Money Down the Drain

President Obama’s drilling moratorium in the Gulf is not only contributing to higher prices for us at the pump,  job losses in Louisiana and fueling oil shortage problems, it’s also losing money for the government.

Rob Bluey writes in the Washington Examiner:

“Billions of dollars in potential oil revenue that could help close the federal deficit, is being lost as a result of President Obama’s anti drilling agenda.

Production in the Gulf of Mexico – which normally accounts for about 30% of all U.S. prodution – is expected to drop this year by 220,000 barrels per day, according to projections from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

With oil currently at $90 a barrel and the royalty rate about 18.75%, that equals $3.7 million in lost revenue each day.

If the agency projections hold over the course of the year, the federal government would lose more than $1.35 billion from Gulf royalty payments this year.

The number grows even larger when coupled with a lack of Gulf lease sales and fewer rental payments.”

Louisiana Senator David Vitter has protested against this policy, but in the Obama administration has yet to budge.

What Obama Really Meant

By now, we’ve all been inundated with the Bill O’Reilly Superbowl interview with Obama. O’Reilly is getting a week’s worth of talk out of a 14 minute interview.

But what we didn’t get are the answers Obama would really have given. So here’s what President Obama really would have said if he could have been honest.

Q: Mubark, is he going to leave soon?

Obama: We wanted him to go right away. I mean, the guy is 83, time to give it up! But then Hillary told me he wanted to come here and collect his Social Security. and man, that’s stretched to its limit already. Then he got his hackles up and decided to stay. So, we switched on a dime – or should I say dinar (laughing) – and said, OK, you stay there for now.

Q: So you don’t know when he’s going to leave?

O: Not a clue.

Q: But the longer he stays, the more people are going to die. And the other problem is, Mubarak knows a lot of bad things about the U.S… rendition and all of that… So I’m just worried that he might go off the reservation.

O: Well, people in Egypt are already facing a food shortage. Thinning the ranks will help ease that problem. As for what Mubarak knows, well, that’s what George W. Bush is for. What a gift that man was for me. Whatever’s wrong, it’s his fault.

Q: The Muslim Brotherhood. Are they a threat to the U.S.?

O; Hey, stop your racism, Bill! It’s a religion of peace, don’t you get that? What do you want us to do? Check every Muslim who comes in the country, body shaved, doused with Brut and holding a farewell letter? I can’t intrude on their civil rights! As for Israel – whatever.

Q: A federal judge in Florida said your health care law is unconstitutional. Are you prepared for that law to go down?

O: I think that activist, right wing nut job of a judge probably has a few skeletons in his closet. We’ll find them and when we’re through, he won’t be able to order a sandwich, much less order Obamacare unlawful.

Q: The Supreme Court is going to hear this one way or the other. What are you going to do?

O: It would really be terrible, wouldn’t it, if somebody like Scalia were to take a fall? Or if Alito got food poisoning. Or somebody else had a car accident? Then I’d have to appoint a new justice and you can bet he, or she, will believe  that the Affordable Care Act is as necessary and right as the air they breathe – literally.

Q: The Wall St. Journal said, and I want you to react to this, Mr. Obama is a determined man of the left whose goal is to redistribute much larger levels of income across society… the Wall St. Journal is painting you as a pretty left wing guy.  You deny that?

O: And they’re just now catching on? Jeez, Joe the Plumber got it right away.

Q: But the pundits now say you’re moving to the center to raise your approval ratings. Is that true?

O: No, but you know the old saying “there’s a sucker born every minute.”  I pay lip service in front of the right crowd and bingo, the lemmings will follow me all the way to November 6, 2012.

Q: What’s the worst part of the job? What’s the worst part of being president?
O:  Well, Bush and Reagan were always talking about how hard it was to send young men into battle.  But, I say, hey, they took that risk, they made that decision. Look, I’m not going to lose sleep over them. But what really has been hard is not being able to smoke in public! FDR did. You didn’t see Eleanor getting on his case when he took a puff, did you? Or when he, well… we’ll leave that alone right now. I’ve got an election to win.

Q: What is it about the job that has surprised you the most?

