Taxes: The president may try to satisfy both environmentalists and pro-growth blocs by tying the shovel-ready project curiously left out of the State of the Union to just-introduced carbon-tax legislation. Having failed to lower the sea levels in his first term, President Obama, in the first SOTU of his second term, highlighted the need for fighting climate change and proposed an Energy Security Trust Fund to siphon off money from those who actually produce abundant and useable energy to fund alternative energy sources which constitute a rounding error in the percent of energy produced by various sources.
Come on Congress -we are Taxed Enough Already - remember the meaning of tea. Immediate defunding of the EPA is needed and censure /impeachment, whichever will work for sure, of this illegitimte person ruining our country. We are screaming for action and an end to collegiality in the club.
Henry Waxman cliams that the Koch Brothers affiliates would make a fortune off this,if these fools believe this,there´s no way it gets approved. They also complained about the pipe parts being made overseas.Of course Obama can use the AMERICAN recovery act money for jobs in foreign countries like SKorea.
they really can´t get the bugs out of the lithium ion battery but obama´s willing to dump millions more in their production. if they pile up in warehouses like solar panels,who cares,it´s the thought that counts.
Warren Buffet´s BNSF railroad makes a ton of money transporting that oil from north to south while there is no Keystone pipeline. Since Buffet is Obama´s economic brain, don´t look for that pipeline any time soon.
Everyone has a tendency to treat oil as oil. The oil coming from Keystone is very heavy oil. Back 5 years ago, this was the expected grade that the US refineries were optimized to handle. Starting in 2006 in ND and in 2008 in TX, independent operators have proven they can economically extract crude from tight formations and have ramped output to 1.5 million bpd.
The Keystone XL does 2 valuable things for the US: it allows our refineries to run more cost effectively and serves as a buffer it falling oil prices begin to approach the cost to produce. If the market falls below the price to produce the oil in Alberta, volume in the pipeline will be made up with Bakken oil from ND.
When ObamaCare is under attack, its defenders retreat to several well-worn claims. Among them is a provision that compels insurance companies to allow parents to keep their "children" ages of 21 to 26 on their family policies. Yet this part of the Affordable Care Act was not engineered in response to any noticeable interest group. Instead, political considerations are responsible for the provision—which is an unnecessary and a deceptive ripoff of the "young healthies." The first consideration is that young adults facing chronic unemployment—thanks to government policies that have retarded economic growth—commonly return to their parents´ home. Understanding that this is what
Edie Littlefield Sundby may not have thought she´d ignite a national debate when the stage-4 cancer survivor asked us to publish her Monday op-ed on losing her oncologist due to the Affordable Care Act. But she certainly has, and it´s important to understand why. Mrs. Sundby and millions like her must be denied their medical choices if ObamaCare is going to work as its liberal planners intend. Mrs. Sundby´s seven years of gallbladder cancer treatment have been underwritten by a policy known as preferred provider organization coverage, or a PPO, from UnitedHealthcare. She says she bought the product on the
Federal and state officials want more money to spend on roads and bridges, and some of them think they know how to get it. They want to tax us on every mile we drive. They´re calling for a "vehicle miles traveled" (VMT) tax because, darn it, cars and trucks are becoming more fuel-efficient. Drivers are getting more miles for each gallon of gasoline or diesel fuel they buy, which means fuel tax revenues have not been growing as much as government officials would like. Taxing us on each mile driven would get them more money. The intrusiveness of such a scheme, especially in
Elections: You´d think the era of the Guardian Angels, Fort Apache and rats on the West Side and bedbugs uptown would be the last things New Yorkers would want to revisit. But voting in lefty Bill de Blasio suggests otherwise. A socialist from way out in left field — a political pilgrim to the Sandinistas´ Nicaragua, the Soviet Union and Castro´s Cuba — isn´t typically the sort of candidate who wins the mayor´s office in New York. But apparently, the door was left open wide by voter discontent with the glossy, indifferent corporatism of predecessor Michael Bloomberg, whose idea of
The latest and greatest Obama scandal is the disastrous ObamaCare rollout, but it has something in common with all the others (besides Obama knew nothing). Some journalists are still brazenly trying to deny — against all evidence — that this scandal has any substance at all. The same people who freaked out over President Bush´s saying in a State of the Union speech that Saddam Hussein sought uranium in Africa now excuse Obama for saying everywhere, endlessly, "If you like your insurance plan, you will keep it. No one will be able to take that away from you." To them, that´s not
Bias: The You-Can-Keep-Your-Insurance line isn´t the only ObamaCare whopper the media never checked out. There´s also the tall tale about President Obama´s mother´s deathbed fight with her insurer. In several speeches, as well as debates, Barack Obama claimed a heartless insurance company denied his mother, Ann Dunham, health care coverage because of a pre-existing cancer. Her medical bills mounted while her health failed, he said. Though she died a bankrupt woman in 1995, her nightmare inspired him to keep fighting for health care reform. The heart-breaking anecdote was used to beat up insurers over denying pre-existing conditions and was key to selling
RUSH: I kid you not. Folks, this is from the Washington Post. You´re gonna think I´m making this up. From the Washington Post: "Latino Voters Say Health Care, Controversial Remark Spur Them to Turn Out for McAuliffe." Now, what was the "controversial remark" that he made? I´m gonna tell you. This is from the article in the Washington Post. Cuccinelli "was pilloried in a Democratic campaign commercial for a remark he made criticizing a DC law on pest control, which he claimed prevented the killing of rats. ´It is worse than our immigration policy,´ Cuccinelli said in a 2012 radio interview.
