Obama’s War on U.S. Energy – Tea Party Nation

Obama’s War on U.S. Energy – Tea Party Nation.

 

By Alan Caruba

 

A nation without adequate energy production is a nation in decline and that has been the President’s agenda since the day he took office in 2009. He even announced his war on coal during the 2008 campaign even though, at the time, it was providing fifty percent of the electricity being utilized.

 

It’s useful to know that the U.S. has huge coal reserves, enough to provide energy for hundreds of years and reduce our debt through its export to nations such as Japan. It increased coal-fired power generation by ten percent in 2013 while Germany’s coal use reached the highest level since 1990. Both China and India are increasing the use of coal. So why is coal unwelcome in the U.S.? Because Obama says so.

 

On April 15, the White House held a “Solar Summit” to continue promoting subsidies for solar panels and the Obama Energy Department has announced another $15 million in “solar market pathways” to fund local government’s use of solar energy. Its “Capital Solar Challenge” is directing federal agencies, military bases, and other federally subsidized buildings to use solar power.

 

According to the Institute for Energy Research, “solar energy provides two-tenths of one percent of the total energy consumed in the United States. While the amount of solar electricity capacity in the U.S. has increased in recent years…it still only accounts for 0.1% of net electricity generated…the least among the renewable sources of hydroelectric, biomass, wind and solar.”

 

So, in addition to the millions lost in earlier loans to solar companies like Solyndra that failed not long after pocketing our tax dollars, Obama is using the power of the federal government to waste more money on this unpredictable—the Sun only shines in the daytime and clouds can get in the way—source of energy whose “solar farms” take up many acres just to provide a faction of what a coal-fired or natural gas powered plant does.

 

This isn’t some loony environmental theory at work although the Greens oppose all manner of energy provision and use whether it is coal, oil or natural gas. This is a direct attack on the provision of energy, fueled by any source, that America needs to function and meeting the needs of its population, manufacturing, and all other uses.

 

The most recent example of this is the further extension of the delay on the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast. That too is part of Obama’s war on energy for the nation, but it may also have something to do with the fact that the Burlington Santa Fe Railroad owns all of the rail lines in the U.S. connecting to western Canada. They haul 80% or more of the crude oil from Canada to the Midwest and Texas, earning a tidy sum in the process. It is owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, a major contributor to Democrat causes and candidates. The Keystone XL pipeline could divert more than $2 billion a year and if its delay is not crony capitalism, nothing is.

 

This is what the Sierra Club is telling its members and supporters as of Monday, April 21:

“Keystone XL means cancer. It means wolf blood spilled. And it’s nothing short of a climate disaster.” It is a lie from start to finish.

 

Keystone has become a political issue and the announcement by the Obama State Department that is giving agencies “additional time” to approve its construction due to ongoing litigation before the Nebraska Supreme Court that could affect its route brought forth protests from red-state Democrats in Congress who even threatened to find ways to go around the President to get the project approved. Eleven Democratic senators have written to the President to urge him to make a final decision by the end of May. Some of them will be up for reelection in the November midterm elections.

 

Even Congress, though, seems incapable of over-ruling or overcoming Obama’s war on the provision of energy sources. In early April, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released new data showing that federal onshore oil and natural gas leases and drilling permits are at the lowest levels in more than a decade. Leases to companies exploring the potential of oil and natural gas reserves were down in 2013 from 1.8 million acres the year before to 1.2 million, the smallest area since records began to be maintained in 1988!

 

We have a President who gives daily evidence of his contempt both for those who voted for him and those who did not. His anti-energy agenda impacts on the creation of jobs, causes manufacturing to delay expansion or to go off-shore, reduces the revenue the government needs to reduce its debts and deficits, and drives up the cost of energy for everyone.

 

And he is doing this in one of the most energy-rich nations on the planet.

 

Editor’s Note:

For the latest, updated information on energy visit http://www.energydepot.us/

 

© Alan Caruba, 2014

Try to Ignore Earth Day – Tea Party Nation

Try to Ignore Earth Day – Tea Party Nation.

 

By Alan Caruba

 

Try to ignore Earth Day, April 22. It won’t be easy. The print and broadcast media will engage in an orgy of environmental tall tales and the usual end-of-the-world predictions. It will scare the heck out of youngsters and bore the heck out of anyone old enough to know that we have had to endure the lies that hide the agendas that have driven the Greens since 1970 when the event was first proclaimed.

 

The Earth is 4.5 billion years old. It is the third planet from the Sun and fifth-largest of the eight other planets that orbit it. It is the only planet in our galaxy that has life on it and it has an abundance of mineral resources as well as water and the fecundity to grow crops and maintain livestock to sustain the human race.

 

The climate on Earth is entirely dependent on the natural cycles of the Sun. Despite four decades of being told that the Earth was going to heat up due to greenhouse gas like carbon dioxide and methane, we are currently in a cooling cycle and no child born since 1997 has ever experienced a single day of the dreaded “global warming.”

 

Humans play a very small role affecting the Earth’s climate although, for example, deforestration is one way it has affects it. Other than cutting down trees, another way is to put the government in charge of vast acres of forest. It has a long record of failing to manage them well to the point where diseases and pests render the trees so weak that wildfires wipe out what would otherwise have thrived.

 

Otherwise, the Earth is and always has a been a very volatile place, subject to a variety of extraordinary natural events such as hurricanes, tsunamis, blizzards, floods, droughts, tornadoes, and earthquakes. The only thing humans can do is clean up and rebuild.

