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Yes, Unlike Obama, Sarah Palin Has Actual Accomplishments in Her Career

Not that anyone would know that, considering the only thing about which the mass media seems concerned with regards to Sarah Palin is SNL-type reporting or National Enquirer-type reporting. Commenter Dan here, though, reminds us that Sarah Palin actually does have quite a good history of impressive political accomplishments:

I often marvel at how people IGNORE all of Sarah Palin’s accomplishments. They act like she has none and is popular for no particular reason other then people identify with her. Please share these FACTS.

1. Sarah took on corruption in her own party and risked her career in politics doing it. Name one politician who has done this that is currently serving. By the way, has Obama asked Charlie Rangel to step aside? NO, they are in the same party after all.

2. Sarah cut the budget in the Alaska which is unheard of. She saved money when the oil money was flowing in so now when the oil price dropped they are not cutting police or education or raising taxes to balance the budget. How are New York and California doing by the way on their budgets? How is Obama doing with his deficit projections? 9 trillion right?

3. Sarah TOOK ON THE MOST POWERFUL COMPANIES IN THE WORLD, the big oil companies to make sure Alaskans were getting a fair shake and SHE WON. Has Obama bucked the big labor unions in a similar fashion? Or the trial lawyers?

4. Sarah negotiated a natural gas pipeline deal that will result in the largest construction project in North America which will produce REAL JOBS and will provide CLEAN energy to the lower 48. Has Obama ever… oh never mind, its obvious he has not done anything like this and neither has anyone else who currently serves.

These are major accompishments and cannot be denied. Now, if you question whether the electorate knows about these things and therefore would not vote for her because they did not know them, I grant you that, but that is what a book tour, interviews, and a CAMPAIGN is for.

I stand with her. …

Posted by: Dan at November 25, 2009 08:41 PM

As do I. And the more Americans find out about her, I believe they will too.

UPDATE 12/03/2009: I decided to look at the referrers for this post and I came across this one. In the comments, people are all up in arms about me claiming that Obama has no accomplishments — (and no, despite what one of the idiot commenters states, winning a Presidential election is not an “accomplishment”. It’s akin to saying that I accomplish something by succeeding in a job interview and getting a job. Obama passed a job interview. Big deal. That is not an accomplishment. What one does on the job is an accomplishment.) — and many were copy/pasting the below list of “accomplishments” for Obama. Upon doing a Google Search, it seems this has been spammed all over the internet on various comment sections… never with any attribution, never with any citations to verify anything. So, in the interest of fairness, I decided to look into this shining example of Barack Obama’s grand political accomplishments:

– Graduated first black president of Harvard Law Review having won trust and support of conservative members.

So? What were his accomplishments while President of the Harvard Law Review? What did he write? What did he review? Anything? If he was such a great President of the Harvard Law Review, why can’t we know about his accomplishments there? Or was his only ‘accomplishment’ the fact that he was a BLACK President? Sorry, that’s not an accomplishment.

— Passed over 600 high-money law firm offers to work for civil rights practice at fractional pay.

This is an accomplishment? Please. Try harder.

— Added health insurance for 20,000 children, welfare reforms, earned-income tax credits, and increased minimum wage in Illinois.

Added health insurance for children? Was that as a supplement to his wife’s patient dumping at the University of Chicago Hospitals?

‘Welfare reforms’, huh? Does this mean that he helped to get people OFF of welfare and into jobs? Or did he simply enact “welfare reforms” to help keep people enslaved to the government and stuck on welfare?

‘Increased minimum wage’. Which is a job-killer, which hurts the low-income, low-skilled, minority community the most. Brilliant ‘accomplishment’.

— Reformed death-penalty cases, requiring that interrogations be video-recorded. Passed Illinois Senate 58-0. Signed into law by Illinois governor who first opposed Obama’s bill. Obama succeeded by building consensus with conservative opposition.

Ah yes, his death penalty reform. Which included voting against a bill that would have delivered the death penalty to gang members who murder first responders. Not to mention, Obama was the only member of the Illinois State Senate to vote against a bill that prohibited early release for sexual predators. Wow, great accomplishments there!

— Opposed Iraq war publicly, long before invasion. Accurately depicted it as of undetermined length, undetermined cost, undetermined objective, with a great likelihood of civil war breaking out.

He publicly opposed the Iraq war effort. Wow. What an accomplishment. And he was wrong on every account about it. Thanks only to the leadership of President Bush, the COIN (Counter Insurgency) plan and leadership of GEN Petraeus and the hard work of our US military, the Iraq war effort has been a great success. I don’t call being against something which is a success, to be an “accomplishment”. Nice try.

— Expanded program to locate and dismantle stray Russian WMD with Republican Senator Lugar.

Hmmm, I find it interesting that upon doing a Google search to verify this info, the only citation is this ‘list of accomplishments’ being copy/pasted all over different websites’ comment sections. Without, of course, any link to a credible source of the info.

