After all this time, it has to make me wonder why the President did not just release the birth certificate years ago, when the issue first arose. Is this just more of Obama's game playing?
I could care less about his birth certificate. The thing that concerned me was his blatant disregard for his promise to the American People of more “transparency” in government.
Once again, in his speech yesterday, his tone and rudeness toward the nation is unacceptable. He pretty much told every American that questioned his birth certificate that they were silly. I doubt that every person that questioned the validity of the birth certificate thinks their silly, since this was an idea planted by the President himself with his refusal to produce it.
And lets not forget his “more important things to do”, as he sped off from the press conference to catch a plane for a taping of “Oprah” and more re-election campaigning in New York City. Huh, with the debt crisis, rising inflation, three wars, unemployment increasing, gas and food prices, and his more important things to do is a talk show. Jeez, that's real leadership.
If the birth certificate issue is such a distraction from the real issues that face our nation then why is he still talking about it. From clips of the upcoming Oprah Show he is talking about it, and he continued to talk about it at the three fundraisers that he attended last night. Drop it. Move on, and start addressing the real issues that speeches are given about, but lack of viable solutions and complete lack of action and leadership is what our nation is receiving. read more »
… Get even, or so the saying goes. That’s a bit of an exaggeration, actually. I don’t get mad as such… it’s more of a frustration that I feel boiling up inside. You might think that the current administration, or the looniest of the left, is the cause of this combustible condition.
Well… no. They are what they are. Crazy, misguided, dangerously blinded by their ideology… whatever. But, we know what to expect from them, as does the average Joe when he takes time to look away from reality TV long enough to realize that he too is being hit hard by their Marxist machinations. What I’m talking about is the liberal media, in its many guises… and disguises.
In yesterday’s article, I covered the Letterman-Maher conversation (CBS, Monday night). I use the word ‘conversation’ in its loosest form… it was no more than an exercise in GOP/Conservative/Tea Party bashing. Performances like this are all too common on the major networks. The host gives the liberal guest carte blanche for scathing personal attacks. In sharp contrast, when a conservative guest (a relatively rare occasion) is on the couch, they are put in a defensive posture from the get go.
Political satire has been with us as long as democracy itself. Indeed, it is an important part of that freedom. From the 19th century pencil cartoons, which gave us the elephant and donkey, to stand-up television monologues and edited YouTube videos, it is often amusing regardless of the viewer’s political leanings. read more »
There is probably not a person that owns a vehicle that has not felt the pain at the pump. Has had second thoughts about a trip to the store, and decided that they really don't need to go, because they didn't want to burn up the gold in their tank. Personal home budgets are being revised to try to figure out where they are going to shift money to cover the rising fuel prices. Like most families, conserving gas with less trips, and eliminating the non-essentials in their budget, entertainment, movies, dinners out, trips to the hair and nail salons, anything they can absolutely live without.
I don't think Obama understands this concept. Families are further conserving because of rising food and fuel prices, and are not spending on the non-essentials that are going to improve and grow our economy.
Our Presidents answer is to buy a more fuel efficient car. I don't know too many families that are conserving to extremes to feed their families and keep gas in their cars are going to be running out to buy the latest hybrid.
When the President nominates people like Steven Chu as Energy Secretary. Mr. Chu in September 2008 when interviewed by the Wall Street Journal: read more »
You’re on your own, Trump. Now get lost and stop embarrassing the right.
According to a recent survey by the Associated Press, none of the major potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates or Congressional leaders put any stock in the antiquated, Democrat-devised conspiracy theory known as birtherism, besides Donald Trump.
As quoted in the article, “John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor… say they are satisfied that Obama was born in Hawaii… Mitt Romney and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania have been the most direct in rejecting the birthers’ claims… Haley Barbour accepts the president’s word… Tim Pawlenty told an Iowa audience, ‘I’m not one to question the authenticity of Barack Obama’s birth certificate…’ Michele Bachmann… said: ‘I take the president at his word…’ Sarah Palin… [said], ‘I think that he was born in Hawaii…’ Mike Huckabee has dismissed claims that Obama is foreign-born…”
Other than that, GOP luminaries are unanimous: Obama was born in Kenya!
In addition, we’ve had the following adamant denunciations of the Obama-is-foreign-born theory from prominent right-wingers:
Senator Lindsey Graham: Birthers are “crazy.”
Glenn Beck: The birther theory is “the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.”
