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The Gulf Oil Spill – Too many coincidences…

April 20: Deepwater Horizon explodes. 

84 days later, the leak continues spewing a much debated number of gallons per day into the Gulf of Mexico (estimates range from 800,000 to 3 million gallons/day). 

Speculation on the how’s, the who’s and the why’s behind this “accident” is running rampant in the media and on the internet. Yet for all the media coverage available – getting the facts on Tiger Woods’ extramarital activities or whether or not, Brittney Spears is wearing panties seems easier and the evidence is usually more conclusive. Maybe we need TMZ to cover this story instead of the mainstream media. 

The official story is riddled with inconsistencies and missing details, but what is clear is that there are too many unexplained coincidences. These inconsistencies easily lend themselves to conspiracy theories that become difficult to simply dismiss. 

Leading up to the accident is a list of strange events and coincidences…   

Since the Obama administration took over in Jan. 2009, the Center for American Progress, led by former Clinton Chief of Staff, John Podesta, has played a major role in forming the administration’s energy policies. CAP , of course is the George Soros sponsored “progressive” think tank. In April 2009, a CAP report stated that the America has a moral obligation to spend whatever is necessary to help poorer nations deal with the effects of the “global warming” caused by industrialized nations like the U.S.  They already used the EPA to declare that emissions of six key greenhouse gases – carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulfur hexafluoride “threaten the public health and welfare of the American people”. Since the inauguration the administration has been pursuing Cap & Trade, the Copenhagen Treaty and the rest of the “green agenda” with a passion. At one point the White House even appointed a known progressive revolutionary, Van Jones as their “Green Jobs Czar”. He has since stepped down and returned to a role at CAP.

In Feb. 2009, George Soros invested $900 million in Petrobras, the state controlled oil company of Brazil. Then, as “luck” would have it (for Soros), the Obama administration decided in Aug. 2009 to loan Petrobras $2 billion for a deep water off shore drilling project off the coast of Brazil. The proposed project is in water up to 4 times deeper than the Deepwater Horizon well that exploded in the Gulf. After the well explosion, the administration immediately suspended all new drilling operations and shut down 33 other wells in the Gulf due to safety concerns with deep water drilling. I wonder if Petrobras would benefit from such a decision? 

According to reports and confidential BP internal documents, the well had a variety of problems including bad wiring, a leak in the “blowout preventer” and sealing problems that may have led to the methane eruption. Some of these problems appear to have been known as early as February, two months before the accident. Additionally there were procedural and safety problems with the oil rig that may have also contributed to the explosion. BP is now also reporting undocumented tampering with well sealing equipment. 

In another interesting twist, just one week before the explosion, Halliburton a major player in this saga, acquired Boots & Coots, a small but extremely experienced oil well control company. Their claim to fame was the work they did in Kuwait extinguishing and cleaning up the well fires set by retreating Iraqi troops during the first Gulf War. Was Haliburton worried about problems with the well? 

As for Haliburton themselves, they admitted during the recent Congressional hearings that they had   carried out a cementing operation on the Deepwater Horizon only 20 hours before the rig exploded.

Both workers and BP officials now say gases were leaking through the new cement, prior to the blast. Investigators say the leaks are probably the cause of the accident.  

Coincidentally (considering all the well problems since Feb.), Goldman Sachs decided to sell 44% of its’ BP stock holdings (4,680,822 shares) during the same timeframe. The transaction was worth $266 million and helped them avoid a $96 million loss in the weeks after the explosion. 

Also according to the U.K. Telegraph, BP CEO Tony Hayward sold about 33% of his BP stock in the 30 days prior to the spill. The transaction involved 223,288 shares which sold for $2.066 million. This sale helped Hayward avoid a loss of approximately $625,000. Hayward quickly used his profits to pay off his mansion in Kent. Did Goldman Sachs and Hayward know something about the troubles before the well blew up? 

Then, there is the suspicious behavior of our government. To start with there was the refusal to waive the Jones Act to allow foreign ships to help with the relief efforts. There were also offers from several countries such as the Netherlands, Romania, Norway, Spain, Mexico, Canada, Sweden and Britain made a variety of offers of aid, from skimmer ships to technology. Only Canada, Mexico and Norway’s offers were accepted, the rest were either turned away or remain “under consideration”. 

Additionally, the federal government has blocked and hindered the efforts of Louisiana, and the other Gulf states in taking action to protect their own coastlines. Efforts by Gov. Bobby Jindal to build sand berms to help keep the oil from washing ashore were blocked by the federal government. The Coast Guard also broke up a flotilla of barges set up to create an oil barrier. 

There were also those bizarre Congressional hearings with BP and the bulk $20 billion prepayment for spill damage claims. The money was given to the federal government to administer. Who hands over that much money when they claim they haven’t completed their own internal investigation of the cause? It is worth pointing out that they (BP) like to say that BP stands for Beyond Petroleum and that they are heavily invested in many forms of alternative energy as well as a proponent of carbon credits and trading. They also were a huge contributor to Obama’s presidential campaign. Even after all the bad press and the $20 billion payout is there enough upside in Cap & Trade to make it worth staying in the President’s good graces? Remember carbon trading is an estimated $10 trillion annual business if Cap & Trade passes. 