— Passed major ethics and lobbying reform bill with Russ Feingold, insisting upon tougher restrictions around gifts, meals, etc. And extended the interval preventing exiting congress members from moving directly into lobbyist positions.

While this is true, people are honestly putting up Barack Obama as some example of good ethics? That’s a laugh! Let’s see… his shady land deal with corrupt Tony Rezko, his funneling of taxpayer money to his wife’s hospital, his wife’s patient dumping scheme at the University of Chicago Hospitals, his time on the Woods Fund with terrorist Billy Ayers shuffling money to ACORN and his radical mentor Rev Wright’s Church TUCC, just to name a few.

Let’s also not forget him getting his opponents kicked off the ballots when he ran for State Legislature and working with the Chicago media to smear Senator Jack Ryan by illegally releasing his divorce records to the public to force him to drop out of the race. Yeah, Barack Obama is one shining example of ethics in politics. Riiiiight. And I don’t think anyone in their right mind wants to talk about Obama’s record on lobbyists, including his lies about cozying up to the oil industry lobbyists.

— Toured Kuwait, Jordan, Israel, and Palestinian territories, telling Palestinian Authority Abbas that US would never recognize Hamas leaders until they renounced mission to attack Israel.

Yeah, ‘just words’ — as Obama would say — considering Obama is best buddies with two Israel-haters in Rev Jeremiah Wright and terrorist Billy Ayers. Not to mention his cozying up to PLO operative Rashid Khalidi in LA. Obama has a long record of being anti-Israel and pro-Palestine.

— Cosponsored Secure Orderly Immigration Act by John McCain. Passes Senate 62-36. Makes undocumented persons who have been here 5+ years only allowed to stay and apply for citizenship if they pay back-taxes, learn English, and have no criminal record.

Oh please. Not even John McCain’s supporters believed this was anything more than political bullshit. There was no need to pass this “Act”, since the laws were already on the books. The problem is that no one ENFORCES them. THAT is what I am talking about when I say ACCOMPLISHMENT. An accomplishment is something which produces RESULTS. Passing Acts and Laws are not accomplishments. Now, if those acts and laws produce results, THEN they can be deemed accomplishments. But just passing meaningless Acts and Laws which never have any effect on anything, since no one enforces them… not an accomplishment.

— Communicated frankly to Michigan automaker executives of need to increase fuel-efficiency standards by at least 3% per year.

OOOOOOH, he communicated! That’s an accomplishment? Communicating. Wow. High standards you have there. What did this communicating accomplish? NOTHING.

— Many aisle-crossing bi-partisan solutions throughout 10 years of senate experience (8 state, 2 federal).

Really? So what are they? Funny you don’t list them, just state something without attribution or citation. Brilliant.

— 100% approval rating from the League of Conservation Voters, Planned Parenthood. National Education Association gives him an “A” on their most recent scorecard.

OOOOOH! Now approval ratings by left-wing organizations are accomplishments! Wowee!

— In Illinois State Senate sponsored 780 bills, 280 were signed into law.

Really? What are they? What did these laws ACCOMPLISH (yes, there’s that word again — accomplishment)? Did he sponsor a jay-walking bill? Did he sponsor a walking and chewing gum at the same time bill? And what is the reason for 500 bills not being signed into law? Were they meaningless crap he sponsored just to make it look like he was doing something while in office? Funny how you don’t say.

Also, while you’re looking up that information, you might want to find out which ones were bills sponsored by other Democrats, but had Obama’s name added to them thanks to Obama’s buddy Emil Jones.

— In first year as US Senator, held 39 town-hall meetings throughout his state, sponsored 152 bills and resolutions, and cosponsored 427 more.

OOOOOOOOH! Holding meetings! Sponsoring and cosponsoring bills… which you don’t list. More non-accomplishments! Great job!

— Designated US Senate point person on ethics by Speaker Harry Reid.

Oh boy, the liberal idiot Reid appointed a man completely devoid of a history of good ethics, with absolutely no time in the Senate, as a point person on something on which he has no experience. What an accomplishment!

So this is the Obama-lovers’ defense of their messiah’s record of “accomplishments”. Pathetic.

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November 25, 2009 , 5:41PM Posted by | Barack Obama, Conservatism, Energy, Michelle Obama, Raila Odinga, Reverend Dr Jeremiah Wright, Sarah Palin, Trinity United Church of Christ, William Ayers | Comments Off on Yes, Unlike Obama, Sarah Palin Has Actual Accomplishments in Her Career

Republican Party Sells Out on Energy and Hands 2008 Election to Democrats

Not that they really had a chance to win any seats anyway, considering the American public is made up of a bunch of idiotic ignoramuses who are clueless about the fact that the Democrat Party has caused this energy crisis and has wanted high gas prices all along. But, as many around conservative blogs have already stated, this is why they call the Republican Party “the Stupid Party”.