Senator Ron Paul: “From my viewpoint, obviously [there's nothing to it], because I never bring it up.” read more »
A regular reader of Skip’s articles, Bill Hallbert, commented that the use of the term ‘Lame Stream Media’ is too polite… that ‘Pravda West’ would be more appropriate. A good point, Bill… one that, along with some events the last couple of days, has inspired me to write this article while sitting in for Skip.
It was my misfortune to catch Bill Maher in conversation with Letterman last night. Naturally, it descended to the depths of old, worn-out attacks on anything right-of-center in a feeble attempt at humor. Donald Trump’s hair, Sarah Palin’s mind, George W. Bush’s presidency and the Tea Party were all precursors to the stage-prompted bouts of applause and laughter.
Letterman was in his element… he could let his guest gush with spiel that reflected his own views and not even have to think about asking any questions… probably a good thing, given the question put to Cote de Pablo (Ziva David) later in the show… “Is there a real NCIS?” Yes, Dave, there’s a real FBI too. And a real US government… or what’s left of it!
After mocking The Donald and Sarah Palin’s brief tenure in a state where “no one lives” (I’m sure that endeared them to the folks in Alaska!), blaming Bush (what’s new?) for the debt crisis (while conveniently omitting the fact that Obama is racking up more debt than all of his 43 predecessors combined), they turned their attention to the Tea Party. read more »
A fox swims across a swollen torrent, giving a stranded snake a ride across on his back after the snake promises not to bite him. When they reached the opposite bank the snake bit the fox. The fox exclaimed “You promised! Why did you bite me?” The snake replied, “I’m a snake. That’s what snakes do.”
It seems that that’s just what the American electorate is at this particular moment in time… Snakebit. We seem genuinely surprised when a snake behaves like a snake. We’ve known for some time what and who Barack Obama is. We also know that he promised to destroy our energy sector. Instead, he would flood the country with solar panels manufactured in and exported back to this country from China.
The scythe-bladed monster wind turbines… you know, the ones nobody wants in their back yard? These wind turbines are another cornerstone of Obama’s leftist energy dream world. Remember when he promised to make it impossible for coal operators to continue to function? Yes, he did. You may not have heard about it since the Lame Stream Media has been devotedly covering for him going ‘way back’.
It didn’t help that not a single Republican stood up to Obama and fought him toe-to-toe. Paralyzed by fear at being called racist, they allowed themselves to sideline and silence themselves as well. We have repeatedly paid for their timidity. read more »
In the latest Rasmussen poll that came out yesterday, 70% of Americans believe that United States is on the wrong track.
Is this a sign that Americans have lost their spirit? And why wouldn't they?
With unemployment over 8% nationally, when economists estimate that it is more realistically around 19%. That only one out of every two home mortgages, the homeowner actually has equity in their home. Rising prices on food and fuel, and now instead of $5 per gallon by Memorial Day, don't be surprised at $6, because it has already reached the $5 mark in many US cities. A President that is more worried about being on the campaign trail, then leading this country. I could keep going, but I think that is depressing enough.
I believe that this is a sign that the American Spirit is stronger than ever. America is saying it is sick and tired of the lack of leadership from the White House. That Americans are realizing that they were duped in the 2008 election.
That this is a sign that Americans are resilient, hard working, survivors and still believe that the American Dream is possible. A clear message for a change of course, and a one term presidency.
As Ronald Reagan said on March 2, 1984:
“The difference between the path toward greater freedom or bigger government is the difference between success and failure; between opportunity and coercion; between faith in a glorious future and fear of mediocrity and despair; between respecting people as adults, each with a spark of greatness, and treating them as helpless children to be forever dependent; between a drab, materialistic world where Big Brother rules by promises to special interest groups, and a world of adventure where everyday people set their sights on impossible dreams, distant stars, and the Kingdom of God. We have the true message of hope for America”. read more »
Shocking, amazing, the Federal Government accumulates an additional $43,759.51 of debt every second, every second. This is what the average American earns per year before taxes.
I encourage everyone to check out the Federal debt at www.usdebtclock.org and watch it for one minute. After watching for one minute, ask yourself two questions: Does the United States Federal Government have a spending problem? Should Congress vote to raise the debt ceiling?
I cannot imagine anyone would not want, better yet, demand the drastic cuts that are needed to slow the clock, and raising the debt ceiling to allow even more borrowing is going to make the debt clock go faster.