There are also other controversies such as the oil dispersants being used. The criticisms run from the EPA’s claim that they are too toxic to the fact that the ones being used are new and untested. Kevin Costner claims to have an oil/water separator system that could capture oil from the surface and return clean water to the Gulf. Since the system is untested, the EPA is concerned over environmental impact so they are moving slowly with putting the system into service. Could the environmental impact of removing the oil from the water without chemicals really be worse than doing nothing or using the questionable dispersants?   

Another significant piece to this story is that most deep water wells have redundant (2) “blow out preventers” yet for some reason BP was a given a waiver to operate with only one on the Deepwater Horizon well, even though it is a very deep well. The waiver was granted last year by the U.S. Minerals Management Service. Why? Do campaign contributions buy waivers? Just asking. 

Need more? The FAA declares area over the spill a no-fly zone. Obviously they want to keep unnecessary aircraft out of the area (media helicopters, for sure) but are they hiding something else? There is speculation in the oil and gas industry trade publications that this disaster is far from over and things have the potential to get a lot worse. Some experts believe that BP has tapped into a massive oil field that is covered by a large methane gas bubble capable of creating pressure at the well head of 100,000 psi which is 100 times what the equipment is designed to deal with. This has the potential to create an underwater oil volcano which could wreak havoc on the surrounding area by generating tidal waves and clouds of toxic gas. Is there imminent danger that the government is not telling us about? A cover up? 

Check out this article from Petroleum World, titled “The Well from Hell”: 

http://www.petroleumworld.com/sf10062001.htm 

Over the past several years we have seen the formation of the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), which is funded by a variety of organizations, many of which have ties to the administration, pushing the “green agenda” of Cap & Trade. We have watched Al Gore (by the way a major investor in CCX) turn climate change into a full fledged industry. We have watched the U.N., the world’s elite and environmental extremists turn “climate change” into a radical movement bent on reshaping the global energy structure and redistribution of wealth. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that as a carbon credits trading operation, CCX will have the potential to make its’ investors very rich (some estimate $10 trillion annually) if Cap & Trade passes. So the question is -Is this about saving the planet or greed? Is the real green agenda more cash for the elite?

Will there soon be a cry from the Progressive Congressional Caucus calling for the nationalization of the oil industry?  In the past, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D) CA., a socialist moonbat, has called for nationalizing the oil companies, as have left leaning commentators such as MSNBC’s Chris Matthews. What’s even worse is that many Democrat voters actually believe this might be a good idea. Surely the answer to our problems is the government not greedy businesses like BP, right? Funny though how political donations from the evil corporations are still accepted by our saviors! I guess when you are saving the world no money is too dirty. 

“You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”  – Rahm Emanuel 

So ask yourself – what’s really going on here? Is the accident in the Gulf a “crisis” of opportunity for the administration to push through Cap & Trade? Is there a dragging of feet to get this thing capped to make the point that fossil fuels are unsafe? Remember according to Carol Browner the administration is in charge and calling all the shots in the Gulf, so no excuses right? It can’t be lost on most rational people that there are many glaring inconsistencies in this story and its’ relevant subplots. What is the real root cause; greed, incompetence, coincidences or conspiracy? My hunch is some of each but regardless this feels like another crossroads. Will this “accident” fuel more fundamental transformation of our country and our way of life? Will it be an excuse to further destroy our economy by becoming the catalyst for Cap & Trade? 

Wake up, America! Ask questions and demand answers! Time is running out…

 Restore the Republic, before it’s too late. 

Warnings from the Founding Fathers: 

“If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.” – Samuel Adams  

“Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands. Miracles do not cluster, and what has happened once in 6000 years, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world.” – Daniel Webster  

The Climate Change Scam – Quotes from the Idiot Left

Below are quotes from powerful, rich, religious, famous and fanatical environmentalists intent on keeping “the populace alarmed” to further their own personal and selfish goals. That goal is “Global Governance” by way of the U.N. These elitists believe they know what is best for us and they are willing to lie to us, manipulate the science, the media and our children to achieve their objectives.

Today the Green Movement is the new religion that the world’s elite have created to move their agenda forward. This is being done under the banner of saving the planet, social justice and redistribution of wealth while retaining the power for themselves.

The threat to the world is not man-made global warming or climate change. The threat to the world, is the groups of fanatics who want to impose their values and desires on others. The people below represent such a group.

Fasten your seat belts, these quotes range from frightening to ridiculous:

Quote from Club of Rome: “In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill….All these dangers are caused by human intervention….and thus the “real enemy, then, is humanity itself….believe humanity requires a common motivation, namely a common adversary in order to realize world government. It does not matter if this common enemy is “a real one or….one invented for the purpose.”

