Wanna see a guy with hair plugs appear utterly delusional? Watch this short 1:06 clip, then. Money quote: “Our Energy Policy’s the Best It’s Ever Been“. If the GOP has a lick of sense (and I have no reason to believe that they do), they will play this snippet over and over until November.
What, the algae isn’t coming along as swimmingly as The One thought it would? Anywho, details:
President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron discussed the possibility of releasing emergency oil reserves during a meeting on Wednesday, two sources familiar with the talks said, the first sign that Obama is starting to test global support for an effort to knock back near-record fuel prices. Obama raised the issue during a broad bilateral meeting at the White House, according to a UK official with knowledge of the discussion.
The Strategic Petroleum Reserve is intended to buffer against supply problems in the case of a national emergency. In this case, we’ve identified what the “national emergency” really is, via NRO:
The “emergency” would seem to be Obama’s poll numbers. Then again, this seems to be a Democratic candidate tradition; Al Gore called for the same move while running for president in 2000.
Oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve has been sold five times in its history: Most recently in 2011 during the conflict in Libya; in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina; a sale of $227 million worth of oil during fiscal year 1996 to reduce the federal budget deficit; in 1990-1991 during Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and a small “test sale” in 1985.
I’m confused, though. Chairman Zero has been telling us that there’s nothing a president can do to affect oil prices. Then why bother doing this, if that’s true? Unless, of course, it’s not policy-based, but #ss-saving-based.
Exit question: If drilling is, as B.O. and his minions absurdly insist, a “faulty short-term solution”, then just what the h3ll is releasing drops from the oil reserve?
I don’t want to ever hear a liberal lament gas prices. When Uhhhhh-bama was running in 2008, he said he’d be totally cool with higher gas prices. So when a liberal complains about the cost of fuel, I’d simply remind them that B.O. is only sad that gas is at $4 and not higher.
Anywho, his environut Energy Secretary said he didn’t care about high gas prices. Of course, considering this is the same tool who said he wanted Europe’s ludicrous gas prices here, this should come as no surprise:
High gasoline prices will make research into such alternatives more urgent, Chu said.
“But is the overall goal to get our price” of gasoline down, asked Nunnelee.
“No, the overall goal is to decrease our dependency on oil, to build and strengthen our economy,” Chu replied. “We think that if you consider all these energy policies, including energy efficiency, we think that we can go a long way to becoming less dependent on oil and [diversifying] our supply and we’ll help the American economy and the American consumers.”
There you go. Just keep them tires inflated and get tune-ups, people.
Newt blasted Chu and had some career advice:
“President Obama must announce today in his Nashua address that he is firing Secretary Chu and replacing him with a pro-American-energy appointment,” said a statement from Gingrich, who cited a POLITICO story about Chu’s appearance before a House Appropriations subcommittee.
“If he doesn’t, then the American people will know the president is still committed to his radical ideology, which wants to artificially raise the cost of energy,” Gingrich added.
“Yesterday [Obama’s] secretary of anti-energy Dr. Chu literally testified in Congress that he did not favor lowering the price of gasoline, that they had no alternative policy to lower the price of gasoline and that his goal was to get us on to other things,” Gingrich said.
“Dr. Chu is apparently a brilliant scientist,” the Republican presidential hopeful said. “I’m for allowing him to go back to science as rapidly as possible. In fact I suspect the American people would chip in to buy the airplane ticket later on today.”
Oh, here’s a kneeslapper: Chu said he’s been a pretty awesome steward of our money, giving himself a good solid A-. Yeah…an A-minus:
CBS News counted 12 clean energy companies that are having trouble after collectively being approved for more than $6.5 billion in federal assistance. Five have filed for bankruptcy: The junk bond-rated Beacon, Evergreen Solar, SpectraWatt, AES’ subsidiary Eastern Energy and Solyndra.
Throw in the Keystone Pipeline decision, and it’s clear that this administration is lethally hostile to American energy production.