Democrats and our Campaigner-in-Chief are hell bent on using scare tactics and baseless rhetoric to achieve their goal, raise taxes.
In yesterdays speech on Facebook, the President calls “their” plan “radical” and not “particularly courageous”. It's a sad state of affairs that every time the President speaks that I am finding myself going to www.factcheck.org to find out what is the truth and what is yet another scare tactic or complete untruth. It's ridiculous and sad that there is not enough faith in what our country’s leader says because he has not kept the promises he made to the American people. read more »
In honor of Tax Day 2011 and Democrats’ impeccably timed renewed push to raise taxes on high income earners, behold the following lessons we’ve learned about economics from liberals in recent times:
• The most innovative and wealth-generating company in the history of the world, Apple Inc., destroys jobs. So sayeth Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr., an iPad owner, who blamed Steve Jobs for taking away jobs from textbook manufacturers and paper mills. In other news, a Democratic Representative from West Virginia excoriated the “automobile” for killing off the horse-and-buggy industry.
• Cutting $352 million from a proposed $3.7 trillion budget is “the functional equivalent of bombing innocent civilians.” This according to D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, who was fuming over the possibility of a government shutdown two weeks ago. Given liberals’ complaints about the size of the military industrial complex and the expense of war, this is quite a bargain. How can we harness this technology of “Miniscule Republican Budget Cuts” to defeat Moammar Kaddafi’s forces in Libya?
• Constraining teachers’ unions’ ability to award themselves extravagant pensions and health care packages no one in the private sector has, thereby continuing to bankrupt states by keeping entitlement spending astronomically high, is good for union members. In contrast, making slight cuts to bloated benefits programs in order to prevent massive layoffs hurts the little guy. This bit of wisdom comes courtesy of the delusional, demonic mobs who swarmed outside the Wisconsin State Capitol trying to undermine Governor Scott Walker’s implementation of his nefarious campaign promise to balance the state budget. read more »
Anyone that has made a trip to the local grocery store recently knows they are paying more at the checkout.
We are paying more at the pump, and lets not forget we are coming upon the customary “summer season”, where we see our annual rise at the pump because of a rise in demand. There are some estimates that we will see $ 5 per gallon by Memorial Day, it's not going to take that long, and once it gets there, that “fictional” number, there is no going back.
If you have been to the local grain store to pick up that bag of chicken, rabbit, alpaca or horse grain. Be prepared to pay more, and at the rate it is rising, you can plan to add your daughters pet rabbit in the backyard as a line item in your personal household monthly budget.
Is this the trickle down effect? Where does it start? What is one of the things that is related to each and every one of these items that prices are rising at impact speed? And no sign of reversing?
What's your is mine and mine is mine!
The useful idiots and the government educated have forgotten or flat out refuse to recognize their role in their own economic destruction. How many times in the course of just recent history have they been the unwitting pawns of the socialist/communist ideologue ruling class elite wannabe’s who have manipulated them “like a harp from hell” to paraphrase. The ruling class elite’s have done their best to obscure the facts on their core belief systems flaws, but anyone who has a modicum of intellect and the willingness to remove the blinders can see the TRUTH!
THEY ARE ONLY IN IT FOR THE MONEY!
Throughout the history of the “OLD WORLD” there has always been a hierarchical or monarchial form of governing not government. The populace was ruled by a single leader that either accepted the council of an elite group usually of elders who were considered wise because they managed to survive into their 30’s, or a council chosen by the ruler to assist him with usually waging war to acquire wealth. This was and still is the predominate form of rule of law for 10,000 plus years. The “communist” and “socialist” countries despite their propaganda to the contrary have a singular “party head” who’s last word is final. The list of these “leaders” of the people is also the history of the greatest mass murderers in this planets history: read more »
There’s an old saying out there, ‘We don’t light the fire, we just stir the soup’. Last week, on the 13th, I wrote that there was a strong affinity for Donald Trump among the Patriot Movement. Apparently, some out there took this as an endorsement of Mr Trump for a presidential run. While there’s no doubt that Mr Trump would be incalculably better than the Marxist incompetent we’re trying to prevent from destroying our nation outright, it was not an endorsement of Donald Trump.
