to call his members back to Washington this week to join the House in negotiating a full-year extension of the payroll tax cut, the speaker proposed that the president send members of his economic policy team up to Congress to find a way to accommodate the president’s full-year request,” a senior aide to the speaker said. “The speaker explained his concern that flaws in the Senate-passed bill will be unworkable for many small-business job creators. He reiterated that if their shared goal is a one-year bill, there is no reason an agreement cannot be reached before year’s end. The president declined the speaker’s offer.”

This is Obama at his finest: playing shrill and divisive hardball partisan politics with the American people hanging on the line.  Obama doesn’t WANT action; he desperately NEEDS a hopelessly divided Congress so he can run against it and blame them for all of his numerous failures.  And, of course, the press has his back.

With Republicans obviously willing to negotiate and Democrats screaming, “NO! NO! NO!  And what’s more, you Republicans are OBSTRUCTIONIST!!!”

House Speaker John Boehner is saying – and I quote – “Let’s sit down and resolve our differences.”  The nerve of the man to ask for something so “extremist” as that.  The man ought to be hauled outside the Capitol Building and shot for daring to want to sit down and work things out when the Democrat politburo and the Democrat Dictator-in-Chief have decreed that no American may have a tax cut unless it be done according to their imperial decree.

And let’s not forget the fact that gridlock may very well be a good thing, given that the payroll tax cut extension is a direct rip-off from Social Security:

As we’ve pointed out previously, the 2-percentage-point cut in the payroll tax (from 6.2% to 4.2%) might give a short-term boost to the economy, but it contributes to Social Security’s long-term insolvency at a time when the retirement program is already paying out more in benefits than it is collecting in taxes. A one-year extension would drive up next year’s federal deficit by more than $100 billion.

Sorry your check bounced, Grandma.  Just, you know, eat less or something.  Maybe step down to dog food.  Some of it is quite tasty, I’m sure.

And interestingly, the same rather liberal USA Today that pointed out the above also pointed out that Democrats are actually encouraging a different tax cut extension:

The payroll tax issue also raises the question of whether there’s any such thing as a temporary tax cut. At the end of next year, the unaffordable Bush tax cuts are set to expire. Extending the payroll tax cut would set a precedent and give ammunition to those who want another extension of the Bush cuts, adding as much as $5 trillion to deficits over the coming decade.

For the record, this “$5 trillion” figure USA Today pulled out is the TOTAL amount that ALL income classes receive from the Bush tax cut.  See the numbers from the Joint Tax Committee I cited in a previous article:

A study by the Joint Tax Committee, using the same static methodology that I refer to in my opening paragraph, calculate that the government will lose $700 billion in revenue if the tax cuts for the top income brackets are extended. And that sounds bad. But they also conclude that the Bush tax cuts on the middle class will cost the Treasury $3 TRILLION over the same period. If we can’t afford $700 billion, then how on earth can we afford $3 trillion? And then you’ve got to ask how much the Treasury is losing by not taxing the poor first into the poorhouse, and then into the street? And how much more revenue could we collect if we then imposed a “street” tax?

And, in another article, I cited Brit Hume pointing out that:

But the very language used in discussing these issues tells you something as well. In Washington, letting people keep more of their own money is considered a cost. As if all the money really belongs to the government in the first place in which what you get to keep is an expenditure.”

Which belies the fact that the language that a “tax cut” somehow “costs the government” amounts to the profoundly Marxist claim that the government owns both the worker and all the output from that worker.  I hope we don’t go there.

Republicans like tax cuts for everybody; in fact, they LOVE them.  This situation with the payroll tax cut is awkward for them because it was set up to “pay for” the Democrat-imposed Social Security which is already trillions of dollars in the red and which will necessarily go bankrupt without massive changes:

Kotlikoff explains that America’s “unofficial” payment obligations — like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits — jack up the debt figure substantially.

“If you add up all the promises that have been made for spending obligations, including defense expenditures, and you subtract all the taxes that we expect to collect, the difference is $211 trillion. That’s the fiscal gap,” he says. “That’s our true indebtedness.”

We don’t hear more about this enormous number, Kotlikoff says, because politicians have chosen their language carefully to keep most of the problem off the books.

“Why are these guys thinking about balancing the budget?” he says. “They should try and think about our long-term fiscal problems.”

According to Kotlikoff, one of the biggest fiscal problems Congress should focus on is America’s obligation to make Social Security payments to future generations of the elderly.

“We’ve got 78 million baby boomers who are poised to collect, in about 15 to 20 years, about $40,000 per person. Multiply 78 million by $40,000 — you’re talking about more than $3 trillion a year just to give to a portion of the population,” he says. “That’s an enormous bill that’s overhanging our heads, and Congress isn’t focused on it.”

“We’ve consistently done too little too late, looked too short-term, said the future would take care of itself, we’ll deal with that tomorrow,” he says. “Well, guess what? You can’t keep putting off these problems.”

Did I mention that dog food is actually quite tasty, Grandma?  Cat food aint bad either, if that’s the way you prefer to go.  And Wal-Mart makes them almost cheap enough to afford a Barack Obama presidency.  Almost.  As long as you don’t need any medications or anything.

And notice the description: that we’ve consistently “done too little, too late,” and “looked too short-term.”  And then consider what the Democrats are doing with their two-month SHORT-TERM extension.  You know, the one that will place a huge burden on payroll processing as noted above.

