Archive for January, 2012

ASST. SEC. OF STATE

January 28, 2012

Assistant Secretary of State Kerri-Ann Jones told the Energy and Power subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee that the State Department had rejected the deal because it did not have enough time to assess the pipeline.

Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) can’t quite figure out why this administration refused to make a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline that would create thousands of jobs for U.S. workers.  He stated that the U.S. fought and won WWII in less time than this administration has had to evaluate the project. 

Barton reminded Sec. Jones:  “There are 10 other agencies that have reviewed this project and – correct me if I’m wrong, but my understanding is that the Corps of Engineers approved it, the Department of Agriculture approved it, the Department of Interior approved it, the Department of Transportation approved it, the Environmental Protection Agency – believe it or not – approved it, the Defense Department approved it; the Justice Department approved it, the Homeland Security Department approved it and the Department of Commerce approved it. Only the State Department, which I believe, by law is required to look at the International implications since its trans-Canada — only the State Department did not approve it.”

Forty months (almost 3 1/2 years) have been spent on study and evaluation by ten government agencies.  I have to wonder if the reasons might be because it would benefit unemployed U.S. citizens and curtail the need for OPEC oil. 

Of course, it could also be that Warren Buffet’s railway investments would benefit greatly if we take the oil and not build the pipeline.

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SOTU 1-24-2012

January 25, 2012

Multiple witnesses to any event will see the same situation entirely different.  We will tend to interject our own views and perceptions to make the situation more real and accommodating to our inherent beliefs.  We will selectively see and hear what we want and what agrees with what we already know.

Pundits viewing last night’s SOTU address from the left heard the hope for change that they wanted to believe this President is capable of effecting.  Those from the right heard more lies and purposefully misleading statements causing them to believe the speech was little more than a televised campaign stump speech.

I watched the presentation and couldn’t help laughing nervously as I heard the truth, lies, and interpolated facts offered.  President Obama said that he was going to make government more efficient; shortly thereafter he noted the need for creating a new bureaucracy called the Trade Enforcement Agency.  He offered to centralize unemployment with a government run website.  He offered to consolidate federal bureaucracies with a “new unit”.  (I heard that to mean more employees for another inefficient federal bureaucracy like Homeland Security…but that’s just me).

He said in order to restore American superiority in science and technology, we may have to offer incentives to foreigners.  He made no mention of returning the current school system from the social, ecological and political indoctrination centers they have become to facilities for teaching science, math, world and U.S. geography and history.

To be sure the indoctrination has a firm hold, he suggested a bill to make all public education draftees stay under the influence of the government until they graduate or turn eighteen.  Combined with earlier proposals for mandated pre-school, that would give the government mind control over our children for the early formative years through what would normally be the development of independent thought.

Continuing on the education front, he also projected that there should be incentives to retain teachers and reward the best ones.  As a caveat he suggested the removal of the bad ones.  (With his love of strong unions, I doubt that any bad teachers will be identified.  It could happen, I suppose, if one was to teach the Constitution or express an opinion other than liberal progressive).

I also happened to notice his expression of need to rebuild the transportation infrastructure and create jobs in the construction industry.  I waited to hear him announce the billions of dollars in recent contracts for building or rebuilding bridges, but that didn’t happen.  Specifically, I am talking about those which were awarded to Chinese national companies who supply imported Chinese labor.  http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/video/us-bridges-roads-built-chinese-firms-14594513?tab=9482930?ion=1206853&playlist=14594944  Once again, this administration has taken borrowed American dollars to pay foreign workers or foreign countries for American projects at the expense of unemployed or underemployed American workers.

So, that’s what I saw and heard, what about you?

GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATIONS

January 20, 2012

General Motors Chairman and CEO, Dan Akerson, has agreed to meet with the Congressional panel that is set to investigate the government’s investigation into fire risks in the Chevrolet Volt.  That’s right the government is investigating a government investigation into a company that is 61% owned by the government. 

I’m certain it will be an arm’s length investigation investigation.  The arm used may be a short-arm, but that’s what we’ve been getting since January 21, 2009.

And, as an extra added bonus, the man testifying before the committee was installed as the CEO of General Motors by the very same government that is investigating the investigation of the green project into which billions of government monies were invested.

Here’s the lineage of inbred progress for his takeover.  In July 2009, shortly after Obama became President, Akerson, as a representative of the U.S. Treasury under the tax challenged Timothy Geithner, was appointed to the board of directors of GM.  Akerson’s experience qualifying him for the position was in the communications industry. He was, however, a close friend and large donor to Obama.  In 2010, he became CEO when Ed Whitaker was summarily dismissed by the primary stock holder (the U.S. government) and he assumed the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors early last year.