O: All this yapping whenever I want to hop on Air Force One  and get pizza in Chicago or to go to New York for a Broadway play. Sure it costs a lot and ties up traffic, but that isn’t my problem.

Q: Do you think you have changed as a person since you became president?

O: No, but Valerie Jarrett has. She’s not as patient with me as she used to be. She’ll use words like “shadow president,”  “who really does the heavy lifting here,” “get out and deliver the speech just as I wrote it.” Sheesh!

Q: Does it disturb you  that so many people hate you?

O: I’d hate me too if I had to live under my rules. But I don’t. And, yes, we are taking names. Soon we’ll have those “reeducation camps” ready to go and then that won’t be a problem anymore.

O’Reilly: Thank you Mr. President.

O:  I’m going to watch the Superbowl. Can you pass me the Doritos?

Who Am I?

Would someone please tell me who President Barack Obama is?

Or perhaps I should say, which president he is.

When he rode to Washington D.C., following Lincoln’s rail trip, the American people were supposed to believe he was the new Lincoln. After all, Obama, like Lincoln,  was a tall, lanky lawyer from Illinois – er, make that Hawaii – known for his oratory. He announced his candidacy in Springfield, Ill., Lincoln’s old stomping ground. His inaugural theme was “A New Birth of Freedom,” a line taken from Lincoln’s Gettysburg address. He even used Lincoln’s bible for his swearing in.

But somehow, that persona fizzled.

Later in January 2009,  Obama was FDR.

Time magazine put him on the cover, looking like FDR complete with the jaunty cigarette in its holder, narrow glasses and hat. Obama was starting his first 100 days. He would create public works programs to halt unemployment.  It was the New Deal all over again. Like FDR, Obama was eloquent. He is able to use new media in a profound way, just like FDR, gushed NPR. He would reassure us about the future as he made it all right again.

But somehow, that persona fizzled.

Last week Obama was on the cover of Time again, this time with Ronald Reagan. with the title “Why Obama Loves Reagan.” At Christmas Obama was said to be reading a biography of Reagan. He’s going to the center! cried pundits. He’s like Reagan because he lost congressmen in the midterm elections. Reagan’s poll numbers were down at this point, too, they say. Obama is sure to be re-elected just like Reagan.

It just so happened that last week many in the country were celebrating what would have been Reagan’s 100 birthday. What better way to get some free publicity than to glom onto a favorite president – again.

But somehow, that persona fizzled – and quickly.

Today, Obama is JFK. Yesterday’s speech to the Chamber of Commerce evoked Kennedy. the AP said. “Echoing John F. Kennedy, President Barack Obama prodded business leaders Monday to look beyond company bottom lines and ‘ask yourselves what you can do for America’.”  Other pundits noted the similarity to Kennedy’s famous “ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” With his Kennedy like taxcuts, can Camelot be far behind for Obama?

The only president he hasn’t tried to be lately is George W. Bush. If he were, then there would be no one else to take the blame.

Why can’t Obama be his own president? Could it be that there is no there, there?

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The New Civility

President Obama’s call for civility after the Tucson tragedy must have eluded Commercial Appeal columnist Wendi C. Thomas.

She tweeted her views on the school consolidation plan proposed by Senator Mark Norris yesterday in Nashville.

“Sen. Norris has left the well. He did not drown there. Dangit. SB25 bill sails to passage.”

What a nice sentiment to broadcast on twitter. Liberal love and civility again on display.

Troubling Trends

Share Your WealthDisturbing incidents keep popping up in the news lately. Nothing that’s an earth shaking story, but trends that don’t look good for our republic.

For instance, today President Obama told the Chamber of Commerce that corporate profits “must be shared by the American worker.” We got a whiff of this with Joe the Plumber and the redistribution of wealth comment. Does Obama feel confident enough in his ratings to start this push?

Also today, the  FCC has announced it will use the Emergency Alert System, those routinely sounded alarms, to make presidential announcements in the future. “The primary goal is to provide the president with a mechanism to communicate with the American public during times of  national emergency,” a spokesman said. Does this sound like the United States or a third world banana republic?