However, I still am sticking with blaming the American public. Politicians are just like the entertainment industry and the mass media: they are only going to do what keeps getting them votes. If the American public stopped watching the filth on TV and stopped buying the crap put out by the music industry, the entertainment industry wouldn’t be continuing to make their filthy crap. If the American public stopped watching the mass media, stopped subscribing to the newspapers and stopped tuning into the cable news’ smut TV with all their shows about Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and the latest slut of the day, the mass media wouldn’t continue to put that crap on TV and would actually have to report on things of interest to the American people. But, their continued broadcast of crap ‘news’ just proves that the majority of the American public is made up of a bunch of shallow, superficial ignoramuses who enjoy watching that nonsense.

The same holds true for politics. Politicians don’t vote themselves into office. Politicians are not handed the keys to the office by their predecessors and they are not granted their seats due to a family inheritance. The American People vote them into office. Thus, a bad politician is due to a bad American public. Period.

And now, here we go again with the Republican Party pulling a John McCain and going for “compromise” and “bipartisanship” over principle and what is the right thing to do for the country. This is all due to the new direction of the Republican Party in which John McCain is trying to take it. “Moderatism”. Yeah, all those loudmouth, holier-than-thou “moderates” who have been berating us conservatives saying that “bipartisanship” and “moderatism” is the way to go, well here you go @ssholes. This is what you get from “moderatism”. F#cking tools.

Republican Energy Fumble

Politics has its puzzling moments. John McCain and most of the GOP experienced one late last week. That was when five of their own set about dismantling the best issue Republicans have in the upcoming election.

It’s taken time, but Sen. McCain and his party have finally found — in energy — an issue that’s working for them. Riding voter discontent over high gas prices, the GOP has made anti-drilling Democrats this summer’s headlines.

Their enthusiasm has given conservative candidates a boost in tough races. And Mr. McCain has pressured Barack Obama into an energy debate, where the Democrat has struggled to explain shifting and confused policy proposals.

Still, it was probably too much to assume every Republican would work out that their side was winning this issue. And so, last Friday, in stumbled Sens. Lindsey Graham, John Thune, Saxby Chambliss, Bob Corker and Johnny Isakson — alongside five Senate Democrats. This “Gang of 10″ announced a “sweeping” and “bipartisan” energy plan to break Washington’s energy “stalemate.” What they did was throw every vulnerable Democrat, and Mr. Obama, a life preserver.

That’s because the plan is a Democratic giveaway. New production on offshore federal lands is left to state legislatures, and then in only four coastal states. The regulatory hurdles are huge. And the bill bars drilling within 50 miles of the coast — putting off limits some of the most productive areas. Alaska’s oil-rich Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is still a no-go.

The highlight is instead $84 billion in tax credits, subsidies and federal handouts for alternative fuels and renewables. The Gang of 10 intends to pay for all this in part by raising taxes on . . . oil companies! The Sierra Club couldn’t have penned it better. And so the Republican Five has potentially given antidrilling Democrats the political cover they need to neutralize energy through November.

Sen. Obama was thrilled. He quickly praised the Gang’s bipartisan spirit, and warmed up to a possible compromise. Of course, he means removing even the token drilling provisions now in the bill. But he’s only too happy for the focus to remain on the Gang’s efforts, and in particular on the five Republicans providing his party its fig leaf.

Equally gleeful was Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu, the Senate’s most vulnerable Democrat. She had been sweating the energy debate, especially after her vote against more oil-shale production — a position her Republican opponent, John Kennedy, had used against her to great effect. Yet there she was, chummily standing with the Gang of 10 and boasting that she is working with “five Republicans” to “lower prices at the pump by increasing offshore drilling here at home.”

Mr. McCain, who had been commanding the energy debate, was left to explain why he, of all people, wasn’t more enthusiastic about a “bipartisan” effort on energy, especially one that includes “drilling.” His camp was forced to take refuge in taxes, explaining that their boss couldn’t sign up for a bill that included more. If this is what Mr. McCain’s good friend Lindsey Graham considers “helping,” somebody might want to ask him to stop.

And pity poor Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has been working overtime to stanch GOP losses this fall and head off a filibuster-proof Democratic Senate. His dogged efforts to highlight Democratic opposition to drilling has kept energy in the news and laid the groundwork for GOP candidates to use the issue to their advantage.

In the Colorado Senate race, Democrats had christened former GOP Rep. Bob Schaffer “Big Oil Bob” — hoping to smear his oil industry career. “Big Oil Bob” has instead embraced his pro-drilling positions and is pummeling opponent Mark Udall for his antidrilling stance. In recent weeks, Mr. Schaffer has erased Mr. Udall’s lead. Polls show Republican Sens. Norm Coleman (Minnesota) and John Sununu (New Hampshire) both climbing in the polls on the back of strong energy arguments. As two of the GOP’s most vulnerable senators, both might well have run for cover with the Gang of 10. Instead they’re fighting on the merits.

