How I Can Help YOU

Recommendations of Working Group III of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (whew!):

More regulation from “experts”, technocrats and bureaucrats at supranational organizations, such as the one whose initials begin with U and end with N
More taxpayer subsidies for expensive, inefficient renewable energy (but it make environmentalist and greenie-weenie liberals feel better that poor people are paying more for their energy so that’s why people who produce an income have to pay higher taxes to support that too!!)
More nuclear power (with shale gas used as a transitional fuel to replace coal) The last nuclear Plant built in this country? 1978.
The abandonment of fossil fuels (North Dakota, which has seen a boom on account of the oil and gas industry, had the lowest unemployment rate of 2.6 percent, which has been stable since January. But they are politically incorrect jobs so they don’t count, ignore them.
—Boo Hiss! That’s that “laser like focus” on Jobs the Democrats keep talking about…)

Less meat consumption (Are you now or have you ever been a meat eater! Boo Hiss!)
A single, globally-regulated price for carbon dioxide (hey, you want some black market CO2??) The Air Police!!!
More local-**government-enforced** walking, cycling and public transportation (But hey, who needs freedom after all. Government will control you for your own good!!)
More back-door wealth redistribution from the West to the developing world in the name of “sustainability” (otherwise you “hate poor people” you know!

Now doesn’t that just make your heart flutter and you cheeks flush with pride at how superior you are??

Then you’re not a Progressive Liberal, you planet-destroying, evil , greedy bastard! 🙂

Oh and…

But according to the FDA, we don’t pay attention to the calorie counts, and we eat things that are bad for us and regret it later.

If only we knew ahead of time and actually appreciated the impact that food might have on our waist, we’d make better decisions and walk away from the Cheetos that are begging us to buy.

It’s as if the government thinks we don’t already know that a bag of chips or a candy bar — or those really disgusting-but-oh-so-satisfying-frosting-coated cinnamon rolls — aren’t good for us.

Aye, and there’s the rub. We don’t do what bureaucrats and politicians in Washington, D.C., think we should.

That means, according to the FDA, the market has failed.

Yes, when consumers don’t want something and companies aren’t forcing it on us, that’s a market failure.

Funny, but I thought that meant the market was actually succeeding.

Not according to the FDA, which arrogantly thinks it can correct this market failure.

“Although many of the usual market failures that justify regulatory action … do not apply here, the primary support for regulatory intervention is that there are systematic biases in how consumers process information and weigh current benefits (from consuming higher calorie foods) against future costs (higher probability of obesity and its comorbidities). The bias is more directly related to the requirements of this proposed rule: Consumer demand for calorie information does not create incentives for the provision of calorie information at the vending machine. This market failure occurs because at the time of purchase, consumers do not value calorie information as much as they do later, when the effects of excess calorie consumption are evident.” (so we the government must save you from yourself!)

We don’t want to know how much that Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup is going to impact our experience with the weight scale the next morning, and we’re OK with eating it today.

That’s because we’re biased in how we act and government must counter us.

“…(S)tudies suggest that calorie information often lacks salience, or relevance, for consumers at the time of purchase and consumption, even though they may experience regret about their decisions at a later date. This tendency may explain why consumers have not generally demanded calorie and other nutrition information for food sold from vending machines before, or at, the point of purchase, even if they may, at a later point in time, value that information.”

Look at us!  We are so terrible.

Government must save us from ourselves! And liberals must save us all, it’s their holy mission. So they must control every aspect of our lives from birth to beyond death because we are just not competent enough to do it on our own and they are just so vastly superior in every aspect that they must rule over us for our own good!

Thankfully, the government is going to step in. They’re going to make that calorie information so obvious we can’t possibly ignore it. Then we’ll happily do what they want and forgo the barbecued kettle chips.

So what if you crave salt and fat, have some Tofu and soybean paste instead!

Yeah, right.

You’d think that was bad enough — until you read further and find out they don’t know if it will work.

According to the FDA, obesity is a problem and since many Americans get food and snacks from vending machines, putting calorie information on the machines will result in a “significant effect on calorie intake, the prevalence of obesity, and thus the cost of health care and lost productivity.”

But there’s a problem with that theory.

The proposed requirements mitigate the apparent market failure in information provision stemming from present-biased preferences, although not necessarily the tendency of consumers to underutilize that information.”

The FDA admits it “lacks data on how consumers will substitute among caloric sources.”

And doesn’t really care because this makes them feel superior and that “they did something” to fight the even fat merchants!

Getting people off their fat asses on the coach )collecting government welfare) and getting a job doesn’t occur to them, apparently.

That means the administration has no idea if you’ll see the calorie signs and go without your afternoon Snickers only to pig out on gelato after dinner to make up for it.

But at least they warned you! And when you ignore their stern warnings they will have to step it up and ban them next! 🙂

The FDA admits it doesn’t know if posting calorie counts will reduce obesity. It didn’t test its theory to see if posting the calories will actually cause people to choose differently. Plus, officials point out, only 5 percent of money spent outside the home goes to food in vending machines.

But it makes them feel better, and to a Liberal, that’s all that matters in life.

This isn’t the market — you — deciding what you want. This is nanny-state government deciding you’re not making the right decisions about the food you eat and imposing costly regulations with the hope maybe you’ll make their choice for you instead.

And what if you don’t? What if you continue to eat chips and candy from a vending machine? What regulation will they come up with next?

Well, that’s where The Food Police come in. 🙂

But hey, if the bureaucratic elitists can save just one person from becoming obese, isn’t it worth it? (Ohio watchdog.org)

And you can sit there and pay multiple times more for the energy to light and heat/cool that house of yours as you enjoy that over-price unhealthy snack and the Food Police, The Air Police, and The Health Care Police all come rushing to your door to stop you!