Recently, the Wall Street Journal quoted John Heilemann, co-author of “Game Change,” who wrote some interesting tidbits in New York Magazine. Washington players shared some thoughts with him such as “President Obama rarely consulted outside the tiny charmed circle surrounding him in the White House. What you had was really 3 or 4 people running the government. I thought they put a pretty good Cabinet together, but most of those guys might as well be in the witness protection program.” Another told him, “I happen to know most of the Cabinet pretty well and I get together with them indivdually for lunch,” said one of the most respected Democrat bigwigs in Washington. “I’ve had half a dozen Cabinet members say that in the first two years, they never had one call – not one call – from the president.”

So who are these unelected people running the country? Suggestions are the chief one is Valerie Jarrett, an old friend from Chicago. She also happens to have been born in Iran to American parents. She didn’t live here the first five years of her life. One wonders what her priorities are. And there is no way to check her power since she is only accountable to the president.

When Obama spoke at the National Prayer breakfast on Thursday, he once again said some things that caused many to prick up their ears. He said, “My father, who I barely knew – I only met once for a month in my entire life – was said to be a non-believer.”

This is troubling on several levels. First, Obama had previously said that his father and mother lived together in Hawaii until he was two. Another time there was the story of Obama Sr. visiting the Dunham clan in Hawaii Christmas 1971. Which is it? Why the discrepanacies?

Then, when you consider the term “non believer” is used by Muslims to describe everyone outside Islam, it strikes you as an odd choice of words.

There is also the recently disclosed information that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano secretly met with the Muslim Brotherhood in 2010.

Obama pals William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn helped the Free Gaza flotilla that engaged in clashes with Israeli  troops, as did Code Pink. What were they doing that for?

When you consider that we have a press that will gloss over any troubling thing he says, and refuses to delve into any of his background or motives,  you wonder how the truth can get out. And what don’t we know?

Tingles Turn to Chills

Watching a 12 minute clip of Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” I literally spilled my coffee.

Matthews, the obsequious Obama cult follower famous for getting tingly legs listening to his beloved Barak,  actually threw a few barbs his way.

Talking about the administration’s handling of Mubarak and the crisis in Egypt, Chrissy said, “Barack Obama, as much as I support him in many ways, there’s a transactional quality to the guy that’s chilling.”

Y’a think?

That’s been obvious to conservatives from Day 1.

Matthews  continues. “Wasn’t Mubarak our friend for 30 years? Are we denying that? … (After Sadat’s assassination) we thought things might come apart over there and he held everything together. He was strong… and now we say it’s time for the game.. Well, we should have prepared this 20, 30 years ago. Where is the State Department? Don’t we have hundreds of people sitting over there in Foggy Bottom with no other job except to know what’s going on in Egypt… what are they doing?

“I watch Secretary Clinton today. I don’t get anything. I see anything more than 2 plus 2 are 4. I keep waiting for 5. Show me you’ve done your jobs over there…I feel ashamed as an American at how we’re doing this… what have we done as leaders and as friends? All we’ve done is watch.”

Pat Buchanan, also on the panel, said “we are coldly calculating. We look dreadful.” He describes how at first we seemed to go with the demonstrators when it looked like they would win, then the guys riding camels came in and we recalculated.

Host Joe Scarborough agreed. “Mubarak was the reason we had 30 years of peace in the region. That is worth something.”

Matthews’ bubbling over caused many to wonder if he is the White House Insider recounting and questioning the Obama administration. The web site has denied this.

But if liberals are getting worried and scared, what does this say for the leadership of our country?

“Just Make It Look Good”

The White House Insider quotes the new mantra of Obama:  whatever happens, “just make it look good.”

According to the report sent to newsflavor.com, the Insider says Obama is “clueless. Totally clueless” about Egypt and what’s going on around him.

“His primary focus is now getting elected in ’12. Everything else has been given over to (Valerie) Jarrett… The president has no interest in policy. No interest in working legislation…he is being told what to say and that is it.”

The scary scenario he describes evidently is alarming many people. It seems two issues dominate for Obama now and you can read it yourself at http://newsflavor.com/politics/world-politics/white-house-insider-obama-is-clueless-totally-clueless/.

The anonymity of the writer might make you doubt his account, but it doesn’t seem out of character with the president.