While he undoubtedly has many attributes that are badly needed by our side, he’s also going to be wearing a huge target on his back. They’ll go after him like they’ve gone after Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann. Not that I think that Donald Trump is unable to take care of himself. As he has proven on numerous occasions, he’ll stand up and go toe-to-toe with just about anybody. The reason they’ll attack him is the same as Michele and Sarah. The reason the left is going after these two ladies is that they are absolutely terrified by them. Could you see any of the leftists debating any of these three people in any setting that wasn’t rigged by the Lame Stream Media? No, I can’t either.
The ‘Repubic’ (thank you, Mark Levin) establishment… which could be called the anal establishment, to judge by their actions if not their characters, is none too happy about them either, and would and are doing everything their warped pea-brains can cook up to discredit and marginalize anyone who threatens their stupid, hidebound, hierarchical thinking. Their way of doing things and their inability to confront Democrats for years, in anything other than losing compromise, is largely responsible for the situation we find ourselves in. read more »
Watching the news over the weekend, with the devastating storms that ripped through several states, the tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers.
Today is Patriot's Day in Maine. The “new” Tax Day. Patriot's day is not the reason for the change in our annual Tax Day this year. It was changed for a holiday that actually fell last Saturday in Washington, DC. Still don't quite understand the logic of changing the filing deadline of our tax dollars, that our government needs, for a holiday that falls the day after the eagle has landed.
There was a very quiet victory this week for our nation. Not much media coverage, no debates that I saw on the news or cable news networks, that National Prayer Day, is constitutional. A day that has been set aside since the Second Continental Congress, on July 20, 1775, “a day of public humiliation, fasting and prayer, asking guidance and wisdom for the troubled times ahead”. A day that was chosen annually by the President, until 1988 when it was set to the first Thursday in May by Congress.
Congratulations America, one of your rights has been returned. Choice. Nowhere does it say that you have to pray on National Prayer Day, you have the choice to partake or decline.
America, we need all the help we can get. National Prayer Day is going to closely coincide with the vote to raise the debt ceiling. I hope each and every member of Congress is “asking for guidance and wisdom for the troubled times ahead”, and votes NO to raising the debt ceiling and accumulating additional debt.
This morning the S & P has down graded the long term outlook of our nations debt to negative from stable, although we still have a “AAA” credit rating, because the bills are still being paid, but the stock market is dropping like a rock this morning. The world is taking notice that the American financial house is in serious trouble, and our Federal Government is doing very little about it to reverse the direction that is leading straight to bankruptcy. read more »
Another brilliant move on the part of the Obama Administration.
Officials have let it slip that the CIA has operatives on the ground in Libya.
Shouldn't the proper response be when such a question is raised "neither confirm nor deny"?
Better yet, what is so wrong with outright prevarication in regards to such a matter? Some truths are not necessarily owed at the time they are initially raised.
Doesn't the discerning individual already realize that the great powers, by default, have operatives at work in nearly every other great nation around the globe?
In his speech to the American people, the President assured that the Libyan resistance could be trusted since the ranks of the movement consists of lawyers and doctors.
In other words, these people aren't the common street rabble employed as greeters at the Bengazi Walmart or Tripoli Target (the store that is, not the air strike coordinates).
Interesting how Obama applauds these desert nomads for clinging to their guns and their God but thinks it is somehow a threat to the Republic when the armed theists in question happen to be from Pennsylvania.
In regards to the alleged moral superiority of doctors and lawyers over we mere common laborers, weren't a goodly percentage of Nazi managerial functionaries drawn from the professional classes? As Mark Steyn remarked while filling in as a guest host on the Rush Limbaugh program, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara not only rank respectively among modern history’s most famous lawyers and doctors but also among the discipline's most bloodthirsty revolutionaries as well.
Interesting in the case of Libya how in Obama’s mind doctors somehow rank without investigation among the noblest of civil servants that sacrifice willingly for the good of the broader society. But here in America during the healthcare debate, the President depicted the practitioners of medicine as so lecherous as a whole that such wanton avarice had to be contained by layer upon layer of new bureaucracy.
If Qaddafi threatens to go house to house killing Libyans to put down the revolt, what makes him any worse than Prince Phillip who wants to be reincarnated as a killer virus to decimate world population?
Considering they consider themselves enthusiastic members of Qaddaffi's retinue, Americans must ask if given the chance would Jeremiah Wright and Louis Farrakhan inflict here the kind of bloodshed their patron is in enacting in Libya.
The propriety of intervention in Libya is now sort of a moot point. Given the Lockerbie Bombing, Qaddaffi must now be taken out if for no other reason than to prevent another similar tragedy.
