I mean...that makes sense, you know? Allow us to exploit our own natural resources, inrease the oil supply, decrease our dependence on foreign sources, etc, etc; all kinds of good stuff would come from this: good for the American people, good for American business, good for the economy.
Then I read this. Ah hah:
The President’s announcement today is a smokescreen. It will almost certainly delay any new offshore exploration until at least 2012 and include only a fraction of the offshore resources that the previous Administration included in its plan.See, now that is the Barack Hussein Obama I have come (regretfully) to know. Rather than making drilling and producing easier and cheaper and faster, ol' Barry Soetoro is throwing up a roadblock.
John Kerry endorses it; what other proof do you need?
How about Sarah Palin's take on it?
That is about the saddest commentary I can make on our sitting President, isn't it? I knew there was something fishy about his proposal because it made too much sense. At least, the way the mainstream media were reporting it.
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From energy policy to socialized medicine:
You don't say? ObamaCare is going to make a doctor shortage worse.
Oh yeah. Especially if the doctors who said they'd quit actually go ahead and quit. Forget a shortage of general practitioners; you're going to have a shortage of everyone.
The next stop on the socialized medicine train: rationing and cost-cutting. As everyone with a brain predicted. Thanks, Democrats.
It's also going to force the federal government to run unprecedented deficits. ObamaCare is coming into being just as the entire federal safety net is beginning to implode.
The Democrats are demeaning anyone who opposes ObamaCare without taking care to avoid pissing off the moderates.
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That lets me seque quite nicely into "the states are out of money!"
And I have to wonder how much American debt the world economy can absorb before the whole thing tips over and capsizes.
The payout rate for US Treasuries went up last week, which is a sure sign that they are becoming less valuable. And guess what? "The trigger for last week's sell-off was poor demand at Treasury auctions, linked to the passage of the Obama health care reform."
The world market knows ObamaCare isn't going to reduce the US federal deficit by so much as a penny, and is reacting appropriately.
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The American people are really angry at their government.
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Here is an interesting take on Obama's mistreatment of Netanyahu.
Obama’s key move is always to fake brute force and power. Then, when he is challenged, he backs down. That’s why Putin isn’t afraid of Barry. It’s also why the Chinese, who actually took him to the woodshed in public over the weakening U.S. dollar, don’t fear him. Even the GOP isn’t afraid of Barry anymore.I hadn't really thought of it that way.
In fact, nobody is afraid of Barry except the people who rely on American resolve and strength. They should realize clearly that ultimately they only have themselves to rely on. If the Israelis are reawakening to that elementary fact, then Barry’s “humiliating” moves may actually do some good.
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Speaking of "tip over and capsize", at least one Democrat representative doesn't understand how an island works. This is one of the people who writes the laws you have to obey.
Just skip the first minute of the video to get to the money quote. Save your brain cells.
I admire that admiral for his self-restraint: "We don't anticipate that." I can see him smiling, but he's not laughing and he's not scoffing, which is more than I'd be able to manage.
My reaction would be more like:
YOU SAID WHAT? AAHHH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA OH MY GOD YOU CERTAINLY DON'T NEED BRAINS TO BE A CONGRESSMAN, DO YOU? HE SAID HE'S WORRIED THE ISLAND WILL TIP OVER AND CAPSIZE! AHHH HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!
...more or less. Imagine that being yelled in a jeering tone by a guy who's standing and pointing.
Hell, I think I just wrote a Saturday Night Live sketch, there.
Wait, no. It would only make SNL if a Republican had said something as idiotic as that. Never mind.