 

What has mostly changed for humans has been the discovery of energy sources that have transformed and enhanced their lives. Coal, initially, followed by oil and natural gas. All are carbon based, but then, so are humans and other life forms.

 

The Greens call them “fossil fuels” and some refer to “dirty coal” or seek to demonize “Big Oil.” Between 2007 and 2012, three U.S. oil companies paid a total of $289.7 billion in corporate income taxes. Until the Obama administration took power, coal provided fifty percent of all the electricity Americans used. Completely bogus “science” cited by the Environmental Protection Agency has been used to shut down coal-fired plants and close down coal mines. And, in concert with costly, unpredictable and unreliable “renewable” energy, wind and solar, have driven up the cost of electricity for everyone.

 

According to a study by the Heritage Foundation, released in March, over the next two decades the EPA’s climate rules aimed at reducing “global warming” (which is not occurring) will cost the economy $2.23 trillion. An estimated 600,000 jobs will be lost. The jobs that would be created by the Keystone XL pipeline have been waiting five years for the White House to approve the project.

 

As mentioned, it has been the many inventions that utilize the energy sources the Greens want to “leave in the ground” that have totally transformed the lives of Americans and others throughout the world. What Earth Day is really about is not the improvement of life, but limits that will reduce the world’s population. The one thing all environmentalists agree upon is that there are too many humans. This is a form of fascism that goes back to the creation of the communist/socialist economic systems, none of which have provided the level of prosperity that capitalism has. Even Communist China has adopted the capitalist model.

 

The other agenda Greens agree upon is that the government should own and control every square inch of the nation’s (and world’s) landmass. That is why climate change is part of the United Nations’ intention to become the single world government. It is home to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that has clung to the global warming hoax since they invented it in the late 1980s.

 

Recently, the IPCC released another report claiming “climate change” will melt polar ice, cause the oceans to rise dramatically, generate extreme weather conditions, et cetera. There have always been extreme weather conditions somewhere and the rest of the IPCC claims are just great big lies that have been around for decades.

 

Along the way, environmental organizations such as Greenpeace, Sierra Club, and Friends of the Earth, among countless others of comparable or lesser size have received millions in membership dues, donations, the sale of products, and from the assets that many own. Many, like Greenpeace, enjoy a non-profit status. For example, in 2011, Greenpeace took in $27,465,948 and had assets of $4,653,179. Multiply that against all the others and it adds up to billions.

 

Green organizations represent a very big business that is constantly at war with legitimate businesses in the energy, manufacturing, and agricultural sectors, seeking to impose laws and regulations that cost them and consumers billions every year.

 

If you’re a parent take some time to explain to younger children that the Earth is very old and not going to suffer the claims Greens repeat and repeat. As for everyone else, just try to ignore the Earth Day deluge. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it.

 

© Alan Caruba, 2014

The Real Reason Jay Leno Retired . . . . one-liners?‏ – Tea Party Nation

The Real Reason Jay Leno Retired . . . . one-liners?‏ – Tea Party Nation.

Posted by John Wiant

These one liners might be why NBC retired Jay Leno!

NBC was upset by the fact Leno’s comments were ALWAYS right on target.

“I was going to start off tonight with an Obama joke, but I don’t want to get audited by the  IRS.”

On NSA surveillance: “We wanted a president who listens to allDealing with the NSA
Americans – now we have one.”

On a new IRS commissioner: “He’s called ‘acting commissioner’
because he has to act like the scandal doesn’t involve the White House.”

On closing the Guantanamo prison for terrorists: “If he really wants to close it, turn it into a government-funded solar power company. The doors will be shut in a month.”

Concerning the Benghazi , Associated Press, and IRS scandals:
“Remember in the old days when President Obama’s biggest embarrassment was Joe Biden?”

On Obama saying he didn’t know about the IRS scandal: “He was too busy not knowing anything about Benghazi to not know anything about the IRS.”

“The White House has a new slogan about Benghazi : Hope and change the subject.”

“It’s casual Friday, which means that at the White House, they’re
casually going through everybody’s phone calls and records.”

“It is not looking good for President Obama. Today his teleprompter took the fifth.”

“Fox News has changed its slogan from ‘Fair and Balanced’ to ‘See, I told you so!’”

On Obama’s commencement address: “He told the young graduates their future is bright unless, of course, they want jobs.”

On a Chicago  man who set a record for riding a Ferris wheel: “The only other way to go around and around in a circle that many times is to read the official report on Benghazi .”

On White House claims of ignorance on the scandals: “They took ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ out of the Pentagon and moved it into the White House.”

Now the last, and I think best!–

“These White House scandals are not going away anytime soon. It’s gotten so bad that People in Kenya are now saying he’s 100 percent American.”

The Methane Hoax Cranks Up – Tea Party Nation

The Methane Hoax Cranks Up – Tea Party Nation.

By Alan Caruba

 

Having spent decades trying to convince everyone that carbon dioxide (CO2) was a “greenhouse gas” that was going to cause the Earth to heat up, the same environmental charlatans are now embarking on a campaign to do the same with methane. In the U.S. the first move was announced by the White House in late March.

 

The carbon dioxide hoax fell apart in the wake of a cooling cycle affecting the Earth that began around 1997 and continues to this day. Warming and cooling cycles are natural events and both are tied to the activity or lack of it of the Sun.  Humans have nothing to do with the climate other to enjoy or endure it.

