“At each and every stop, in items large and small, the greedy hand of government has its sticky fingers in every pocket. With bread, a recent study by Price Waterhouse shows that 30 different taxes imposed on the production and sale of a loaf of bread account for 27 percent of the average retail price. Buy some new tires and it’s $36 on every $100 that goes to the taxman. On the price of a new car, an Americans for Tax Reform study shows that the total taxes reach 45 percent of the showroom sticker price. Add some gas and 54 percent of what you pay for a fill-up goes for 43 different federal, state and local taxes rather than to the oil producer and retailer.” – Ralph Reiland Professor of Economics, Robert Morris College Source: Taxed to Death
“Nothing terrifies a sitting president more than rising gasoline prices, which in President Obama’s case could imperil the economic recovery and torpedo his re-election prospects,” said Robert McNally, head of the Rapidan Group energy consultancy and a former White House official.
Last week after watching another Republican debate hosted by CNN I decided I have seen enough debates for a lifetime. If this was CNN’s idea of covering what news that is important to the American public then the moderator, John King layed a rotten egg and that is two in a row for this leftist turkey.
Moderators of Presidential debates should ask questions that are relevant to current events that have an impact on the voters lives, but of course if you are in the ‘tank’ for Obama, like John the Turkey, you avoid anything that might hurt his reelection chances. If you can believe it, the top news story of the day… “The Price of Gas”… not one question was asked about it, in this debate. This cannot be written off as an oversight, CNN was providing polticial cover as they well know that the price of gas could sink a Presidency.
Remember when the price of gas went up and Bush was accused of helping his oil buddies get richer? Last year, Newsbusters found that networks linked Bush to rising gas prices fifteen times as often as Obama. I guess, 15 to 1 is the networks idea of “Fair and Balanced.”
Out of the mouths of Unfair and Unbalanced
Of course, once you open Pandora’s Box and discuss gas prices then the natural followup is a discussion about the country’s economy and certainly the Lame Stream Media wouldn’t want to go there when there are such crucial issues to discuss like prolife postions and Christian values. I sure no one cares about massive deficts, unemployment and skyrocketing gas prices.
Fair and Balanced No.2: “a balanced portrayal of the McCain/Palin campaign.” So says HBO
I personally like Sarah Palin and I think she has a lot to offer this country and under a Republican President I would like to see her head up energy development as she has an excellent track record in this area as Governor in Alaska.
A new HBO movie is coming out called “Game Changer” named after the book with the same title. It was produced by Tom Hanks, a notorious Obama bundler. Although I haven’t seen the movie, from what has been leaked out, there is no doubt that this is another hatchet job against Palin just in case she has any aspirations for running for office.
From what I have read and heard, the movie makes suggests inunedio about Sarah Palins mental satbility, marriage fidleity and just for the kids, offers up a semi nude scene. The movie portrays her as a crazy paranoid Republican.
If there is one person that drives the Liberals crazy, Sarah Palin wins hands down. When I use term Liberals and Crazy in the same sentence, I tend to repeat myself.
And I must ask the question: Whose Paranoid?
Sarah Palin aides call HBO’s ‘Game Change’ movie ‘sick’ and inaccurate
Meg Stapleton, a former spokeswoman, said that she, unlike some of the others who worked with Palin during the campaign, had not been contacted by anyone associated with either the book or movie.
“They don’t want to hear anything good,” she said, her voice full of passion. “We all know Palin sells and the dramatization of Palin sells even more. This is sick.”
“They mock Gov. Palin, you mock Gov. Palin, as weak and unable to cope and press forward,” she told reporters on the conference call. “And the movie and the trailer … say that. And yet look with your own eyes at what she and her family have endured and inspired over the last few years. Any lesser man would have hanged himself by now. So who’s weak?”
With the average price of a gallon of gasoline rising 40 cents just last week, President Obama attacked Republicans yesterday, trying to distract voters from his own failed energy policy. “The American people aren’t stupid,” Obama said “You know there are no quick fixes to this problem.” And Obama is right. There are no quick fixes to this problem.
