Barack Obama

Gun Control Dictator?

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January 17, 2013
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So I woke up this morning to find a picture posted to Facebook, of a stylized US Constitution that asked me to share if I opposed Obama’s unilateral anti-gun executive action that would circumvent Congress and reminded me that the US was not a dictatorship and that we have Congress for a reason.  Now, normally, I would just ignore this, but the more and more I thought about it…well it really started to just piss me off.  So I decided that I would share my thoughts on the stupidity of this particular picture, (and that comment is directed at the picture and not the original poster).  I also chose not to share this picture so no one could be confused that I agreed with it.

1.  This picture is calling for us to trust a United States Congress that has a 14% approval rating.  Now this means that 86% of Americans just flat don’t like our Congress.  Why is that?  well mainly its because they’re bitterly partisan, so inefficient it borders on being just completely inept, and well to be honest, incapable of accomplishing anything.  Keep this in mind…I believe this applies to the whole of our Congress but primarily leadership in both the Republican and Democratic Caucuses.

2. The picture poses what OUR US President Barrack Obama did yesterday was completely unheard of, well thats not true.  Both Bush the first and Clinton issued executive orders placing restrictions on the importation of certain guns.  They used “unilateral executive action” to accomplish a needed task that Congress was unable to do.

3. So one might ask…what dictatorial moves did Obama make yesterday that harm the very fabric of our Constitution?  He instructed certain federal agencies to remind gun dealers and healthcare workers how to respond to currently written laws, instructed the Department of Justice to use a program currently in place that would make resources available to local school districts and law enforcement agencies to have a greater police presence in our school zones, and called for Congress to consider certain proposals going forward.

What!?!  Wait a minute…are you completely f–ing kidding me?  The President said we’re going to tell a bunch of people to do the job they’re already supposed to be doing….he said we’re going to send some letters, put cops in schools and Congress is going to consider legislation…thats it???  and that has all of these right wing gun nuts in an uproar?

Wow!  I mean seriously NRA…wow.

So I’ll ask anyone out there to kindly update me on how this was the move of a dictator? How was this so harmful?  Hell, to be honest with you, it didn’t do anything…nothing…not one damn thing to solve gun related violence.  If anything, liberals should be mad that he didn’t reach far enough.  We should be mad that he’s sending letters and then asking Congress (remember that group with the 14% approval rating thats incapable of doing anything right) to consider some of the most important gun control legislation of our generation.

So honestly…go suck a d–k NRA, you got what you wanted, the President is basically bowing out of the gun control debate and leaving it up to the Turtle.

Obama to honor UK basketball team on Friday; Louisville Cardinals fan Mitch McConnell refuses to attend

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May 1, 2012
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As is customary, the President of the United States of America will welcome the NCAA National Champions — in this case, the University of Kentucky Wildcats — to the White House to honor them for their success.

Coach Cal and the Cats — MKG, Mr. Anthony Davis, Darius Miller and the whole crew — will hang out with Barry Hussein in the late afternoon.

Mitch McConnell, ever spiteful and little-in-heart, is blowing off the President and the Kentucky Wildcats.

As The Hill reports, Mitch is choosing to stay in Louisville that day in preparation for the Derby… which of course doesn’t happen ’til the next day and he could easily enough get to DC and back to the Derby City for a long night of bourbon sipping.

Some pot-smoking Bluegrass GOP operatives have strummed up a conspiracy theory that the entire event was orchestrated to make the Minority Leader look like the little man that he is… but as The Hill goes on to note:

A source close to McConnell says he is more a fan of the Louisville Cardinals, who lost to Kentucky in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament.

McConnell declined to publicly express a preference for either team, however.

Yowza.

Seems like a dumb move to us, but what the hell do we know — maybe Mitch has a hot date at Porcini’s this coming Friday.

Coach Cal, for his part, ignored McConnell’s snub, and instead focused on what was important… the kids.

