Romney energy plan can rescue economy in first term

By: Jeffrey Klein
Political Buzz Examiner

Gov. Mitt Romney unveiled his six-point energy plan before an admiring audience in New Mexico Wednesday evening, presenting a preferable return to reality and a stark contrast to the ‘Anything But Oil and Gas’ Obama fantasy–which doubled the price of fuel and food, by blowing billions of dollars on a growing string of failed ‘green energy’ start-ups, blocking the Keystone XL pipeline, and diverting 40% of the nations corn crop for [meaningless] ethanol production.

And, we are still–if not more–dependent on increasingly expensive foreign oil.

Romney’s slimmed-down six-point plan, previewed to reporters Wednesday evening, revolves around increasing domestic oil and gas production in order to spur job growth, while reducing red tape and streamlining federal regulations he argues hinder growth.

On the list was increased offshore drilling along the continental shelf, reducing wait times for drilling permits on federally controlled lands, and completing the Keystone XL pipeline–which Romney has long called “a no brainer,” according to Chris Laible’s FOXNews article yesterday.

The press brief indicated that the increased oil and gas production would create 3 million new jobs, with 1 million of them in the manufacturing sector, and adding upwards of $500 billion to the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Municipalities and states tax revenues would increase by up to $1 trillion over 10 years.

Romney enthusiastically stated…

That’s more good wages …. an opportunity for more Americans to have a bright and prosperous future.

Romney described the path to America’s energy independence by identifying production above the current 15 million barrels per day, including 2 million barrels from off shore drilling, another 2 million from horizontal drilling and “fracking,” the equivalent of 2 million barrels in natural gas and 1 million barrels of bio diesel.

Romney concluded…

The net of all this, as you can see, is by 2020, we’re able to produce somewhere between 23 and 28 million barrels per day of oil and we won’t need to buy any oil from the Middle East or Venezuela or anywhere else that we don’t want to.

A key criticism was the 307 day waiting period for companies to get permit approvals for oil and gas exploration and drilling on federal lands, which was ‘forever’ compared to 10 days in North Dakota and 27 days in Colorado for state land permits.

Romney also observed that the president’s policies have favored renewable energy, at the expense of carbon based energy…

Sometimes I have the impression that the whole regulatory attitude of the administration is trying to stop oil and gas and coal … instead they want to get those things so expensive and so rare that wind and solar become highly cost effective and efficient.

In fact, President Obama and DOE Secretary Chu are both on record as basically declaring war on the fossil fuel industry, which is buttressed by the secret video of disgraced, former EPA Regional Administrator [Obama appointee], Alfredo Armendariz who, while directing a meeting with staff, describing his enforcement protocol expectations–to be like Roman ‘crucifixions.’

Predictably, the Obama campaign had a ‘canned’ response, delivered though spokesperson Lis Smith, who said

Romney wants to keep giving billions of dollars in tax subsidies to the big oil and gas companies and recklessly open new areas for drilling, but turn our back on increasing energy efficiency and developing our clean, homegrown energy sources. That’s not a recipe for energy independence–it would only ensure that big oil’s profits continue to increase while we cede our clean energy sector, which is supporting jobs in states like Michigan, Ohio, and Iowa, to China.

True to form, the Obama campaign rhetoric has no substance in fact.

First, as to Ms. Smith’s claim that the plan continues “billions of dollars in tax subsidies to big oil and gas companies,” and “ensures big oil profits,” Alan Jeffers, spokesman for ExxonMobil, cleared up that misconception in an earlier article on this subject.

He pointing to the documented [SEC filings] fact that ExxonMobil, the worlds largest oil and gas company, paid $12.3 billion in federal, state, sales, property, and excise taxes in the United States in 2011–as part of the $108.1 billion in total worldwide taxes–up from $89.2 billion in 2010, while generating just $9.6 billion in after-tax profits for shareholders.

Jeffers rightfully challenged such ignorant claims by [rhetorically] asking…

So the U.S. government gets a bigger slice from us than our shareholders do … How can [you] possibly say we’re not paying our fair share when our tax bill is bigger than our profits?

Second, the plans for drilling in these new areas, which will include ANWR, are anything but ‘reckless,’ as oil and gas companies actually risk their own capital in such endeavors–in stark contrast to the truly ‘reckless’ Obama DOE green company ‘investments,’ resulting in lost billions for the 53% of Americans who actually pay income taxes–like these companies.