The “bipartisan” Republican senators have undercut these efforts, and boosted Ms. Landrieu. They’ve even put a smile on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s face. He’d been struggling to tamp down the energy debate through November, where he hopes to increase his majority and permanently shelve drilling. He’s now counting on the Gang to fruitlessly continue “negotiations” straight through the Senate’s short September session and solve his problem for him.

Not one of the five Republicans in the Gang is facing a tough election this year. That’s the sort of security that leads to bad decisions. And theirs is the sort of thinking that could leave Republicans in a permanent minority.

My Congressman, Representative Thaddeus McCotter, has been one of the Republicans in the House leading the charge against the Democrats. Now he has been hung out to dry during his re-election campaign as well. Thanks a lot you f#cking putzes. This is what happens when you nominate a complete “moderate” jackass idiot like McCain who has been against drilling for pretty much his entire career. So now he just lost this issue as a campaign strength and he will be back to getting pummelled by Barry Obama on his way to a landslide loss to the Obamessiah in November.

Brilliant.

I f#cking hate “moderates” and their so-called “bipartisanship” and “compromise”. You know what bipartisanship and compromise are? They are giving the other side what they want, while you compromise any principles you claim to have and get jack sh!t in return. *That* is “moderatism”. F#cking tools.

Stephen Spruiell: The Ethanol Gang

Earlier today, Larry linked to Kim Strassel’s Wall Street Journal article on the Senate’s “Gang of Ten.” I’m linking to it again, because it is vitally important reading for anyone trying to understand the damage the gang is doing. Here’s a key passage:

… it was probably too much to assume every Republican would work out that their side was winning [the energy] issue. And so, last Friday, in stumbled Sens. Lindsey Graham, John Thune, Saxby Chambliss, Bob Corker and Johnny Isakson — alongside five Senate Democrats. This “Gang of 10” announced a “sweeping” and “bipartisan” energy plan to break Washington’s energy “stalemate.” What they did was throw every vulnerable Democrat, and Mr. Obama, a life preserver.

That’s because the plan is a Democratic giveaway. New production on offshore federal lands is left to state legislatures, and then in only four coastal states. The regulatory hurdles are huge. And the bill bars drilling within 50 miles of the coast — putting off limits some of the most productive areas. Alaska’s oil-rich Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is still a no-go.

The highlight is instead $84 billion in tax credits, subsidies and federal handouts for alternative fuels and renewables. The Gang of 10 intends to pay for all this in part by raising taxes on . . . oil companies! The Sierra Club couldn’t have penned it better. And so the Republican Five has potentially given antidrilling Democrats the political cover they need to neutralize energy through November.

There’s one word that explains why these five Republicans are selling out: Biofuels. The gang’s “compromise bill” contains billions in subsidies for research into biofuels, and for the manufacture of ethanol-burning cars.

Thune is from the corn-producing state of South Dakota and has always been a big advocate for corn ethanol. The flagship university in Corker’s home state of Tennessee houses a major biofuels research center, specializing in cellulosic ethanol from switchgrass. Chambliss is the ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee. He and Isakson both represent Georgia, where they are trying to figure out how to turn Georgia peanuts into fuel. And Graham — well, Graham just seems to have a mania for joining bipartisan gangs.

The worst part — as Strassel points out — is that the gang would raise the money for these new ethanol ventures by repealing tax provisions that allow oil companies to write off the cost of expanding refinery capacity. Whatever this bill is, it’s not a cheaper-gas bill. In fact, despite its meager drilling provisions, it looks a lot like the opposite.

Kathryn Jean Lopez: It May Be August

but I gather some congressional phone lines are keeping pretty active over this:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Republican Policy Chairman, Representative Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) issued the following statement about the Senate group known as the “Gang of Ten.”

I oppose the Senate’s “Tepid Ten” attempt to address America’s energy crisis.

The Tepid Ten’s scheme is ill-advised and injurious to America’s energy future.

In treating Americans’ energy reserves like a re-districting map, politics – not production – is this proposal’s goal. In consequence, if embraced this proposal will perpetuate a governmentally imposed ban made obsolete by soaring energy prices and, thereby, continue a governmentally imposed shortage of American energy, particularly oil and gas. Thus, this proposal will not increase energy supplies sufficiently enough to provide economically suffering Americans critical, comprehensive relief from high gasoline and natural gas prices. Compounding this problem, the proposal’s tax increase will be passed on to Americans through higher gas prices; and, thus, increase working people’s pain at the pump.

Given these aforementioned and other flaws in their proposal, the Tepid Ten should, instead, heed working people’s cry to unleash America’s full energy; lower gasoline and natural gas prices; and always remember – be it regarding our energy crisis and other issues – the words of President Ronald Reagan:

“Government isn’t the solution. Government is the problem!”