Apparently the team is really excited to meet President Obama:

“The amazing thing is the first thing that was said when the horn sounded in New Orleans was, ‘We’re going to the White House!’

“It’s one of those moments for these players that they have probably thought about without us even knowing that it was important to them. So I’m excited about the opportunity for them to meet the President of the United States, the Leader of the Free World and someone who is trying to make a difference in their lives.”

Women Across America Aren’t Closing Their Eyes (and Mitt Romney’s startling pessimism)

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April 28, 2012
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The President of the United States of America spoke to the Women’s Leadership Forum last night — you can read about it at The Hill — but here’s the gist of it:

I probably don’t need to remind you that while our own Governor did not join those offensive assaults on women, the Republicans in our state legislature did try to force women under duress to have ultrasounds, telling them they could cover their eyes but attempting to legally bind them not to shut up their ears. They ultimately lost  in their mission to abuse women, but bless their hearts, they tried.

Meanwhile, Etch-a-Sketch Romney is busily trying to scrub his campaign of the conservative stances that tricked many Republicans into supporting him, which undoubtedly will anger and de-motivate the conservative pundits and the already angry yet active grassroots conservative volunteers who make up the heart of not just Freedom Works and the Tea Party but also the Republican Party. Romney will do anything and say anything and that’s going to resonate with his core and with independent voters he’s now seeking to dupe.

In addition to shifting his positions (he hasn’t gotten on board with Marco Rubio’s “amnesty” plan yet but he’s courting the Senator and toying with Hispanic voters, again enraging the racists at the base of his support), Romney is trying to reframe the Obama campaign’s message about “Fairness” — like millionaires who got a temporary tax cut ten years ago probably need to accept the “temporary”-ness of it in light of the fact that it contributes mightily to the nation’s debt crisis — by talking instead about “unfairness.”

Here’s Mittens trying his darndest:

“We will stop the unfairness of government workers getting better pay and benefits than the very taxpayers they serve,” the former Massachusetts governor said. “And we will stop the unfairness of one generation passing larger and larger debts on to the next.”

First of all, the government is (and has been for a long time, edging out the dead-end jobs of the “service industry”) the nation’s largest employer. So that’s a lot of families to threaten, and a lot of votes.

Secondly, Mitt Romney’s plan for America is apparently to fix the problems by creating even more people who don’t have health care or money for retirement. Even if you want to engage in the Republican Party’s class warfare here and resent people who work for the government the benefits they have, your predatory self-interest should probably leave you wanting a little more. Mitt Romeny apparently believes that if we all have nothing then everything will be more fair. While true, the plan does positively nothing to address how people who already have nothing — no retirement, exponentially escalating family health care bills — are going to be helped by dragging more people into their world of troubles.

Thirdly, this is a really pessimistic view of America. Mitt Romney has a vision, and it is dark.

Fourthly, further destroying the already broken tax structure which delivers temporary tax cuts for the wealthy in perpetuity by increasing the debt that’s already been created by those tax cuts and making more of them… doesn’t actually “stop the unfairness of one generation passing larger debts on to the next.” In fact, it — yes — perpetuates it.

But bless his heart, too.

Barack Obama Ate Dog and Mitt Romney Killed a Woman #RomneyMurderAlibi #obamadogrecipes

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April 18, 2012
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I Wanna Be Your Dog by The Stooges on Grooveshark

I’ve been busy so some pieces of news slip by me. Like, for instance that the President of the United States ate dog.

Scott Jennings — who worked under Karl Rove in the Bush Administration where he aided in the political assassination of US Attorneys around the country (see here) and more recently returned to his home state of Kentucky where he managed the astonishingly failed campaigns of both Trey Grayson and Williams/Farmer — apparently has much more time on his hands.

On twitter last night, Scott unleashed a series of “jokes” about #Obamadogrecipes. This was news to me so I looked it up on google.

For months, Mitt Romney’s campaign has been, well, dogged by Romney’s admission that he straps his dog to the roof of his car while he’s being driven around.