Finally, their is no ‘clean energy sector’ without hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies–the only reason China even entered this market is because they could manufacture the equipment cheaper, allowing them to get their ‘fair share’ of U.S. taxpayer [government] money.

Another painful fact Democrats will face in November, is that the billions spent on these taxpayer-funded ‘green energy’ jobs still have not budged the unemployment rate one iota, since Barack Obama took his seat in the Oval Office–nearly four years ago.


Precious U.S. Citizenship: Diminished and Given Away By Obama

By: Lloyd Marcus

These three kids wanted to run for the tall grass. It was the early 90’s at the U.S. Citizenship Ceremony in Maryland. Around 1500 people filled the hall comprised of citizenship applicants, supportive family and friends.

I was backstage with a trio of extremely nervous and intimidated teenagers who were scheduled to sing our National Anthem. These kids had never performed for such a large audience.

I had been the grand finale of the ceremony for years, performing my original song, “Celebrate America” after applicants took their oath of allegiance. I took great pride that my song was the first song thousands heard as official Americans.

When the MC introduced the trio from so-and-so junior high school, the kids were visibly shaking. They began the anthem fine, but one got nervous and stopped singing which threw off the other two and they stopped singing as well. The trio stood in silence.

I walked from backstage and joined the kids center stage. I told the audience that these kids were symbolic of what it really means to be an American and the great family they would soon become a part of. I shared that the kids were very frightened because the event was much larger than they expected. They could have backed down and refused to perform. But despite their fear, these kids found the courage to face the difficult challenge, keep their word and give it a try. This is the American Way.

Together, the trio and I sang the National Anthem. The audience gave us a standing ovation.

Performing my song at U.S. Citizenship Ceremonies rewarded me an opportunity to chat with brand new “proud” Americans. They understood the sacrifice and divine blessing required to make this extraordinarily unique experiment called “America” a thriving reality. They gleefully desired to assimilate into our culture.

Some applicants were extremely old in wheelchairs; their raised right hand assisted by a family member as they tearfully recited their oath of allegiance.

As the sacred sound of the applicants reciting their oath of allegiance, in unison, came to an end, the hall always erupted in cheers and applause. These jubilant people of various races from numerous countries were officially Americans! They respected our laws, followed the rules and were awarded the precious gift of U.S. Citizenship.

With a stroke of his executive pen, Obama awarded amnesty to illegals, pushing them to the head of the line, in front of applicants who are following the legal process to become U.S. citizens. Obama is disrespecting the efforts of those seeking citizenship legally and the value of what it means to become an American. http://www.theconservativereview.com/2012/08/15/obama-amnesty-for-illegals-in-effect-today-tens-of-thousands-line-up/

And yes, there is a dramatically different mindset between those I witnessed at the ceremonies who earned their precious U.S. Citizenship versus those who got it for free because Obama seeks to purchase Hispanic votes.

Many illegals given instant free citizenship by Obama could not care less about assimilating into our society. They refuse to learn English and have little or no respect for our flag. America is simply the place the go for freebies while still proudly waving their Mexican flag.

Meanwhile, American kids are banned from wearing clothing which features the U.S. flag to school on Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday. http://nation.foxnews.com/american-flag/2011/11/10/judge-school-can-ban-american-flag-shirts The song “God Bless The USA (Proud to be an American)” is banned from public school deemed potentially offensive to other cultures. http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/principal-who-banned-god-bless-the-usa-refuses-to-meet-with-congressman.html

Illegals given free citizenship from Obama join the socialists/progressives in their “what’s-the-big-deal-about-being-an-American” attitude.

So illegals who are clueless as to what it truly means to be an American and have no emotional connection to our amazing country enjoy benefits not even available to legal U.S. Citizens. For example: Thanks to Obama, illegals from outside any given state can get in-state tuition while U.S. Citizens can not.

Even more painful, Obama continues to lower the bar of what it means to be an American.

Obama’s speeches and actions imply that he would like to rewrite the words at the base of our Statue of Liberty to read: Bring me your lazy, entitlement-minded, class envious, haters of achievement, those who pervert God’s original intent, baby killers and deadbeats. I offer America to you with open arms.