RUSH: Here´s Denise in Charlotte, North Carolina, as we head to the phones. It´s great to have you, Denise. Thanks for waiting. CALLER: Well, thank you, and congratulations on your book. RUSH: Thank you. Thank you very much. I appreciate it. I really do. CALLER: Well, getting back to the election in Virginia. I know we´ve analyzed and there´s a lot of different reasons why Cuccinelli lost, but I think the primary reason that really needs to be taken seriously is that he lost because of the War on Women. The women´s issues hit him hard. It was the same reason that Romney
RUSH: I am so happy I moved out of New York, folks. I cannot begin to tell you. This guy, what did he get, 73% of the vote or something? (interruption) Yeah, you can predict what´s gonna happen in New York. You can literally predict it. This guy is gonna go after the rich like they´ve never been gone after before. That´s gonna be the sole focus of what he does. They´re not paying their fair share. They´re gonna be paying taxes they don´t know they have. They´re gonna be giving up money that they didn´t know they had hidden away.
Suddenly, congressional Democrats are catching Hillary Clinton fever. It’s still three years until the next presidential election, but already her endorsements from party leaders are piling up. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) delivered a speech in Iowa over the weekend urging Clinton to run in 2016, and other Democrats are touting her potential candidacy. Democratic strategists say it makes sense for lawmakers to line up behind Clinton — even before she’s announced her candidacy — because she is virtually assured of winning the party’s nomination. “She’s the prohibitive front-runner. She’s in a stronger position than anyone seeking the nomination other than an incumbent president in
WASHINGTON -- The number of poor people in America is 3 million higher than the official count, encompassing 1 in 6 residents due to out-of-pocket medical costs and work-related expenses, according to a revised census measure released Wednesday. The new measure is aimed at providing a fuller picture of poverty, but does not replace the official government numbers. Put in place two years ago by the Obama administration, it generally is considered more reliable by social scientists because it factors in living expenses as well as the effects of government aid, such as food stamps and tax credits. Administration officials have declined
RUSH: Yeah, it looks like it´s exactly what we predicted it would be. In Virginia the GOP simply didn´t want a Tea Party candidate winning there. They just didn´t. ´Cause they coulda won that race, folks. I mean, it´s really a shame. I was gonna say stunning, but it really isn´t stunning. Anyway, great to have you. Rush Limbaugh, the EIB Network. Here we are on hump day already, middle of the week, great to have you with us. The telephone number if you want to be on the program is 800-282-2882. The e-mail address, ElRushbo@eibnet.com. Phenomenal news to share with you
The Virginia governor’s race was supposed to prove how the Tea Party destroyed the GOP. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli was supposed to be too extreme and too much of a right-winger to be competitive. McAuliffe, who had a double-digit lead as late as two weeks ago, was coasting to victory on the strength of the national disgust over the government shutdown that hit Northern Virginia with its large number of federal employees hit. But once the shutdown ended and the country began to take notice of the ObamaCare rollout fiasco, the dynamic in Virginia changed. While liberal pundits will probably
President Barack Obama told his enthusiastic supporters Monday night that he never promised what video recordings show him promising at least 29 times. The videos show Obama promising 300 million Americans that “if you like your health-care plan, you will be able to keep your health-care plan, period.” But that’s not what he really said, Obama announced Monday in a speech to about 200 Organizing for Action supporters, gathered at the St. Regis hotel in D.C. “What we said was you could keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law was passed,” he told Obamacare’s political beneficiaries and contractors. That claim is not
How the heck did that happen? Most public polls leading up to Election Day had Democrat Terry McAuliffe coasting to victory, some by double digits, in the Virginia governor’s race. Instead he squeaked by, beating Republican Ken Cuccinelli by less than 3 percentage points. The much-closer-than-expected outcome blunts the narrative that this was a clean win for Democrats going into 2014 and guarantees an intense blame game among Republicans about what might have put Cuccinelli over the top.