Congrats, Citizen., You’re in Orwell’s world now. Be Happy.

They are the Government and they are here to help you! 🙂

Political Cartoons by Steve Breen

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

 

But it’s not about Politics

I thought this was funny…

Splinters in her crotch

A woman from Los Angeles who was a tree hugging, liberal Democrat and an anti-hunter purchased a piece of timberland near Colville , WA . There was a large tree on one of the highest points in the tract. She wanted a good view of the natural splendor of her land so she started to climb the big tree.

As she neared the top she encountered a spotted owl that attacked her. In her haste to escape, the woman slid down the tree to the ground and got many splinters in her crotch. In considerable pain, she hurried to a local ER to see a doctor .

She told him she was an environmentalist, a Democrat, and an anti-hunter and how she came to get all the splinters. The doctor listened to her story with great patience and then told her to go wait in the examining room and he would see if he could help her. She sat and waited three hours before the doctor reappeared.

The angry woman demanded, “What took you so long?” He smiled and then told her, “Well, I had to get permits from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management before I could remove old-growth timber from a ‘recreational area’ so close to a waste treatment facility. I’m sorry, but due to Obama-Care they turned you down.”

*******

“Well, our lack of a coherent energy policy is a huge issue right now” noted the famous automotive revolutionary Lee Iacocca. Gas was $1.50.

“When I was running Chrysler I tried to get Presidents Carter and Reagan to focus on this, but when foreign oil is cheap it’s just too easy to play politics and to ignore the problem of foreign oil dependency” he continued. “One of these days America is going to end up in big trouble if we don’t make some changes…”

That was twelve years ago. And today we are in trouble – have we been “playing politics” all these years? – as yet another spike in foreign oil prices threatens our economy.  And, just like in 2008, Barack Obama is once again running a campaign for the presidency in an environment of spiking fuel prices – only this time he’s the incumbent and not the outsider.

The price increases have become so burdensome that the President can no longer ignore them.  Last Thursday he stated that “some politicians, they see this as a political opportunity,” and noted a headline from “one newspaper” which supposedly indicated that “Republicans are licking their chops” over rising gas prices. “Only in politics do people root for bad news” President Obama growled to his audience.

And boy were they cheering from 2004-2008, The Democrats, that is…

As I pointed out a couple of days ago, where all these people for the last generation or so have said we need to drill our own oil and the politicos and the environmentalists to this days till say “But that’ll take ten years” so they can do nothing, and now 25 years later it’s still “ten years”.

Fascinating.

After denying a permit in January for the expansion of the TransCanada Corporation’s Keystone XL Pipeline project – a project that would have presumably expanded American oil refining and decreased America’s foreign oil dependency – the President is now stuck defending his obsession with government funded electric cars that don’t sell, and failed solar energy companies owned by his campaign donors which have “lost” hundreds of millions of our tax revenues. (Austin Hill)

White House Mouthpiece Jay Carney: “Oil and gas production in the United States has risen every year since the president’s been in office. Oil production is now higher than it’s been in eight years.”

Industry analysts say production is rising — not because of President Obama, but in spite of him.

“Today on federal land, the area where the president has control, production in the Gulf of Mexico is down 30 percent. Lease sales in Rocky Mountains on federal lands are down 70 percent,” Jack Gerard, head of the American Petroleum Institute said.

He says the president has put 85 percent of the outer continental shelf off limits and overall, is only making 3 percent of the areas under his control available for development.

So, the Obama/White House All-Purpose Strategy Numero Uno goes something like: blame the Bush administration’s policies for everything from the terrible economy to the dragging war in Afghanistan, but gloss over and take credit for the long-term effects of the Bush administration’s policies when it helps Obama to quell voters unhappy with rising gas prices. Got it. (townhall.com)

And the Border has never been more secure than under Obama! 🙂

So he has no political choice but to a) blame the Republicans and b) Lie his ass off and expect his cohorts in the Liberal Ministry of Truth Media to run with it 24/7 as a drumbeat of Doublespeak.

While campaigning for the presidency during the 2008 price spike, candidate Obama scoffed at the idea of producing more oil at home.  “If everybody in America inflated their tires to the proper level,” he sarcastically noted in August of that year, “we would actually probably save more oil, than all the oil we’d get from John McCain drillin’ right below his feet… or wherever he was gonna drill…”

President Barack Obama’s Energy Secretary Steven Chu in 2011:  wants to“figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” At the time he made the statement, gas cost $7 – $8 a gallon in Europe.

CHU: Well, the recent spike in gasoline prices following that huge spike in 2007, 2008 is a reminder to Americans that the price of gasoline over the long haul should be expected to go up just because of supply and demand issues. And so we see this in the buying habits of Americans as they make choices for the next car they buy.

So buy green or else!

http://www.breitbart.tv/prager-destroys-obamas-algae-oil-speech/?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

If people have been saying it for 25 years and YOU’D listened then maybe you wouldn’t have to be saying it now! Or in another 25 years when it’s $15 a gallon or more.

But at least it’s not about politics… 😦

“I leave it up to the government to make good decisions for Americans.”–NASCAR babe Danica Patrick.

I feel better, don’t you? 🙂

New American Way

More Wisdom from Tax Cheat, Treasury Secretary Geithner:

Geithner: Tax the Rich for “the Privilege of Being an American”

“{I}f you don’t ask, you know, the most fortunate Americans to bear a slightly larger burden of the privilege of being an American…”

“And that’s the kind of balance you need. And why is that the case? Because if you don’t try to generate more revenues through tax reform (aka Tax Increases), if you don’t ask the, you know, the most fortunate Americans to bear a slightly larger burden of the privilege of being an American, then you have to — the only way to achieve fiscal sustainability — is through unacceptably deep cuts in benefits for middle class seniors, or unacceptably deep cuts in national security.”