Larry Kudlow: The Oil Tax Cut Is Good for Growth, Lower Inflation, and Solving the Credit Crunch

The tax-cut effects of lower oil prices are the single-biggest economic story right now. Even with Fannie Mae’s terrible reported earnings, stocks are up 240 points in today’s trading. Why? Because oil is down another $4 to $116. That’s a more than 20 percent drop from its peak in mid-July, about the time President Bush launched his drill, drill, drill offensive to roll back the moratorium on offshore and domestic production, including shale and ANWR.

Bush removed the executive moratorium order, and now the entire country is clamoring for Congress to remove its moratorium. So far the Reid-Pelosi Democrats continue to dither and oppose new drilling. And as Kim Strassel wrote in today’s Wall Street Journal, the so-called “Gang of 10” compromise is a lousy deal. Obama is flirting with that compromise, but he has basically positioned himself as the anti-driller. Fortunately John McCain has repositioned himself as the pro-driller, and his rising polls show popular support.

But oil markets see the political tide in favor of drilling. As poll after poll is released — showing huge public support for drilling — oil traders are selling contracts short in anticipation of greater oil supplies in the future. And while all this is going on, the oil shock of the past six-to-nine months has curbed energy demand and promoted conservation. In other words, markets work. The combination of expected future supply increases and a pullback in demand is working to bring down prices.

Again, oil-price drops have a huge tax-cut effect on the economy. What many pessimists overlook, however, is that the tax-cut effect of lower oil will significantly help solve the credit-crunch problem in financial markets and at the large banks. Think about this. Declining oil enhances consumer purchasing power, raises profits, and gives everyone more economic strength. Folks struggling to pay mortgages will have a better time of it with lower energy costs. Pocketbooks will stretch further. Business commodity costs will go down and profits will go up. All that sub-prime mortgage paper sitting in bank portfolios will be worth more as homeowners can better service their mortgages in the wake of shrinking energy burdens.

The very key point here — which is being missed by so many — is that lower oil will solve the credit crunch. Just as the price shock of the last few quarters deepened the credit crunch and brought the economy to the edge of recession, today’s oil-price plunge will ease the credit crunch and strengthen economic growth. Not only that, but plunging gold prices and the strengthening of King Dollar show the counter-inflationary impact of lower oil. Real interest rates are rising in the Treasury market as oil prices fall.

The oil tax cut is good for growth, good for lower inflation, and good for solving the credit crunch that has plagued financial markets. In effect, the credit problems that continued to resurface are yesterday’s story, and the credit solution coming from plunging oil is tomorrow’s headline.

This is why the Goldilocks summer stock market rally has legs.

August 10, 2008 , 7:17AM Posted by | 2008 Presidential Election, Energy, Gas Prices, Republicans | Comments Off on Republican Party Sells Out on Energy and Hands 2008 Election to Democrats

GOP Finally Doing Their Jobs, But Let’s Not Get Too Excited Yet

I had a comment ‘discussion’ at this post at HotAir about the intentions of some members of the House GOP to keep up their protest against Nancy Pelosi’s refusal to vote on domestic oil drilling: It’s on: House GOP’s oil protest to resume tomorrow

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What the hell is she talking about here with regards to “2 cents”:

NANCY PELOSI, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: “What we have presented are options that will really make a difference at the pump. Free our oil, Mr. President. We’re sitting on 700 million barrels of oil. That would have an immediate effect in ten days. What our colleagues are talking about is something that won’t have an effect for ten years and it will be 2 cents at the time. If they want to present something that’s part of an energy package, we’re talking about something. But to single shoot on something that won’t work and mislead the American people as to thinking it’s going to reduce the price at the pump, I’m just not going to be a part of it.”

First, she wants to use up all our strategic reserves based on $4/gallon gasoline? The reserves are for a national crisis. Such as the Oil embargo where we didn’t have any oil. We have oil. Paying $4/gallon is not a crisis. Besides, it is a completely temporary solution that will hurt us in the long haul by using up all our reserves. . . which we will need to fill up again.

Next, what is with this “2 cents” nonsense the Democrats and the Left keep talking about? Over the course of the past few weeks, local prices here went down 30 cents, from $4.10 to $3.70. From where do these people get “2 cents” for the effect that adding supply would have to the gas prices?!?

Michael in MI on August 3, 2008 at 4:52 PM

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Also, “won’t have an effect for 10 years”? Not quite. From what I have read, off the coast of CA (Isn’t Pelosi from CA?) they have drilling already set up and it can be online and pumping out oil within a year.

Besides, she is also playing on the ignorance of the American public about how the oil futures market works. If every available domestic area was opened up for drilling, the oil speculation prices would plummet, and, along with them, the gas prices.

It should be obvious to everyone by now that the strategy of the Democrat Party is to throw out empty rhetoric and conspiracies and partisanship and depend on the ignorance and BDS of the American public, as well as the helping hand of the mass media to disseminate their messages (ie, lie and cover up for them).

