Government of The People

When the federal government spends more money than it takes in during a fiscal year, there is a deficit. The deficit turns into the debt when the Treasury Department issues interest-bearing Treasury securities so the government can continue to spend. If the federal government were ever to default on these securities, or not make an interest payment, America’s credit rating would suffer. In this scenario, the economic consequences would be dire for the United States.

In Citizens United Productions’ film Generation Zero, Fox Business analyst Tobin Smith warns, “We wouldn’t be paying down the debt. We would just simply be like the consumer at home who only pays a minimum on their credit card. That’s what we’re talking about, and that begins what I’m calling the financial death spiral.” The start of the financial “death spiral” can be seen in President Obama’s 2012 budget.

According to the president’s budget, interest payments for the national debt will quadruple from $186.9 billion in 2009 to $768.2 billion in 2020. That equals $2,500 for every man, woman, and child to pay off just the interest on our national debt every year. The American taxpayer will be like the Greek King Sisyphus, rolling the (debt) boulder up a mountain only to watch it come tumbling down over and over again. Remember, the $768.2 billion Americans will be paying in 2020 does not bring down our national debt; it just pays off the interest the debt has accrued!

As the Washington Post points out, the interest payments for our national debt will eclipse the spending of all discretionary programs except for defense by 2014. By 2018, interest payments on our national debt will be more expensive than one of the nation’s largest entitlement programs — Medicare. Politically difficult decisions have to be made, but President Obama’s leadership on this important issue is nowhere to be found.

President Obama talked about doing “big things” and making “big changes” during his 2010 State of the Union address, and said, “Those of us in public office can respond to this reality by playing it safe and avoid telling hard truths and pointing fingers. We can do what’s necessary to keep our poll numbers high, and get through the next election instead of doing what’s best for the next generation.”

Mr. President, if you believe what you said back in 2010, now is the time to make the tough decisions needed to dig America out of our fiscal black hole. For a leader who was elected on the mantle of change, I find it interesting how content President Obama is with the failing status quo. Unfortunately, it looks like Mr. Obama is more concerned about not angering the big government constituencies that will fund his $1 billion reelection campaign.

America faces a tough and bumpy road ahead. If the Obama administration continues to ignore the problems of irresponsible spending and the soaring interest payments on our $14 trillion national debt, then that road will most certainly lead to a dead end and future generations will be thrown under the bus. To conquer our debt, and the secret entitlement program that pays its interest, we must come together as a country and force our leaders to make the tough decisions. If not, America will become a second-rate power. (DC)

But don’t worry, Washington is taking this seriously. 😦

Especially, the Tax and Spend Liberals.

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Baby Joseph Update

A Canada court had ruled that under socialized medicine their baby must die in the hospital. Now he’s in the U.S., getting the care his parents, not the bureaucrats, want.

Joseph Maraachli, who’d been set to have his ventilator removed against his parents’ wishes at an Ontario hospital last month, got a tracheotomy Monday morning and is doing well, his family says. The procedure was denied him under a system of medicine that may be coming to a hospital near you courtesy of ObamaCare.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Helen Radycalled it “a sad and difficult case,” according to the London (Ontario) Free Press, and set the time for Joseph’s government-decreed passing “to afford the family adequate time to say their goodbyes.”

The parents won in the end and got to do what THEY wanted to do and not what the state wanted.

But when Obamacare kicks you in the ass where do you go when the State says “No”??

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And there’s the Obama fund raising trip to Brazil:

While the President refuses to lift the offshore drilling here in the United States, continues to demonize the oil and gas industries, as energy prices continue to rise and as unemployment still hovers around 9 percent, Obama told a group of Brazilian businessmen at a CEO Summit during his trip to South America over the weekend they should begin drilling in their offshore oil reserves so the United States can be a paying customer in the future, adding that the United States would help them do it.

“We want to help you with the technology and support to develop these oil reserves safely. And when you’re ready to start selling, we want to be one of your best customers. At a time when we’ve been reminded how easily instability in other parts of the world can affect the price of oil, the United States could not be happier with the potential for a new, stable source of energy.”

Really?!