Quote by Al Gore, former vice president: “Adopting a central organizing principle means embarking on an all-out effort to use every policy and program, every law and institution, to halt the destruction of the environment.”

Quote by Maurice Strong, a primary power behind UN throne: “Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?”

Quote by Jeffery Sachs, Columbia University, Director of The Earth Institute: “Obama is already setting a new historic course by reorienting the economy from private consumption to public investments…free-market pundits bemoan the evident intention of Obama and team to ‘tell us what kind of car to drive’. Yet that is exactly what they intend to do…and rightly so. Free-market ideology is an anachronism in an era of climate change.”

Quote by Emma Brindal, a climate justice campaigner coordinator for Friends of the Earth: “A climate change response must have at its heart a redistribution of wealth and resources.”

Quote by David Foreman, co-founder of Earth First!: “We must make this an insecure and inhospitable place for capitalists and their projects. We must reclaim the roads and plowed land, halt dam construction, tear down existing dams, free shackled rivers and return to wilderness millions of acres of presently settled land.”

Quote by Louis Proyect, Columbia University: “The answer to global warming is in the abolition of private property and production for human need. A socialist world would place an enormous priority on alternative energy sources. This is what ecologically-minded socialists have been exploring for quite some time now.”

Quote by Michael Oppenheimer, major environmentalist: “The only hope for the world is to make sure there is not another United States. We can’t let other countries have the same number of cars, the amount of industrialization, we have in the US. We have to stop these Third World countries right where they are.”

Quote by Barack Obama, “All across the world, in every kind of environment and region known to man, increasingly dangerous weather patterns and devastating storms are abruptly putting an end to the long-running debate over whether or not climate change is real. Not only is it real, it’s here, and its effects are giving rise to a frighteningly new global phenomenon: the man-made natural disaster”.

Quote by David Graber, scientist U.S. Nat’l Park Services: “We have become a plague upon ourselves and upon the Earth. It is cosmically unlikely that the developed world will choose to end its orgy of fossil energy consumption, and the Third World its suicidal consumption of landscape. Until such time as Homo Sapiens should decide to rejoin nature, some of us can only hope for the right virus to come along.”

Quote by Sir John Houghton, first chairman of IPCC: “Unless we announce disasters, no one will listen.”

Quote by Al Gore, former vice president: “I believe it is appropriate to have an over-representation of factual presentations on how dangerous it is, as a predicate for opening up the audience to listen to what the solutions are, and how hopeful it is that we are going to solve this crisis.”

Quote by Stephen Schneider, Stanford Univ., environmentalist: “That, of course, entails getting loads of media coverage. So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we might have.”

Quote by Amory Lovins, scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute: “Complex technology of any sort is an assault on human dignity. It would be little short of disastrous for us to discover a source of clean, cheap, abundant energy, because of what we might do with it.”

Quote by Paul Ehrlich, professor, Stanford University: “Giving society cheap, abundant energy would be the equivalent of giving an idiot child a machine gun.”

Quote by Ted Turner, billionaire, founder of CNN and major UN donor: “A total population of 250-300 million people, a 95% decline from present levels, would be ideal.”

Quote by Ted Turner, billionaire, founder of CNN and major UN donor: ‘Global warming’ will kill most of us, and turn the rest of us into cannibals.”

Quote by Jason Warmis, long-time activist, environmentalist, UN advocate: If we are to stop CO2 growth, then we have to cut present world energy use by 80%, now. Our young people know the fate of the world is in their hands and they will make the sacrifices to make this happen. They will give up their iPods, cell phones, cars, computers, DVD players, video games, and the Internet to achieve an 80% cut, and more if necessary – this is not an issue for themselves, it’s an issue of saving the world for our betters, nature. Our young people will not fail us; they will lead the way as the last crucible of change and hope.

Quote by Ross Gelbsan, former journalist: “Not only do journalists not have a responsibility to report what skeptical scientists have to say about global warming. They have a responsibility not to report what these scientists say.”

Quote by Charles Alexander, Time Magazine science editor: “I would freely admit that on [global warming] we have crossed the boundary from news reporting to advocacy.”

Quote by Christine Stewart, former Canadian Environment Minister: “No matter if the science is all phoney, there are collateral environmental benefits…. climate change [provides] the greatest chance to bring about justice and equality in the world.”

Quote by Timoth Wirth, U.S./UN functionary, former elected Democrat: “We’ve got to ride the global-warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, we will be doing the right thing in terms of economic policy and environmental policy.”

Quote by Richard Benedik, former U.S./UN bureaucrat: “A global climate treaty must be implemented even if there is no scientific evidence to back the greenhouse effect.”

Quote by Chris Folland of UK Meteorological Office: “The data don’t matter. We’re not basing our recommendations [for reductions in carbon dioxide emissions] upon the data. We’re basing them upon the climate models.”