Romney’s “dog problem” got worse the other day when he and his wife, Ann, did a joint interview and Ann really stepped in it — insisting to ABC News that the dog “loved” being strapped to the roof. (Or, as we say in Kentucky, “the ruff.”)

The Romney campaign, recognizing the problem, sought to strike back and someone went back and reread Barack Obama’s old book, Dreams from My Father, in which the now-President very candidly recalls his life journey. In it, Obama explains some of what he experienced living with his father in Indonesia as a six year old boy:

“With Lolo, I learned how to eat small green chill peppers raw with dinner (plenty of rice), and, away from the dinner table, I was introduced to dog meat (tough), snake meat (tougher), and roasted grasshopper (crunchy),” the president wrote. “Like many Indonesians, Lolo followed a brand of Islam that could make room for the remnants of more ancient animist and Hindu faiths. He explained that a man took on the powers of whatever he ate: One day soon, he promised, he would bring home a piece of tiger meat for us to share.”

If you were to spend even just a second more to better understand the tale in context, you might look at the book and find the very next paragraph begins:

That’s how things were, one long adventure, the bounty of a young boy’s life. In letters to my grandparents, I would faithfully record many of these events, confident that more civilizing packages of chocolate and peanut butter would surely follow.

Here are Scott Jenning’s tweets on the subject:

Then this:

And finally this:

Now, don’t get me wrong. I appreciate a good sense of humor. I also appreciate desperation. So I can dig what Scott Jennings and the Romney campaign are experiencing here.

But the fact that Barack Obama ate dog meat as a six year old — a decision he likely had absolutely zero control over — is about as relevant to the Presidential debate as is the fact that Scott Jennings was still wetting the bed when he was 9 years old and had to sleep on plastic sheets.

More to the point, Mitt Romney’s “dog problem” resonates with people because it relates directly to his overall image problem — Mitt is an out of touch rich boy who’s way richer than most other rich boys and he doesn’t understand even the basics of everyday life, let alone how to relate to regular people.

To put it another way… the Republican Party’s attempt to out-meme the Romney “dog problem” with this tale of six year old Barry Hussein and their #obamadogrecipes twitter hashtag is as relevant to today’s debate as is the absolute and undeniable fact that Mitt Romney killed a woman.

Yes, that’s right. Mitt Romney killed a woman.

Forget your epicurean twit-jokes. #RomneyMuderAlibi is where the real fun is at, if serious reporters and political commentators want to take these two men and their youth and facts totally out of their control and make funny haha jokes about them.

Bonnie And Clyde by Serge Gainsbourg & Brigitte Bardot on Grooveshark

Read it and weep:

Survivors recall tragic car crash in France with Romney

By Michael Paulson
Published: Sunday, June 24, 2007

BERNOS-BEAULAC, France — The mission car was packed that day.

The president of the Mormon mission to France, H. Duane Anderson, was eager to get out to visit congregations after a difficult May in which travel in France had been severely limited because a general strike had caused a gasoline shortage.

A dispute had developed in the small Mormon congregation in Pau, in southern France, and Anderson thought he should pay a call. So he took his wife and two missionaries along, and on the way they picked up a French Mormon couple in Bordeaux.

There were six people in a car that would comfortably seat five, but otherwise it was an ordinary drive that happened to turn tragic.

On the way back from Pau, the car was hit head-on and Anderson’s wife, Leola, was killed.

Anderson’s driver, a 21-year-old missionary named Mitt Romney, is now a leading candidate for the Republican nomination for president of the United States, with the June 16, 1968, accident one of his rare dark moments.

The other car, if you were wondering, was driven by a Catholic priest.

So here’s what we have…

Obama, as a little boy, lived in Indonesia from 1967 to 1971. Mitt Romney, as a 21 year old, lived in France in 1968.

One — the little boy — was fed dog meat. The other — the grown man — was the driver in a fatal car accident.

Does either fact have anything to do with who should be president?

Not really.

But it sure is fun to joke about, right?