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I know a lot of people who aren’t into politics very much, and they tell me that the reason gas prices are so high is because of “Bush and his oil buddies in the Republican Party” and “Big Oil and their profits”, etc. So that’s why Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats are going to keep pinning this on the Republicans and President Bush and “Big Oil”. Until the American public shows they are not as ignorant and easily fooled as the Democrats and the mass media believe they are, the Democrats will keep pushing these messages and keep up with their inaction.

The only way I see the Republicans benefitting from this is if the American public actually understands what is going on. If the mass media and the Democrats can push the message (as they always do) that this crisis is the fault of Bush and the GOP and “Big Oil”, none of this will matter.

It’s all about getting the message out there and depending on the common sense and intelligence of the American public.

Based on that, I’m still not convinced the Republicans will gain anything from this. Somehow, the Democrats and Obama and the mass media will get together to figure out their message to blame this on Republicans and the American public will fall for it as they always do.

Michael in MI on August 3, 2008 at 5:01 PM

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“Does anyone else find this to be stupid? Nobody trusts Republicans, they won’t be listened to. They’re horrible at communicating. You might as well send monkeys down there tomorrow.”

ninjapirate on August 3, 2008 at 5:00 PM

I don’t find it stupid at all. But I do agree with you on what will come of it: nothing. As you said, the Democrats and the mass media have blamed everything on President Bush and Republicans for years now and the right and the GOP have not been able to defend themselves. This will be more of the same. The mass media will either not cover this or they will spin it in favor of the Democrats and Obama somehow. And the American public will buy it all hook, line and sinker as they always do.

Michael in MI on August 3, 2008 at 5:07 PM

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“Michael, my friend. This action by the Republicans is an opportunity to do just as you say. Get the truth out!”

Ordinary1 on August 3, 2008 at 5:04 PM

Right. I agree. However, at this point, who’s even listening to them? Where was this backbone for the past 7 years when Democrats lied and lied and distorted and attacked them mercilessly and they did. . . nothing. At this point, I bet most average voters will just see this as Republicans pulling an election year stunt.

Don’t get me wrong. I am damn glad they are finally standing up to this nonsense. I just think it’s too little too late. They have let the Democrats and the mass media control the debate and set the message for so long, that now the Conventional ‘Wisdom’ (what an ironic term. . . ) is that everything is the fault of the Big Oil GOP and the Big Oil companies. That is how the mass media and the Demcrats have spun it for years and I believe the ignorant public has bought into that.

Again, I hope this works. But as I have said many times, I don’t have much faith in the American public and I know damn well the mass media is working feverishly to figure out how to help Obama and the DNC through this right now. They are preparing their spin and lies and working on a gameplan. This is not the slam-dunk people think it is. We have an ignorant, stupid public and a conniving, lying mass media going against us.

Michael in MI on August 3, 2008 at 5:12 PM

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“What we really need is for Jorge Bush to get off his duff and call Congress back into session until they make some meaningful moves on oil-related issues.

As it stands, wandering around in an unlit hall where no cameras or microphones are operating is a stunt. And not an effective one.”

MrScribbler on August 3, 2008 at 5:07 PM

Bingo.

Michael in MI on August 3, 2008 at 5:14 PM

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“local prices here went down 30 cents, from $4.10 to $3.70. From where do these people get “2 cents” for the effect that adding supply would have to the gas prices?!?”

Michael in MI on August 3, 2008 at 4:52 PM

“Exactly! And that is because oil dropped over $20 per barrel. And why did it drop? Because two weeks ago Bush lifted the executive order halting offshore drilling. This type of thing drives the speculators. The ten year thing is horsesh%t. The effects of events that will bring more oil in the future are what drives the market and speculators. Imagine the effect that would result from an announcment that we will now be drilling in Anwar!”

conservnut on August 3, 2008 at 5:15 PM

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“A good fight is ALWAYS better then caving! I also think that you misjudge the American people and their ability to perceive real leadership. If the media is so good tell me why 70% of Americans say to drill off shore, (though the MSM is doing its best to prop up Pelosi and Barry), why John McCain is TIED with Obama in the polls (despite the continued drum beat that Obama is the long awaited political Messiah) I could keep going but won’t for the sake of time. Remember the last time the Republicans decided to fight on something – we got the first Republican majority in the House in 40 years. Heartland America admires a good fight, always has and always will.”

Govgirl on August 3, 2008 at 5:16 PM

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“They are preparing their spin and lies and working on a gameplan. This is not the slam-dunk people think it is. We have an ignorant, stupid public and a conniving, lying mass media going against us.”

Michael in MI on August 3, 2008 at 5:12 PM

“They’re rating whores first and foremost. If they cover it and it gets some traction, and it just might because a clear majority of Americans support recovery of domestic oil, this will be a huge coup.”

RushBaby on August 3, 2008 at 5:17 PM

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“Again, I hope this works. But as I have said many times, I don’t have much faith in the American public and I know damn well the mass media is working feverishly to figure out how to help Obama and the DNC through this right now. They are preparing their spin and lies and working on a gameplan. This is not the slam-dunk people think it is. We have an ignorant, stupid public and a conniving, lying mass media going against us.”