You could STOP SPENDING LIKE AN IDIOT! 🙂

When deep in debt the solution is not to Spend Even More!

But no Liberal would ever even conceive of that idea. And the Republicans aren’t far behind them.

I would also remind the Secretary that 47% of American pay no taxes AT ALL. And the “rich” people’s money he’s so covets pay over 70% of the taxes NOW!

But the Democrats want to SPEND EVEN MORE!

So they have to feed the class envy beast.

Even Michelle “Marie Antionette” Obama got in the act at a swanky fundraiser with “rich” Democrats:

“If a family in this country is struggling, we cannot be satisfied with our own families’ good fortune.”

She also rapped the rich, as has her husband. “Who do we want to be?” Obama asked. “Will we be a country where success is limited to the few at the top? This country is strongest when we are all better off.”

Thanks, Comrade. You can sit down now.

If your own millions of dollars is a burden to you, you can always give it away, dearie. 🙂

And besides doesn’t unemployment stimulate economic growth according to Nancy Pelosi, Press Propagandist Jay Carney and Sr WH Advisor Valerie Jarrett?

Why yes, they did say that. So maybe what we really need is even more unemployment, think of the “stimulus”!!! 🙂

When the Budget Control Act of 2011 increased the debt ceiling last August, Congress, the administration, and outside analysts believed that this increase would allow federal borrowing under the limit well into 2013 (and outside of the election campaign),” the center’s analysts wrote. “Due to unexpected circumstances … that belief appears increasingly likely to have been misguided.”

Well, now it may hit in the  summer and fall, along with $6 or higher gas prices, ObamaCare at the Supreme Court, SB1070 at the Supreme Court.

Won’t that be fun. The Ministry of Truth will have to spin the planet backwards to try and cover up this mess.

But don’t worry The latest Liberal Fantasy– Algae will save us all:

Environmentalists, by and large, live in a world of their own. A very smug, ill-thought-out world in which driving your electric car, wearing your hemp clothes, staring daggers at people who don’t put their soda bottles in the recycling bin, and perhaps even accepting subsidies from the federal government to put solar panels on your roof, are somehow the recipe for a sustainable and prosperous national future. They are blithely negligent of the facts: their cellphones/computers/electric cars are powered by coal, the promise of solar and wind is relatively pathetic, the accepted wisdom of recycling is founded on myth, global warming is increasingly dubious and politicized, that Obama’s green “investments” are helping to push the country toward bankruptcy… I could go on. We have the opportunity to create innumberable jobs and help dredge ourselves out of this economic slump, if we’d only let ourselves actually compete in the global energy market, and when energy prices are high, poorer Americans are the first to suffer.

But even worse than that, environmentalists actually have the gall to want to deny certain types of energy development and technologies to less developed (a.k.a., more miserable) parts of the world, thinking that the people living the ‘simple life’ are somehow ‘better off,’ on a local level and for the welfare of the planet in general. No — wealthier societies are healthier societies.

This video is one of my all-time favorites, and though it’s of a somewhat different environmental capacity than gas prices in America, it very aptly demonstrates just how willfully ignorant and lacking in critical thinking the greenie-attitude really is. Enjoy (warning: some crass language): (From Penn & Teller’s “Bullshit”) (Townhall.com)

Now don’t you feel like going out and hugging a tree and mugging a Millionaire?

It’s the New American Way!  🙂

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

Political Cartoons by Ken Catalino

 Political Cartoons by Chuck Asay

The Ministry Has Work to Do

The Ministry Of Truth (which the Daily Kos having a website with that name by the way is amusing)

The Ministry of Truth concerned itself with Lies. Party ownership of the print media made it easy to manipulate public opinion, and the film and radio carried the process further.

The primary job of the Ministry of Truth was to supply the citizens of Oceania (read: America now) with newspapers, films, textbooks, telescreen programmes, plays, novels – with every conceivable kind of information, instruction, or entertainment, from a statue to a slogan, from a lyric poem to a biological treatise, and from a child’s spelling-book to a Newspeak dictionary.

The Ministry of Truth is involved with news media, entertainment, the fine arts and educational books. Its purpose is to rewrite history and change the facts to fit Party doctrine for propaganda effect. For example, if Big Brother (Obama) makes a prediction that turns out to be wrong, the employees of the Ministry of Truth go back and rewrite the prediction so that any prediction Big Brother previously made is accurate (or these days cover it up, modify the conditions or invent a new term for it and just continue on- i.e. “Tax Reform” now means Tax Increases on “the Rich” on the Left). This is the “how” of the Ministry of Truth’s existence. Within the novel Orwell elaborates that the deeper reason for its existence is to maintain the illusion that the Party is absolute. It cannot ever seem to change its mind  (or be wrong)(if, for instance, they perform one of their constant changes regarding enemies during war) or make a mistake (firing an official or making a grossly misjudged supply prediction)(Fast & Furious), for that would imply weakness and to maintain power the Party must seem eternally right and strong.

Example: “short-term measures for jobs growth.” — Read Stimulus spending. 😦

Has the economy improved since Barack Obama became the president of the United States? Of course not. Despite what you may be hearing in the mainstream media (The Ministry of Truth), the truth is that when you compare the U.S. economy on the day that Barack Obama was inaugurated to the U.S. economy today, there is really no comparison. The unemployment crisis is worse than it was then, home values have fallen, the cost of health insurance is up, the cost of gas is way up, the number of Americans living in poverty has soared and the size of our national debt has absolutely exploded. Anyone that believes that things are better than they were when Barack Obama was elected is simply being delusional.