Obama wants to make every aspect of every industry a monochromatic green, at any cost.  He refuses to allow an estimated 22,000 people employment on the Keystone XL project.  Instead, he is willing to allow those jobs and that petroleum and  much needed by-products to be shipped to China for refining and sale.  He has “invested” hundreds of billions (if not untold trillions) of borrowed American taxpayer dollars in solar companies that have failed miserably after receiving the money.  He “invested” our dollars in Finland with (Fisker Automotive), a company making an all electric automobile that only 2% of the American public can afford to purchase.  At least at this point, Fisker seems to be a viable company.

I, for one, am looking forward to hearing the forthright testimony of Mr. Akerson.  I’m sure we’ll find out that the blazing Volts were a product of faulty wiring schematics produced by the G.W. Bush administration simply to make Obama look bad.

There will be no dancing around the truth like with A.G. Eric Holder, Rahm Emanuel, Janet Napolitano or Solyndra’s CEO Brian Harrison or CFO Bill Stover when they appear before Congress.

Any questions why I call this Bizarro World, USA?

WARREN BUFFETT – LIBERAL PROGRESSIVE ELITE

January 19, 2012

Back in 2007, Warren Buffett stated that he didn’t think it was right that he should pay a lower tax rate than his secretary.  Chided that he could always pay more to the government to relieve his guilt, Buffett offered Republicans the opportunity to do just that and he would make a matching contribution.

Well kids that day has come to pass but the all-bark Buffett has denied that the definition of “is” is is.  When Republican Congressman Scott Rigell made a contribution equal to 15% of his income to the government, he expected Mr. Buffett to follow through with a proportional match.  Buffett, however, matched the dollar amount, not the income percentage.

Rigell’s offering was +/- 15% of his congressional salary for the year 2011 and has pledged to do the same for 2012.  Buffett, veering from his 2007 statement regarding the inequality of payment rate between him and his secretary, chose to match Rigell’s dollar amounts ($23,000 for 2011 and $26,000 for 2012) not the percentage.

Honest contributions to pay down the national debt amount to:  Rigell, +/- 15% of annual income and Buffett, +/- 0.0005% of annual income.  Buffett’s the one with the mouth, but when it came time to put up, he squirreled up.

Isn’t this ’bout typical of the most vocal?  Well, except for Obama who said right up front that he was going to fundamentally change America.  In just 3 years he has changed us from a struggling but working nation with a viable middle class into one of rich elite and poor, with no hope for the middle class.

Thank you Congressman Rigell for showing us, once again, the true colors of the liberal progressive elite.

RE-ELECT BARACK OBAMA

January 14, 2012

All Is Great in the United States, Re-elect President Obama

We keep hearing via the MSM arm of the administration how well Spending Package I and II have done for the economy.  Of late, the spin has been that unemployment is dropping, though there are no hard figures of where the creation of jobs provides a net gain over layoffs.  Retail sales are up, but they’re flat.  Manufacturing is up, yet our trade deficit exceeds the accretion.

Because of the overwhelming liberal bias of major information sources, most people only hear or read one side of most stories.  Headlines like “Home Sales on the Rise” overshadow those reading “Foreclosures Increase by 20%”.  We are being fed all that the government wants us to hear while counter arguments are suppressed.  Banners of “Eat All the Vegetables You Want, They’re Good for You” obscure “EPA Regulations Cause Farm Prices to Soar”.

“Defense Spending to be Cut by $500 Billion” avoids the level playing field effect of the administration.  American superiority on the battle field is cause for another apology tour.  Besides, the savings can be sent to the Muslim Brotherhood for greater equality.

Some times, we are presented with only half of the headline or half of the full article.  “President Obama Asks Congress For Another $1.2 Trillion” should be completed with “For More Busses Under Which American Citizens Can Be Thrown”.

The stated reason for combining the Commerce Department’s core business and trade functions; the Small Business Administration; the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative; the Export-Import Bank; the Overseas Private Investment Corporation; and the Trade and Development Agency is to help businesses thrive.  The true intent for the consolidation seems not to increase efficiency, but to maximize the collective authority these agencies hold over domestic business.

Read the headlines, read the story then ask who wrote it and how he or she is trying to influence you.  Re-elect Barack Obama, I don’t think so.