Yep, as part of the White House U.S.-Brazil Strategic Energy Dialogue, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and President Obama have developed the Strategic Energy Dialogue, a plan that helps Brazil develop the country’s offshore oil reserves.

The two Presidents also discussed intensified sharing of best practices with respect to the safe and environmentally benign exploitation of offshore oil and gas resources. Brazilian officials will meet with representatives of the U.S. Department of the Interior within two weeks to advance the dialogue on safe offshore oil and gas development. The United States and Brazil will hold workshops on deepwater production technologies and environmental management, the first planned for early October in Rio de Janeiro.

Not only is President Obama going against those in his base who believe offshore drilling is bad for the environment and that the burning of oil contributes to global warming, Obama is blatantly supporting the economic growth of another country while purposely hindering the economic growth of the American economy.

Doc Hastings, Natura Resources Committee Chairman, is not impressed:

“Rather than creating American energy and American jobs, President Obama is in Brazil advocating for deepening the United States’ reliance on foreign energy.”

“The President has clearly learned nothing from recent world events.  He appears to believe the answer is to shift our foreign energy dependence from one part of the world to another.  The real answer is to produce more American energy.  The ‘potential for a new, stable source of energy’ can be found with our own resources here at home.  Resources that the Obama Administration is purposely choosing to keep under lock-and-key.”

Let’s not forget Obama has blocked access to U.S. oil and natural gas production by issuing a moratorium on offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and has revoked onshore leases since taking office. Don’t be fooled when the Administration says they have been working to open up energy resources in the United States as the Administration has only issued three permits allowing for deep water exploration, not drilling.

So much for keeping jobs from going oversees and so much for lessening our dependence on foreign oil.

2009: The U.S. is going to lend billions of dollars to Brazil’s state-owned oil company, Petrobras, to finance exploration of the huge offshore discovery in Brazil’s Tupi oil field in the Santos Basin near Rio de Janeiro. Brazil’s planning minister confirmed that White House National Security Adviser James Jones met this month with Brazilian officials to talk about the loan. (WSJ)

And guess who has a big interest in a Brazilian Oil Company (Petrobras)….<<drum roll please>>…GEORGE SOROS!!

The Socialist Billionaire who is the money sugar daddy of the Democrats. (That and Public Sector Unions).

He’s good “rich” people.

He also has interest in NPR, Media Matters & The Huffington Post. 🙂

Gee, now that’s not a cynical campaign ploy now is it…. 😦

But don’t worry, we are from the Government and we are here to protect you! 🙂

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Feeling The Heat

The only global warming going on is Liberals feeling the heat and squirming over it. And we need to turn it up!

The Ontario case of Baby Joseph (see “Future of ObamaCare” last Friday) has gotten very PR Political with the hospital trying to repair it’s image while NOT doing what the parents want. They propose a “compromise” and appear to be backing down but aren’t actually.

Much like ObamaCare, more on that in a moment.

The Ontario hospital at the centre of controversy surrounding baby Joseph Maraachli said Monday it has offered to let his parents take the terminally ill infant home to die.

But wait for it….

A day after London Health Sciences Centre announced it was launching a campaign to correct “false and misleading information” about the headline-grabbing case, the hospital issued a news release saying it has always been willing to transfer 13-month-old Joseph home and take him off life support there, while in the arms of his parents.

PR Blitz!!!

The hospital said it would pay for the medical transfer to the Maraachli home in Windsor, Ont., and Joseph would be accompanied by “LHSC physicians and staff.”

But Joseph’s dad, Moe Maraachli, said he and his wife have refused that offer and the family’s lawyer, Mark Handelman, said he was “surprised” to see the hospital’s public statement “given my understanding that the content of our discussions was to have been confidential.”

A spokeswoman for LHSC said the hospital just wanted to “clarify” its position.

AKA PR Spin. look like we “care” but not really…

Joseph’s parents are locked in a protracted battle with LHSC and the doctors who’ve cared for the baby there since last fall. The specialists believe it is in Joseph’s best interest to remove his breathing tube, since he suffers from a severe and fatal neurological disorder and cannot breathe on his own.