 

Why methane? It has a lot to do with the development of hydraulic fracturing, commonly called “fracking”, and the way it unlocks natural gas, aka methane, all of which portends an America that is energy independent, along with its huge reserves of coal and oil. If, of course, the government permits this to occur.

 

As we know, the Obama administration does not want that. It would mean more jobs, greater prosperity, and the ability to pay down the national debt, not to mention drive down the cost of electricity, gasoline, and everything else that depends on energy.

 

Despite the cooling cycle that is likely to last for many more years, Steve Hamburg, chief scientist for the Environmental Defense Fund, was quoted by the Washington Post saying that “ounce for ounce, methane is 84 times as potent as a greenhouse gas over 20 years” compared to carbon dioxide. “More than a third of the warming that we’ll see as a result of today’s emissions over the next couple of decades comes from, essentially, methane. We need to remain focused on carbon dioxide emissions, but doing so is not enough.”

 

Excuse me, but the Environmental Defense Fund and countless other Green advocacy groups have been focused on carbon dioxide for decades and the Earth is cooling, not warming. What part of this does Hamburg not understand?

 

James M. Taylor, the managing editor of Environment & Climate News, a national monthly published by The Heartland Institute, reported in January that “Natural gas fracking is not causing a spike in the U.S. methane emissions”, citing Environmental Protection Agency data. “Methane emissions specific to natural gas are in a long-term decline, down ten percent since 1990 and down seven percent since 2007 when the fracking boom began.”

 

The Washington Post, however, asserted that emission levels “are set to rise by 2030 as shale oil and shale gas production expands in the United States.” Do you remember all those predictions about the increase of carbon dioxide emissions and how, in ten, twenty, fifty or a hundred years, the Earth would heat up?

 

This is not about methane, it is about finding a way to shut down fracking and the extraction of natural gas and oil in the same way the Obama administration’s “war on coal” has caused the loss of over 150 coal-fired plants that until it began, were providing electricity. Reducing sources of electricity drives up its cost to everyone. As more natural gas came on line by 2013 it had become the second greatest source of U.S. electricity, but overall the amount of electricity produced was less than in 2007 before the war on coal began.

 

A natural component of the Earth, it has a number of sources, but one that has also caught the eye of government regulators involves cow flatulence and belching.

 

The White House has proposed cutting methane emissions from the dairy industry by 25% by 2020. The Environmental Protection Agency has been tracking cow fats since 2012 and now the dairy industry has to worry along with the oil and gas industry. In addition to the EPA, the Bureau of Land Management will be announcing “new standards this fall to reduce venting and flaring from oil and gas production on public lands.”

 

It’s often best just to let the Greens speak for themselves, revealing their never-ending efforts to attack the energy industry that keeps our lights on, heats and cools our homes, and fuels our cars and trucks. “President Obama’s plan to reduce climate-disrupting methane pollution is an important step in reining in an out of control industry exempt from too many public health protections,” said Deborah Nardone, the director of the Sierra Club’s Keeping Dirty Fuels in the Ground campaign.

 

“However,” said Ms. Nardone, “even with the most rigorous methane controls in place, we will still fall short of what is needed to fight climate disruption if we do not reduce our reliance on these dirty fossil fuels.”

 

What the heck is a climate disruption? A blizzard, a hurricane, a flood, tornadoes? None of these phenomena have anything to do with using fossil fuels. This is the kind of utter drivel we have all been hearing for decades.

 

It has nothing to do with the climate and everything to do with denying access and use of the greatest reserves of coal, oil and natural gas that exist in the greatest nation on Earth, the United States of America.

 

© Alan Caruba, 2014

Scaring the World about its Climate – Tea Party Nation

Scaring the World about its Climate – Tea Party Nation.

 

By Alan Caruba

 

Ever since the creation in 1988 of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), it has engaged in the greatest hoax of modern times, releasing reports that predict climate-related catastrophes as if the climate has not been a completely natural and dynamic producer of events that affect our lives.

 

endthelieThe IPCC was set up by the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environmental Program. It has enlisted thousands of scientists to contribute to its scare campaign, but as Joseph Bast, the president of The Heartland Institute, noted in a recent Forbes article regarding the vast difference in the assertions of the IPCC scientists and those of its puckishly named Nonintergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (NPCC), “What is a non-scientist to make of these dueling reports? Indeed, what is a scientist to make of this?”

 

“Very few scientists are familiar with biology, geology, physics, oceanography, engineering, medicine, economics, and scores of other more specialized disciplines that were the basis of the claims…” The IPCC has depended on the ignorance of those scientists outside their particular disciplines and recruited them to be involved in the UN hoax. The rest of us look to them to provide guidance regarding issues involving the climate and, as a result, have been deliberately deceived.Climate Change idiocy

 

The NIPCC, anticipating the latest IPCC addition to its climate scare campaign, has just issued a new addition to its “Climate Change Reconsidered” reports. The first volume was 850 pages long and the latest is more than 1,000 pages. It represents the findings of scores of scientists from around the world and thousands of peer-reviewed studies. At this point they represent some twenty nations.

 

I have been an advisor to The Heartland Institute for many years and have been exposing the climate change lies since the late 1980s. A science writer, I have benefited from the work of men like atmospheric physicist, S. Fred Singer, a founder of the NPCC who has overseen five reports debunking the IPCC since 2003.wlecome

 

The Heartland Institute has sponsored nine international conferences that have brought together many scientists and others in an effort to debunk the UN’s climate scare campaign.

