American Ally?, Fuel prices, Energy Policy,

487.) “We don’t have a stronger friend and stronger ally than Nicolas Sarkozy, and the French People.” France is our strongest ally? I have a hard time understanding where President Obama is drawing this conclusion from. Yes President Sarkozy is the most pro American President in recent history, but what has France done that would elevate itself to the strongest ally of the United States? This is yet another way that the President is trying to oust the relationship the United States has with the United Kingdom of Great Brittan. Either that or he still is demonstrating his lack of experience as an executive dealing with international affairs. Not everyone can be your strongest ally. But I am leaning towards the first option.

488.) I just filled my tank up for $3.15 a gallon, just a few months ago I was filling up for $2.65 a gallon.  That reminded me of late 2007 and 2008 when the progressives where assualting President Bush blaming him for the hike in gas prices.  All we heard about was gas going up up up, and the increase in crude prices.  Now once again gas prices are on the way up.  I have yet to hear the outrage about the price, crude is heading back up towards 100 dollars a barrel.  An illegal moritorium insituted by the President on drilling in the gulf might have had a something to do with it.  Do not look for any actions from the White House to lower the cost of gas. I am reminded of something that PResident Barack Obama said on the campaign trail. He admited multiple times that his plans would in fact cause energy prices to necessarly sky rocket.  During an interview with CNBC’s John Hardwood then senator Obama was asked about the high price of oil, Senator Obama said “I think that I would have preferred a gradual adjustment. The fact that this is such a shock to American pocketbooks is not a good thing. But if we take some steps right now to help people make the adjustment, first of all by putting more money in their pockets, but also by encouraging the market to adapt to these new circumstances more rapidly, particularly U.S. automakers ” President Obama does not care if we have to pay $5.00 a gallon of gas.  His words, plus his actions prove that.  High gas prices will limit our ability to travel, and push his green agenda. As I said when you pay $75.000 to fill up a 15 gallon tank, don’t worry President Obama said you will be fine.

489.) During the 2008 presidential campaign Senator Obama said that he wanted to bankrupt the coal industry, and his recent actions have shown that he is still intent on doing it.  After the defeat in 2010 the Obama legislative machine no longer gets to run unchecked, the system of checks and balances is now once again in affect.  That will not do for a progressive on the move.  Something as small as the inablity to push your political goals through the house won’t stop them.  The EPA has been unleashed in the coal country of West Virginia.  They have revoked the permit of Arch Coal Spruce No. 1.  This is a permit that the company had acquired four years ago.  The company met the EPA standards, invested millions in the project (that is something that doesn’t happen in west virginia),  and now that was all for nothing.  West Virginia’s Senator Jay Rockefeller wrote a letter to President Obama in which he said “I am writing to express my outrage with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to veto a rigorously reviewed and lawfully issued permit at the Spruce Number 1 Mine in Logan County, West Virginia. This action not only affects this specific permit, but needlessly throws other permits into a sea of uncertainty at a time of great economic distress.”  The critics of the mine claim that the mining process is changing the topographic features of the area, and by doing so it is robbing the mountineers of there heritage.  The enviromentalist say that the process is polluting rivers and killing wild life.  These dangers and risks where known in 2007 when the permit was granted.  What do you think will happen if we cut the supply of coal? Well we can look at other energy examples.  The supply of crude goes down, the price goes up we then pay $5.00 at the pump.  We get most of our electrical power from coal fired plants.  If we cut the supply of coal to power those plants our energy prices will ,as President Obama said, necessarly sky rocket. I guess the electric car that you just plug into the wall won’t be as enticing when your energy cost spike. Normally I try to find some way to sum this all up, but this time I am going to let West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin do it for me “According to the EPA, it doesn’t matter if you did everything right, if you followed all of the rules,” Manchin wrote. “Why? They just change the rules”

490.) President Obama has finally seen the light; he has decided that he will review the thousands of crippling regulations that exists within our country.  He has ordered federal agencies to search through their regulations for ones that are unreasonable and hurt economic growth. He wants to cut regulations but maintain the protections offered by the government over public saftey, and the environment. I agree with the President that we are over regulated. I agree with the President that over the years regulations have come up many overlapping and causing twice the economic damage that would have occurred. I agree that we must cut some of these regulations. My concern is what regulations are considered unreasonable? Will he be will to cut regulations that just went through thr FCC on regulating fairness on the internet? Will he be willing to ease up regulations for drilling for oil? We just saw that the EPA is shutting down an legally operating coal mine, would that be a regulation he is willing to change? How about the EPA’s move to regulate C02 as a harmful gas even though the law making body (congress) turned that proposal down? That brings up another issue congress. You see, how President Obama is going to cut these economy killing regulations is through executive order, this brings up a huge problem. Many of the regulations were created by congress in law. Executive order cannot over rule federal law; he does not possess that power. So regulations on banking, credit, car sales, manufacturing, health care, he can’t touch. Dispite that lack of executive authority, these actions are a step in the right direction; after all agencies like the FCC and the EPA have done plenty to hinder the growth of the American economy, and a step in the right direction is better than two more years of regulatory expansion like 2009 and 2010. I still have cause for concern though. You see President Obama has said that this review will also fill in regulatory gaps with new rules. Now at first that does not sound bad, in fact it makes sense, if we find a need for a new regulation well we should fill that need. The question that I have about that is who is going to write those regulations? It it going to be the legal law creating body of the country (congress), or will the President do it through executive order, or will it be someone else? Remember back during the health care debate I made several references to one of President Obama’s countless czars, in particular the Regulatory Czar. Cass Sunstien’s time has come. This is a man who has been aching to sink his teeth into the regulations of the country, a big government progressive with no accountability to the American people, a terrifying prospect. The President has given us no reason to trust him, he puts on great shows like the healthcare summit, but he sets out with his own progressive ideas and that is the end of it. He wrote this piece saying he was going to cut regulations, yet the FCC just slapped a massive batch of new regulations on Comcast as a condition of buying NBC. They have to provide $10 a month broad band internet access to hundreds of low income households, along with cheap net books, and of course digital literacy opportunities. This is a great example of a regulation that you want to get rid of. See Comcast is in the business of making money. The reason that they are in cable tv is not so people can have access to more tv stations. They want to make money, they know cable so they use the cable industry to make their money. They are not a humanitarian entity or a nonprofit organization so this increase in cost which is what the regulators slapped on them, will be offset somewhere. Comcast will not absorb this increase, to offset this increase in cost; they will increase their prices on people who pay market value for their cable, the average person will pay more so the poor can have unreasonably cheap broad band internet access and cheap computers. A great example of an FCC regulation that should never have existed, especially after this call for a cut in regulations. Will it be cut?  If it is I guess that I might have more reason to trust President Obama, if not it is a clear example of this being just more empty campaigning.


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