Mitching and Boehning: Republican House and Senate Leaders Write Ridiculous Letter

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April 12, 2012
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Attempting to create political leverage wherever they can find it rather than put work into getting America back on track, McConnell and Boner sent a letter to the President of the United States demanding he not do what George W. Bush did:

Republican leaders in Congress have warned President Obama against any attempts to pass last-minute regulations if he loses reelection this year.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) sent a letter to Obama Wednesday urging him not to pass any “midnight regulations.”

Outgoing presidents typically leave some of their most controversial executive orders until the final days of their term to avoid an expected public backlash.

Something tells me Mitch and Boehn might be getting a bit ahead of themselves.

From WaPo — one wonders where Mitch’s concern was when his own wife was doing the deed:

The letter did not refer to any such regulatory changes made by previous presidents, but McConnell’s wife, Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, was accused of moving with unusual speed in the final months of George W. Bush’s presidency to push through a rule making it tougher to regulate workers’ on-the-job exposure to chemicals and toxins.

The Labor Department quietly posted the proposal in July 2008, before Obama’s eventual victory, and the move angered workplace-safety advocates, labor unions and congressional Democrats, who accused the Bush administration of doing exactly what Republicans now hope Obama will avoid repeating.

In the final months of Bush’s term, federal worker union leaders also pushed to ensure that the White House was not improperly awarding political appointees with senior career government positions at the expense of more qualified workers. But at least 20 Bush-era appointees successfully bypassed the normal federal hiring process and “burrowed in” to career jobs.

And it wasn’t just Mitch McConnell’s wife doing the last-minute regulatin’ back in ’08… it was the entire corrupt Bush Administration:

After spending eight years at the helm of one of the most ideologically driven administrations in American history, George W. Bush is ending his presidency in characteristically aggressive fashion, with a swath of controversial measures designed to reward supporters and enrage opponents.

By the time he vacates the White House, he will have issued a record number of so-called ‘midnight regulations’ – so called because of the stealthy way they appear on the rule books – to undermine the administration of Barack Obama, many of which could take years to undo.

Dozens of new rules have already been introduced which critics say will diminish worker safety, pollute the environment, promote gun use and curtail abortion rights. Many rules promote the interests of large industries, such as coal mining or energy, which have energetically supported Bush during his two terms as president. More are expected this week.

America’s attention is focused on the fate of the beleaguered car industry, still seeking backing in Washington for a multi-billion-dollar bail-out. But behind the scenes, the ‘midnight’ rules are being rushed through with little fanfare and minimal media attention. None of them would be likely to appeal to the incoming Obama team.

The regulations cover a vast policy area, ranging from healthcare to car safety to civil liberties. Many are focused on the environment and seek to ease regulations that limit pollution or restrict harmful industrial practices, such as dumping strip-mining waste.

All Americans — Republican and Democrat alike — are likely shocked by the hypocrisy of Mitch McConnell and John Boehner.

Women Voters Flee From Mitt Romney, Mitch McConnell

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April 10, 2012
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The Republican Party’s all-out effort to alienate women voters appears to be working.

Via TP, a new Washington Post/ABC News poll finds Mitt trailing Obama by 19% among women voters.

And that’s not all. Barry Hussein is up in several key questions amongst all voters:

  • Beats Romney 10 points, 49 to 39 percent, on “protecting the middle class.”
  • Edges Romney by three points on “creating jobs” and “handling taxes.” Up two points on “supporting small business.”
  • Crushes Romney by 17 points, 53 to 36 percent, on “handling international affairs,” and seven points on “handling terrorism.”
  • Beats Romney eight points on “dealing with social issues such as abortion and gay marriage.”

Mitt Romney has a woman problem. And Mitch McConnell’s not helping.

As Joe noted yesterday, Mitch took to the radio in Louisiville to start his week by debunking the “Republican War on Women”:

“Talk about a manufactured issue — there is no issue,” he said on Louisville, Ky., radio station WHAS-AM. “Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and Kelly Ayotte from New Hampshire and Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe from Maine I think would be the first to say — and Lisa Murkowski from Alaska — ‘we don’t see any evidence of this.’”