They said he was “unelectable.” The RNC put only $3 million into this race. Ken was outspent by a margin of something between 4:1 and 10:1, if you believe the Associated Press. The Democrats poured everything into trying to lie to voters and portray Cuccinelli as an extremist — and they barely pulled this one out. Would another $3 million have swung 50,000 votes? The Republicans, starting with Bill Bolling, who undercut Cuccinelli as unelectable have egg all over their faces. This was a winnable election. How did we give this away to Terry McAuliffe? Some serious soul-searching should be
Hillary Clinton of all people knows how political fortunes turn on a dime. But she must be puzzled nonetheless, and spooked, that over a six-month period when she made no big news whatsoever, her popularity took a double-digit tumble. A poll released last week by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal charted the decline. It found that the percentage of Americans who view her favorably had dropped to 46 from 56. The percentage with unfavorable views had risen, less strikingly, to 33 from 29. Here we go. The beginning of the end of her inevitability. It’s about time, because
Democrat Terry McAuliffe is projected to win the Virginia gubernatorial race, defeating Republican nominee Ken Cuccinelli in a surprisingly close victory. Fox News projected McAuliffe as the winner Tuesday night. The closely watched raced pitted a Tea Party-backed Republican and an establishment Democrat locked in an expensive, ideological battle whose outcome is expected to set a course for the 2014 and 2016 elections -- in large part forcing the GOP to consider whether a strong conservative candidate is the party’s best pick to win a national election. Cuccinelli, trailing late by single digits, tried unsuccessfully to use voter dissatisfaction with ObamaCare to stage
Yesterday’s exit polls from New Jersey won’t easily be forgotten. They will be cited and repeated endlessly by pundits and Governor Chris Christie’s supporters to bolster his case for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Any Republican who can get 60 percent of the vote in a blue state is bound to become the subject of presidential speculation. But when a Republican who is pro-life and has fought a running battle with labor unions and Democrats over taxes and budgets does so, he parachutes into the first tier of any discussion of future candidates. That Christie did this while winning
Many insurance executives whose companies are offering plans on the federal exchanges are frustrated with the realities that the rollout of the Affordable Care Act have laid bare. They’re talking about it, yes, but prying a quote from them on the record is a different matter. Health care consultant Larry Thompson says that for them, speaking up would be “suicide.” “They are afraid to say anything because they don’t want HHS all over them,” he says. ”A lot of the carriers to Medicaid and Medicare work, they are afraid of retribution.” Last week, health care consultant Bob Laszewski told CNN
Think back to the fall of 2008. Congress was asked to pass a $700 billion taxpayer bailout for Wall Street. We were told it had to be passed, or else the economy would collapse, perhaps into another Great Depression. House conservatives voted it down. The stock market fell hundreds of points in response. In the ensuing panic, Congress went along and passed the bailout. That bailout, and the insane, nearly $1 trillion “stimulus” bill passed just a few months later as Obama’s first act, gave birth to the Tea Party revolution that gave Republicans a 63-seat landslide in the House in the
Voters elected Bill de Blasio New York’s 109th mayor Tuesday in one of the most sweeping victories in history — returning City Hall to Democratic control for the first time in 20 years. De Blasio, who at 6-foot-5 will become the city’s tallest leader ever, breezed in after waves of voters embraced his progressive vision and vows to move the city in a new direction. And according to the mayor-in-waiting, those changes could come right out of the gate. “We will have things to say tomorrow,” de Blasio said after casting a ballot with his family near their Park Slope,
There is an apocryphal story about the origins of neoconservatism in the 1960s. Some liberal professors at Harvard were sympathetic to the New Left and such radical groups as Students for a Democratic Society. But one day one of these professors heard the radicals suggest burning down the Harvard library as an act of protest, and the professor suddenly realized that he had nothing in common with them at all. He organized some other professors into a vigil to protect the library at all cost. Today, the problem isn’t the New Left, but the radical right, which has dominated American
Are you racist if you have a gun in your home? According to a study by foreigners, yes. Researchers in England and Australia randomly dialed phone numbers until they found white voters willing to take part in their study. Those who agreed to participate were paid $10 a month from January 2008 to September 2009 and provided Internet access if they didn’t have it. Respondents were quizzed to gauge their level of racism. Here’s a few of the questions: • How well does the word ‘violent’ describe most blacks? •How much do you agree with the following statement? “Generations of slavery and discrimination have created conditions