Quote by Noel Brown, UN official: “Entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000. Coastal flooding and crop failures would create an exodus of “eco-refugees,” threatening political chaos.” (Editor: Yes, he meant the year 2000.)

Quote by Harry Reid, Democrat, U.S. Senate majority leader: “Coal makes us sick. Oil makes us sick. It’s global warming. It’s ruining our country. It’s ruining our world.”

Quote by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: “Large-scale hog producers are a greater threat to the United States and U.S. democracy than Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network.”

Quote by Osama bin Laden, terrorist leader behind 9/11 plot & attacks: “In fact, the life of all mankind is in danger because of global warming resulting to a large degree from the emissions of the factories of the major corporations; yet despite that, the representative of these corporations in the White House insists on not observing the Kyoto accord, with the knowledge that the statistics speak of the death and displacement of millions of human beings because of global warming, especially in Africa.”

Quote by David Frame, climate modeler, Oxford University: “Rather than seeing models as describing literal truth, we ought to see them as convenient fictions which try to provide something useful.”

Quote from Monika Kopacz, atmospheric scientist: “It is no secret that a lot of climate-change research is subject to opinion, that climate models sometimes disagree even on the signs of the future changes (e.g. drier vs. wetter future climate). The problem is, only sensational exaggeration makes the kind of story that will get politicians’ — and readers’ — attention. So, yes, climate scientists might exaggerate, but in today’s world, this is the only way to assure any political action and thus more federal financing to reduce the scientific uncertainty.”

Quote by Thomas Lovejoy, scientist, Smithsonian Institution: “The planet is about to break out with fever, indeed it may already have, and we [human beings] are the disease. We should be at war with ourselves and our lifestyles.”

Quote by Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury: “We must support government coercion over enforcing international protocols and speed limits on motorways if we want the global economy not to collapse and millions, billions of people to die.”

Quote by Bill Maher, supposedly a comedian: “Failing to warn the citizens of a looming weapon of mass destruction- and that’s what global warming is- in order to protect oil company profits, well, that fits for me the definition of treason.”

Quote by David Suzuki, celebrity scientist on politicians ignoring climate alarmists: “What I would challenge you to do is to put a lot of effort into trying to see whether there’s a legal way of throwing our so-called leaders into jail because what they’re doing is a criminal act.”

Quote by James Hansen, prominent NASA climate scientist: “…chief executives of large fossil fuel companies to [should] be put on trial for high crimes against humanity and nature; [Hansen] accusing them of actively spreading doubt about global warming in the same way that tobacco companies blurred the links between smoking and cancer.

Quote by David Roberts, journalist Grist Magazine: “When we’ve finally gotten serious about global warming, when the impacts are really hitting us and we’re in a full worldwide scramble to minimize the damage, we should have war crimes trials for these bastards (global warming skeptics) — some sort of climate Nuremberg.”

Quote by Robert Muller, UN Assistant Secretary General: “In my view, after fifty years of service in the United National system, I perceive the utmost urgency and absolute necessity for proper Earth government. There is no shadow of a doubt that the present political and economic systems are no longer appropriate and will lead to the end of life evolution on this planet. We must therefore absolutely and urgently look for new ways.”

Unbelievable quotes aren’t they? The plan is to do and say anything to further the cause. The real objective is social reengineering not saving the planet. It is time to see this, for what it is. Climate change is a giant money making, power grabbing scam for the elite – and YOU are the victim. If the elite and the U.N. have their way, the America we grew up in will be what becomes extinct! Wake Up! Time is running out. Do your own research, the truth is out there – this is a scam.

Restore the Republic, Reject the Climate Change Scam of the Progressive Left!

 

BBC Report – What happened to Global Warming?

“All across the world, in every kind of environment and region known to man, increasingly dangerous weather patterns and devastating storms are abruptly putting an end to the long-running debate over whether or not climate change is real. Not only is it real, it’s here, and its effects are giving rise to a frighteningly new global phenomenon: the man-made natural disaster”. – Barack Obama

Not long ago, the President was busy telling us the debate about climate change was over and it was real. All while leading scientists from around the world tried unsuccessfully to get the U.N. or anyone in the media to listen to their side of the argument – that Climate Change was a cyclical event that has been happening forever. As new evidence continues to surface – will anyone listen before it is too late? We all need to face the ugly truth – Global Warming and the impending global disaster are a scam to create a power grab for the socialist forces that want to “fundamentally transform America”. This does not mean that sound environmental stewardship isn’t something we should strive for. However it does mean that we should not get suckered into sacrificing our national sovereignty, freedom, liberty, capitalism and the American way of life for the false religion of the green movement and their idea of social justice. That is why THEY are in such a rush to pass all this crap! They are afraid you will find out the truth before their plan has been launched. NO MORE CHANGE! It is time to slow down and thoughtfully debate this issue.