Here’s the thing: These morons think that if gas gets too expensive, people will demand alternative energy. But here’s the thing: we HAVE been demanding alternative energy, since the Carter years (which seem to have apparently returned). But until alternative energy is mass available, fills our energy needs in the same or better ways as fossil fuels, and doesn’t cost us an arm and a leg, it is NOT going to happen! Driving up the cost of energy by refusing to increase domestic oil production is like refusing to get a job (boy, liberals can relate to that, huh?) because you’re waiting to win the lottery: stop wasting your time, because it isn’t going to friggin’ happen!
Please. For the love of God and all that is holy. Get his economic illiterate Marxist ideologue the hell out of our House come November.
No other way to polish that turd, liberals. Details:
President Obama’s United States Department of Agriculture has delayed shale gas drilling in Ohio for up to six months by cancelling a mineral lease auction for Wayne National Forest (WNF). The move was taken in deference to environmentalists, on the pretext of studying the effects of hydraulic fracturing.
“Conditions have changed since the 2006 Forest Plan was developed,” announced WNF Supervisor Anne Carey on Tuesday. “The technology used in the Utica & Marcellus Shale formations need to be studied to see if potential effects to the surface are significantly different than those identified in the Forest Plan.” The study will take up to six months to complete. The WNF study reportedly “will focus solely on how it could affect forest land,” despite the significance of hydraulic fracturing to united proponents of the delay, “and not how it could affect groundwater.”
“The President’s plan is to simply say ‘no’ to new energy production,” House Natural Resources Committee chairman Doc Hastings, R-Wash, said to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar during a hearing pertaining to hydraulic fracturing. “It’s a plan that is sending American jobs overseas, forfeiting new revenue, and denying access to American energy that would lessen our dependence on hostile Middle Eastern oil.” …
Gotta keep the treehuggers happy, right? Sure, it keeps the eocnomy in the crapper and keeps us just as dependent on foreign energy sources. But hey, at least the environuts are pleased, right?
Lefties in the 1990′s: Bill Clinton SO deserves credit for the US economy! Lefties today: Rick Perry deserves NO credit for the TX economy!
There’s a logical fallacy known as post hoc ergo propter hoc, which means “after this, therefore because of this”. Basically, it means that it’s illogical to assume that simply because event B happens after event A, then that must mean that event B was caused by event A. Example: In 1912, the Titanic sank. In 1914, World War I broke out. Therefore, the sinking of the Titanic caused the outbreak of WW I. Absurd, right?
Well, in 1994, Republicans took control of both chambers of Congress, when Bill Clinton was as popular as a prostate exam by Dr. Edward Scissorhands. Bubba had passed, with the newly deposed Democrats controlling both chambers at the time, a massive tax increase, which caused the economy to stumble in 1993 and 1994. When the Republicans took over, they dragged Bubba away from his mistresses long enough to sign a bill that included, among other business-friendly features, a reduction in the capital gains tax. After that, the economy began to take off. So all he did was sign a bill that he didn’t want and didn’t like, constructed by those evil pro-business Republicans. That’s it. Nothing else.
So what did the left and the MSM (pardon the redundancy) do? “Well, Clinton got elected in 1992 and the economy took off in late 1995 and early 1996. Therefore, the economy improved because of Bill Clinton.” Interestingly, when Reagan signed tax CUTS into law in the 1980′s and the economy began to boom, the MSM paid as much attention to that inconvenient truth as Barney Frank pays to a 42DD bikini-clad blond. But I digress.
The left loved giving Bubba credit that he was not due. They could not point to a single policy position that BJ championed into law. All we were told was “the economy is great, and it’s Clinton’s doing!” No explanations were necessary. He got elected and re-elected, the economy hummed, and…well, just connect the dots, you rubes! Post hoc ergo propter hoc.
What a difference a decade (and a party affiliation later) makes, huh?