You won’t want to miss what Snow, Collins and Murkowski have to say about this particular topic — read on.

No issue… it is not.

Karl Rove Launching $200 Million Campaign of Transference

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April 10, 2012
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The New York Times reported yesterday that Karl Rove’s Super PAC, American Crossroads, is finally ready to launch their $200 Million campaign against President Obama, based around the notion that “that Obama just may not be up to the job.”

Yeah. Karl Rove says Barack Obama “may not be up to the job.”

The Obama campaign has already fired back, but enough cannot be said about the insane premise of Rove’s claim.

Crossroads spent $28 Million in the 2010 midterm elections. Very little information has been made available about where Crossroads’ money comes — thanks, Supreme Court! — but one past filing showed 91% of their money was chipped in by billionaires.

Crossroads has significant ties to the state of Kentucky and to 6th District Congressional candidate Garland Barr IV. More importantly, perhaps, are the ties that bind Karl Rove’s American Crossroads to Mitt Romney’s own supporting Super PAC, “Restore Our Future.”

(The head of Restore Our Future, Carl Forti, is an advisor to Rove’s Crossroads; one of Romney’s senior advisors, Ed Gillespie, is one of the founders of American Crossroads. Read more.)

But all the money in the world wouldn’t be enough to erase the obviously failed policies of Karl Rove, the ideologically bankrupt architect of the two-term Bush Administration.

Rove brought us the war in Iraq, the Bush Tax Cuts, and presided over the collapse of the American economy, among other things.

In other words, Karl Rove is responsible for all the central challenges he now claims Barack Obama can’t solve.

Karl Rove decimated the Middle Class.

Census data revealed that during the Bush Era, middle class income actually declined:

While the earnings of middle-income Americans have barely budged since the mid 1970s, the new data showed that from 2000 to 2010, they actually regressed.

For American households in the middle of the pay scale, income fell to $49,445 last year, when adjusted for inflation, a level not seen since 1996.

And over the 10-year period, their income is down 7%.

And lest any of you Karl Rove apologists out there (really?) want to harp on the collapse of the economy in 2008 as the reason for this regression (as if that weren’t the fault of the Bush administration) and refuse these facts as “fuzzy math,” let me point out to you that the trend — decreasing middle class wages, increasing economic inequality — predated the 2008 implosion:

Work harder, take home less

From 2000 to 2007, worker productivity rose significantly in the United States, but real income fell for middle-class families, a group of economists says.

By David Goldman, CNNMoney.com staff writer
Last Updated: August 28, 2008: 7:05 AM EDT

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — For most of the past decade, the economy grew much stronger – but middle-class Americans had little to show for it.

That’s the conclusion of a trio of economists who on Thursday released a preview of their book The State of Working America in 2008/2009 due out next year.

Despite two periods of recession in the past decade, U.S. worker productivity still rose 18% in the 2000s – about 2.5% per year, according to author Jared Bernstein, a widely followed economist from the liberal-leaning Economic Policy Institute.

But inflation-adjusted income for the American middle-class family actually fell during the same period. The median real income for working-age middle-income families in the United States dropped $2,000 between 2000 and 2007, from about $58,500 to $56,500, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday.

The onset of the George W. Bush/Karl Rove Depression didn’t change the fate of America’s Middle Class, it simply further solidified its downward arc in what has been called “The Lost Decade for the Middle Class“:

During Karl Rove’s tenure in the White House — a job he was clearly “not up to” — Americans saw corporations get exorbitantly richer while regular folks made less and less money. The number of Americans living in poverty went up. The number of Americans without health insurance went up.

This is Karl Rove’s record.

This is what he stands on, this is his resume, and this is why no one — save a handful of billionaires — should ever trust him again.