It is time to wake up! We need to say NO, to the Waxman Markey Climate Change Bill and any other form of Tax and Cap. This has the same disasterous consequences as Healthcare Reform.

Here is an excerpt from a new article at BBC by Paul Hudson:

For the last 11 years we have not observed any increase in global temperatures.

And our climate models did not forecast it, even though man-made carbon dioxide, the gas thought to be responsible for warming our planet, has continued to rise.

So what on Earth is going on?

 

Pacific ocean (BBC)

But in the last few years it (the Pacific Ocean) has been losing its warmth and has recently started to cool down.

Go read the full article and decide for yourself!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8299079.stm

Restore the Republic, Reject the Green Agenda of the Progressive Left!

Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it. — Mark Twain

Maxine Waters admits liberals are socialists…SHOCKING!

Maxine Waters admits liberals are socialists and they want the government to nationalize the oil companies! Watch this….

DO NOT BE FOOLED …This fight is not just over Health Care, it’s for the American way of life, liberty and freedom. Just say No…. No Nanny State, No Welfare State, No Socialism….. cause that ain’t America.

(Special Thanks to Barbara Davis White for sharing this clip)

The Building Blocks of Socialism… the Democrats legislative agenda

The Building Blocks of Socialism

The American Way of Life Under Siege – Day 210

This blog has 3 goals, they are:

Goal #1 – I want To PISS YOU OFF!!

Goal #2 – I want To MAKE YOU THINK!

Goal #3 – And I want to MOTIVATE YOU to TAKE ACTION by getting involved!

As I been writing for several weeks, our way of life, our freedom, our liberty and the America that we all love is under attack from the Socialist Left. They are led by President Obama, a Harvard educated community organizer who grew up in the rough and tumble world of Chicago politics. As we have discussed previously, he has a plan and he built a team around him to execute it. He is counting on your passive – “that can’t happen in America attitude” to provide a window of opportunity for him to “Fundamentally transform America!”

Remember – his team is mostly the Czars who work inside the Executive Branch of the Government and are only accountable to the President – no congressional, judicial oversight or approval- and sure as hell – no transparency!

I want to focus on the immediate risks. While everyone is in a twist over the health care bill it is just one of the problems. I find myself getting sucked in – wanting to virtually debate the President and call him out on his disingenuous town hall rhetoric. He likes to discuss in general terms the policies of how he claims his administration would interpret and administer the program. All the while deftly avoiding the contents of the bill which would become law. Just think back to tax cuts for 95% of Americans or the veto pen to stop pork barrel spending policies which have or are changing because “the situation changed”. However, we must remain vigilant because the healthcare reform is not the only game changing bill on the table. Keeping up with these guys is like playing 3 card monte with a street hustler.

Remember the administration is following the community organizer’s handbook. The plan is to overwhelm the system. Why is there such a rush to pass all this legislation? Why has there been several major bills overlapping in Congress ever since he took office – Tax & Cap, Healthcare Reform, Bailouts, Card Check, Serve America Act, etc.? Got it yet? That’s right – overwhelm the system because they are betting we can’t organize fast enough to stop everything.

Play Chuck Todd clip starts at 1:25

Think about this – we are less than a year into this administration and a year away from bringing any balance back to Congress. Anything we do beat back they have time to try again. Worse yet anything they pass, even in a watered down version they have their foot in the door. Remember the infamous Rahm Emanuel quote about crisis.

Play Rahm Emanuel Crisis Clip

There are 4 pieces of legislation that are inching closer to a vote each of which pose significant risk by themselves but any combination or worse yet all of them passing is nothing short of a monumental disaster.

So what are the game changers pending before Congress or being proposed as regulatory guidelines by the administration. They are:

Obviously Healthcare Reform is the one that drives the most emotion and has dominated the spotlight. This mostly because it is the one that is most easily personalized.

The Waxman Markey Climate Change Bill also known as Cap and Tax or the Climate Change Bill. While not as easy to see all the ways this will directly affected our lives on an individual basis, it is every bit as insidious.

The Employee Free Choice Act – Also known as Card Check. There could not be a more misleading name for a piece of legislation than this one. The bill makes union organizing much easier by eliminating secret ballot union ratification votes. It also creates a much more difficult environment for employers to tell their side of the story once organizing begins as well as changing the negotiating landscape if an organizing effort is successful. More on this later.

Last but not least, an assault on free speech. This will likely occur through a regulatory initiative rather than legislation. This program was formerly known as the Fairness Doctrine. This will be spearheaded by Mark Lloyd, the FCC’s new chief diversity officer. In 2007, he laid out a “battle plan” for liberal activists to target conservative talk radio stations authoring for the Center for American Progress a report called “The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio”. In his new role at the FCC, it is almost a certainty that this will become an agenda item at some point. This is especially obvious when you consider how much credit Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity and other conservative talk show hosts are being given for the current healthcare reform backlash.