The new lefty talking point is that while the national economy sucks under ObaMao, which by the way is NOT his fault, the Texas economy is roaring along, which by the way is NOT Rick Perry’s credit to take. Apparently, the same economy that B.O. inherits and blames his ills on is NOT the same economy that Perry inherited in TX. Funny, that. So now, the left is trying to say “Well, the only reason that TX is doing better than everywhere else is because (insert excuse du jour here)!” The current talking point: TX is an oil-rich state, so that and that alone is why TX is doing well.
Slate is riding that pony for all it is worth. The trouble is that this pony is worth nothing. James Taylor at Forbes (he’s seen fire and he’s seen rain ) does a masterful job demolishing that pathetic argument, noting that Perry has had the wisdom to implement energy-friendly policies and the courage to fight the envirokooks (especially those at the federal level) who have tried and continue to try to shut down Texas’ oil industry. (Sidebar: Taylor rightly notes that it’s funny how NOW, after 2.5 years of fighting oil production under Chairman Zero, the left FINALLY acknowledges that oil production is vital to improving the economy. I don’t think that’s the argument they wanted to make, but make it they did! )
Additionally, Perry has championed business-friendly policies for a decade now, and not coincidentally, Texas is now #1 in the nation in business-friendly states (my current state of FL is #2). Reduced regulations on businesses, no crippling anti-capitalist policies, etc., have enticed many a businesses to leave less friendly states (goodbye, Cali!) and move to Texas. Those businesses have taken their tax base with them, so nice work, blue states!
Anywho, my point: the left is a bunch of mindless hypocrites who, as usual, feel before they think (apologies if the implication is that at some point they actually DO think). BJC got credit for a good economy, though the left has no idea what, if anything, he did. But these same people crediting BJ would have you believe that Rick Perry is merely a lucky recipient of a good economy, an economy that has excelled while the rest of the nation has floundered. But while BJ can’t point to anything he did to improve the economy, Rick Perry can. And my hunch is that over the next 14 months or so, Perry will have no problem telling you what he did.
Consider this a follow-up to my post yesterday about the MSM embargo on stories linking ObaMao policies and skyrocketing gas prices.
The MSM is acknowledging the toll that gas prices are taking on
normal America Obama’s poll numbers. George Stephanopoulos on GMA:
Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos on Monday described the country’s “gas gripes” over rising fuel costs, adding, “Soaring prices lead to new pain for the President as big oil gets ready to report record profits.” (MP3 audiohere.)
The former Democratic operative turned journalist tried to put the best spin on Barack Obama’s growing problems: “And, Jake, these gas prices are also knocking down President Obama’s poll numbers, which is why he’s out there nearly every day addressing this problem.”
The AP (note the headline, right out of the gate):
Costly gasoline clouds Obama re-election prospects
With gas prices climbing and little relief in sight, President Barack Obama is scrambling to get ahead of the latest potential obstacle to his re-election bid, even as Republicans are making plans to exploit the issue.
No one seems more aware of the electoral peril than Obama himself.
Got that? Our difficulty enduring unreasonable gas prices are dismissed by Snuffalupagus as mere “gripes”, and both Snuffy and the AP reporter think it’s unfair to link gas prices to Obamunist policies. There is still no mention in their discussions about permit moratoriums in the Gulf, or the refusal to open up oil shale lands or ANWR, or how the current prices are all part of ObaMao’s stated plan to “necessarily skyrocket” the cost of energy. Nope, just a bunch of “gas prices are high, and it’s unjustly hurting Obama!”
Nope…no liberal media bias!
The average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline hit $3.86 on April 25, more than $1-a-gallon higher than a year earlier and less than 25 cents away from the record high price of gasoline set in July 2008.
In fact, per gallon prices are more than $2 higher than when Obama took office Jan. 20, 2009. Yet the president has been nearly exempt from criticism on the issue of rising prices, despite a six-month drilling moratorium and more regulatory hurdles for industry.