The following are 18 statistics that prove that the economy has not improved since Barack Obama became the president of the United States….

#1 Today there are 88 million working age Americans that are not employed and that are not looking for employment. That is an all-time record high.

1a. The Unemployment rate has been OVER 8% for 3 Years in a row!!

#2 When Barack Obama was elected, the percentage of unemployed Americans that had been out of work for more than 52 weeks was less than 15%. Today, it is above 30% .

2a. The number of workers who have been unable to find a job in 27 months or more has shot up 83%, with their ranks now at 5.5 million

#3 There are 1.2 million fewer jobs in America today than there were when Barack Obama was inaugurated.

#4 When Barack Obama first took office, the number of “long-term unemployed workers” in the United States was approximately 2.6 million. Today, that number is sitting at 5.6 million .

#5 The average duration of unemployment in the United States is hovering close to an all-time record high .

#6 During the Obama administration, worker health insurance costs have risen by 23 percent .

#7 Since Barack Obama has been president, the average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States has increased by 90 percent .

#8 Since Barack Obama has been president, home values in the United States have declined by another 13 percent .

#9 Under Barack Obama, new home sales in the U.S. set a brand new all-time record low in 2009, they set a brand new all-time record low again in 2010, and they set a brand new all-time record low once again during 2011.

#10 Since Barack Obama took office, the number of Americans living in poverty has risen by more than 6 million .

10a. Median annual household income is about 7% below where it was in February 2009, according to the Sentier Research Household Income Index.

#11 Since Barack Obama entered the White House, the number of Americans on food stamps has increased from 32 million to 46 million .

#12 The amount of money that the federal government gives directly to Americans has increased by 32 percent since Barack Obama entered the White House.

#13 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the percentage of Americans living in “extreme poverty” is now sitting at an all-time high .

#14 When Barack Obama first took office, an ounce of gold was going for about $850. Today an ounce of gold costs more than $1700 an ounce.

#15 Since Barack Obama became president, the size of the U.S. national debt has increased by 44 percent .

#16 During Barack Obama’s first two years in office, the U.S. government added more to the U.S. national debt than the first 100 U.S. Congresses combined .

#17 During the Obama administration, the U.S. government has accumulated more debt than it did from the time that George Washington took office to the time that Bill Clinton took office .

#18 The U.S. national debt has been increasing by an average of more than 4 billion dollars per day since the beginning of the Obama administration.

More:

Standing too many months on the unemployment line is driving Americans crazy — literally — and it’s costing taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars.

With their unemployment-insurance checks running out, some of the country’s long-term jobless are scrambling to fill the gap by filing claims for mental illness and other disabilities with Social Security — a surge that hobbles taxpayers and making the employment rate look healthier than it should as these people drop out of the job statistics.

As of January, the federal government was mailing out disability checks to more than 10.5 million individuals, including 2 million to spouses and children of disabled workers, at a cost of record $200 billion a year, recent research from JPMorgan Chase shows.

The sputtering economy has fueled those ranks. Around 5.3 percent of the population between the ages of 25 and 64 is currently collecting federal disability payments, a jump from 4.5 percent since the economy slid into a recession.

Mental-illness claims, in particular, are surging.

During the recent economic boom, only 33 percent of applicants were claiming mental illness, but that figure has jumped to 43 percent.

Research also shows a growing number of men, particularly older, former white-collar workers, instead of the typical blue-collar ones, are applying.

Even More:

But barely a month after returning from a luxury Christmas break in Hawaii Michelle Obama is on holiday again – this time at the exclusive Colorado ski resort of Aspen. It’s her 16th holiday since her husband took office.

The Obamas are staying at the home of Jim and Paula Crown, owners of the Aspen Skiing Co, the Daily News reported.

A “middle class” non-“rich” non- Crony host I’m sure. 🙂

Let them Eat Snow!

The Icing on the Cake:

In 2011, the average gallon sold for an all-time high of over $3.50, and the average household spent $4,155 gassing up their vehicles—also a record. And if you were hoping for relief at the pump in 2012, it looks like you’re out of luck.

Gasoline prices have never been higher this time of the year.

At $3.53 a gallon, prices are already up 25 cents since Jan. 1. And experts say they could reach a record $4.25 a gallon by late April. …

The national average for gasoline began the year at $3.28 a gallon. The average price for February so far is $3.49 a gallon. That’s up from $3.17 a gallon last February, a record at the time. Back in 2007, before the recession hit, the average for February was $2.25 a gallon.

A 25-cent jump in gasoline prices, if sustained over a year, would cost the economy about $35 billion. That’s only 0.2 percent of the total U.S. economy, but economists say it’s a meaningful amount, especially at a time when growth is only so-so. The economy grew 2.8 percent in the fourth quarter, a rate considered modest following a recession.

High oil and gas prices now set the stage for even sharper increases at the pump because gas typically rises in March and April.

Sunoco, an big East Coast Refiner, has closed refineries (as as ConocoPhillips) because they were “bleeding” cash costs.

Sunoco, saying Marcus Hook was bleeding cash, shut down the plant in December, not long after the nearby ConocoPhillips in Trainer called it quits. Together, the two refineries produced about 20 percent of the gasoline used in the Northeast. Their owners are trying to sell the plants, without success.

“As soon as these two refineries shut down, prices started rising,” said Denis Stephano, president of United Steelworkers Union Local 10-234, which represents workers at the idled ConocoPhillips refinery.