In the interest of the length of this post, I am going to tackle two of these items in this one and the next two tomorrow. Let’s start with the Fairness Doctrine. I want to do this for two reasons; first, you can go a thousand other places to read about Healthcare Reform and second, if a new version of the Fairness Doctrine goes through – where will we get the other side of the news?

So what is the Fairness Doctrine? Introduced in 1949, it required the holders of broadcast licenses both to present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was (in the Commission’s view) honest, equitable and balanced. In other words, the Fairness Doctrine had two basic elements: It required broadcasters to devote some of their airtime to discussing controversial matters of public interest, and to air contrasting views regarding those matters. Stations were given wide latitude as to how to provide contrasting views: It could be done through news segments, public affairs shows, or editorials. The doctrine did not require equal time for opposing views but required that contrasting viewpoints be presented.

In 1985, the Fairness Doctrine was revoked by then FCC Chairman Mark Fowler, a communications attorney who said, that the doctrine hurt the public interest and violated free speech rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. The left has been howling ever since.

Mark Lloyd, the FCC’s new chief diversity officer’s report found that 90% of political talk radio programming has a conservative orientation. He thinks this is some how unfair. To start with he contends that this impart is due to the consolidation of radio syndicates around the country. He believes that big business backs the conservative or Republican viewpoint. Therefore, they are taking away the local voice that might be more liberal. This proves two things to me. First, he does not understand free market economics because if nobody is listening then nobody would be advertising. Advertising pays the bills so I don’t care what you personally believe – if you own the radio station and nobody is buying ads – you will change the programming. Second, he obviously does not watch the network TV news because it is pretty one sided to the left.

So what is his bottom line – well, in his paper for the Center for American Progress, he concludes that under the current guidelines the public interests are not being served. Lloyd in his paper says that the solution is to restructure the system to change ownership guidelines to reduce the footprint of large broadcast ownership groups. He also recommends shorter license terms and significant penalties based on programming content designed to subsidize smaller operators to keep their stations on the air. Even though his report acknowledges more demand for conservative political talk versus that of liberals he believes there needs to be more “balance”. Can you say state run radio? Make no mistake – free speech is under attack. You don’t need to look any further than the healthcare town halls to understand that if you disagree then you should shut up – or prepare to be ridiculed and attacked.

If you want to read Mr. Lloyd’s report you can find it at:

http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2007/06/pdf/talk_radio.pdf

 

 

 

Next Up – The Waxman Markey Climate Change Bill or (Cap & Tax)

What is cap and trade?

The Cap – It is a system that sets a limit or a cap on emissions generated by fossil fuel use. Companies will be given an emission limit based on either a formula or a historical profile. Over time the limit would be reduced to achieve a target that in theory would reduce the cumulative global output to 80% of 1990 actual output by 2050.

The Trade – Companies that perform below their allocated levels can bank the unused units and sell them to companies that exceed their allocated units.

Theoretically, the system would be adopted worldwide and the total global cap would be designed to reduce global warming. This sounds great right?

So are you ready for the rest of the story?

This is going to essentially be the biggest “disguised tax” in U.S. history. President Obama promised no new taxes for 95% of Americans. This bill is at its’ heart a tax on energy. While defenders say it only taxes dirty, carbon based energy turns out that is about 90% of the energy used in this country. An average American will see their energy bills increase between $1000 & $2000 per year depending on where they live and how their energy is produced.

Play Cap and Trade – It’s an energy tax

This bill will also result in significant job losses as energy companies struggle to become compliant with new government regulations and businesses struggle with the higher price of energy. Some analysts are saying job losses will average 2.5 million per year for up to three years after the program is implemented. This would be on top of the million Americans already unemployed.

Another thing that should worry us all… after a draft of the bill had been made easily accessible to the public for over a month, just hours before the bill was voted on 350 pages of amendments were tacked on containing God knows what! Another bill passed that nobody read completely after the last minute additions – I’m scared, are you?

However, while the government holds U.S. businesses to these ridiculous standards, the Chinese are polluting the hell out of the planet and kicking our ass at manufacturing. Good thing global warming is a myth!

Meanwhile back at home in the U.S., the federal government has piled on the regulations and restrictions that continue to reduce America’s global competitiveness. The Congress and environmental groups have objections to almost every solution to America’s move toward energy independence which translates into a healthier economy.

Here is a list of potential solutions along with the associated objection:

Nuclear power: Cheap and surprisingly safe, despite the safety concerns the industry has had a long record of safe operations in the U.S. There are 439 nuclear power plants operating in 30 countries around the world, 104 in the U.S. This is one of the largest sources of power in Europe. It also has a smaller carbon footprint than other energy sources. Legitimately, nuclear power is the easiest to argue against due to storage, safety and potential target for terrorism.

Coal Powered Electric Generation: The largest source of power in the U.S. coal plants produce the highest level of carbon dioxide of the primary sources. While there is a lot of work on building clean coal technology debate rages over whether it is real and cost effective. Ironically, coal provides the most immediate solution to U.S. energy independence because we have some of the world’s largest reserves. However, if we are not allowed to use it here at home I am sure we will eventually sell our coal reserves off to China and India allowing them to use the cheaper fuel while we pay higher prices at home.