The Business & Media Institute found that out of the 280 oil price stories the network evening shows have aired since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, only 1 percent (3 stories) mentioned Obama’s drilling ban or other anti-oil actions in connection with gasoline prices.
Nope…no liberal media bias!
The irony of his own words must be lost on him:
President Obama took a dig at the “drill, baby, drill” slogan employed by Republicans and popularized by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin during a speech Wednesday on energy.
The president made an offhand reference to the slogan as an example of the empty rhetoric politicians have used in the past when it comes to energy policy.
“But here’s the thing — we’ve been down this road before. Remember, it was just three years ago that gas prices topped $4 a gallon. Working folks haven’t forgotten that,” Obama said in a speech at Georgetown University, according to prepared remarks. “It hit a lot of people pretty hard. But it was also the height of political season, so you had a lot of slogans and gimmicks and outraged politicians waving three-point-plans for two-dollar gas — when none of it would really do anything to solve the problem.”
Then the president made a departure from his prepared remarks: “You remember, ‘drill baby drill.’ “
So the same sloganeer that gave us “empty rhetoric” as “Change You Can Believe In”, “Hope and Change”, and “We are the one’s we have been waiting for” (among countless other slogans) is now decrying empty slogans? At the same time he drops another tired slogan that “drilling won’t do anything to solve the problem of high gas prices”?
Doesn’t he realize that nothing good happens to him when he goes off of his tele-binky?
To the morons who keep putting these boobs back in Congress: Why do you hate the rest of America? From CNS News:
Appearing at a press conference with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) on job creation, Rep. Andrews said, “I agree with my colleague and friend that drilling for oil off the coast is a problem, not a solution, but let’s get back to the main point here that if the Republicans really believe that was really a job-creating idea, why don’t they put it on the floor?”
Here’s a typical left-wing canard right here:
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a member of the House Budget Committee, said there would be no “immediate” reduction of gas prices from more drilling.
Using that “logic” (and when it comes to liberals, I use that term loosely), why bother eating healthy or exercising, since you’re not going to see the “immediate” reduction in weight? Pass the extra-meat pizza, dude! Besides, it’s just flat-out not true. Remember when Bush lifted the moratorium on offshore drilling in 2008? Just the promise of lifting the moratorium resulted in the precipitous drop in oil futures prices.
Had these imbeciles not gotten their way during the Clinton years, we would have oil flowing from ANWR by now and available in gas stations and refineries across America. But we were told in 1995 that “it will take at least 10 years before we get the oil out”. Sixteen years and another $3/gallon later, that oil is still in the ground, thanks to the treehuggers.
Exit question: If drilling for oil destroys jobs, does this mean that Brazil’s unemployment is about to skyrocket?
Now, with a seven-year offshore drilling ban in effect off of both coasts, on Alaska’s continental shelf and in much of the Gulf of Mexico — and a de facto moratorium covering the rest — Obama tells the Brazilians:
“We want to help you with the technology and support to develop these oil reserves safely. And when you’re ready to start selling, we want to be one of your best customers.”
Obama wants to develop Brazilian offshore oil to help the Brazilian economy create jobs for Brazilian workers while Americans are left unemployed in the face of skyrocketing energy prices by an administration that despises fossil fuels as a threat to the environment and wants to increase our dependency on foreign oil.
Just to summarize: America exploring for oil, bad. Other countries not named America exploring for oil, good. Notice that Oba-Mao said “we want to help you“? He’d rather keep us dependent on foreign oil, and if he has to help the process along, he’s happy to do it.
This man’s contempt for the country over which he presides his sickening. If America can wean herself off of American Idol long enough to pay attention to this madman, he would be routed out of office at the first possible opportunity.
Exit question: Is it just a coincidence, and not at all reflective of Chicagoland-style corruption and gangsta politics, that Soros is heavily invested in Brazilian oil?