Joseph’s parents, however, want the doctors to perform a tracheotomy — cut open a direct airway in the baby’s throat — so they can have more time with him at home before he dies.

“I always said I want my son to die peacefully,” Maraachli said Monday. “I do not want him to die choking when the (breathing tube) is removed.”

The hospital stood firmly Monday by its decision not to perform a tracheotomy, saying it’s an invasive procedure and not part of palliative care.

LHSC said it contacted police and is considering legal action over “innuendo,” “untruths” and threats directed at the hospital, many of them from the United States. (canada.com)

So they are feeling the heat and are trying to weasel around get what they want but not look as heartless as they appear.

So we have ObamaCare.

Speaking to the National Governors Association at the White House today, President Barack Obama endorsed legislation by Mary Landreiu (D-LA) and Scott Brown (R-MA) that would allow states to request waivers from some Obamacare mandates in 2014 instead of the existing 2017 date. President Obama claimed: “It will give you flexibility more quickly while still guaranteeing the American people reform.”

The snake in The Garden of Liberal Eden hisses…. Trust in me! Trust in Me! 🙂

Has President Obama even read the legislation? Because that is just plan false. Heritage Foundation Center for Policy Innovation Director Stuart Butler explained in the New England Journal of Medicine:

One [problem] is that it still locks the states into guaranteeing a generous and costly level of benefits. True, a state could propose alternative benefit requirements if they had the same actuarial value as those in the ACA. But the requirements go well beyond basic coverage, and the HHS secretary is the one who defines “at least as comprehensive” benefits.

Another major problem with the bill is that since ultimate waiver authority rests with the HHS secretary, the waivers granted would probably reflect the administration’s preferences. Senator Wyden claims that his legislation would allow conservative states to opt out of much of the ACA and implement consumer-driven coverage. But he admits that the secretary, not the state, has the final word over what is permitted.

As long as the HHS Secretary, whether it is Kathleen Sebelius or the next occupant of the office, has the final say on granting Obamacare waivers, then there is no real flexibility for states under Obamacare. All 50 of them would still be at the mercy of the whim of the HHS. The only real way to give states true flexibility on health care reform begins with the full repeal of Obamacare.

[A] White House conference call with liberal allies this morning says the Administration is presenting it to Democrats as an opportunity to offer more expansive health care plans than the one Congress passed.

Health care advisers Nancy-Ann DeParle and Stephanie Cutter stressed on the off-record call that the rule change would allow states to implement single-payer health care plans — as Vermont seeks to — and true government-run plans, like Connecticut’s Sustinet.

The source on the call summarizes the officials’ point — which is not one the Administration has sought to make publically — as casting the new “flexibility” language as an opportunity to try more progressive, not less expansive, approaches on the state level.

“They are trying to split the baby here: on one hand tell supporters this is good for their pet issues, versus a message for the general public that the POTUS is responding to what he is hearing and that he is being sensible,” the source emails. (Foundry)

Splitting the baby to appear to give in, but not really. Fascinating.

As Gas price go past $4 what is Obama and Energy Secretary Chu doing about it?

Nothing.

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A virtual regulatory ban continues today. At least 103 drilling permits await approval by a federal government that has not approved a single new permit since the moratorium was allegedly lifted last October.

The administration has announced that the eastern Gulf and the Atlantic and Pacific coasts will be off-limits for the next seven years. The Interior Department has canceled four pending lease sales in Alaska.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the oil industry hasn’t yet persuaded him to re-start deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, and that he won’t “respond to political pressure” on the issue.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu has said that “any disruption in the Middle East means a partial disruption in the oil we import. It’s a world market, and (a disruption can) have real harm on the price.” And so, we would think, would the orchestrated and carefully planned disruption of domestic supply by this administration.

It’s not just Mideast turmoil that has brought us to this point. It’s also a deliberate program of restricting domestic energy to make so-called green energy more attractive and necessary, keeping an Obama campaign promise that energy prices would “necessarily skyrocket” on his energy agenda.

In September 2008, he told the Wall Street Journal: “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” Gas prices in Europe then averaged about $8 a gallon.