From the Bush Commerce Department in February 2007:

Personal savings drop to a 73-year low

Development comes as 78 million boomers nearing retirement

Associated Press, 2/1/2007 4:56:51 PM ET

People are saving at the lowest level since the Great Depression, and that could be a problem for the millions of baby boomers getting ready to retire.

In fact, the Commerce Department reported Thursday that the nation’s personal savings rate for all of 2006 was a negative 1 percent, the worst showing in 73 years.

The negative rate means people are spending all of the money they have left after paying taxes — and then some. They are dipping into savings or increasing their borrowing to finance current spending.

But Karl Rove is psychologically unequipped to accept the blame for any of that. It’s not in his nature.

Obama for America opens Kentucky Headquarters this Saturday

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April 4, 2012
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In Louisville, but I guess it’s only fair that Lexington can’t have everything that’s cool. The details if you want to head over there in championship style:

Obama for America is opening a new state Headquarters in Kentucky. Come be a part of the grassroots movement for change that is growing throughout the state. Join your friends, neighbors, and other supporters at the opening of our Louisville Headquarters! Special Guest Include: Congressman John Yarmuth and Mayor Greg Fischer

Time: Saturday, April 7, 2012 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Host: OFA Kentucky
Location: Obama for America Kentucky Headquarters (Louisville, KY)
617 Baxter Ave.
Louisville, KY 40204

Mitch McConnell Makes Bleeding Heart Argument Against Ryan/Rogers GOP Budget

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March 22, 2012
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Mitch McConnell went on the floor of the Senate and made a little speech about Obama’s health care plan, but all he really did was make an argument against the House GOP’s Budget Plan:

Let’s assume for a moment that McConnell’s telling the truth in all what he says — this requires a suspension of disbelief because anyone willing to believe Mitch McConnell, willing to take him at his word, is necessarily self-deceiving, even if he may occasionally speak truth to his own power.

He says 387,000 more people will be “forced” into Medicaid in Kentucky, resulting in 29% of the population.

Mitch McConnell says:

“It hurts the most vulnerable the most.”

And yet…

McConnell’s 5th District Congressman, Hal Rogers, the head of the House Appropriations Committee, just endorsed Paul Ryan’s GOP budget.

The House GOP’s Ryan/Rogers budget attacks Medicaid with a machete.

The Congressional Budget Office, at Ryan’s own request, examined this Republican budget and found draconian cuts to the Medicaid program which currently covers over 400,000 children in Kentucky:

CBO finds that the Ryan plan would cut programs to help low- and middle-income people afford health insurance — Medicaid, CHIP, and the Affordable Care Act’s subsidies to help near-poor and moderate-income families afford insurance — by more than 75 percent by 2050, with the bulk of the cuts coming from Medicaid.  Spending on these programs would be slashed from between 4¼ and 4½ percent of GDP in 2050 under current policies to just 1 percent of GDP.

Regardless of Obamacare’s impact on Medicaid, Mitch McConnell has just made a stark argument against his own party’s budget plan.

Mitch McConnell stands firmly opposed to the Paul Ryan and Hal Rogers plan to “hurt the most vulnerable.”

You’re Welcome, America; Kentucky’s Ed Whitfield leads battle to mislead the country on gas prices

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March 22, 2012
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The Republican House controlled Energy Committee held show-hearings on tar sands and, led by Kentucky’s own Ed Whitfield, endorsed the idea of tar sands extraction:

“Canadian regulators seek to make energy production safe, while the Obama administration’s regulators often seek to make it impossible,” said Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky, the Republican chairman of the subcommittee.

Whitfield, no expert on Canadian regulations let alone on creating jobs in Kentucky (the Keystone XL Pipeline doesn’t create any jobs for Kentucky), was unbowed in the face of Canadian testimony to the contrary:

Melina Laboucan-Massimo, an aboriginal Canadian and advocate from Greenpeace, told lawmakers that Canadian governments have shown little respect for environmental laws.