And to think that people perceive the unions that are bankrupting this country as being functional illiterates when it comes to economics! Excerpt:
What’s the best way to get Americans back to work?
Raise taxes, according to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Specifically, he wants to raise the federal gas tax as a means to fund infrastructure spending. “We need a dedicated source of revenue to create infrastructure in this country,” he tells Aaron Task in the accompanying clip.
“We need to create jobs. The best way to do that is through infrastructure development.” Simply maintaining the existing infrastructure in this country will cost $2.2 trillion over five years, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. That doesn’t include Obama’s objective of high-speed rails and green energy projects.
Trumka didn’t say specifically how much he would raise the gas tax, but mentioned he’s shown the President a $256 billion plan to improve infrastructure. If every billion spent on infrastructure creates 35,000 jobs, as he claims, this package would create close to 9 million jobs over the next five years.
By that “logic” (and I use that word loosely), all we need to do is jack gas taxes northward of $10/gal and we’ll be swimming in new jobs! Because those taxes pay for themselves, mind you.
Big Journalism has the story, and it’s well written. In short, the MSM squawked in 2006 and in 2008 with frequent stories about the “pain at the pump”. And they should have reported on it, as you guys were as tired of the ridiculously high gas prices as I was.
But man, what a difference a president’s party makes, huh? As Big Journalism notes, President Kick#ss seems to avoid the MSM criticism that was mercilessly leveled against his predecessor. When he took over in January of 2009, gas was $1.81. Now, it’s $3.00 and climbing. Yet the MSM is quieter than Charlie Rangel at an IRS audit.
But hey, I’m sure the MSM silence is just a big ol’ coinkidink. Nope…no liberal media bias!
I watched a campaign commercial for the FL governor’s race this morning, where Republican Rick Scott played a video clip of Alex Sink stating her undying belief that Obama’s got “right message” and the “right economic plan” to get us moving forward. Since President Steve Urkel took office, Florida’s economy has taken a hit worse than most states.
Add this to the growing pile of evidence that Sink’s judgment about B.O. is a little off, to say the least:
The federal government hired a New Orleans man for $18,000 to appraise whether news stories about its actions in the Gulf oil spill were positive or negative for the Obama administration, which was keenly sensitive to comparisons between its response and former President George W. Bush’s much-maligned reaction to Hurricane Katrina…
Among all the contracts, perhaps none is more striking than the Coast Guard’s decision to pay $9,000 per month for two months to John Brooks Rice of New Orleans, an on-call worker for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, under a no-bid contract to monitor media coverage from late May through July.
Rice told the AP that he compiled print and video news stories and offered his subjective appraisal of the tone of the coverage. “From reading and watching the media I would create reports,” he said. “I reported either positive coverage, negative coverage, misinformation coverage.”
$18k for two months of work, creating reports? Man, propaganda sure is expensive!
Here’s another expenditure that I couldn’t make up even if I worked for Dan Rather:
Yet the government’s new contracting data includes errors and vague entries that make it difficult to identify wasteful spending. It spent $52,000 on a boat charter described merely as “marine charter for things,” with no further explanation.
A. Marine. Charter. For. “Things“. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?
President Kick#ss has no grasp on basic economic principles whatsoever, yet he wants to adopt a central planning command approach. This November, we can stop him dead in his tracks.
When CNN and Anderson Cooper suspend their President Kick#ss worship long enough to crap on his efforts to keep them from doing their job (and kudos to them for finally getting around to doing that, after all these years), it’s safe to say that dude has jumped the shark. Video clip of AC here.
Promise to promote transparency by putting ObamaCare debate on CSPAN: broken. Transparency by trying to control the Internet: um, OK. Transparency by keeping the MSM from showing us how bad the oil spill has mucked up the Gulf: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?
And you leftwing nutjobs thought Bush was the epitome of lacking transparency? Puh-leeze!