Michael in MI on August 3, 2008 at 5:12 PM

“I hear what you are saying and I agree that the Republicans have done a very poor job of trying to educate the public. I whole heartedly agree that MSM is lying and covering for the Democrats, especially Obama.

However, with energy prices so high, the American public IS figuring it out. Polls show a majority now favor drilling off shore and even in ANWAR.

Don’t give up yet! Maybe this fight can be won in the later rounds!”

Ordinary1 on August 3, 2008 at 5:22 PM

*****

“If the media is so good tell me why 70% of Americans say to drill off shore,”

Govgirl on August 3, 2008 at 5:16 PM

Those Americans didn’t give a crap about drilling offshore prior to a month or so ago. . . when they were starting to pay $4/gallon for gas. Until then, they preferred to bow to the altar of global warming.

The American public hasn’t wised up at all about global warming or how oil prices work or anything. They just are complaining about $4/gal gasoline and want something done.

I still want to see a poll asking the public whom they blame for the oil/gas prices

(1) Democrats/lack of domestic drilling
(2) Republicans/”Big Oil”

Michael in MI on August 3, 2008 at 5:23 PM

*****

“They’re rating whores first and foremost. If they cover it and it gets some traction, and it just might because a clear majority of Americans support recovery of domestic oil, this will be a huge coup.”

RushBaby on August 3, 2008 at 5:17 PM

We shall see. I know they are ratings whores, but the John Edwards situation should tell everyone that they are Democrat-protectors before ratings-whores. If Edwards were a Republican, that story would have been breaking news every single day and would have competed with the ridiculous Bret Favre coverage.

Again, I hope you are correct, but I’m not banking on it.

Michael in MI on August 3, 2008 at 5:27 PM

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Ordinary1 on August 3, 2008 at 5:22 PM

I’m not giving up, nor am I trying to get others to give up. I just don’t like people getting ahead of themselves and thinking this is some slam-dunk. The mass media is against us and the Democrats have been blaming Bush and the GOP and Big Oil for this crisis for years now, with success (from my own experience with friends and family anecdotes).

So as Reader mentioned above, we have to keep the pressure on our Reps with phone calls and writing them with encouragement to keep it up. But also to make sure they don’t just treat this as a stunt, but to make sure to educate the American public and expose the Democrats for their lies and ignorance about energy and oil and gas.

You want to know why I don’t put much faith in the American public? What was the BIGGEST issue in 2006-2007? Illegal immigration. The country was PISSED, right? Whom did the GOP nominate for President? Captain Amnesty himself.

So don’t anyone tell me about any slam dunks and about the attention spans of the public or about the intelligence of the public. Does anyone even care about illegal immigration anymore? Nope. Check the polling numbers. Now everyone’s song of the day is the economy and gas prices. And soon enough, everyone will go back to watching American Idol and whatever other crap that is on TV nowadays.

So this is no slam-dunk. The Republicans are going to have to keep pounding this every.single.day until election day and not let the public forget and not just treat this as some stunt.

Michael in MI on August 3, 2008 at 5:37 PM

*****

“Better yet, send money to the NRCC and let them know you’re donating to honor members of the House who are finally stepping up on an important issue. Money is the absolute best way to let them know you approve of what they’re doing.”

aero on August 3, 2008 at 5:23 PM

Sorry. Not.gonna.happen. The government already has enough of my f***ing money. And what have they done with it? Jack sh**. Until they actually *DO* something, *then* I will *consider* donating. I don’t understand this mentality of sending them money *before* they do something? Sorry. Get something f***ing accomplished first and then maybe they’ll see some money. Not until then. If they’re gonna tell me that they can’t do the right thing without me sending them my hard-earned money, then f*** them. I gave them my vote. Now it is time they did their f***ing jobs.

Money. Geez. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I get paid *after* I work. My paycheck is a reflection of past work accomplished. Why should politicians need money in order to get their job accomplished?

They get my vote, get paid from my tax dollars and they still need more money in order to grow a damn spine and do their jobs? F*** that. Get something done and then we can talk money.

Michael in MI on August 3, 2008 at 5:43 PM

*****

“The question that the GOP must pose loud and clear on a public forum is, “why are democrats blocking the way of high paying jobs for U.S. workers??”. If the GOP comes out on the side of the Middle American worker we’ll see a dynamic shift.”

Darvin Dowdy on August 3, 2008 at 5:55 PM

That’s an excellent point.

One that each of us should be making when we contact our Reps this week.

Drill here! Drill Now! Pay Less! More American Jobs!

Michael in MI on August 3, 2008 at 6:37 PM

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“Every moment of the Republican protest is an opportunity to offer an education to the public about energy and the economy and how the markets work.

The explanations can be quick and simple enough to be grasped by those who have weak understanding.