 

I have always depended on the common sense of people to understand that humans have nothing to do with the climate except to endure and enjoy it. We don’t create it or influence it.

 

The global warming campaign is based on the Big Lie that carbon dioxide (CO2) traps the Sun’s heat and warms the Earth, but the fairly miniscule amount of CO2 in the atmosphere (0.038%) does not do that in a fashion that poses any threat. Indeed, it is the Sun that determines the Earth’s climate, depending where you happen to be on the Earth. Next to oxygen, CO2 is vital to all life on Earth as it is the “food” on which all vegetation depends. More CO2 is good. Less is not so good.

 

The IPCC has depended in part on the print and broadcast media to spread its Big Lie. It also depends on world leaders, few of whom have any background or serious knowledge of atmospheric science, to impose policies based on the Big Lie. These policies target the use of “fossil fuels”, oil, coal and natural gas, urging a reduction of their use. The world, however, utterly depends on them and, in addition to existing reserves, new reserves are found every year.

 

One reason the IPCC has been in a growing state of panic is a new, completely natural cooling cycle based on a reduction of solar radiation. As James M. Taylor, the managing editor of Heartland’s “Environment & Climate News”, pointed out recently, “Winter temperatures in the contiguous United States declined by more than a full degree Celsius (more than 2 degrees Fahrenheit) during the past twenty years.” He was citing National Oceanic and Atmospheric climatefraudAdministration data. “The data contradicts assertions that human induced global warming is causing a rise in winter temperatures.”

 

In addition to the recent extremely cold winter, there have been others in 2000-2001 and 2009-2010. There will be more.

 

The IPCC report is full of claims about global warming, now called “climate change” since the world is obviously not warming. In March, Taylor rebutted an IPCC claim that crop production is falling, noting that global corn, rice, and wheat production have more than tripled since 1970. In recent years, the U.S. has set records for alfalfa, cotton, beans, sugar beets, canola, corn, flaxseed, hops, rice, sorghum, soybeans, sugarcane, sunflowers, peanuts, and wheat, to name just a few.cartoongwcausesstuff

 

The Earth would benefit from more, not less, CO2 emissions, but the Obama administration has been engaged in imposing hundreds of new regulations aimed at reductions. It targets the development and expansion of our energy sector. The President has repeated the lies in his State of the Union speeches and we have a Secretary of State, John Kerry, who insists that climate change is the greatest threat to mankind and not the increase of nuclear weapons.

 

myworkEvery one of the Earth’s seven billion population are being subjected to the UN’s campaign of lies and every one of us needs to do whatever we can to bring about an end to the United Nations and reject the IPCC’s claims.

 

© Alan Caruba, 2014

Obama’s War on America is his Top Priority – Tea Party Nation

Obama’s War on America is his Top Priority – Tea Party Nation.

By Alan Caruba

 

We all know that the “sanctions” Obama has placed on a few of Putin’s pals thus far and those Obama wants the European Union to impose will have no affect whatever on Putin’s decision to annex the Crimea from Ukraine.

 One of Obama’s solutions to protect Ukraine’s sovereignty includes giving it a billion dollars because Russia has raised the price of the natural gas it sells to the Ukraine. This means Putin just made a billion while reacquiring Crimea.

 One way to bring Russia to its knees would be for Obama–if he could–to  impose the same things he is doing in America on the Russian Federation:

 # Require Russia to adopt Obamacare.

 # Ban the mining and use of coal in Russia.

 # Do not allow any drilling on Russian publicly-held land.

 # Redefine the Russian work week to 30 hours.

 # Raise the Russian minimum wage.

 # Mandate overtime pay for Russian government workers.

 # Demand that Russia pay welfare benefits to its illegal immigrants.

 # Require Russia to enact the same regulations as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

 # Increase the Russian national debt by $6 trillion dollars.

 # Require Russia to reduce all elements of its military force and capabilities by reductions to its military budget.

 Not finishedThese policies since 2009 have weakened the United States and, if applied to Russia, they would have the same affect. It’s bad enough what Obama has done and is doing to the U.S., but neither we nor the rest of the world would be better off with a weak Russia. Its economy is too tied into the world’s.

 Putin insists that it was the West led by the U.S. that resulted in the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 after seventy years of communist rule, but it was Communism that brought it to its knees. The other element was a decline in the prices of oil and natural gas–still the primary source of income for the Russian Federation—that undermined its economy.

 While a panoply of experts keeps talking about the prospect of Russia aggression toward its former satellite nations in Eastern Europe, the simple fact is that Putin’s reacquisition of the Crimea just added to Russia’s financial pressures. He can barely afford Crimea. All the hand-wringing about its annexation ignores the fact that it was part of Russia for hundreds of years.

 ImageRuchir Sharma, the head of emerging markets at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, recently spelled out Russia’s economic woes in a Wall Street Journal commentary titled “Putin’s Potemkin Economy.”

 “Mr. Putin’s real power base, the economy, is crumbling,” says Sharma. “Russia’s economic growth rate has plummeted from the 7% average annual pace of the last decade to 1.3% last year,” adding that “the Central Bank of the Russian Federation has been fighting to prevent a ruble collapse since the Crimean crisis began.”

 Does that sound like a Russia that wants to invade its neighbors at this time?