Bill Burton, pinch hitting for spokestool Gibbsy…a swing and a miss.
“I think that a little time to himself on Father’s Day weekend probably does us all good as American citizens that our president is taking that time.”
Got that? President Kick#ss hitting the greens “does us all good” as oil continues to belch into the Gulf, despite his pledge that he “will not rest” until the crisis is resolved. Citizens along the Gulf coast probably feel like they’ve been “done” really “good”, huh?
Oprompter celebrates after plugging the d#mned hole…on the 9th green, that is!
Each passing day, this country of ours suffers greatly by the massively incompetent Carter clone occupying the Oval Office. Details:
The panel appointed by President Barack Obama to investigate the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is short on technical expertise but long on talking publicly about “America’s addiction to oil.” One member has blogged about it regularly.
Only one of the seven commissioners, the dean of Harvard’s engineering and applied sciences school, has a prominent engineering background — but it’s in optics and physics. Another is an environmental scientist with expertise in coastal areas and the after-effects of oil spills. Both are praised by other scientists.
The five other commissioners are experts in policy and management.
The White House said the commission will focus on the government’s “too cozy” relationship with the oil industry. A presidential spokesman said panel members will “consult the best minds and subject matter experts” as they do their work.
The commission has yet to meet, yet some panel members had made their views known.
Environmental activist Frances Beinecke on May 27 blogged: “We can blame BP for the disaster and we should. We can blame lack of adequate government oversight for the disaster and we should. But in the end, we also must place the blame where it originated: America’s addiction to oil.” And on June 3, May 27, May 22, May 18, May 4, she called for bans on drilling offshore and the Arctic.
“Even as questions persist, there is one thing I know for certain: the Gulf oil spill isn’t just an accident. It’s the result of a failed energy policy,” Beinecke wrote on May 20.
Two other commissioners also have gone public to urge bans on drilling.
When the White House announced the commission, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and others made compared it with the one that investigated the 1986 Challenger accident. This one, however, doesn’t have as many technical experts.
The 13-member board that looked into the first shuttle accident had seven engineering and aviation experts and three other scientists. The 2003 board that looked into the Columbia shuttle disaster also had more than half of the panel with expertise in engineering and aviation.
Iraj Ersahaghi, who heads the petroleum engineering program the University of Southern California, reviewed the names of oil spill commissioners and asked, “What do they know about petroleum?” (They know two things about petroleum: jack and squat. – Ed.)
But hey, don’t you go thinking he’s some left-wing ideologue who is far more impressed with academic credentials than actual real-world accomplishments, outside the cocoon of the ivory tower idealism detached from reality that academia provides!
The AP ran a story parroting Rahm’s concerns of a GOP takeover of the House this November. Like Rahm, the AP is scared shiiteless. How else to explain this:
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama’s chief of staff is warning about what might happen if Republicans—who have defended BP over the Gulf oil spill—were to run Congress after the fall election.
Rahm Emanuel says the GOP philosophy is to paint BP as the victim. He says Obama will make clear to voters the fundamental differences in how each party would govern.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? You have ONE Congressman from Texas who boneheadedly apologizes to BP, his colleagues rain hell down on him afterwards, yet ONE guy getting rebuked by ALL of his peers constitutes the party’s defense of BP? When they say “Republicans“, doesn’t that imply “plural”, i.e. more than Joe Barton? Rahm the Ballerina can say that defending BP is “GOP philosophy”, and we can dismiss it as the the partisan rhetoric and lies we’ve come to expect from his kind. But one would think the AP would avoid such “opinion as indisputable fact” tactics! Aw, who am I kidding? No one would think the AP would avoid that!
Nope…no liberal media bias!
