‘Putin is playing chess and we’re playing marbles’ – House intelligence chairman – Mike Rogers
We have living in some perilous times and majority of our problems are self-created by us. Now by us I mean “elections have consequences” and the last two Presidential Elections as a country we will pay for dearly.
We all know that economy is like running on a treadmill to nowhere because we elected a man who is either an economic illiterate or by design he intends to destroy our free market system, but in both cases, the end result is the same.
But enough about the economy for today.
There are many long term ramifications when you elect a President because he has the power to appoint many unelected officials to government and they make decisions they affect all us in our everyday lives. And invariable those appointments are given to those who follow the same ideology as the President.
I sure you are all aware that the price of gas at the pump has remained very high, even though consumption is down and in a normal free market economy “supply and demand” would rule the day. We can point to the Keystone Pipeline that never gets approved that would deliver crude oil to the refineries at a much lower cost, but the problem extends way beyond this one issue.
Millions and millions of acres are about to be taken away by the Feds in what amounts to one of the biggest ‘lands grabs’ in our history; which means all the natural resources therein will become inaccessible because a little bird called a “Prairie Chicken” aka as Sage Grouse.
From the Wall Street Journal:
Sage Grouse Rebellion
Will Obama use two small birds to limit oil drilling in the West?
Almost half the land west of the Mississippi belongs to the federal government, including 48% of California, 62% of Idaho and 81% of Nevada. No surprise that the Obama Administration wants to control more. But the result could be to suppress the country’s booming oil and gas development.
In partnership with green activists, the Department of Interior may attempt one of the largest federal land grabs in modern times, using a familiar vehicle—the Endangered Species Act (ESA). A record 757 new species could be added to the protected list by 2018. The two species with the greatest impact on private development are range birds—the greater sage grouse and the lesser prairie chicken, both about the size of a barnyard chicken. The economic stakes are high because of the birds’ vast habitat.
Let us not kid ourselves about why this happening, the Sage Grouse is only a tool that the Feds will use to shut down our energy supply. This country cannot survive without an ample supply of energy, for without energy nothing moves.
And then I have to ask, if the Feds where really that concerned about the Sage Grouse, how come they show no concern about the millions of birds, including the Bald Eagle that are getting chopped up by wind turbines. The difference is wind turbines are “green and oil is black.”
As I said the ramifications of elections are far reaching and half way around the world in a place called Crimea our energy policies could determine the faith of the world.
I don’t think I have to recap all the events of Putin’s gambit into the Crimea other than to say he has the West on their heels wondering what to do. The club that Putin has over Europe is the natural gas pipeline that runs through Ukraine from Russia to Europe, Putin has not said this but everyone knows that the threat of cutting off Europe’s natural gas supply is there.
If you want to slow down Putin’s war machine, hit him in the pocket book. Russia’s economy is weak and vulnerable.
We have more natural gas and oil than we will ever use and this administration is sitting on 24 applications for natural gas exports; it’s approved just 6 in the last three years.
And then you have to ask yourself who is the real enemy?
Why is it that a cartoon character, POGO, can see the light of the day and the people of this country seem to be walking around in the dark?
I think we should run POGO for President in 2016, he has more brains in his little finger than the combined total in Washington D.C.
Geopolitics: Four central European nations have appealed to the U.S. to increase natural gas exports should Russia cut off its supply to Ukraine. We are the superpower of energy. Time to give Vladimir Putin some gas pains.
Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic sent a letter Friday to House Speaker John Boehner, with a similar letter expected to be sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, asking the U.S. to expedite approval of natural-gas export applications. These nations believe a steady gas supply is key to the region’s economic and geopolitical stability.
Putin’s Russia has used its energy resources as a weapon, and the current crisis in Ukraine and Crimea is no exception. Most of the pipelines taking natural gas from Russia to a dependent Europe run though Ukraine, a fact not lost on fearful Europeans as the Russian bear growls anew.
President Obama says there will be “costs” for Russia’s seizure of Crimea, so it’s time the administration remembered that a crisis is a terrible thing to waste. This is a perfect opportunity to increase our exports, as Obama has pledged to do, and thwart in a non-military way Russia’s increasingly expansionist ambitions.
“The presence of U.S. natural gas would be much welcome in Central and Eastern Europe,” ambassadors from the four countries wrote to Boehner. “And congressional action to expedite (liquefied natural gas) exports to America’s allies would come at a critically important time for the region.”
Ukraine is dependent on Moscow for more than two-thirds of its natural gas, and Russia has been raising prices steeply. In 2012, Russia provided about 34% of the European Union’s natural-gas imports, second only to Norway, according to the Congressional Research Service.
Ukraine’s new government currently owes $1.89 billion to Russia for natural gas, and it might have been threats from Moscow to cut off that supply that led now-deposed Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych to abandon a scheduled trade deal with the European Union.
In September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a History teacher at Robinson High School in Little Rock , did something not to be forgotten. On the first day of school, with the permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she removed all of the desks in her classroom. When the first period kids entered the room they discovered that there were no desks.
‘Ms. Cothren, where are our desks?’ She replied, ‘You can’t have a desk until you tell me how you earn the right to sit at a desk.’ They thought, ‘Well, maybe it’s our grades.’ ‘No,’ she said. ‘Maybe it’s our behavior.’ She told them, ‘No, it’s not even your behavior.’
And so, they came and went, the first period, second period, third period. Still no desks in the classroom. Kids called their parents to tell them what was happening and by early afternoon television news crews had started gathering at the school to report about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of her room.
The final period of the day came and as the puzzled students found seats on the floor of the desk-less classroom. Martha Cothren said, ‘Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he or she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom. Now I am going to tell you.’
At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it. Twenty-seven (27) U.S. Veterans, all in uniform, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk. The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand alongside the wall. By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in place those kids started to understand, perhaps for the first time in their lives, just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned.
Martha said, ‘You didn’t earn the right to sit at these desks. These heroes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. They went halfway around the world, giving up their education and interrupting their careers and families so you could have the freedom you have. Now, it’s up to you to sit in them. It is your responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good citizens. They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to get an education. Don’t ever forget it.’
By the way, this is a true story. And this teacher was awarded Veterans of Foreign Wars Teacher of the Year for the State of Arkansas in 2006. She is the daughter of a WWII POW.
Do you think this message is worth passing along so others won’t forget either, that the freedoms we have in this great country were earned by our U.S. Veterans? ………………. I did.
Let us always remember the men and women of our military and the rights they have won for us.