Wind Power: While wind power is one of the cleanest and most environmentally friendly sources for power it still receives continuous attacks from environmental and citizens groups. The primary complaints from environmentalists focus on birds and bats with regard to migratory patterns. While citizen groups often complain about the aesthetics of the turbines themselves. Even Sen. Ted Kennedy, supposedly a supporter of all things green, complained about the Cape Wind Project near his summer home. Of course, wind turbines will also require those nasty transmission lines.

Solar Power: Solar technology has evolved to a point where base load solar power is now technically feasible. California has started exploring the possibility of constructing such plants in the Mohave Desert. While today it remains relatively expensive 4x the cost of coal powered electricity per kilowatt hour there is confidence in the engineering community that costs could be cut by as much as two thirds as the technology continues to be refined. The only known negative environmental impact is construction of the plants and the use of transmission lines to bring the power back to the population centers. The environmentalists have already started their campaigns to protect the desert and all the areas the transmission lines will be built on. Prompting a frustrated California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to say, “They say we want renewable energy but they say they don’t want us to put it anywhere. I don’t know if this is ironic or absurd. But, I mean, if we can’t put solar power plants in the Mohave Desert, I don’t know where the hell we can put them.”

I think you are starting to get the point. Ironically, the U.S. Senate already voted 95-0 against participation in the Kyoto Treaty or any similar treaty.

Recognizing that there was not support in Congress to vote this type of legislation into law, on April 17th the Administration used its’ regulatory power through the EPA and announced that greenhouse gas emission were a threat to public health because they contribute to climate change. This sets the stage for the EPA to regulate emissions from a wide spectrum of sources including vehicles, power plants, manufacturing facilities, oil refineries and airplanes. Soon we will be chasing environmental standards that are unrealistic and hurt our ability to compete in the world. These standards will raise the cost of power, transportation and products for both citizens and most American businesses. This feeds into the larger cycle of government rules and regulations that reduce the profitability of our economy, put us at a disadvantage in the global market and slows economic recovery.

The only winners in this situation will be the multi-national businesses such as GE which spent an estimated $20 million on lobbying efforts on all things green. In addition to their huge footprint in wind and solar power, GE has announced the launch of a new subsidiary called Greenhouse Gas Services, which will facilitate the trading of carbon tax credits. GE and others are poised to cash in on this “crisis” while the rest of us are left to foot the bill.

In the end Cap & Trade will be just another undisclosed tax and financial burden on the citizens of the U.S. It is an international wealth shifting program that holds the U.S. to the highest standard while holding China arguably the other super power to none.

Ask yourself why as an American, your standard of living should be lowered and your way of life changed to finance this nonsense while the rest of the world is free to continue on their merry way, doing what they want and kicking our butts in the process?

Remember the words of Emma Brindal, a climate justice campaigner and a coordinator for Friends of the Earth: “A climate change response must have at its heart a redistribution of wealth and resources.”

Write your representatives and tell them we are not interested in Cap & Trade or subsidizing the cost of switching to alternative energy systems on an artificial schedule. Since this bill has already passed the house, we need to focus on our Senators. We must send them a clear message that this bill must not pass. We can be good citizens of the world without destroying our economy. Through American innovation we will continue to move toward cleaner energy and more thoughtful environmental policies but not at the expense of our own economic security. Scare tactics aside, we have time to both “fix” the problems and protect our economy. There is no time to waste; this needs your immediate attention. To learn more about The Waxman Markey Climate Change Bill or Cap & Trade check my blog category under Global Warming for several very specific posts.

Unfortunately, Congress is currently littered with a variety of proposed legislation that supports the administration’s social reengineering agenda. We must be vigilant in identifying these bills and fight them. After all, the only thing at stake is the American Dream!

Cap & Trade – It’s an Energy Tax

Remember no new taxes on anyone making less than $250K ? Guess what income tax isn’t the only way to create revenue – Oh no! YES WE CAN! Another moment of truth – you shouldn’t be surprised, this is just the beginning. This has got the potential to be just as bad as the healthcare reform bill. Most estimate this will cost the average American household an additional $1700 a year in utility costs.

 

We need to recognize that we are under attack. While you are protesting healthcare reform don’t forget to tell them to vote against The Waxman Markey Climate Change Bill as well.

Two Bills that Kill…(the economy, jobs, and our country)

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.  

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world”.

 – Thomas Jefferson 

We are parked at the edge of a cliff. We have a choice – slip the car into reverse and back away or hit the gas and plunge to the canyon floor. We are at the most dangerous point in our history in the last fifty years. We must stop these bills before we are on a road from which turning back might be impossible. Remember, this is a multi pronged strategy by the democrats. One prong is the proposed legislation, the other is the usurping of unconstitutional power through the Czars, government agencies, nationalizing businesses and financial thuggery by the Federal Reserve to move the agenda forward if legislation fails.