Guess those Americans living in Libya being interviewed by Geraldo realize now living in the trashpile nations of the earth isn't so glamorous after all.
Qaddafi has been a plague upon mankind for decades. This human pustule has been allowed to fester ignored for so long that, no matter what action is taken, the aftermath will infect the world for a long time to come.
by Frederick Meekins
Is there anyone out there that has yet to understand that Barack Hussein Obama, and his radical twisted ideology, is the figurehead of the planned destruction of America? Obama’s speech was one long demagogic rant in which he trotted out all the Marxist saws… it was Saul Alinsky, William Ayers, Frank Marshall Davis and Jeremiah Wright… all over the place. It was communism’s ugly face exposed for all to see.
But that wasn’t the really sleazy sickening part. That came later in the speech when he went down the Marxist wish-list of dependent entitlement recipients, from seniors to autistic and developmentally disabled kids, and everything and everybody in between. It was low… very low.
Watching the news cycles, and reading as many of your comments on the subject as I could get to, has me convinced that the vast majority of Americans haven’t bought it and are not buying it now. His attacks on Paul Ryan and other conservatives was not at all well received out here in the hinterland, and was highly reminiscent of Obama’s excoriation of members of the Supreme Court at his first State of the Union blather. I’d love to see Hizzoner try to debate Paul Ryan.
For the life of me, I never did understand this BS about Hussein the First being some great orator… I think he sucks. He’s got the cadence of a high school cheerleader… must come from having to spend all that time swiveling that lying neck of his back and forth between teleprompters. The problem with that technique is it forces you to deliver in what are stanza-like sentences, and after you’ve heard one you’ve heard them all. That’s why Biden can’t stay awake during one of his glorious leader’s agitprop spiels… and didn’t ol’ ‘Jumpin’ Joe’ do it once before during an Obama slumberfest? read more »
By: Alan Levesque
First Published at: The Daily Pamphlet
Thank God for the nanny state. What would we do without it? In the absence of the nanny state we would be out in the cold with nobody to tell us what to eat, drink, drive, wear, think or feel! We would drive big pickup trucks with no thought given to how the people in France felt about it and our fingers would be perpetually orange from eating salty treats! We would eat until we were full even if that might offend somebody in a third world country. We would heat and cool our homes to a comfortable temperature when surely we should be sweating in penance for our many sins against the planet. We would speak the truth, which is usually not politically correct, instead of dancing around issues. We would raise our kids as God intended rather than following some arbitrary guidelines set by a bureaucrat. In short, without the nanny state we would be lost and forced to just live our lives free from the interference of elitist busybodies intent on sticking their snouts into every facet of our existence "for our own good."
I don't know about you but I get mightily offended when I read about legislative proposals or executive orders that intend to curtail my freedoms based on the assumption that I am too stupid to make my own choices. It is not governments place to enact legislation or issue executive orders for the sole purpose of "guiding" my decisions or anyone else's for that matter. If I want to eat a two pound meatloaf buried in liquid cheese and wash it down with a quart of soda, that is my business. If you want to eat a beansprout for dinner and drink a glass of deionized water, that is your business. I will feel sorry for you but I won't try to stop you. Why? Because it isn't any of my business what you eat. It doesn't concern me in the least. I also reject the false argument that if you don't eat healthy I might have to pony up some tax money for your bypass surgery in twenty years. How much would my percentage of your surgery be? My guess would be pennies. That's a risk I'm willing to take in order to eat as I like.
This brings us to a new development in Massachusetts. The Democrat Mayor of Boston, Thomas Menino, has issued an executive order banning "sugary drinks" from all city properties and functions. The ban is to include sports drinks, soft drinks and juices with added sugar. These items will no longer be available at city run meetings, events, concession stands or vending machines. The Mayor has stated that many Boston residents are overweight and he wishes to make healthy choices easy for them. Isn't that special? The Mayor who has had trouble keeping his own weight down and has had a host of health issues including Crohn's disease, stated at his City Hall presser announcing the order that “I haven’t had a glass of soda in two years.’’ Well good for you sir. I would salute you but I don't want to spill my soda.
It is believed that this executive order could cost vendors as much as 20% of their business as people opt to bring their drinks from home instead of purchasing from them. So the new rules are not only tyrannical but unfriendly to business as well! Fantastic. This appears to be yet another case of a crusading public servant foisting their belief system on a public that just doesn't want it. Of course people can still drink their sodas, but if they want to purchase a sugary drink on city property, the answer will be clear. No pop for you!