 “The result,” says Sharma, “is that the Russian state has few new sources of income outside of oil and gas, at a time when it is taking on more dependents” in Crimea. As for the rest of the Ukraine population, it’s only the younger generation that did not grow up under the oppression of the former Soviet Russia that thinks giving up its sovereignty is a good idea. Ukrainians with a memory of the pre-1991 days know better.

obama- defending constitution laughing Europe, much of which depends on Russian gas, will be in no hurry to punish Russia beyond a few relatively meaningless sanctions. It’s all a charade.

 It’s true that Europe went to war twice for far less reason than the Crimean annexation, but its present leaders have no wish to repeat that error for all the talk about international law.

 What is being debated now is whether Putin will, for whatever reason, invade Ukraine. Only Putin knows that and the decision would be a bad one for him and everyone else.

 As we strive to survive Obama’s war on the U.S. economy and the current havoc resulting from Obamacare, it is doubtful that even Obama has any inclination to see Russia collapse and could not reverse the Crimean situation even if he cared about it.

Image He doesn’t seem to care about what he’s doing to the rest of us so it’s the war at home which we have to survive.

 © Alan Caruba, 2014

Obamacare is an American Catastophe – Tea Party Nation

Obamacare is an American Catastophe – Tea Party Nation.

By Alan Caruba

 

Halloween terror 03If you type in “Obamacare” on Wikipedia you will discover 25,500,000 links. That’s a lot of news coverage and related commentary about the Affordable Care Act. Most of it is negative. The more people have learned about it, the less they like it and, if we had a Congress that could or would do anything about it, it would have been repealed by now.

 

A March 28 Associated Press poll revealed that only 26% of Americans support Obamacare, a point less than December 2013 and January 2014.

 

The Republicans in the House of Representatives have voted more than 60 times to repeal or dismantle Obamacare. The Senate, namely Harry Reid its Majority Leader, has killed all efforts to address what is clearly a national catastrophe. When passed in 2009, not one Republican member of Congress voted for it. When it was passed, then Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, famously said they had to pass the 2,700 page act in order to find out what was in it.

 

In 2010, voters gave power in the House to Republicans, but the Senate remained under Democrat control. The fact the Barack Obama, when campaigning to become President in 2008 and thereafter lied repeatedly to Americans about it has tarnished his reputation and his approval ratings. Since then he has altered the law unilaterally despite the fact that he utterly lacks any constitutional right to do so.

 

cartersuckedIn February the Heritage Foundation’s legal experts put together a list of seven illegal actions by the President that included delaying Obamacare’s employer mandate, giving Congress and their staffs special taxpayer-funded subsidies, preventing layoff notices from going out just days before the 2012 election, as well as non-Obamacare actions that included gutting the work requirement from welfare reform, stonewalling an application for storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, and making “recess” appointments when the Senate was still legally in session.

 

The first element of the Obamacare catastrophe is an utterly lawless President who the Congress has done little to restrain and nothing to impeach.

 

Another element of the Obamacare catastrophe has been the failure of the mainstream media to address the impact the law has had on America. On March 26, the Media Research Center reported that “They’re just burying the story. They aren’t in denial. They know the truth. They’re just choosing to ignore it. They are pretending there are no broken promises about keeping your insurance plan, or keeping your doctor, or lowering your premium by $2,500 a year.”

 

An analysis by the Center of the three network evening news broadcasts in 2014 “found only 12 stories on three networks in almost three months.” For example, “NBC Nightly News” broadcast only one story on Obamacare and that was on January 1 when Lester Holt called it “a new era in health care in this country.” ABC “World News” provided only six minutes and 58 seconds on Obamacare and “CBS Evening News” managed to provide only 19 minutes and 17 seconds over the course of three months.

 

obamascare“None of the networks,” said the Center’s analysis, “dared to report the ongoing opposition of the American people to Obamacare in 2014, even when they were the ones doing the polling.”

 

Sen. John Thune, (R-SD) posted an article from the Washington Free Beacon on his website, “Fourth Anniversary of Obamacare Brings Billions in Costs to Economy” that cited a report by the American Action Forum that concluded that “From a regulatory perspective, the law has imposed more than $27.2 billion in total private sector costs, $8 billion in unfunded state burdens, and more than 159 million paperwork hours on local government and affected entities.” Sen. Thune said, that “Four years after Obamacare became the law of the land, millions of Americans have little but canceled policies, fewer choices, and skyrocketing costs to show for it. From seniors to young adults, to middle-class families, and small businesses, Obamacare has been to be an equal opportunity offender…people living under this law are acutely aware of the harm Obamacare is causing in their lives.”

 

I have held back from writing about Obamacare because so many others are doing so, but it is impossible to hold back from declaring it the worst law ever passed by Congress and to urge readers to vote to the polls in the November midterm elections and remove from office those Democrats who voted for it and are seeking reelection.

 

distressThere is little need for me to do an Obamacare analysis, but I can recommend one that appeared in The Weekly Standard on February 17. Those who have been following the history of lies and broken promises will find it a detailed study. Is author, Christopher Conover, summed it up saying that “Obamacare has failed miserably on nearly every major promise made about it. The processes used to enact and implement the law have been tarnished by actions of questionable legality and a pervasive lack of transparency.”

 

The ultimate impact of Obamacare on the economy must wait for a calculation, but the demand for its repeal must increase to a point where a future Congress must respond to the voter’s demand. Without that, we are headed for an economic collapse.

 

© Alan Caruba, 2014

Seven Hard Truths Liberals Just Don’t Want To Hear – Kurt Schlichter.