“When you shut refineries down, you take refined product out of the market,” he said. (Philly.com)

And think of the Jobs… 🙂

And then there’s Iran, you know the guys Obama is largely ignoring.

Add it all up, and you can see the Ministry has a lot of work to do.

Remember this when the Ministry Lies to you 24/7/365 about how great things are becoming because of the Greatness of Barack Hussein Obama!!

Trust Me. 🙂

Government Awesomeness

This is one of the single funniest videos EVER:

 

My Prediction on Obama’s Speech tonight: Orwell says “Mission Accomplished” 🙂

I won’t see the speech. I will be working to pay my bills and the bills of the 48% of people who don’t pay any. 😦

Not that the word “war” will pass his lips, most likely. In press briefings last week, our Libyan campaign was euphemized into a “kinetic military action” and a “time-limited, scope-limited military action.” (The online parodies were merciless: “Make love, not time-limited, scope-limited military actions!” “Let slip the muzzled canine unit of kinetic military action!”) Advertising tonight’s address, the White House opted for “the situation in Libya,” which sounds less like a military intervention than a spin-off vehicle for the famous musclehead from MTV’s “Jersey Shore.” (Ross Douthat)

Gotta love Orwellian gibberish. 🙂

President Obama is proud of how he put together the Libyan operation. A model of international cooperation. All the necessary paperwork. Arab League backing. A Security Council resolution. (Everything but a resolution from the Congress of the United States, a minor inconvenience for a citizen of the world.)

It’s war as designed by an Ivy League professor. True, it took three weeks to put this together, during which time Moammar Gadhafi went from besieged, delusional thug losing support by the hour to resurgent tyrant who marshaled his forces, marched them to the gates of Benghazi and had the U.S. director of national intelligence predicting that “the regime will prevail.” (Charles Krauthammer).

They will protect civilians by not going after the guy who will kill them, Qaddafi! 🙂

And the reports that Al-Qaeda is supporting “the rebels”. No big deal. Qaddafi is evil. We just won’t do anything about him.

Obama is hoping the rebels will kill him so he doesn’t have to do it himself. But the rebels wouldn’t have this opportunity without the air strikes authored by him.

So now that NATO (which primarily US) has taken over, “Mission Accomplished”!!

Ta Da! Isn’t he awesome! 🙂

NEW TAX IDEA: Tax Driving!

Not feeling Taxed enough. You’re a Liberal who wants to stick it to the people. Well, the CBO has a new tax scheme for you.

And, of course, most importantly, it’s “fair”! 🙂

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has a suggestion for raising money to fix the nation’s highways: tax drivers based on how many miles they drive each year.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) this week released a report that said taxing people based on how many miles they drive is a possible option for raising new revenues and that these taxes could be used to offset the costs of highway maintenance at a time when federal funds are short.

The report discussed the proposal in great detail, including the development of technology that would allow total vehicle miles traveled (VMT) to be tracked, reported and taxed, as well as the pros and cons of mandating the installation of this technology in all vehicles.

CBO’s report stressed it was making no recommendations but seemed to support a VMT tax as a more accurate way of having drivers pay for the costs of highway maintenance. The report said miles driven is a larger factor in highway repairs than fuel consumption and suggested that having drivers pay for the real costs of highways “would involve imposing a combination of fuel taxes and per-mile charges.”

“About 25 percent of the nation’s highways, which carry about 85 percent of all road traffic, are paid for in part by the federal government….” reads the opening line of the paper. In other words, why should the federal government, already so strapped for cash, keeping paying so much for the highway while those who use them get a free ride?
The rest of the lead paragraph is just as baneful:
Federal spending on highways is funded primarily by taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel, but those and other taxes paid by highway users do not yield enough revenue to support either current federal spending on highways or the higher levels of spending that have been proposed by some observers. Although raising those taxes would bring in a larger amount of revenue, a more fundamental issue would remain: By themselves, fuel taxes cannot provide a strong incentive for people to avoid overusing highways — that is, to forgo trips for which the costs to themselves and others exceed the benefits. This study examines broad alternatives for federal funding of highways, focusing on fuel taxes and on taxes that could be assessed on the basis of the number of miles that vehicles travel.
As usual, the bureaucrats’ tactic is to create a problem (too many people “overusing highways”) then propose a solution (higher fuel taxes and taxes “assessed on the basis of the number of miles that vehicles travel”).
Just to be fair, the CBO assures the Senate that it (the CBO) isn’t alone in reckoning that taxing drivers for miles traveled is the most equitable method of closing the highway funding gap. They’ve got an impressive chorus backing up their taxing tune.
A consensus view of many transportation experts and economists is that a system of taxes on vehicle-miles traveled should be viewed as the leading alternative to fuel taxes as a source of funding for highways.
See? Lots of people (a “consensus”) agrees with the plan so it can’t be all bad.
And we all know it’s important to have “consensus” of “experts” before it crammed up your ass and down your throat for “your own good”.
It will be “fair”. 🙂
One possibility discusses by the CBO is the “pay at the pump” option for collecting the tax.
Implementation costs of a VMT system would depend heavily on its scope and scale but also would be affected by some choices about specific technologies. For example, initial capital costs might be higher but operational costs might be lower if the VMT taxes were collected “at the pump,” the method tested in the Portland pilot study and already used for collecting fuel taxes, rather than through periodic invoicing from a central office to individual users, the approach tested in the Puget Sound study. If VMT taxes were collected at the pump, each time fuel was purchased, information would be sent from a device in the vehicle to a device at the filling station. The data would identify the accumulated charges themselves or list miles traveled (identified if necessary by times and locations) since the previous purchase. The appropriate amount of taxes would be collected as part of the fuel- purchasing transaction.
Basically, “a device in the vehicle” would send data to the gas station, then onto, one assumes, the appropriate taxing agency, and the cost per gallon would be increased according to the VMT data collected.
Check your mail for the time and place of your appointment to have your car retrofitted with the government-approved VMT monitor.
Just Like ObamaCare, it’s for your own good!
To be fair (equitable), if you want smooth roads and you want to do the right thing and pay your fair share of the maintenance,  then the least you can do is surrender your privacy and let the government strap a VMT measuring device on your car. It’s the right thing. (New American-KFYI)
Now don’t you feel better. 🙂
Don’t worry about the trucking industry and all those goods that are transported across the country. It won’t impact your grocery bill and other products at all!
And will this go for jet fuel next? Imagine those thousands of gallons…
THE BORDER HAS NEVER BEEN SAFER
So with that Big Sis, Homeland Insecurity Secretary Janet Napalitano:
The Obama Administration has dedicated historic levels of manpower, technology, and infrastructure to the Southwest border to ensure the safety of border communities, and these resources have made a significant impact. Some of America’s safest communities are in the Southwest border region, with border city crime rates staying steady or dropping over the past decade. 