“In reality Canada and more specifically the province of Alberta have a lax and failing environmental monitoring system with little enforcement for its own laws when it comes to producing the tar sands,” she said.

Critics of tar sands say its corrosive nature makes it more likely to cause pipeline failures. They also claim it’s more energy-intensive to utilize.

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., who led the hearing, praised Canada’s environmental record, however, saying the United States could learn from its neighbors to the north.

Funny who Ed Whitfield believes we could learn from Canadians on some laws while, in the case of Universal Health Care, he believes the opposite.

As Whitfield leads the Republican Party’s effort to push through an unsafe pipeline plan on the American heartland’s water supply, the President is pushing back, restating what he’s said all along, that the pipeline isn’t a terrible idea if it’s done safely — something the Republican Party has zero interest in:

Obama is expected to publicly embrace part of the Keystone XL pipeline on Thursday by visiting a TransCanada facility and issuing an executive order on federal permitting of infrastructure projects that “will require agencies to make faster permitting and review decisions for vital infrastructure projects while protecting the health and vitality of local communities and the environment,” the White House said.

As for the portion of Keystone from Oklahoma to the Gulf Coast, the White House said Obama will “issue a specific memorandum in Cushing directing federal agencies to expedite the Cushing Pipeline.”

The White House has consistently said that Obama rejected the full Canada-to-Texas pipeline in January because Congress cut short the environmental review process and has cited bipartisan opposition to the proposed route through Nebraska.

The Whitfield/GOP line of debate is pushing two things here. They are now tying their incessant Keystone/Big Oil $$$ giveaway — something they’ve been trying to make resonant with voters for about a year — to the more recent issue of increased gas prices. Whitfield and the Republicans have long pushed the dangerous pipeline plan, the President has long pressed for a safer pipeline plan, and now that gas prices are soaring, Kentucky’s own Ed Whitfield is trying to tie the two together:

With gasoline reaching $3.86 a gallon in the U.S. and apparently heading higher, the public is impatient for Obama — or someone in his place — to do something about it.

In truth, a president has little direct control over gas prices, which have risen more than 50 cents a gallon since January in response to a standoff over Iran’s nuclear program that has threatened to disrupt Middle East oil supplies.

Well aware of Republicans’ criticism, Obama’s advisers argue that voters take a sophisticated view toward energy and think about it as a problem demanding long-term answers. They know that talk about future solutions may not satisfy people as they endure high prices, but they’re betting that voters will side with the candidate they trust the most to deal with the issue — and they’re determined that that will be Obama.

While this is yet another example of how the state of Kentucky is controlling the political dialogue of America — a state of 3 million dictating the policies governing 300 million — it is also a further exercise in the Republican Party’s deceitful approach to reality.

Gas prices are now at $3.86… but in the 2008, under George W. Bush — after 8 years of deregulation and expanded, reckless drilling — gas hit a high of $4.27.

The reality is that the President can’t really control the price of oil.

The reality is the Republican Party is lying when they claim domestic production will magically create lower gas prices. They are motivated by their allegiance to the oil industry, which just gets richer and richer. And they are ignoring the facts.

The Associated Press just put out a 36-year study of inflation-adjusted gas prices and it clearly shows that increased domestic drilling does not reduce gas prices:

More U.S. oil production doesn’t mean consistently lower prices at the pump, the analysis found.

Sometimes prices increase as American drilling ramps up. That’s what has happened in the past three years. Since February 2009, U.S. oil production has risen 15 percent when seasonally adjusted. Prices in those three years went from $2.07 per gallon to $3.58.

U.S. oil production is back to the same level it was in March 2003, when gas cost $2.10 per gallon when adjusted for inflation. But that’s not what prices are now. Instead, Americans are paying the highest gas prices ever for March.

That’s because oil is a global commodity and U.S. production has only a tiny influence on supply. Factors far beyond the control of a nation or a president dictate the price of gasoline.

But don’t mind the facts, America.

Just thank Ed Whitfield and the state of Kentucky for leading you down the path to ruin. Again.

 

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