When he’s not busy flushing his 100% pro-life lifetime rating down the crapper in order to pass ObamaCare, Stupunk likes to pass the time validating conservative criticism that BP’s $20 billion escrow is nothing more than a left-wing slush fund. From RCP (video at link):
Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.): “I think we had to have someone say this is where you can go without limiting your criminal liability or civil liability.For instance, the question is brought up, pay for all of the health care for the people in the Gulf. No, but Ithink those who lost their job, then lost their health care would be legitimate.”
Big government…ya gotta love it. Or not.
Eight days ago, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal ordered barges to begin vacuuming crude oil out of his state’s oil-soaked waters. Today, against the governor’s wishes, those barges sat idle, even as more oil flowed toward the Louisiana shore.
“It’s the most frustrating thing,” the Republican governor said today in Buras, La. “Literally, yesterday morning we found out that they were halting all of these barges.”
Sixteen barges sat stationary today, although they were sucking up thousands of gallons of BP’s oil as recently as Tuesday. Workers in hazmat suits and gas masks pumped the oil out of the Louisiana waters and into steel tanks. It was a homegrown idea that seemed to be effective at collecting the thick gunk.
“These barges work. You’ve seen them work. You’ve seen them suck oil out of the water,” said Jindal.
So why stop now?
“The Coast Guard came and shut them down,” Jindal said. “You got men on the barges in the oil, and they have been told by the Coast Guard, ‘Cease and desist. Stop sucking up that oil.’”
A Coast Guard representative told ABC News today that it shares the same goal as the governor.
“We are all in this together. The enemy is the oil,” said Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Dan Lauer.
The Coast Guard ordered the stoppage because of reasons that Jindal found frustrating. The Coast Guard needed to confirm that there were fire extinguishers and life vests on board, and then it had trouble contacting the people who built the barges.
Glad to see the Coast Guard’s got its priorities straight. They finally gave the green light, after more than 24 hours of delay.
With the feds bungling the oil spill response daily (if not hourly), doesn’t it warm the cockles of your heart knowing that they want to manage our health care with the same level of efficiency?
Folks, I am more than willing to whack one of ours when they mess up. And boy, did this guy mess up:
I’m ashamed of what happened in the White House yesterday,” Barton said. “I think it is a tragedy of the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown, in this case, a $20 billion shakedown.”
He complained that “the attorney general of the United States, who is legitimately conducting a criminal investigation and has every right to do so to protect the interests of the American people, [is] participating in what amounts to a $20 billion slush fund that’s unprecedented in our nation’s history, that’s got no legal standing, and which sets, I think, a terrible precedent for the future.”
“I apologize,” Barton added. “I do not want to live in a country where any time a citizen or a corporation does something that is legitimately wrong is subject to some sort of political pressure that is — again, in my words, amounts to a shakedown. So I apologize.”
“I’m speaking now totally for myself,” he noted. “I’m not speaking for the Republican Party.”
You sure as h#ll aren’t, pal.
While I don’t disagree that Obama and his Chicagoland cronies are shakedown artists, Barton flubbed this one big time. Who, in their right mind, would be defending BP right now (and any time in the foreseeable future)? I mean, it’s correct to note how the bumbling, incompetent administration royally exacerbated the containment and cleanup efforts in the gulf, but let’s not mince words about this: the oil spill itself is BP’s fault, and they need to be held financially responsible. It’s stupid politics, and it’s naive to think otherwise.
Photo from the LA Times. Read the caption under the photo:
Yeah, sure…”oil”. Leave it to the LAT to get something else wrong.
And by “right-wing nutjobs”, I’m referring to…Chris “Leg Tingle” Matthews, Keith “I Love Both of My Viewers” Olbermann, and Howard “Not So” Fineman! Dude, did I fall asleep and wake up in Oppositeworld? Video at RCP, which must be seen to be believed. Select quotes:
Matthews: “Is there a specific direction we’re going in? He didn’t even tell us.”
Olbermann: “It was a great speech if you were on another planet for the last 57 days!”
Howard Fineman: “He wasn’t specific enough.”