By: Alan Levesque
First Published at: The Daily Pamphlet
Often you will hear people in the present administration and in Washington talk about reducing our dependence on oil. At first this sounds fantastic until you realize that they didn't say they wanted to reduce our dependence on foreign oil but simply oil. That's it in a nutshell. They want oil gone. Period. This is why calls to exploit our own God given resources are met with new regulations, denial of drilling permits and mocking derision. While the politicos in Washington have enough faith in science and technology to call for minimum mileage standards that may not even be possible to achieve given current technology, and call for the development of "alternative fuels" and other things that may still be fifty years off in the future, they see no irony in also believing that science can not harness the power of coal or our own oil reserves safely and in an environmentally conscious manner. When the government wants the scientific community to develop unicorn snot as an alternate fuel source, scientists are geniuses but if it is suggested that we could use clean coal technology, or drill for our own oil, scientists are not smart enough to pull it off in the governments view.
I don't have a problem with ending our dependence on oil, domestic or otherwise. As long as there is an immediate and suitable replacement, most thinking people would be on board for this. You see, this is America. We love our cars and trucks. It's a cultural thing. Most of us love the sound of a throaty V8 engine. When you hear the word Mustang do you think of horses or horsepower? A train or two isn't going to cut it for most of us. We require personal transportation in the United States. Much of the country is not set up for mass transit and in most cases the economies of scale are not in place to make it profitable. Like I said, we require personal transportation in the United States. That being the case, we require fuel for our vehicles. Presently, we use mostly gasoline, which of course is derived from that dreaded oil. Getting off of oil would likely produce some beneficial side effects. We would no longer need to be as actively involved in the Middle East for one thing. Might this make us safer and more secure? Quite possibly as unfriendly oil producing nations would have less of our money to fund terrorist groups and other actions against us. If we had a homegrown substitute for gasoline it would boost our GDP and our deficit would be a lower percentage of the GDP. It would create jobs. How many jobs would be created is hard to say as some people would simply transition over to a new industry but it would certainly create some jobs. What if the replacement for gasoline was cheaper than gas or at least stable in price? This would have the net result of allowing people to keep more money in their pockets as their energy costs went down. This would create a ripple effect as the money was spent elsewhere in the economy. This would also calm the markets and remove some of the uncertainty that is holding back the American economy.
So what do we do about this? I'm calling for a "moonshot" type program to get the United States off of foreign and or domestic oil. I'm calling for the federal budget to be stripped clean of all unnecessary spending and the savings allocated towards this undertaking. The benefits of replacing gasoline and diesel with a homegrown equivalent liquid fuel would be enormous for our country. There may be some unintended consequences, but overall I believe it would be a good thing. It would also be far less expensive than you are probably thinking. Why is that you ask? I'll tell you why. It is because we already have this miracle fuel and we have quite a bit of it at that. We presently have two quadrillion cubic feet of known reserves. Put in perspective, this is more energy than all of Saudi Arabia's known oil reserves. It is estimated that we have enough of this fuel right now to last nearly 200 years. That's right, 200 years. Plus we're finding more of this fuel every day. Your car won't go as far on a gallon of this fuel but it only costs about $2.50 per gallon ( about $1.50 per gallon with a home fill unit) and the price is stable and would likely come down once fully exploited.
What is this miracle fuel? Natural gas. The United States has been called the "Saudi Arabia of natural gas." That's how much of it we have. At present about 22% of the electricity generated in the United States already comes from natural gas. Natural gas is clean burning and costs about 70% less than foreign oil. Millions of cars in Europe already run on natural gas and many fleet vehicles within the U.S. do as well. Why do we need a "moonshot" to make this happen? Simple. While the technology exists and is proven, and we have the gas, there doesn't appear to be a recognition on the part of government of the need to do this or the political will to do it. There are some hurdles to overcome. Some are regulatory hurdles and some are infrastructure related. While any internal combustion engine can be converted to run on natural gas, kits are only available for a select few models of vehicles utilizing a select few engine families. Presently, converting your existing car or truck is an expensive undertaking and there are few places that are certified to do it. There are only about 1500 fueling stations nationwide making the act of "getting gas" more difficult. There are home fueling stations available but we need more public fueling stations.