The security of our border communities strengthens the prosperity of the region. From San Diego, California to Brownsville, Texas, hundreds of billions of dollars of commerce come across the border each year, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs. Thanks in part to the administration’s major investments to improve border infrastructure at our land ports of entry, the value of the trade crossing the Southwest border increased 22 percent in fiscal year 2010 alone.

Yet, local leaders in border communities say misinformation about the safety of the Southwest border is hurting their communities, driving potential visitors away and hurting local businesses.

The reality is that the Southwest border is open for business. El Paso, Texas is one of the best examples. Not only have crime statistics shown it to be one of the safest big cities in the country, but the value of imports crossing into the United States through El Paso has risen 40 percent just in the last year.

In fact, today I was in El Paso to meet with local officials and business leaders to discuss ways that we can help strengthen trade and travel in the region and help set the record straight about the safety and economic opportunities in their communities.

We all agree that the challenges at the border are real – but so is the progress we’ve made over the last two years. I’m proud to join with our border communities in spreading the word that the Southwest border is, indeed, open for business.

Janet Napolitano (DHS website)

Now is that special! 🙂
I know I feel better about government.

“If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a
human face – forever.”– George Orwell

Feel Good Stories

Baby Joseph Update: St. Louis, MO (KSDK) – A 13-month-old baby at the center of a worldwide debate was brought to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center overnight. The baby was flown in from Ontario, Canada. The family’s story has stirred the end-of-life debate.

Canadian doctors say baby Joseph Marraachli’s condition is fatal. There was a court order in Canada to remove life support, but baby Joseph’s father said “no.” The New York-based Priests for Life group heard the family’s cry for help and flew the baby to a hospital that would agree to accept him: Cardinal Glennon. This is after several hospitals declined to treat him.

The government lost this one. Even if the child dies in 6 months, he dies on the parents terms not the Canadian Governments.

My previous blogs: https://indyfromaz.wordpress.com/2011/02/25/the-future-of-obamacare/

https://indyfromaz.wordpress.com/2011/03/01/feeling-the-heat/

BEWARE THE EIDES OF MARCH!!!

HUG-A-THUG 🙂

To create “racial reconciliation,” the city that protected an illegal immigrant child rapist who massacred three youths is offering its most violent criminals therapy, education and jobs in lieu of prison.

Known as “hug-a-thug,”  the goal is to rehab vicious gangbangers with tender loving care rather than the harsh punishment that they probably deserve. The program has failed miserably in two cities—Stockton, California and Cincinnati—yet officials in Newark will launch it this month, according to a local newspaper report.

A sanctuary for illegal immigrants, Newark made worldwide headlines a few years ago for shielding an illegal immigrant gangbanger who murdered, execution-style, three college-bound students at a schoolyard. A fourth student survived but was seriously wounded by the gunman. The assailant, a Peruvian national named Jose Carranza, had a lengthy record when he committed the gruesome crimes but the city’s sanctuary policies protected him from deportation.
He was free on a $150,000 bond when he shot the four youths at a schoolyard in 2007 because the Newark Police Department has a don’t-ask-don’t-tell policy when it comes to inquiring about a defendant’s immigration status. (Judical watch)

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TSA Update

The Transportation Security Administration announced Friday that it would retest every full-body X-ray scanner that emits ionizing radiation — 247 machines at 38 airports — after maintenance records on some of the devices showed radiation levels 10 times higher than expected.
The TSA says that the records reflect math mistakes and that all the machines are safe.
The tests will be finished by the end of the month, and the results will be released “as they are completed,” the agency said on its website.

That just inspires confidence doesn’t it. 🙂

BIG BROTHER UPDATE

It seems that there’s just no escape from ‘Big Brother’ seeing into our lives.

Now police in Miami, Florida, have unveiled their latest crime-fighting tool that is literally an ‘eye in the sky’.

Their state-of-the art ‘Micro Air Vehicle’ is a remote controlled flying drone fitted with cameras that can capture images from heights.

Surveillance: Police in Miami spent $50,000 on the remote controlled drown which will can see inside people's homes if it flies low enough Surveillance: Police in Miami spent $50,000 on the remote controlled drown which will can see inside people’s homes if it flies low enough 

Police will be able to control the flying surveillance camera while real-time pictures are relayed to the officer on the ground.

Similar devices are currently used by the military to check dangerous areas such as empty buildings or areas of suspected land mines before the enter.

But with the possibility that the device will be used on civilians it has raised concerns about privacy.

