Can Obama Really Control Gas Prices?

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gas pricesI don’t know if you have noticed or not, but gas prices are on the rise yet again. There was a time, not more than a few months ago, when gas was getting as low as $2.98 a gallon. Now those times have changed with prices back up to nearly $4 in most areas and even higher in others. Lots of citizens are fuming over the rates and they want answers.

Many people are blaming Obama for the prices. They’re not so much accusing him of raising them but of not doing anything to decrease them. According to a recent poll conducted by CBS and the New York Times, 54% of respondents believe that Obama can do a lot to control gas prices. What’s more is that nearly two-thirds of the respondents to an ABC and Washington Post poll disapprove of Obama’s handling of the situation.

The people have good reason to blame the Obama administration as well, due to the fact that Obama criticized former President George W. Bush over the exact same issue when he campaigned in 2008. According to a statement from Obama to a crowd in Ohio, “You’re paying nearly $3.70 a gallon for gas – 2 1/2 times what it cost when President Bush took office.” Obviously not much has changed, has it?

However, most analysts don’t blame Obama for the increase in gas prices but instead say that rising tension with Iran is the primary factor. The rising tension is making traders nervous about a possible conflict in a crucial oil-producing region. If conflict does break out in Iran then a significant source of the world’s oil would be cut off.

Increased prices may also stem from the fact that Japan has been using increasingly more amounts of the “black gold” since shutting down nearly all of the country’s nuclear power plants after the Fukushima disaster last year. In addition to that, conflicts in countries like Sudan, Yemen, Syria and Libya have halted oil production from those countries.

Republicans believe that more domestic drilling the United States would help decrease prices. Gingrich says, if elected, that he has a plan to reduce gas prices to as low as $2.50 a gallon. However, citizens want immediate results and any plan to reduce gas prices, whether from domestic drilling or forcing automakers to make more fuel-efficient vehicles, would take years to go into effect.

The Democrats have a different theory in that greedy Wall Street speculators are driving up prices in order to make some quick profits. The Dems also believe that the Obama administration could help lower gas prices by cracking down on this, though even if it were true, most experts believe that global oil markets are too big for any regulators to police.

The absolute last option would be for Obama to dip into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. This was done back in 1991 during the first Iraq war, right after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and then again last year by Obama himself during Libya’s civil war. However, this would only be a temporary relief.

This definitely looks very bad for Obama and his administration, especially considering the fact that in both the CBS and New York Times poll and the ABC and Washington Post poll Obama saw drastic decreases in his overall approval rating. The silver lining is, for Obama at least, that oil/gas prices on their own don’t do much in determining a presidential election, according to the New York Times’ stat specialist Nate Silver.

However, rising gas prices would definitely hurt our economic recovery by giving Americans less money in their pockets. As a result, consumer spending would decrease and the economy would get worse, something everybody, Democrats and Republicans alike, would most definitely blame Obama for.

Source: Yahoo! – High gas prices: How much can Obama (or Gingrich) do?

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Obama Trying to Force Military Personnel into Obamacare by Cutting Military Health Care, Union Workers Unaffected

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military personnel“President” Obama is trying very hard to cut our nation’s defense spending. Obama thinks that we are spending way too much money (which, honestly, we are) but is cutting our defense really the best place to start? What’s even worse is that in trying to cut spending, the Obama Administration is also planning on cutting health benefits for active duty and retired military personnel and their families while the benefits given to unionized civilian defense workers won’t be touched.

Congressional aids believe that this move is an attempt by Obama to force these military personnel into Obamacare. According to Bill Gertz of The Washington Free Beacon, “The proposed increase in health care payments by service members, which must be approved by Congress, is part of the Pentagon’s $487 billion cut in spending. It seeks to save $1.8 billion from the Tricare medical system in the fiscal 2013 budget, and $12.9 billion by 2017.”

What this basically means is that military personnel would see their Tricare premiums increase anywhere from 30% to 78% in the first year alone. After that, their premiums could increase exponentially, “ranging from 94% to 345%, more than three times the current level. According to congressional assessments, a retired Army colonel with a family currently paying $460 a year for health care will pay $2,048,” Gertz added.

In addition to higher premiums, active duty personnel would also see an increase in the price of pharmaceuticals with the incentive to use cheaper, generic drugs disappearing. Health benefits have also been a big reason many people sign up for the military. If you take that away then it could greatly decrease recruitment and retention.