To make this work we need to fast track the certification of more repair facilities to perform conversions on existing vehicles. This would lower the price considerably and there is legislation pending in Congress that would allow for tax credits for converting an existing vehicle. There are tax credits already available for purchasing a new natural gas powered vehicle. Conversion kits need to be made available for many more engine families. Getting a kit certified costs as much as $200,000.00 right now. This really is an insignificant amount when you realize that this would likely be done by large auto makers who could amortize the expenditures over a number of years. Also there is a finite number of engines which would cap their costs. The benefits of getting in front of this could be huge for an automaker and well worth the expense. Perhaps the government could back off on some of their more egregious regulations and mandates to the automakers in exchange for the automakers footing the bill for this? More pumps need to be installed across the country. This is a case where the government needs to get involved. People will not convert unless and until they see the natural gas pump right next to the regular unleaded. Station owners will not install the pumps until people start pulling into their filling stations demanding it. It's a catch 22 and it appears that some incentive will need to be put forward to get the station owners to act.
There needs to be a coordinated effort on the part of business and government to educate people and make this happen. Natural gas is our best hope to become truly energy independent and it is only a matter of time before attitudes and the free market catches up to this fact. The sooner we do this, the sooner we can start reaping the benefits. Or we could simply do nothing and wait for the scientists to capture the power of unicorn snot.
By: Alan Levesque
First Published at: The Daily Pamphlet
It's strange to see violent protests in America. We are by nature a country that recognizes and respects the legislative process. While many people made their views known regarding the egregious Obama care law, it was passed against the will of the American people and for the most part they took it in stride. Sure, they vowed to work towards its repeal and or replacement but stopped short of the type of lawless behavior we are now seeing from the radical left in Madison, Wisconsin in response to attempts to curtail public employee union power.
It is interesting to note that upon passage of the Obama care law, the collective left told conservatives to "suck it up" and to "stop being cry babies" despite the fact that it was a horribly flawed law that could not be passed without a great deal of shenanigans and accounting tricks. In one voice the left stood up and gave a collective "Nana Nana Boo Boo" as we were told to "sit down and shut up" and that they had won. Now that the Birkenstock is on the other foot we are told that they won't accept the legislative process. They plan to obstruct Governmental business by squatting in the capitol rotunda and blocking the movements of legislators. They are moving to recall legislators as well as the Governor. I stated earlier that it's strange to see violent protests in America and it is. It is also a part of American history and part of the fabric of our great nation that people have the right to peaceably assemble. Unfortunately, this does not appear to be peaceable assembly. The apparent goal here is to achieve their ends through fear and intimidation and Republican legislators have in fact received death threats. So much for the new civility. I guess that only applies to Republicans and independents.
We have witnessed first hand, all manner of crimes against property and person in the last few weeks. From trespassing to battery, the far left is out in force attempting to advance their twisted agenda. Some high minded theories floated by the left this week included the supposition that people are not entitled to the money they earn, that the country is not broke but in fact is flush with cash, and my personal favorite, that wealth is a national resource to be shared by all. Of course all of these theories, beliefs and fantasies are factually incorrect and wholly inconsistent with the founding principles of the country. The fact that Americans can even utter this nonsense with a straight face is blood curdling. The mask has been removed from the far left and they are now showing their true colors and they are not red white and blue. They say that they are patriotic and only want what's best for the country but the philosophies being espoused are pure unadulterated Marxism. I do not believe that anybody pushing a Marxist agenda for the United States can possibly have her best interests at heart. One has to wonder how these same people are going to react to the events and circumstances that are most certainly heading our way soon. Food and fuel prices are through the roof. Cities, faced with declining tax revenues are cutting back on road repairs and other essential services. Will those on the left who feel that they have been "unfairly" hurt by these circumstances take to the streets demanding to be given the fruits of others labors? I sincerely hope not but fear that they will.