After Speaker Boehner caved – because the dishonest media-Democrat propaganda machine had made any other move politically impossible – Boehner came out in defeat and said:

“All year, you’ve heard me talk about short-term extensions, short-term gimmicks and the consequences they have for our economy,” Boehner said. “When you look at this … it’s another short-term extension. This creates uncertainty for job creators. I used to run a small business; I know how this works, and kicking the can down the road for a couple of months does cause problems.”

He also said:

Sometimes it’s hard to do the right thing, and sometimes it’s politically difficult to do the right thing. But you know, when everybody called for a one-year extension of the payroll tax deduction, when everybody wanted a full year of extended unemployment benefits, we were here fighting for the right things. It may not have been politically the smartest thing in the world, but let me tell you what: I think our members waged a good fight.”

No.  It’s not hard to do the right thing in America; it is IMPOSSIBLE to do the right thing in America.  Because dishonesty and lies and corruption and incompetence and ignorance and the worst kind of political partisanship and the worst kind of media bias rules the day.

It’s about time, I suppose, that Republicans finally learn that lesson that defined the new Democrat Party more than forty years ago.

Getting back to our little problem dealing with “short-term” thinking as explained by Kotlikoff above, the  $211 trillion Democrat-devised disaster with Social Security and Medicare is also part of the Democrats’ payroll tax extension jihad:

Democratic leaders on Wednesday said they are not interested in passing a standalone bill to delay scheduled Medicare reimbursement cuts for physicians, as some Republicans have suggested, The Hill reports. Instead, they urged House Republicans to pass a Senate-approved two-month extension of a payroll tax break that includes a two-month delay to the Medicare cuts (Bolton, The Hill, 12/21).

But you won’t hear any of that from the mainstream media.  Because it is dishonest and biased.

The American mainstream media could go to North Korea tonight and start writing for the communist dictatorship there and hardly even realize that they were in a different location. Such is their rigid party-line “journalism.”

 

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I have watched the death of America being played out right before my eyes these past three miserable years.

If you don’t like rants, stop reading (maybe you should have already stopped reading, but better to warn you too late than not at all, right?):

The Republicans lost big on this.  They didn’t lose because they didn’t have the facts and the legitimate principle on their side; they lost because of an avalanche of lies and because the American people have become a people hell bent on believing lies to their own destruction.

I think of pre-World War II Germany.  Why did the most educate and “enlightened” people on earth at the time go so horribly wrong?  I think of a journalist named Stephen Laurant had been jailed circa 1935 for questioning Nazism in search of the answer to that mystery.  He wrote from his cell:

“I am writing this from cell 24. Outside a new Germany is being created. Many millions are rejoicing. Hitler is promising everyone precisely what they want. I think when they wake to their sobering senses, they will find they have been led by the nose and duped by lies.”

And there is no question that the German people WERE lied to.  They were lied to terribly; they were lied to by their corrupt and dishonest media propaganda that they trusted as “news,” and all the while their leader was driving them deeper and deeper into a sea of lies into which they would ultimately drown as a people and as a culture.

And yet the German people were responsible for all of the above.  Entirely responsible.  Ten percent of the German population was wiped out.  And they deserved to be wiped out.  Because they chose to believe lies.  It is only a bad people that chooses to dive into lies.

There comes a point when a culture becomes so toxic that it believes lies rather than the truth.  The Germans reached that point. 

Sadly, I believe America has reached that point, too.  Or is terrifyingly close to it.

The Republicans (both political and establishment) who kept demanding that John Boehner cut a deal openly acknowledged that they weren’t speaking from principle, but rather from cold political calculus – and from the naked realization that the American people are clearly more in tune with lies than they are with the facts.

One one side there are lies and genuine evil.  The Democrat Party has been the party of genuine moral evil in America since at least 1968.  I believe you can look at the ugliness and violence of the 1968 Democratic National Convention and bookend it with the ugliness and violence of the Occupy Movement to see a party bent on attaining hell in America.  On the Republican side there is far more timidity and fear than there is courage and conviction.

As a postscript, I add the fact that Obama has lost the war in Iraq in a single day that our American warriors fought at great cost to win.  Obama had three years to negotiate U.S. troop status in Iraq and refused to do so.  John McCain rightly said that We could have remained in Iraq and provided the security and backstopping that the country we fought so hard for desperately needed; but we didn’t because Barack Obama didn’t want to stay.  And now - IMMEDIATELY following our precipitous withdrawal that General Keane correctly labeled “an absolute disaster”( before going on to say that “”We won the war in Iraq, and we’re now losing the peace”) -  Iraq is now in a state of complete chaos as Shiite President Maliki waited until we left to attack his Sunni Vice President and al Qaeda waited until we left to leave bombs that murdered at least 63 and wounded at least 194 Iraqis.  The country we gave so much blood and treasure for is going to fall right into Iran’s hands.  And it couldn’t be more Barack Obama’s fault.  General Keane also said:

“The United States in moving away from Maliki almost three years ago was a huge strategic mistake on our part. And we have been suffering the consequences of that ever since. And certainly the troop pull-out just added to that catastrophe.”

That is ALL on Obama.  As Iraq degenerates into chaos and Iranian dominion following Obama’s cowardly cut-and-run, remember that the Obama administration once acknowledged that Iraq was handed to them as a victory in their boast that, “this could be one of the great achievements of this administration.”  What Bush gave following years of hard-fought war as a victory, Obama pissed away in defeat in order to obtain his naked political agenda of appeasing his leftwing base.

Not that the mainstream media will ever report that fact.

Remember, this is God damn America.  And God will give us what we deserve.  Because this is a nation defined by lies and stupid politically self-serving policies that will ultimately guarantee our collapse and destruction.

 

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