Seven Hard Truths Liberals Just Don’t Want To Hear – Kurt Schlichter.

 

It’s difficult to understand liberals when you don’t live in their sheltered cocoon of participation trophies, faux caring and feel-good lies.

Those of us who labor in the real world – who built this country, who make it work and who defend it – deal with reality. Most liberals don’t. And that can be baffling, because when they speak they sound like visitors from the planet Nimrod.

Now, some liberals do understand the real world. They are the cynical liberal icons, the ones who know their entire ideology is a scam designed to wring power and wealth from the gullible.

They are the rich ones who cry about poverty and racism then gleefully consign poor and minority kids to public school failure factories by doing the bidding of their unionized teacher partners and torpedoing educational choice. Their own kids wouldn’t get within a mile of an inner city public school, except maybe to swing by in the Mercedes C-Class they got for their 16th birthday to buy some weed from the gangbangers infesting it.

These liberals are the ones who demand we double energy prices and trade in our cars for seats on scuzzy busses driven by union drones because of global warming. The fact that it never actually gets any warmer won’t stop a liberal from hopping into his private jet and flying off to ink a deal to sell his network to some Mideast oil sheik for a zillion petro dollars.

Hard Truth Number 1: If you are a liberal who really believes that your liberal heroes actually believe in liberalism, you are a sucker and a fool. Maybe even foolish enough to let your daughter take a drive with one across a bridge.

Hard Truth Number 2 concerns the minimum wage and the delusion that labor should be valued not between those who provide it and those who pay for it, but by you based upon your own subjective notion of “fairness.” The hard truth is that you are worth precisely what an employer will pay for you, and nothing more.

Take it from someone who employs a bunch of people – if I have to pay more for you at the unskilled bottom of the ladder, assuming I don’t cut low-end positions, that money is coming out of everyone else’s raises. Yeah, you warm, wonderful, caring, and compassionate paternalists supporting raising the minimum wage are going to pay for it, because I’m sure as hell not.

Unlike many of you liberals, I started out flipping burgers at the Foster City Carls, Jr., for $3.10 an hour. I didn’t have one of those fake internships or create one of those bogus charities high school kids today manufacture to impress the admissions flunkies at overpriced, underworthy colleges. I worked. I hated it, but I learned valuable skills. These skills made it so that today I don’t have to bag fries, mop out toilets or toil as Michael Moore’s muffin wrangler.

Here’s Hard Truth Number 3: If you need government to set you a “living wage,” it’s because you have failed to make yourself worth a living wage. A higher minimum wage is merely a subsidy to ensure you don’t have to put in the effort necessary to earn what you want. I’m unclear why your failure to work hard, gain skills and not do the stupid things that lead a 30 year old to be making minimum wage morally compels me to give you my money.

Next is Hard Truth Number 4: You shouldn’t have kids if you can’t afford them. A corollary to this self-evident concept is that you shouldn’t have sex unless you can pay for your own birth control. Those of us who don’t choose to live lives of chaos should not have to be taxed money from our kids so the government can give it to your kids because you are too lazy, stupid and/or drug-addled to support them yourself.

That brings us to Hard Truth Number 5: Liberalism depends on a huge number of Americans being losers who can’t support themselves. Broken or nonexistent families are the root of most of society’s pathologies, and they are also essential to the Democrat demographic model. The party’s very existence depends on there being a pool of serfs desperate for handouts distributed by Democrat overlords. If 90% of Americans were self-sufficient and refused to trade their dignity for a few scraps in the form of various welfare payouts, there would be no modern Democrat Party.

In other words, your party must keep you poor, ignorant and helpless to survive. The Democrat mascot shouldn’t be the donkey; it should be the tick.

Here’s Hard Truth Number 6: Your biggest problem is you. Now, a lot of people resent this truth – they say it’s “blaming the victim.” But most of the time, the purported “victim” is to blame. Did you drop out of school? Choose to use drugs? Have a couple kids with a couple losers? See, if so, you aren’t a victim of circumstance. A victim of circumstance is someone struck by lightning or attacked by a gang of thugs in a Democrat-run city. You’re a recipient of consequences.

It’s not a tragedy when bad things happen to people who make bad choices. It’s a tragedy when we lie to them by validating their failures and then try to ameliorate those consequences by taking money from people who did all the right things.

And that leads to Hard Truth Number 7: This can’t go on.

Lady Thatcher famously formulated that, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” And you will. The most amusing argument for raising the minimum wage is that all this new money paid to people who aren’t worth it will get spent and gin up the economy. But the problem with this private sector stimulus idea is a foundational one: Where does the money come from to pay all these higher wages? From the magic dollar tree behind Mr. Pennybags’s mansion?

Liberalism is magical thinking promulgated by cynical exploiters upon the eternally gullible and the chronically lazy. It’s a political Ponzi scheme, and today’s participants are the unlucky marks coming in at the end of the grift.

Liberalism will collapse of its own dead weight. And when it does, you true believers better be ready for the hard truth that there is no such thing as a free lunch.

So Chicken Little, What’s Next? – Tea Party Nation

So Chicken Little, What’s Next? – Tea Party Nation.