Following the explanation, the Reps can hammer home how the Dems are destroying the value of the dollar and its purchasing power; are abetting in creating fuel shortages and thus driving up the price; are escalating the costs of food, heat, transportation, etc.; are threatening current jobs and preventing new energy jobs from coming online. The topics are endless.

Reps can explain what the purpose of the Strategic Reserves is and why release of those fuels jeopardizes national security and provides only temporary relief.

Reps can explain how market speculation is tied to perceived futures in energy sources, in this case oil. Build on that point to show how prices drop when supplies go up.

Reps should point out the assorted amendments on energy expansion/ independence that they have offered besides drilling, amendments that Nancy Pelosi will not allow to come to the floor.

Reps need to offer concrete evidence with backup information from industry leaders how quickly America can become re-energized with the plentiful resources that we have.

The Dems have mocked Republicans as “fear mongers”. It is time to point the finger of projection back at them, demonstrating the cleanness of current energy resources and production, their cost-effectiveness, and their plenteousness. Who is it that are generating FEARS of depletion, of pollution, or of capital enterprises that benefit vast swaths of the population? The Dems.

Pelosi has created her own narrative of the situation, and she has to be rebutted in a very direct way with facts. She may think that she has a “signature issue”; she may delude herself that she is “saving the planet”. However, she needs to be confronted with reality, both short term and long.”

onlineanalyst on August 3, 2008 at 6:35 PM

This is an excellent post and excellent suggestion for the GOP. The problem remains, though, that it depends on the attention-span and the intelligence of the American public to understand the explanations and the facts presented to them.

We are a sound-bite and headline nation with most people not able to spend even 60 seconds of their day reading through your comment, let alone taking the time to learn and understand everything presented in your comment. People seem to be more comfortable with “It’s Bush’s fault! Because of his oil buddies!” or “It’s Big Oil’s fault! For their insane profits! We need windfall profits tax to punish – PUNISH! – them!”

You are correct in everything you state that the Republicans need to do. But what mass media outlet is going to give them the platform and time to do that? Most interviews and shows spend but 5 minutes on an issue and then move on. Which only allows a person to touch on the superficial parts of an issue, without getting into the details. So they are relegated to providing talking points.

What we need is a show which is like Bill Bennett’s radio show or Rush Limbaugh’s radio show where they conduct interviews and give people 1 or 2 or 3 7-10 minute segments to explain their positions. That is what we need on the news as well.

I just don’t know if the mass media will give the Republicans a fair shake like that, considering they definitely don’t want to help Republicans.

Michael in MI on August 3, 2008 at 6:48 PM

August 4, 2008 , 2:36AM Posted by | Energy, Gas Prices, Republicans | Comments Off on GOP Finally Doing Their Jobs, But Let’s Not Get Too Excited Yet

Democrats Want $10/gallon Gasoline

I said previously, if you vote for Democrats, you are an idiot.

Via Ed Morrissey at HotAir:

How high will Democrats let the price of gas get before considering the option of drilling for more oil? Ken Salazar (D-CO) has set the bar in today’s action in the Senate. Gas can hit $10 per gallon and the Democrats still won’t act…

[ . . . ]

Republicans should use a very simple message. We have enough oil to satisfy American needs for at least the next 100 years, but Democrats won’t let you have it. They’d rather you pay $10 per gallon at the pump and watch food prices increase 250% rather than agree to drilling. If you don’t want $10 per gallon gas, vote Republican.

August 1, 2008 , 1:14PM Posted by | Democrats, Economy, Energy, Gas Prices, Liberalism | Comments Off on Democrats Want $10/gallon Gasoline

All Hail the Obamessiah! Obama Has Solved Our Oil Problem!

Now, why didn’t any of us lesser beings think of this to solve our oil and high-priced gasoline problem? There’s no need to drill for oil. All we have to do according to the Obamessiah is… keep our vehicle tires inflated!

Ooooooh-Baaaaaaah-mah! Ooooooh-Baaaaaaah-mah!

All hail the genius of the Ooooooh-Baaaaaaah-mah!

Via Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit: Hot Air… Obama Says Blowing Up Your Tires Would Save As Much Gas As Drilling For Oil

There are things you can do individually, though, to save energy. Making sure your tires are properly inflated — simple thing. But we could save all the oil that they’re talking about getting off drilling — if everybody was just inflating their tires? And getting regular tune-ups? You’d actually save just as much!

This is a man who millions of brain-dead Americans are supporting for President. This just tells me that millions of brain-dead Americans are as idiotic, stupid and ignorant as Barack Obama when it comes to simple things like supply and demand and the economy. Pathetic.

Also see: Obama’s energy plan: drilling tires; Flashback: Obama on your shoulder!

July 31, 2008 , 2:25AM Posted by | Barack Obama, Energy, Gas Prices | Comments Off on All Hail the Obamessiah! Obama Has Solved Our Oil Problem!