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How’s that Obama comprehensive energy plan working out?

How’s that Obama comprehensive energy plan working out?

Historically high winter gas prices:

Who to blame? You know.

Via American Glob:

Obama is still trying to make this about Republicans. Nancy Pelosi has moved on to blaming Wall Street.

A few years ago Obama, Pelosi and almost every other member of their party blamed one person. The president.


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I titled this article “Rising gas prices, President Obama & pond scum” in reference to a) President Obama’s ‘Pond Scum Speech’ & b) Newt Gingrich’s reply to President Obama’s foolish speech:

From the “TOP 12” reasons why your family or friends cannot explain why they voted democrat…

12. I voted Democrat because I believe oil companies’ profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are obscene, but the government taxing the same gallon of gas at 15% isn’t.

Average state gas tax 30.4 cents/gallon
Average fed gas tax 18.4 cents/gallon

DINORightMarie | February 26, 2012 at 2:34 pm

I posted this video on my Facebook page, urging people – especially younger ones – to watch, emphasizing that these same Dems who blamed Bush (in their own words) and are NOW blaming Republicans. My post has these comments posted:

.. obama isn’t a terrible president.


Posting this makes you no better than the mudslingers. We need to unite, not fight.

I despair for our youth. *sigh*

    Keep posting real information, and keep teaching them. They are young, and indoctrinated, but they are not stupid.

      DINORightMarie in reply to Valerie. | February 26, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      I try to keep positive, and I do post LOTS of great articles and links. But then I wonder: when am I hitting my head against the wall rather educating, sharing knowledge and truth?

      For example, here is another comment on my post of that video (direct copy; I did nothing to change/correct this quote):

      I am not saying Obama is the greatest president of all time, neither am I saying he isn’t mudslinging. but his positive controbutions to this country is His healthcare reform. Same with the college government loan act. His policies are going to make America a better country. I’m tired of the seeing the poor become poorer, Obama is trying to change that. Our government is in terrible debt, I agree, but all economics run a cycle. Reform will eventually happen, but not until the republicans stop throwing stones at the guy in the white office. Of course, you are free to say all of the “fox news” quotes you want, it’s covered in you free speech. But i’m going to support my president, and I believe everyone else should too. By the way, the gas prices fluxuating is not a product of either party. It’s global business: supply and demand.

      I despair – I don’t watch Fox News, but this poor girl sure seems to have an “in” to Media Matters and the OFA propaganda machine. Youth and foolishness I can understand; but this is “drone” territory, I fear.

      To top it off, I was “tagged to a “photo” of a white board saying this (warning – this is long and full of Obama BS talking points):

      Why I support Obama:

      1. For 30 years I’ve heard politicians talking about health care reform, and he’s the first one to do something about it. The Affordable Care Act removes restrictions on pre-existing conditions, makes health care more affordable for small businesses, raises the age at which children can be on their parents’ policies, removes lifetime caps, and more. With the possible exception of insurance execs, who would not want these changes?
      2. He ended the war in Iraq and is drawing the war in Afghanistan to a close. Like he said he would.
      3. He thinks women should have access to free preventative health care. Why is this still an issue?
      4. He believes in equality for all people and signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Play Act to help women get equal pay for equal work and the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy.
      5. He is promoting and investing in clean energy jobs. Finally.
      6. He supports education by giving more flexibility to No Child Left Behind (thank you!) and by making college aid more available.
      7. He thinks millionaires and billionaires should pay their fair share of taxes like the rest of us. Really, this is a no brainer.
      8. Despite inheriting one of the worst economies since the Great Depression, he added 2.6 million private sector jobs to our economy, and indications are that the economy is slowly improving. To anyone who thinks it’s been too slow-don’t you know you can’t turn the Titanic around in a day?

      I voted for him before and I will vote for him again.

      The only thing I can say is that the person who wrote the white board did not make any spelling, grammar, or punctuation errors! (If there are any, they are mine…..I didn’t want to link to the photo – it is from the Obama FB page!!!!)

      I could not even begin to refute all this total, absolute BS that the younger generation are eating, drinking, inhaling…….and, it being on the Obama FB page, it is useless to comment on the “photo.”

