Archive for July, 2008

clipped from betsyspage.blogspot.com
ABC interviewed Obama for Nightline and asked him, if he’d known then what he knows now about the success of the surge would he have supported the surge last year. See if his answer is at all coherent.
“These kinds of hypotheticals are very difficult,” he said. “Hindsight is 20/20. But I think that what I am absolutely convinced of is at that time we had to change the political debate because the view of the Bush administration at that time was one that I just disagreed with, and one that I continue to disagree with is to look narrowly at Iraq and not focus on these broader issues.”
So Obama had to oppose the surge because he didn’t like the Bush administration.
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Nice post by Betsy. Obama is a bit shaky if he hasn’t memorized the answer.

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clipped from www.realclearpolitics.com
To get an idea of how ridiculous, consider this data from the Energy Information Administration. In 2006 (the last year for which complete data is available), 49 percent of our electricity was generated by coal-fired plants; 20 percent from natural gas, and 1.5 percent from oil. That is, more than 70 percent of all the electricity we have now is generated by the fossil fuels Mr. Gore wants to get rid of.
The “green” sources Mr. Gore prefers — solar, wind, geothermal — combined produced only 2.3 percent of our electricity. Mr. Gore didn’t mention that he’s invested heavily in companies which produce “green” energy. Neither did the journalists who covered his speech.
The power grid already is strained by the unwillingness of Democrats to construct electric power plants of any kind.
And this is without the additional demands that would be imposed on the grid by all electric or plug-in hybrid-electric cars
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Yet the media and Democrats follow Al Gore around like lemmings.

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clipped from www.sacbee.com

Two years ago, newly elected Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa vowed to put 1,000 more cops on the city’s dangerous streets and proposed to raise trash collection fees to provide the money.

“Every new dollar residents pay for trash pickup,” the mayor promised in a city news release, “will be used to put more officers on the streets.”

So, where did almost $100 million go? Chick’s report revealed that most of it went to higher salaries for those already on the Los Angeles police payroll, covering the nearly 10 percent raises that the city granted to police unions.
Most of the trash money was diverted into underwriting the city’s cash-strapped general fund, which includes those generous raises for cops already on the street. And that’s just the beginning of the tale. Los Angeles faces a whopping budget deficit, despite the trash fee, and Villaraigosa and the City Council want to raise trash fees even higher to cover the shortfall, along with boosting a batch of other fees.
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Be very careful when a Democrat says they want to raise your taxes for a project. Another case where the funds get diverted and the people are left wanting for a project that never gets started. Don’t worry, maybe they’ll promise that next election…

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clipped from www.businessandmedia.org
Oil Expert: Dem House Leader Misleads CNBC on Oil Lease Drilling

“Well, there’s nothing wrong with drilling,” Hoyer said. “But the fact of the matter is we have 80 percent of the leases that are currently authorized that are not being drilled upon – 80 percent on gas, 82 percent on natural gas. We have most of the outer continental shelf as well as the on-land, on-the-mainland leases that are not being used.”

However, according to the Richard Ranger, a senior policy advisor for the American Petroleum Institute (API), there’s no oil to be drilled for in those areas. Ranger also told the Business & Media Institute he was unfamiliar with Hoyer’s 4.5 million figure.

“There are more than 8,500 active leases on the Outer Continental Shelf that cover over 44 million acres,” Ranger said. “Now, over 6,300 of those leases on nearly 34 million acres have no production.”

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Democrats are resorting to lying to stop drilling in ANWR and offshore. Incredible.

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clipped from www.foxnews.com
The political vision of a summer gas tax holiday died a quick death in Congress, losing to a view that federal excise taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel — far from dropping — will have to go up if they go anywhere.

Now, lawmakers quietly are talking about raising fuel taxes by a dime from the current 18.4 cents a gallon on gasoline and 24.3 cents on diesel fuel.

The fuel taxes go into the Highway Trust Fund, which is used for road construction and repair and mass transit. Depriving the 52-year-old Highway Trust Fund of $9 billion at a time when it is heading into the red doomed the notion of a gas tax holiday in Congress.

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Democrats doing what Democrats do best: Reach in your wallet and grab more cash.

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clipped from www.americansforprosperity.org

We’re back from Al Gore’s big global warming speech, and boy did we have a great time!We had a dedicated band of taxpayer advocates out in force, pointing out the high economic cost of global warming alarmism – starting with $8 a gallon gasoline.

Of course, we saw plenty of hypocrisy — especially the fact that Gore didn’t ride his bike or take public transporation to the event. He didn’t even take his Prius! Instead,he brought a fleet of two Lincoln Town Cars and a Chevy Suburban SUV! Even worse, the driver of the Town Car that eventually whisked away Gore’s wife and daughter left the engine idling and the AC crankingfor 20 minutes before they finally left!

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From Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio):
clipped from briefingroom.thehill.com

Voinovich had an initial one-word response — “ridiculous” — to Gore’s speech at Washington’s Constitution Hall, in which the Democrat called for the United States to end its dependence on carbon-based fuels and begin using renewable energy to produce electricity within the next 10 years.

Voinovich elaborated that ruling out carbon-based fuels such as coal would be unreasonable because of the country’s vast energy and economic needs. Instead, he said the country should take a multi-pronged approach that includes but doesn’t rely solely on nuclear, wind and solar power.

“We could put windmills from the Atlantic to the Pacific and, yes, it will increase the amount of carbon-free energy production, but the fact of the matter is, it’s not going to get the job done,” Voinovich said. “What we need to do is to look at all of the various sources of energy… We’d be much more realistic to realize that it’s going to take all of these things in order for us to meet our energy demands.”

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