The value and worth of U.S. Citizenship is yet another item on a growing list of sacred laws (The Constitution), freedoms and principles Obama has sacrificed on the socialist/progressive alter of evil to purchase four more years; needed to complete his vowed fundamental transformation of America. God help us.

Lloyd Marcus, Proud Unhyphenated American
Chairman: CampaignToDefeatObama.com


The irrational fear of bacon is now part of law enforcement.

By: Nelson Abdullah – Old Ironsides
Conscience of a Conservative

In this age of Barack Hussein Obama’s enlightened admiration of all things related to Islam, we are being reminded on a daily basis that the followers of Islam have a whole list of sensibilities that everyone must try not to offend. Muslims hate many things besides Christians and Jews and every other religion as well as their icons like crosses and statues of Buddha and the Star of David. Among the things Muslims hate most are dogs and pigs. In Toronto, Canada a man was arrested last week by the local police for walking his dog in a public park after the police received complaints from some Muslims who were praying there. He was charged with offending Islam which is considered a hate crime in Canada. Now, in New York City, the police were called to investigate another hate crime against Muslims when someone left some bacon strips in a city park. Seems that Muslims had gathered there to celebrate the Islamic end-of-Ramadan ceremony. But it wasn’t a hate crime after all because someone has claimed responsibility by saying he had some spoiled bacon in his car and he left it out for the scavengers like the opossums and the raccoons and sea gulls to eat before the Muslims got there.

I wonder if anyone living in Cincinnati, Ohio, the big city to our north, will be concerned about any future complaints by their Muslim population over one of their most popular annual festivals called The Flying Pig Marathon? During this festival large statues of pigs are decorated by artists and placed around the city and later sold to raise money for charity. How does the Muslim population feel about walking down the sidewalks and passing these horrific statues that symbolize so much that they hate?

Actually, the mid-west region is noted for several pig related events due to the large pork production in the region. Cincinnati is even known as “porkopolis” and also celebrates the annual Big Pig Gig. And the ever-popular pig is celebrated as far south as Lexington. Kentucky with their “Pigs In The City” but so far none of these celebrations have been known to offend anyone’s sensibilities.

Back in New York City, with their much larger Muslim population, the case of the bacon hater caper even got the Police Commissioner involved. Pamela Geller posted the news on her web site, Atlas Shrugs, with this information.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012
A Break in the Case of The Great Bacon Hate Caper

Yesterday I posted on the shocking, yes shocking, bacon investigation by Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and the NYPD. Muslims who gathered in a city park found bacon scattered on the ground. And all hell broke loose. I wonder if the JTTF was called in as well. Islamic supremacists have turned our lines of defense into sharia enforcers. This irrational fear of bacon is now part of law enforcement.

“This has been determined to be a bias event on the part of our Hate Crimes Task Force,” NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters, including WCBS 880′s Rich Lamb.

Of all the troubles in the world it’s astounding that this is an issue, and one so many seem to up in uproar about…bacon on a field.

“I had put the bacon there. It was going bad in my trunk and I put it out for the scavengers like the opossums and the raccoons and sea gulls, and I did not intend for that to cause anybody any problems..

“Anonymous Caller takes responsibility for Ramadan bacon incident on Staten Island” Staten Island Live August 22, 2012

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — An anonymous caller is taking credit for Sunday morning’s possible hate crime at a New Dorp Beach field where morning Ramadan prayers were scheduled, claiming in a message to the Advance that he been discarding spoiled bacon when he left it on the field.

“Hi, Deborah. [The caller is referring to Advance news reporter Deborah Young.] This is– I was reading the article about the horrible incident of bacon and Muslims in the park and I wanted to let you know that is not my intention,” said the male caller, in a 9:20 a.m. message left on a reporter’s voice mail Tuesday. He stops short of saying his name.

“I had put the bacon there. It was going bad in my trunk and I put it out for the scavengers like the opossums and the raccoons and sea gulls, and I did not intend for that to cause anybody any problems.

“It was not any (inaudible) anti-Muslim act, and I did not want to offend anybody in way. Thank you and have a good day.”

The Advance has informed the NYPD of the message, though a spokeswoman for Deputy Commissioner for Public Information Paul Browne’s office declined to discuss its content except to say that it’s under investigation.

“This incident is being investigated by the hate crimes task force. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers. Any calls will be kept confidntial,” the spokeswoman said.

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