      I will keep posting links to reality and truth, and perhaps I will also be able to find a way to penetrate this fog of youth and ignorance.

      But, wow. Just wow.

        Hope Change in reply to DINORightMarie. | February 26, 2012 at 8:49 pm

        Hi DINORightMArie —

        I love that you are putting that educational material up on FB, I think that is awesome of you. I love that you are making Newt’s AMERICAN ENERGY 28:59 video widely available.

        And I want to offer some words of encouragement.

        They say that a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged by reality.

        I don’t think any one can “argue” another person into changing their mind. The person must be ready. And only reality and living life can make us ready. So I think, keep offering what we can. Keep steady.

        And Newt says, find the 85% – 90% issues and stand near them and smile.

        When our dear young ones understand that there WILL BE JOBS and they CAN KEEP THEIR SOCIAL SECURITY ACCOUNTS, which will HAVE MORE MONEY IN THEM….. won’t more of them wake up? Yes, some are indoctrinated, but… won’t more wake up? Even a bunch of young ones at OWS said they favor free markets.

        There are a lot of Newt’s proposals that are going to appeal to young people very strongly. Especially PROSPERITY.

        I know it’s exhausting to have people arguing Obama talking points.

        The problem with battling “fact universes,” I have found, is that I don’t see the universe the way they see it, and they don’t see the universe the way I see it, and so we don’t get anywhere.

        But if you just keep offering the 85% – 90% without trying to be responsible for the outcome, then each one who is ready will see some fact and it will stop and make them THINK.

        And once you’re really thinking, the Left can pretty much kiss you goodbye.
        Because a person who is thinking starts to notice the discrepancy between what the Left claims to be doing and the actual effects of their policies.

        As Rush talks about. And it’s so true.

        I appreciate that it’s hard work, you being out there, putting the information forward, and I want to give you kudos and snaps and emotional support.

        I truly believe we are engaged right now in a revolutionary, exciting moment in human civilization. The new technologies are creating a shift that is bigger than we can yet see.

        This is going to re-create the ability to communicate in a universal village. It is really cso exciting when you think about it.

        We really can return power to the people. But for real, not some fake Communist dealio.

        Cheers, DINORightMarie! And thanks.

      Winghunter in reply to Valerie. | February 27, 2012 at 5:04 am

      Not ‘stupid’, they’re psychotic:

      Forensic Psychiatrist Explains the Madness of (Modern) Liberalism

      “…What the liberal mind is passionate about is a world filled with pity, sorrow, neediness, misfortune, poverty, suspicion, mistrust, anger, exploitation, discrimination, victimization, alienation and injustice. Those who occupy this world are “workers,” “minorities,” “the little guy,” “women,” and the “unemployed.” They are poor, weak, sick, wronged, cheated, oppressed, disenfranchised, exploited and victimized. They bear no responsibility for their problems. None of their agonies are attributable to faults or failings of their own: not to poor choices, bad habits, faulty judgment, wishful thinking, lack of ambition, low frustration tolerance, mental illness or defects in character. None of the victims’ plight is caused by failure to plan for the future or learn from experience. Instead, the “root causes” of all this pain lie in faulty social conditions: poverty, disease, war, ignorance, unemployment, racial prejudice, ethnic and gender discrimination, modern technology, capitalism, globalization and imperialism. In the radical liberal mind, this suffering is inflicted on the innocent by various predators and persecutors: “Big Business,” “Big Corporations,” “greedy capitalists,” U.S. Imperialists,” “the oppressors,” “the rich,” “the wealthy,” “the powerful” and “the selfish.”…”

First–you want an “all the above” program for producing energy? Simplest thing in the world, and it costs NOTHING. LET THE FLUCKING MARKET WORK. Eager, motivated people of genius WILL bring you energy, and will INNOVATE to bring it to you COMPETITIVELY, SAFELY, and RESPONSIBLY. Because it is in their interest to do.

Second–confused about what the most promising “coming thing” might be? GET THE FLUCK OUT OF THE WAY. The market will show you. Investors will mark the path. All you have to do is let them.