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government – lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.”- Patrick Henry

These bills must be stopped and they must be stopped now. Here is a quick recap of two pending bills before Congress that will kill jobs, drive up taxes, increase the cost of living, feed inflation and redistribute wealth. 

Cap & Tax  (The Waxman Markey Climate Change Bill)

This is going to essentially be the biggest “disguised tax” in U.S. history. President Obama promised no new taxes for 95% of Americans. This bill is at its’ heart a tax on energy. While defenders say it only taxes dirty, carbon based energy turns out that is about 90% of the energy used in this country. An average American will see their energy bills increase between $1000 & $2000 per year depending on where they live and how their energy is produced. 

This bill will also result in significant job losses as energy companies struggle to become compliant with new government regulations and businesses struggle with the higher price of energy. Some analysts are saying job losses will average 2.5 million per year for two to three years. 

Another thing that should worry us all… after a draft of the bill had been made easily accessible to the public for over a month, just hours before the bill was voted on 350 pages of amendments were tacked on containing God knows what! Another bill passed that nobody read completely after the last minute additions – I’m scared, are you? 

However, while the government holds U.S. businesses to these ridiculous standards. Meanwhile, the Chinese are polluting the hell out of the planet and kicking our ass at manufacturing. Good thing global warming is a myth! 

Ask yourself why as an American, your standard of living should be lowered and your way of life changed to finance this nonsense while the rest of the world is free to continue on their merry way, doing what they want and kicking our butts in the process?

We need to focus on our Senators and send them a clear message that we do not want this bill to pass. There is no time to waste it needs your immediate attention. To learn more about The Waxman Markey Climate Change Bill or Cap & Trade check my blog category under Global Warming for several very specific posts.

Remember these famous words from Emma Brindal, a climate justice campaigner coordinator for Friends of the Earth: “A climate change response must have at its heart a redistribution of wealth and resources.” 

Employees Free Choice Act/ Card Check 

The Employee Free Choice Act, or “card check,” has been introduced in the past three Congresses, but it always failed to win the 60 votes needed to pass controversial legislation in the Senate.

Now there is real trouble on the horizon – his name is Al Franken. Today the Minnesota Supreme Court confirmed the results of the controversial Senate race declaring Al Franken the winner. With his certification complete, the democrats might finally have enough votes to push this bill through as he becomes the 60th member of the democratic Senate caucus.

The proposed law gives workers a choice of forming a union through majority sign-up (“card check”) or an election by secret ballot. Critics warn that this will lead to employee intimidation to sign cards and will deny individuals the right to a secret ballot. The secret ballot has been the safety valve in the organizing process. Employees could go along with process to allow a vote by signing the organizing petition but had the safety of the secret ballot to protect their individual vote. As a manufacturing manager for 30 years I have had a front row seat to union organizing efforts twice. In both cases, employees were under tremendous peer pressure to sign the petition. However, both times the union was defeated by the secret ballot. It sure seemed like the process worked as it was supposed to each time. The other major criticism is that it will kill jobs because small to medium size employers will not be able to afford unionized shops, in many this will drive them out of business. The business community is geared up to fight the bill.

Supporters say the legislation will improve wages, benefits, and working conditions by helping workers form unions.

“Voting is the most precious right of every citizen, and we have a moral obligation to ensure the integrity of our voting process.” – Hillary Clinton

Shouldn’t this apply towards something as important as a union election too? After all the signing the card means that you want to hear more. After both sides present their case you go cast your vote in private.

So why do we need this law? First, it will help the unions get easier victories and build their dwindling membership. Oh, yeah and the labor unions strongly support the democrats. This is as much about politics as it is about employee’s rights.

There is one more aspect to the bill that is equally as troubling as the secret ballot issue. That is the method by which negotiations would be handled under the bill. If the employer and the union did not reach a deal in 120 days, a government arbitration panel could intervene and take over the negotiations.

For many, the government arbitration clause looks to be a deal breaker. As long as that provision is in the bill, said Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, “I don’t know how anybody can talk compromise.” He added, “If it wasn’t for the political power of the national unions, this wouldn’t have a chance. But they are powerful.”

Ironically, during the 2008 elections anti card check ads featured the head liberal of his time – former S.D. Sen. George McGovern as their spokesman. Even George could not get behind elimination of the secret ballot to protect the privacy of each employee. We must fight this legislation. With unemployment already tracking at 9.4% nationally, we can not afford more job loss. It’s bad for business, it is un-American and since when are we against a secret ballot? Write your Senator and tell them –just say no!

Unfortunately, Congress is currently littered with a variety of proposed legislation that supports the administration’s social reengineering agenda. We must be vigilant in identifying these bills and fighting them. After all, the only thing at stake is the American Dream!

“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.

Most bad government has grown out of too much government”. – Thomas Jefferson