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Here’s an idea I got after reading some comments on my last post. Let’s play a little game. Since the manufactured crisis of Global Warming has now officially been debunked by The American Physical Society, the world’s largest and most prestigious professional association of Physicists, the political left will be scrambling to find that efficient replacement doomsday scenario. What will it be? While global warming itself was so laughably moronic on its face, you still have to admit that the political left scored a lot of points with it. It won them elections, was invaluable in the strengthening of the EPA, almost got Cap and Trade inflicted upon us, helped to convince 54 Million Americans to eschew free market economics in place of Marxism in order to help save the planet. It even managed to convince us to make the sale of 50 Cent incandescent light bulbs illegal, in deference to a $6 product that only works about 50% of the time. This bulb by the way gives off a crappy quality of light and requires a Hasmat team should one break in a populated homestead.

The real question is, what’ll be the next gimmick for Chicken Little to scare us with? I have some ideas, and hopefully others will be able to help me with more. The fun comes in when we wait to see who’s right and who’s wrong. By the way, what will not happen is that the scare mongering stops. So, we’ll get treated to some reason why we must kiss our individual property rights, free speech rights, right to keep and bear arms, right to be secure in our person and papers, right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, good bye.

Option 1: Global Cooling

Don’t laugh, after all, this is what global warming replaced. This theory was popular in the early 70′s, when smog was going to block out our friend Mr. Sun on a permanent basis. This theory even managed to make the cover of Time Magazine, (genuflect when you read that name to yourself.)

ImagePros: Now that the American Physical Society has pretty much spelled out that we are at some sort of temperature high point and that a global cooling period is as likely as any increase in temperatures, scaring people that things are going to reduce to zero and that Polar Bears will no longer have water to swim in may be a safer bet to hedge those previously failed predictions. People in general dislike snow much more than they do sunny days, and letting them know that fossil fuel burning snow removal devices are causing things to deep freeze rather than heating the planet up might be the all around smarter play. Quite frankly, they should have stuck with that meme to begin with.

Cons: While the concept of Americans in general possessing an adult memory has come into question recently, I would hope that they’ll be able to remember the great global warming hoax that they’d just been conned with. Scaring people with burn baby burn, and then flipping the 180 on them might raise some suspicions, even amongst the terminally gullible. I want that to be true anyhow.

Option 2: Ozone Depletion

This one was another favorite of the late 70′s and early 80′s. We even managed to see nightly Ozone reports on the national news for a few months time, and then something magical happened. Some bothersome scientist somewhere pointed out that Ozone, and a lot of it, is created every time lightning strikes. That smell you associate with rainfall, yep, that’s Ozone. Once airline pilots and astronauts told us of massive lightning strikes reaching upwards into the upper atmosphere, even more prevalent in thunderstorms than the ones that struck downward towards terra firma, the jig on that one ended pretty quickly. After some attempts to delineate between, “good,” Ozone and, “bad,” Ozone failed, the nightly reports on news casts as to how soon we’d all be dead due to radiation sickness subsided. (Yes, Earth lasted far longer already than the Ozone tales predicted we would.)greenenergy

Pros: The Ozone layer is really far away from us, invisible, and yet scary to think of as being so delicate that it may one day disappear. This scare tactic from yore was so effective that it convinced every teen aged girl in America to stop using aerosol hair spray in deference to the more, “ecologically sound,” and far less convenient spray pump counter part. With no real noticeable effects to measure, we will be totally reliant on any data fed to us by the reporter types who appear on our televisions. They’ve already shown how much they like a good ghost story to scare the pajesus out of everyone. Something we can’t see, can’t verify, can’t refute, and can’t measure makes a grand one of those. It’s literally the perfect boogie man.

Cons: We’ve seen this one before. Add to that, the small fact that we already know how to manufacture as much Ozone as we would ever want, and in fact, Ozone itself is one of those gases that the EPA currently lists as a pollutant, and what you’re left with is a serious non threat. Besides, did anyone really ever believe that aerosol spray from canisters sold in drug stores actually floated all the way up to the very edge of our atmosphere? Talk about gullible, jeez Louise.

Option 3: Earth Quakes caused by Fracking

Even the word fracking sounds sinister. That by the way I believe must have been by design somehow. The industry term for Hydraulic Fracturing had historically been Fracing, and adding the k gives it a whole new connotation, as in, “we’re fracked.” Let’s face it, the whole Chicken Little scenario has been employed to halt economic prosperity through stopping all energy production anyhow, and what better way to do that than via the direct route. It is not the effects of using energy that is evil with this scenario, it is the act of actually producing it in the first place. This represents a subtle variation on an earlier line of attack, but it’s directness is beautiful in its simplicity.mywork

Pros: As I stated before, it cuts out all of the middle men. It is also a brand new approach. With the advent of the 24 hour news cycle, any Earth Quake of any magnitude that previously went unreported, and mostly unnoticed, is now blared from every television with functioning sound. It will be easy to convince people who don’t bother to read any more that Earth Quakes are on the rise, or that they’re more severe than they were as compared to the paleolithic era for example. Within days of this meme receiving the go order from the political left, we’ll see the television news reporting on, “another fracking caused Earth Quake occurred in our nation’s heartland today.”

Cons: Fracing has been around and in practice since the 1940′s. There are about a Million or so Fracing operations already in place today, and have been for quite some time now. They have Earth Quakes in other nations which do not utilize the technology, and we’ve had them here, even before fossil fuels were burned or drilled for at all. All of this went on, unnoticed, and there was no agency, person, scientist, or scare monger who thought, gee, why are there suddenly more Earth Quakes today than before. That is because there aren’t more Earth Quakes today than before, and those that are happening are no more powerful or less powerful than those that happened before. We’ve known for a long time what does cause Earth Quakes, and it is not anything that we as human beings can do a darned thing about.