Third–you CAN CERTAINLY drill your way to cheaper energy prices. The Brazilians have. We have, too. Historically.

Fourth–you CAN CERTAINLY create shortages in the face of abundant supply. All you need is GOVERNMENT.


Shortages are a creation of government. They can only exist for any period of time under government. Remember the “gas shortages” of the late 20th Century. And consider what it will mean when the predicted…and inevitable…electrical power shortages start hitting us.

We cannot afford Obama and his witch-doctor environmentalist commissars.

    Like FrankNitti said, nice post.

    1. Although I don’t know the field in depth (puns intended), I suspect that the methods to extract previously inaccessible oil survive comparison with the best of contemporary technology.

    2. There is a limited, legitimate role for government: fostering a free market by monitoring against undue monopolies, cartels, patent trolling, etc.

    3. Please don’t take this the wrong way: I almost skipped your post BECAUSE OF THE CAPITALS even though I’m often tempted to use them myself. There are better ways to emphasize a point. (If so minded, our host could help by making some point-and-click formatting tools available to commenters.)

      Ragspierre in reply to gs. | February 26, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      As Blue Oyster CULT said, “Don’t fear the CAPS…”

      I use Foxfire, and there are no formatting options here. So, I use what gawd gev me.

      I write as I speak…with some dyNAMics…

        1. As Blue Oyster CULT said, “Don’t fear the CAPS…”

        It’s not the caps per se, it’s the people who use them. Despite exceptions like you, they tend to be…eccentric.

        2. I use Foxfire, and there are no formatting options here. So, I use what gawd gev me.

        You mean Firefox? I use it too.

        3. Typesetting can get addictive even to a feeble programmer like me. Former employers would unanimously agree that it was a bad idea to have me write code, but even I managed to figure the following out:

        bold = <b>bold<\b>
        italic = <i>italic<\i>
        characters = <a href=””>characters<\a>

        Sometimes I find a hint by right-clicking a Web page and then clicking ‘View Page Source’.

        4. Take the foregoing as well-intentioned. Given my cumbersome writing style, I’m the last person who should criticize. (English is my third language, and I’ve forgotten half of the first and all of the second.)

          Ragspierre in reply to gs. | February 26, 2012 at 11:07 pm

          gs, thanks for the help. I need all I can get!

          Foxfire…Firefox…tomato, tomatoe… It is Sunday, and I have had cocktail. er…cocktails…

          Those thingies seem cumbersome, but I’ll try them…!!!

          gs in reply to gs. | February 27, 2012 at 1:24 am

          1. Rp, I’m glad that you find my post of interest. I’ll be delighted if, after propitiating the Gods of the Learning Curve, you find it to have been useful.

          2. I wasn’t kidding about being a feeble programmer. The post should properly have read

          bold = <b>bold</b>, not <b>bold<\b>

          However, my nonstandard usage got through preview.

          3. Agreed, HTML fonts are a bit awkward to input manually. I appreciate Bill’s making comment previews available; I hope he will give us commenters additional tools in due course.

          4. The Internet has made writing much more colloquial than it used to be. Nuanced fonts, emoticons, and constructs yet to be invented are natural adaptations of the English language to the new medium.

Ragspierre | February 26, 2012 at 2:37 pm…………

Good Stuff

Last night I saw Jon Huntsman on TV, saying that the Republican candidates are busy tearing each other down, instead of dealing with the most pressing problem we have, the deficit. Obviously, he hasn’t bothered to listen to Newt.

Newt Gingrich seems to be the only politician that knows what he wants to do with the presidential power, and how to go about it. AND, unlike every Democrat I’ve heard of, he has kept up with current scientific and political events. The entire Democratic Party seems to be mired in about 1963. They seem to be unaware that we passed the 1963 Civil Rights act, and have made huge strides in the efficiency and cleanliness of mining and oil drilling.

I never dreamed I’d support Newt Gingrich for President, mainly because 1) he grew when he left office, and 2) while he did that, others chose to tell outrageous lies about him.

Let me show you what I mean:

Contrast this (Archie Bunker??? Really??? These morons are reliving a 1968 TV show?)

with this. (A historian that has made a point of telling us about current events.)