‘What happens when they fly over backyards and they see something without a warrant that they want to take against,’ the American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Howard Simon told CBS Miami.

Miami police used a $50,000 grant to buy one of the machines which stand around 40cm high on four thin legs.

The devices are able to fly straight up and manoeuvre in different directions. They can also hover like a helicopter.

Police admitted the MAV has the ability if flown low enough to look into people’s home but they claim that is not its intended purpose.

Miami-Dade Sgt. Andrew Cohen said drone will be used to gather real time information in situations which may be too dangerous for officers.

This includes riots or stand-offs with dangerous criminals. It could even be used to chase criminals who are on the run from police.

‘If an SRT (Special Response Team) has to go into an area they don’t know what’s there, we don’t know what is in the backyard,’ said Cohen.

‘They want to know if there are dogs in the backyard, if there is a shed, things that could be a threat to us.

‘If this thing is deployed, it’s only going to be used in situations where we already have an ongoing police scene.

‘They are going to know we are there because we will have tactical teams, SRT teams, we’re going to have a perimeter, it’s going to be secure.’

The police have submitted an application to the Federal Aviation Authority use the machine but the approval process can take up to six months. (UK Daily Mail)

So that buzzing you hear outside your window may be Big Brother looking at you.

SMILE, YOU’RE ON CANDID CAMERA!

Enjoy! 🙂

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Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Only 26 percent of Americans in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll say they’re optimistic about “our system of government and how well it works,” down 7 points since October to the fewest in surveys dating to 1974. Almost as many, 23 percent, are pessimistic, the closest these measures ever have come. The rest, a record high, are “uncertain” about the system.

But don’t worry, the media will pump up Obama because he’s their man.

And the Unions will give very generously of taxpayers money to make sure he wins.

Just remember, to a pessimist if things don’t go horribly wrong they are pleasantly surprised. 🙂

Political Cartoons by Eric Allie

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“It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.” Mark Twain

At Friday’s news conference, President Obama tried to connect with the common man coping with rising gasoline prices. Instead, the president left little doubt that he is clueless about cars.

“You may want to buy a fuel-efficient car,” quoth Obama, “but you may not be able to afford it. And so you’re stuck with the old clunker that’s getting 8 or 10 miles a gallon.”

Eight to 10 mpg? Which clunker would that be? I wondered. An old Hummer? Your father’s father’s Oldsmobile? A late-model Lamborghini? It takes a luxury brand, a boat-sized machine and/or a few decades to approach those dismal mileage numbers.

An 11-year-old Pontiac minivan, for example, gets 17 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on the highway.

You have to go back to the Carter administration years or earlier to find Obama’s idea of a gas-guzzling family car — and even that vehicle would have been a van, light truck/SUV or luxury model. And yet he is behind the wheel of Washington’s energy policy.

Can you blame me for believing Team Obama was pushing the pedal to the metal in a rush for higher gas prices?

On March 11, Obamaland pushed back against the perception that its anti-drilling policies — implemented in the wake of the April 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon blowout — have contributed to high prices at the pump. The cost of filling one’s gas tank has risen uncomfortably close to $4 per gallon in the Bay Area of California.

The administration rightly notes that domestic oil and natural gas production have increased since 2008, while imports have decreased.

OK, but: Erik Milito of the American Petroleum Institute told Environment & Energy Publishing, “The increased production levels in 2010 are a credit to the vision of previous administrations.” Milito credited the 1995 Deepwater Royalty Relief Act signed by Bill Clinton and passed by a GOP-controlled Congress.

To his credit, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar had supported offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. But after an oil platform explosion left 11 workers dead and coated beaches with oil, he reacted. Then Salazar overreacted.

Democrats like Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana saw their home states suffer first from the oil spill, and then the oil-job shutoff. Landrieu came to vigorously oppose what had evolved into a de facto moratorium on drilling permits.

Clinton himself lamented “ridiculous delays in permitting when our economy doesn’t need it.” The administration didn’t issue a permit since the blowout until last month — and then only after a federal judge’s prompting.

Not to mention the steady job-killing creep of climbing gasoline prices.

There always has been a corner of Obamaland that doesn’t appreciate the job-creating properties of cheap fuel. Now-Energy Secretary Steven Chu told the Wall Street Journal, “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” Chu said that in September 2008 — and still Obama picked him for the slot.

Then again, if you think there are a lot of Americans cruising Main Street in gas-guzzling monstrosities, you probably wouldn’t even notice the high price of gasoline — until your approval ratings started to approach, well, Jimmy Carter levels. (Townhall.com)

OBAMA 2008 WANTED HIGH GAS PRICES
During the 2008 campaign, then-candidate Obama commented on the gas crisis and indicated he preferred higher gas prices. Well, I guess he is happy now.

Sen. OBAMA: 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 into their pockets, but also by encouraging the market to adapt to these new circumstances more quickly, particularly US automakers, then I think ultimately, we can come out of this stronger and have a more efficient energy policy than we do right now.

OBAMA 2008: HIS PLAN MAKES ELECTRICITY RATES SKYROCKET
In 2008, then-candidate Obama said, “Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.”

So what’s the obvious solution? Well, increasing domestic oil production comes to mind. But the administration has done just the opposite — to the direct detriment of the American people.

Both Chu and White House press secretary Jay Carney have insisted that the remedy is to develop alternative energy sources to decrease our dependency on foreign oil. That’s just peachy in theory and something to continue to explore for the long run. But in the short run, it is a reckless, quixotic fantasy — a tilting at windmills.