Option 4: Space Aliens

Yes this one was thrown in just to be silly, but before you laugh, hear me out. This very laughable, moronic theory was posited on CNN as a possible explanation for what may have happened to Malaysian Air Flight 370. Not only did the CNN host say it with a straight face, pose the question to the panel with the exact same gravity as every other possibility, but he even pressed a follow up question when the panelist shot him down. Also mentioned on the same segment was the specter of a Black Hole literally swallowing the airplane, (and I know that those of you with the slightest knowledge of science are laughing right now,) along with the involvement of the Bermuda Triangle. It is simply astounding how tolerant of nonsense we Americans truly are. What is even more astounding is how many of us actually believe that not only have space aliens visited Earth, but still live here among us today.

Pros: This one will require no proof, and will always be based upon the absurd. Paul Krugman, the favored economist of the political left has himself posited the theory in a serious manner that by convincing Americans that we needed to prepare for a pending, if false, invasion by space aliens, the resulting Keynesian stimulation of the economy would be a net positive for all of humanity. Meaning that his advice to any Democrat President to get us out of economic trouble was to lie to the American People and tell us that we were about to be invaded by space aliens. This was in an actual op-ed penned by Krugman and printed in the New York Times. The mere absurdity alone makes it impossible to prove the negative. It would be like me saying, prove your great grand parents were not born on Mars. Think about it. If you’re being intellectually honest with yourself, it’s tougher than you think.

Cons: Absurd is only going to last for very long. It’ll be a temporary fix at best. Besides that, who says the aliens are bad, don’t like us burning fossil fuels, aren’t coming here because we burn them and they want to live in a world with people smart enough to use the resources offered up by the home world? That’s the thing with imaginary aliens, their motivations need to be imagined up as well. For that nonsensical matter, how would we know that the imaginary aliens won’t take our attempts to limit our Carbon emissions as a personal insult? This option leaves too much open to turn the tide of the game. If they can make crap up, so can we.cartoongwcausesstuff

You’ll notice that I have a poll on the top right of this blog, please vote, and let me know which one you feel most likely to the next Chicken Little doomsday scenario. Leave a comment if you have one that I’ve missed, (which is likely,) and I’ll try to add them to the poll.

Guys, I could not figure out how to embed the poll within the post itself, nor how to include it here at this site. If one of the smarter gurus of blogging would like to help me out with it, or if you just want to link back to my place to log a vote, please do so.

Cross Posted from Musings of a Mad Conservative.

Joe Biden Thinks Americans are Stupid and the President is a Saint » Eagle Rising

Joe Biden Thinks Americans are Stupid and the President is a Saint » Eagle Rising.

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Joe Biden is a political animal. He has survived years of Washington, D.C. mostly thanks to the amount of B.S. that liberals seem willing to buy from him. For the last six years, the Obama administration has done their level best to shield Crazy Uncle Joe from the rest of America, and has mostly succeeded. However, they just can’t seem to keep him under wraps 100% of the time… and it is those times that we Americans learn the most about the Obama administration.

Well, Joe’s done it again… this time letting all of America know that the Obama Administration thinks America is filled with idiots.Image

“It’s complicated, so we shouldn’t be surprised that it’s complicated for people who have never thought they’d be able to have insurance. No matter how good the bargain is, it’s especially challenging for folks who are looking at it for the first time.  That’s why they’re so vulnerable. With patience and empathy, you look these people in the eye.  And the first thing you do is you calm them down. The first thing you do is let them know that there’s no reason to be embarrassed that it’s complicated.

How many people have you spoken to you can tell by the look on their face they’re almost embarrassed to asks you the questions, because they don’t want to feel stupid?”

Yep. You’re an idiot that cannot be trusted to figure out the difficult issues that are built into buying healthcare from the government.

Obamacare Before and AfterIs Joe Biden projecting? Does he really believe that most Americans would avoid Obamacare for fear of feeling unintelligent? “Hey, an unforeseen medical expense may cost me hundreds of thousands… but at least I won’t feel dumb asking someone how to answer this question!”

No, Joe.

The reason Americans hate Obamacare is because it needlessly makes healthcare exponentially more expensive while also adding in the impracticality of bureaucracy and the incompetence of government. Obamacare is a perfect storm of terrible – expensive, impractical and incompetent — and that’s why we don’t want it.

joe-biden-idiotDid you notice, though, that Biden grew even more ridiculous as the speech went along? At one point suggesting President Obama should be sainted for his patience.

“My boss, my friend Barack Obama, is an incredibly patient man. I suggested, after going through the first couple weeks, I would nominate him for sainthood …that he kept his patience.”

Right.

The President shoves Obamacare down our throats against our will and then fails to provide the proper oversight to make sure the program is a) rolled out properly and b) that it works. What Joe Biden apparently fails to recognize is that the Obamacare debacle would have never happened had President Obama not been a complete failure of an executive. The American people (who didn’t vote for Obama) are the ones who deserve sainthood! We’re the ones not revolting against the oppressive socialist regime of an incompetent leftist president who can’t even build a website properly. Worse, he can’t even spend millions to order someone else to build a website properly!BidenMoron

So no, Joe, we’re not stupid and your boss doesn’t deserve sainthood.

You’ve got it backwards.

Your boss is an idiot, and we deserve to be sainted for having to put up with his uselessness.

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