The administration’s hostility to fossil fuels is documented. Immediately on taking office, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar canceled 77 leases for oil and gas drilling in Utah. Recently, in a stunning land grab, Salazar issued an order allowing Bureau of Land Management officials to place land with “wilderness characteristics” off-limits to energy development. Some 6 million acres in energy-rich Utah would be affected.

But Salazar now, not Chu, has issued 1 permit.

On Feb 2, The Obama Administration lost in court AGAIN, over there de facto moratorium on drilling.

Salazar was losing his battle in the court system at every turn. On Feb. 2, Judge Martin Feldman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, rebuked the administration for “determined disregard” of his previous June 2010 order to lift the moratorium.

In a separate ruling two weeks later, Feldman gave President Obama and Secretary Salazar 30 days to act on five pending permit applications. “[T]he government is under a duty to act by either granting or denying a permit application within a reasonable time,” said Feldman. “Not acting at all is not a lawful option.”

So they appeared to give in just a little. They do it kicking and screaming and whining like the children they are. But they are being forced to eat their vegetables.

Very Slowly.

Democrats once accused Big Oil of deliberately restricting supply to enrich itself. Now the Obama administration may be doing the same on purpose — a policy sure to impoverish us all. (IBD and DC)

But here’s the secret:

The U. S. Geological Service issued a report in April 2008 that only scientists and oil men knew was coming, but man was it big. It was a revised report (hadn’t been updated since 1995) on how much oil was in this area of the western 2/3 of North Dakota, western South Dakota, and extreme eastern Montana ….. check THIS out:

“The Bakken is the largest domestic oil discovery since Alaska ‘s Prudhoe Bay, and has the potential to eliminate all American dependence on foreign oil. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates it at 503 billion barrels. Even if just 10% of the oil is recoverable… at $107 a barrel, we’re looking at a resource base worth more than $5..3 trillion.

“This sizable find is now the highest-producing onshore oil field found in the past 56 years,” reports The Pittsburgh Post Gazette. It’s aformation known as the Williston Basin , but is more commonly referred to as the ‘Bakken.’ It stretches from Northern Montana, through North Dakota and into Canada .. For years, U. S. oil exploration has been considered a dead end. Even the ‘Big Oil’ companies gave up searching for major oil wells decades ago. However, a recent technological breakthrough has opened up the Bakken’s massive reserves…. and we now have access of up to 500 billion barrels. And because this is light, sweet oil, those billions of barrels will cost Americans just $16 PER BARREL!

But the “green” only Liberals in Washington don’t want you to know and don’t wanna do anything about it. It’s not on their agenda.

It’s all Wind farms, solar power and electric cars. Kumbuya!

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“Hidden 1,000 feet beneath the surface of the Rocky Mountains lies thelargest untapped oil reserve in the world. It is more than 2 TRILLION barrels.(las cruces connection)

Also see: http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=1911

The Bakken Formation estimate is larger than all other current USGS oil assessments of the lower 48 states and is the largest “continuous” oil accumulation ever assessed by the USGS. A “continuous” oil accumulation means that the oil resource is dispersed throughout a geologic formation rather than existing as discrete, localized occurrences. The next largest “continuous” oil accumulation in the U.S. is in the Austin Chalk of Texas and Louisiana, with an undiscovered estimate of 1.0 billions of barrels of technically recoverable oil. (USGS)

“HOW can this BE? HOW can we NOT BE extracting this? Because the environmentalists and others have blocked all efforts to help America become independent of foreign oil! Again, we are letting a small group of people dictate our lives and our economy…..WHY?

Enviromentalists, leftists, and the current “green” administration!!

Because Oil and Oil companies are Evil!!  They are the work of the Devil Incarnate. The only way to cut our dependence on foreign oil is by “green” energy that is vastly more expensive, inefficient and not technologically ready for the mass market.

But it makes the Liberals feel good! All warm and fuzzy. So that’s all they can see.

So let’s let Ideology blind us because the Agenda is the Agenda.

But they are feeling some heat.

So we just have to turn it up! Way up!

The Fires of Perdition itself must be lit under the feet of Liberals or else they will consume the rest of us with them.

Period.

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