Windmills, incidentally, are not the answer. Heritage experts argue that wind and solar energy sources are miniscule and “entirely irrelevant to gasoline supply in the transportation sector.” The administration’s other alternative sources of energy, such as corn and electric cars, “won’t help a bit.” Corn-based ethanol produces less energy than gasoline, “contributes to food price increases, costs taxpayers $4 billion to produce 2 percent of the total gasoline supply, and has dubious environmental effects.” Electric cars are “prohibitively costly and environmentally suspect.”

Wake up, folks. Regardless of Obama’s intentions, his energy policies are, at best, grossly negligent and irrefutably damaging to Americans and our economy. (Fact Real, Heritage Foundation)

But it make Liberals “feel good” and you know what they say about Hell and good intentions…

Follow The Agenda

Remember, long ago in the very distant past of 2008 when $100+ per gallon gas was the fault of rich Oil men like President Bush and Evil CEO’s??

It was all the Republicans fault. As a commenter on a Huffington Post article about the “Bush Legacy” of  High Oil Prices put it “George Bush is from Texas, and has friends (campaign contributers) in the oil industry. Dick Cheney is from Wyoming, where he lobbied for the oil and coal business. Cheney was CEO of Halliburto­n which sells equipment to the oil business. While they’ve been in power the price of crude oil has quadrupled­. Follow the money.” which is very typical Liberal socialist diatribe.

Well, it’s BACK! And not an evil Oil President in sight. But I’m sure it’s still his fault anyhow.

Today, Reuters: “OPEC will only have an extraordinary meeting if oil prices exceed $100 and stay there. We don’t want the market to panic,” the delegate told Reuters.

So Fast forward to today in the Huffington Post reader comments:

“Of course Big Oil, energy, and the insurance industry will continue to raise prices. The plan is to make sure that middle class American’s have very little disposable income. What people don’t pay in taxes, they must pay over to corporate monopolies in the form of inflated prices. Reducing taxes kills the middle class because it destroys the ability of a “United People” to combat the tyranny of corporate fascism.”

Nothings changed.

Only, everything has, but the Liberals are still too obsessed with their Class Warfare Agenda and “green” to see it.

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The prospect of oil breaking $100 a barrel, last touched in October 2008 after Lehman Brothers collapsed, has raised alarm bells about the impact of fuel costs on the economic recovery.

Obama almost secretly “allowed” some oil companies to start drilling again 6 months AFTER the Oil spill was plugged. Even though a Federal Judge said the Moratorium was illegal they went and did it again anyhow.

The Media just tried to ignore it.

After all, they have to prop up GM’s sales of the fake electric car, The Chevy Volt. I had a few choice words to say on it : https://indyfromaz.wordpress.com/2010/10/20/revolt-ting/

Especially in light of the news about the GM (Government Motors) bail out.

You know the one where the spin is that GM paid it all back and bail outs do work…

The Congressional Oversight Panel reported Thursday that by selling 45% of the stock it had in GM, Washington has “‘locked in’ a loss of billions of dollars and thus greatly reduced the likelihood that taxpayers will ever be repaid in full.”

Bailout defenders had thought that GM’s IPO would show critics that the government could make money on the bailout. But when “Treasury received a price of $33 per share,” it sold “well below the $44.59 needed to be on track to recover fully taxpayers money.”

That seems clear enough. But those justifying the bailout will ignore taxpayers’ losses and focus instead on the panel’s statement that the aided companies are “on the path to financial stability.”

Set your media on SPIN!

But then again, that’s what Liberals want.

You out of that gus-guzzling, Oil-loving, Class Warfare, infernal-combustion, global warming evil machine of death!

They want you to drive an electric car (even a fake one) or nothing.

The fact that petroleum is used in thousands of products besides gasoline, including the trucks and trains that are hauling freight all over the country is completely outside of their Agenda so it’s immaterial.

That orange had to be shipped into your grocery store from somewhere.

But The Agenda is The Agenda.

We all have to have solar panels, wind farms, electric cars and organic food.

The costs of this are immaterial. It “feels good”.

It’s 60’s hippie marijuana-toking stupidity, but  it “feels good”.

And liberals blindness is only 1/2 the problem.

The other one is China and India.

You see, one of the main reasons for the Oil Prices is them.

It’s called Demand. As in Supply and Demand.

That principle of economics Liberals only understand when it suits their Agenda and ignore otherwise.

They have a huge demand. They can pay for it (largely with our debt) so why not sell it to them instead.

With fierce global competiton and  state-run monopolies in Venezuela and China squeezing out Western energy giants, the bottom line is that cheap oil – and subsequently cheap gasoline – just doesn’t work out on the balance sheets of big oil.

At the same time, U.S. commercial oil supplies fell 1.2% to 335.3 million barrels last week. (Investor Place)

They have other customers and bigger costs. And those “western Energy Giants” at least in this country are hobbled by an Administration that is vehemently hostile to them.

So even if we produced more it would help like it did in “the old days”.

But ignoring the problem and sticking your head in the “green” sand also isn’t going to help.

“Green” tech is not economical as of yet, so relying on it, praying for it, waving 60’s peace and love over it isn’t the answer right now.

But that’s the Agenda. And The Agenda is The Agenda.

So expensive gas suits The Agenda.

And that is George W Bush and Big Oil’s Fault! 🙂

Especially as austerity is slapping us in the face.

For Jan 1, 2011 10,000 Baby Boomers EVERY DAY will be retiring for the next 20 years!!

And they want their government money and they want it NOW! (and ObamaCare).

The more we can produce for our own the better we will be for our own sake.

And being responsible for our own is important.

But The Agenda is more important!

In 2008 High Oil Prices worked for them because it was good for demonizing Bush and Big Oil, now it works for their “green” Agenda.

Either way, we all get tarred!

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