Matthews: Ludicrous that he keeps saying [Secretary of Energy] Chu has a Nobel prize. “I’ll barf if he does it one more time.”
Matthews: “I don’t sense executive command.”
Tingles even compared Sir Golfsalot to Carter. For those of you on the left, that is not a good thing.
When President Kick#ss’s slobbering sycophants at MSNBC start questioning his leadership abilities, then you know the dude has officially jumped the shark.
Heh: Dem poll shows more Louisianans approved of Bush’s handling of Katrina than Obama’s handling of oil spill!
Our new Louisiana poll has a lot of data points to show how unhappy voters in the state are with Barack Obama’s handling of the oil spill but one perhaps sums it up better than anything else- a majority of voters there think George W. Bush did a better job with Katrina than Obama’s done dealing with the spill.
50% of voters in the state, even including 31% of Democrats, give Bush higher marks on that question compared to 35% who pick Obama.
Overall only 32% of Louisianans approve of how Obama has handled the spill to 62% who disapprove. 34% of those polled say they approved of how Bush dealt with Katrina to 58% who disapproved.
Exit question: Will President Kick#ss’s speech change this perception?
From President Kick#ss:
“Some of the same folks who have been hollering and saying ‘do something’ are the same folks who, just two or three months ago, were suggesting that government needs to stop doing so much,” Obama said. “Some of the same people who are saying the president needs to show leadership and solve this problem are some of the same folks who, just a few months ago, were saying this guy is trying to engineer a takeover of our society through the federal government that is going to restrict our freedoms.”
Oh. My. Stars.
Fox Nation attacks that stupid, moronic, petulant pseudo-retort from one angle:
Is the president saying that he didn’t react quickly because he was trying to placate Tea Party activists, thus blaming them for the slow response? Obama almost makes it sound like he let the Gulf die to make a point against those who are for smaller, more responsible government, doesn’t he?
Exactly. But I’m attacking it from another angle.
Oilbama doesn’t realize, or he does and he’s just being a jack#ss, that there are some things that the feds are not responsible for getting involved with (i.e. bailing out banks, taking over health care, nationalizing auto companies, etc.) and there are things that the feds are responsible for managing (i.e. environmental disasters, protecting federal waters, etc.). Tea Partiers are not clamoring for bigger government, President Urkel! They’re clamoring for the government to actually do something efficiently that it is supposed to be doing anyway. Dude, you suck at comparisons!
Worst. President. Ever.
The Pansy-in-Chief’s thug roots are showing. Quote:
I don’t sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar, we talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick.
Whatev, Barry. But hey, way to look presidential!
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Breitbart’s got the video, a montage of President Present (when he was merely Senator Present) blasting the federal government’s response to Hurricane Katrina. Takeaway line: “We’re going to do some hard thinking about how we could have failed our fellow citizens so badly.”
And now, the with Gulf oil spill? B.O. is basically saying “Hey, nothing we can do. It’s BP’s fault. I’m going on vacation.”
Rudy Giuliani on B.O. letting BP handle the oil spill relief effort:
The reality is the Administration has made every mistake it could possibly make right down to the criminal investigation of BP… And, if they’re being criminally investigated then why are we allowing them to do it? If we got a bunch of criminals doing it then why are we allowing them to do it?
Remember when it looked like the topkill method was going to stop the oil spill?
But make no mistake: BP is operating at our direction. Every key decision and action they take must be approved by us in advance. I’ve designated Admiral Thad Allen, who has nearly four decades of experience responding to such disasters, as the national incident commander. And if he orders BP to do something to respond to this disaster, they are legally bound to do it.
Now that it’s apparent the effort failed?
Struggling to convey command of the worsening Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the Obama administration is taking steps to distance itself from BP and is dispatching Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to the Gulf Coast to meet with federal and state prosecutors. The Holder trip could signal that the environmental calamity might become the subject of a criminal investigation.
You gotta love that kind of forceful, authoritative leadership. Or not.
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