While the rest of us weren’t looking, the Repubs went and grew themselves a President.

    Hope Change in reply to Valerie. | February 26, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    wow. Valerie, home run with the bases loaded excellent analysis. Yes! Hear Hear! —-

    —- and Breitbart!!!!! Breirbart is with the neanderthals?!? MY Breitbart? My hero? He of “These decadent b*st*rds are going down!” fame Breitbart? oh noooooo.

    “While the rest of us weren’t looking, the Repubs went and grew themselves a President.”

    I was even looking, and I missed it until last year.

From the National Journal link:

Anticipating calls for more domestic oil drilling, Obama said politicians have been making the same demands for 30 years.

“Well the American people aren’t stupid,” he said. “You know that’s not a plan — especially since we’re already drilling. It’s a bumper sticker…. If we’re going to take control of our energy future; if we’re going to avoid these gas price spikes down the line, then we need a sustained, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy — oil, gas, wind, solar, nuclear, biofuels, and more. We need to keep developing the technology that allows us to use less oil in our cars and trucks; in our buildings and plants. That’s the strategy we’re pursuing, and that’s the only real solution to this challenge.”

In other words, as you pay through the nose at the pump, you can feel good about how intelligent you are.

Well the American people aren’t stupid. Not only does he believe the opposite, he’s counting on it. If the country reelects him, it deserves what it gets.

Note that the speech was given at the University of Miami, i.e. to a bunch of college students. Cuz there ain’t nobody on this planet more insightful than American college students (no offense meant to Kathleen et al).

2. Meanwhile, Pelosi blames Wall Street speculators: if only we’d give more money to the regulatory bureaucracy, everything would be fine.

3. So the Democrats offer something for everyone. If you want to feel part of the cognitive elite, support Obama’s science-based government plan, developed with science by science experts. If you’re more into a populist grievance thing, join Pelosi’s attack on Wall Street speculators.

Pretty much I take this info as most accurate.

They do a good and fair job of explaining whats happening and who really is responsible for supply improvements.
Obama and Pelosi can point at speculators and the Oil Companies all they like but the facts remain.
And if Obama thinks punishing oil companies via tax credit changes will improve things he’s out of his mind.
Are there things that can be done to help the short term situation?
Sure. Rollback or remove the Fed tax on gas and diesel fuels. Why not? If were already shorting SSecurity whats the real difference if we short the Highway Fund?
I wouldnt do it right now..but its still an option.
Also Id waive all the fuel mixes…seasonal and regional for a time. Hey..few cents here and there would help.
Tapping the Strategic Reserve is silly at this point and counter to its intention.
Why not tinker with the notion of a new Oil Cartel? Gather up some free countries that provide the stuff…western countries and form some alliance to counter OPEC. Make it more attractive in the short run to avoid OPEC oil.
You know…maybe we cant battle OPEC on an individual basis…but a western bloc of countries buying and selling their own oil may pressure OPEC to mellow out on the trading volitility like we see now resilting from Iran having a tizzy about sanctions.
Has anyone actually confronted Obama about the high prices because of his Iran sanctions? Certainly democrats arent surprised by the result of the sanctions. Was the public warned last year to expect a rise in prices as a result?

    Hope Change in reply to jimzinsocal. | February 26, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    jimzinsocal —

    It seems to me that we are going to go on beyond making deals, to actually finding and developing our oil reserves in this country. Isn’t that what Newt is saying?


- ngingrich on YouTube – February 19, 2012 – 28:59

The greatest economist of the Twentieth Century once observed:

If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand. ~ Milton Friedman

Of course, I don’t think that Dr. Friedman ever heard of Barack Obama’s statist energy policies or else he probably would have shortened his estimate to three years.

Socialists are like a bunch of ticks on a the capitalist dog, sucking up the lifeblood of this economy, getting fat and happy off the host, all the while spreading their diseases to him and if they aren’t stopped, they’ll eventually kill off the dog.

Newt is the man with the energy plan and the guts to implement it. We need this man.

Say_What, vous avez raison, baby!

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