It's ironic that the same supposedly altruistic people who talk about "sharing the wealth" are willing to exhibit some very ugly behavior to keep what they feel is rightfully theirs and take what is rightfully yours. That is, in effect what they are doing in Madison right now. Concessions aside, they want, and expect, the taxpayers, many of whom no longer have any hope of a comfortable retirement, to pay for theirs. They want, and expect, the taxpayers, many of whom no longer have any health insurance, to pay for theirs. It is this mentality that causes me great concern. How did people raised in this country come to have these attitudes? Where did they learn these ideologies? Is this just the beginning of a very frightening trend? It reminds one of a spoiled child who gets a toy and then has it taken away. The spoiled child will have outbursts and behave in unacceptable ways when he or she is denied what they want. I believe there is more to this than just the right to collectively bargain. The toy in this case is a Democrat controlled Congress, Senate and Executive branch that the left believed would usher in some new era of prominence for them along with retribution for conservatives. Now that it has simply ushered in incompetence, malaise, inflation and insecurity, part of their toy in the form of the Democrat controlled congress, has been taken away and they are angry and acting out. Further exacerbating this anger is the now ongoing conservative ascendancy and the creeping realization that the Democrat controlled Senate will likely go Republican as well. At this time it's even money whether President Obama can be reelected. The wheels are coming off the gravy train and even Casey Jones couldn't stop it at this point.
The left is cornered, and like any dumb animal, they will lash out when threatened. They obviously feel that the time to strike is now while they still hold some power and sway with the electorate. They feed on sympathy. The problem for them is that they have exposed themselves as the petulant children they really are and it's giving the average hard working American agita just watching the spectacle. With so many in the private sector struggling right now, I believe sympathy for people with steady, secure, well paying jobs is going to be in short supply. The protesters might have overplayed their hand this time.
The definition of thriftness is “not letting myself or others spend that which is not necessary”. Quite a profound thought.
A very important lesson to remember on this day, a message that we need to continue to voice and be heard in Washington, DC.
There is no perfect solution. If life was perfect, then America would not be withstanding the financial crisis before us.
President Obama says we need to dig a little deeper, act like grown-ups, excuse me he changed that to “act like adults”. I think we need to teach him the thriftness and value of a dollar, because he obviously doesn't know what that means.
It means freedom and liberty, people worked hard to earn it. They are the individuals that are going to have to make the choice of how they are going to utilize that dollar to best take care of their family, and maintain some sense of semblance of normalcy.
In the President's “re-do budget” speech, which, by the way I am still not over the tone he used and speaking to the American people like we are the ones that need to be reprimanded.
In one part of his monologue he mentioned, “ And as most families understand, a little credit card debt isn’t going to hurt if it’s temporary”. WRONG! How does he expect the average American to pay that back? Are we supposed to learn our lessons from the Federal Government, and not being able to pay “our” credit card debt, and asking to raise the debt ceiling, because they have maxed out Americas credit card?
When the majority of American families have been forced to conserve, because of the recession, unemployment, illness, or just hoping that the ends meet at the end of the month because of rising prices of food, gas, and necessities. We the people value each and every single dollar, there is no waste or fraud in our budgets, and there is no extra. It's called discipline. This is obviously a word that very few in our nations capital know, or if they do, its a moral value they choose to ignore. read more »
One day until government shutdown. The one week continuing resolution expires tomorrow, and there is still no signed FY 2011 budget on the table, could be an interesting turn of events, with the new numbers that are arising, that it isn't 38.5 Billion in spending cuts, but just over 350 Million.
As usual, instead of taking the leading role, our “Campainger-in Chief”, waited to see what the reactions of the American people were going to be before exposing his latest flip, or are we on flop, too confusing to keep up because it seems to be happening daily.
Is he leading our country or running for re-election. Is he serious about our financial crisis, or just playing the manipulation of words game to make us think we are hearing what we want to hear.
I didn't hear what I wanted to hear.....
One of the Presidents answers is to raise taxes on the wealthy. I will agree that some of the loopholes in the tax code do indeed need to be removed, but raising taxes on the top 1%, who spend 33% (I think) of non discretionary dollars in our economy is not very red, white, and blue. I hate to tell the POTUS, that it is these people that are creating jobs, and putting money into the economy to try to make it grow, they are the ones investing in America to attempt to get the economy back in the black, instead of wallowing in the red that our oversized government seems to want to keep it in.
About as unred, unwhite, and unblue as it gets. You obviously know nothing about children with disabilities, or children in general. Children need 24 hour care, whether they have a disability or not. Parents of children with disabilities are a resilient bunch, and their kids come first, whether it comes from the parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, friends, cousins, teachers, or the government, don't try to say that these kids are not going to get what they need. I will use one of Sarah Palin's famous quotes “Momma Grizzlies” when it comes to their kids. Don't use kid's with disabilities as a crutch on your campaign trail, tick off a bunch of parents with kid's that have disabilities and you elude that they are not cared for by them, and you think you have to worry about the Tea Party Movement. read more »