But Obama has been in office for three years now. There is plenty the federal government can do to lower gas prices in three years. Problem is, everything Obama has done on energy has been designed to increase Americans’ pain at the pump.
Immediately after taking office in 2009, Obama canceled 77 leases for oil and gas drilling in Utah.
In January 2010, Obama issued new regulations making it more difficult to develop energy resources on federal land.
After the BP oil spill, Obama needlessly instituted, not one, but two outright drilling bans in the Gulf of Mexico.
After rescinding his outright offshore drilling ban, Obama then refused to issue any new drilling permits in the Gulf, a policy that the Energy Information Administration estimated would cut domestic offshore oil production by 13% that year.
Under Obama, in 2010 the federal government issued the lowest number of onshore leases since 1984.
Under Obama the federal government has leased less than half of the offshore acres that President Clinton did.
The Obama administration held just one offshore lease sale in all of fiscal year 2011. President Bush’s energy plan called for five.
Obama is also blocking access to 19 billion barrels of oil in the Pacific and Atlantic coasts and the eastern Gulf of Mexico, another 10 billion barrels estimated in the Chukchi Sea off the Alaskan coast, and another 10 billion barrels of oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve.
The Obama administration’s real problem is existential: What if it gets what it wants, but then finds that either it or the country really is uncomfortable with what it got?
Take energy. We were long ago lectured by hot-house administration plants, including the president himself, about the desirability of high-cost energy in curbing fossil-fuel use and making subsidized wind and solar power and electric transportation competitive. By midsummer, the technocrats may get their wish with $5 or even $6-a-gallon gas (not quite as high as Secretary Chu may once have wanted). Will they say, “But $7 or $8 would have been more truly European”?
And if we were to go back to the “Clinton tax rates” as the president repeats as a daily mantra, then what? The deficit would not drastically be cut, given the huge rates of borrowing, and the budget would not even come close to being balanced. Would the president then come back with, “We need to raise taxes a lot more than just those pay-your-fair-share Clinton-era rates”?
And Obamacare? Once it passed, there were new taxes leveled to pay for it; health-care premiums are rising; the latest squabble with the Catholic Church reminds us that few Americans had any idea about what was in the 2,000-plus-page bill; and soon Medicare will be trimmed to pay for it. In reaction, will the administration say, “We need a truly comprehensive Obamacare II bill?” or “Next round we will offer you a single-payer plan”? or “We had too little government control the first time around”?
Obamanomics is all about going nowhere, fast.
You remember Tesla Motors, don’t you? Well, you should. Barack Obama forced you to give them $465 million to develop electric cars, bringing the wonders of sustainable transportation to the common man, provided the common man has $100,000 to drop on a Tesla Roadster. This also created 400 of those wonderful “green jobs,” at a taxpayer cost of $1,087,500.00 per job. It has been heartwarming to watch Obama embrace that “Occupy Wall Street” ethic by spending gigantic amounts of public money to subsidize expensive toys for rich people.
Well, it turns out you can only have a limited amount of fun with a Tesla car, because if the battery ever becomes completely discharged, the car turns into a “brick” that will never move again, absent $40,000 in repairs. AutoGuide brings us the exciting tale of how Barack Obama invested our money in the development of The Electric Brick:
Essentially a Tesla Roadster can fully discharge in 11 weeks of no usage, from a full 100-percent charge. Reports are coming in that if the vehicle is driven nearly its maximum range and is left unplugged, it could become bricked in as little as a week. So once the Tesla battery completely discharges, it cannot be recovered or recharged, which leads to the $32,000 bill to purchase a new one plus the labor, taxes, and installation charges bringing it closer to $40,000.
A regional service manager for Tesla has gone on the record to say that he is aware of at least five vehicles that have become bricked due to battery depletion. If reports of this issue becomes more public and widespread, Tesla could be in for a rough ride in damage control.