Human Events’ John Hayward also added, “Veterans will also be hit with a new annual fee for a program called Tricare for Life, on top of the monthly premiums they already pay, while some benefits will become “means-tested” in the manner of a social program – treating them like welfare instead of benefits for military service. Naturally, this is all timed to begin next year and ‘avoid upsetting military voters in a presidential election year.'”

Aside from that, there are other concerns that this will provide a double standard between uniformed military personnel and civilian defense workers who belong to public sectors. Representative Howard McKeon (R-CA), Chair of the House Armed Services Committee, is standing by the troops on this issue.

According to McKeon, “We shouldn’t ask our military to pay our bills when we aren’t willing to impose a similar hardship on the rest of the population. We can’t keep asking those who have given so much to give that much more.” Nearly 5 million members of the 32 military service and veterans groups will join McKeon as they call the plan a “breach of faith.”

All this “hope” and “change” from Obama didn’t mean that he was going to change our country for the better and give the American people hope; it was I “hope” the American people don’t notice when I “change” the country from Democracy to Socialism. If he gets re-elected in 2012, I may seriously consider moving out of the country.

Source: Examiner.com – Obama to cut medical benefits for active, retired military, not union workers

Human Events – Obama cuts military health care benefits, leaves unionized civilians untouched

The Washington Free Beacon – Trashing Tricare: Obama to Cut Healthcare Benefits for Active Duty and Retired US Military

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Bush Lied, Fish Died

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If Bush were president right now, what would be said by the absurd media? The Oil man president would be screwed, glued and tattooed.

Here would be some headlines if Bush were still president:

Bush Lied, Fish Died
(LaTimes) Sacremento, CA – President Bush said that all oil rigs are safe yet, here we are with another Haliburton disaster. “Fish will never be harmed by our oil, right Dick?” said President Bush


Bush waits till after Desert to Visit His Oil Spil
(NYT) New York, NY – He knew about it while he was eating his oil and vinegar salad, but how long did it take to respond? The oil was leaking during appetizers, salad, the main entre and it wasn’t until desert when Bush finally asked about the details of the worst man made disaster in the world.


Bush Knew about Oil Spill in Advance
(Washington Post) Washington DC – Bush knew before there was an explosion. He and Dick Chaney were plotting a way to increase our dependence on foreign oil when they came up with their brilliant plan to blow up the oil rig while blaming North Korea.

On the other hand, the media let the Obama Administration defend their postion over and over and over again. “This was a situation that was treated as a possible catastrophic failure from day one,” Janet Napolitano, homeland security secretary, said 16 times on NBC.

Its all BP’s and Haliburton’s fault, not the president. Now go away, its time for lunch.

Break-up of the year? Olbermann and Obama to end year-long lovefest??

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H/T: SnarkandBoobs at IOTW






I know, I spend a lot of time harping on Olbermann here, and that’s mostly because he’s an easy target because his bias is always showing. But truth be told, I was hit by a bit of “shock and awe” when I saw that he decided to announce to the world his contempt for the Health Care Reform Bill last night.

(Deathby1000papercuts.com has the video, I suggest you watch it, it’s nearly unbelievable.)

Olbermann says:

“The Senate Bill with the mandate must be defeated, if not in the Senate, then in the House.

It’s amazing to even hear those words coming out of his mouth. Especially given his undying love support for Obama this year. I can’t even imagine the level of disappointment and sadness he’s feeling now.

But then he goes on to say, in an even more empowered and defiant tone:

And if still the bill, and this heinous mandate become law, there is yet further reaction required. I call on all those whose conscience urges them to fight to use the only weapon that will left to us if this bill as currently constituted becomes law. We must not buy federally-mandated insurance, if this cheesy counterfeit of reform is all we can buy. No single payer? No sale. No public option? No sale. No Medicare buy-in? No sale.

Whoa!! So what you’re saying Keith is that YOU’RE against the whole federally mandated health insurance plan?? You’re against the government FORCING people to purchase their crap coverage? I’d pat you on the back if I wasn’t rolling on the floor laughing at your loss.

The best part, and this must have just been a dagger to his little cold heart:

And I hereby pledge that I will not buy this perversion of health-care reform. Pass this at your peril, senators. And sign it at yours, Mr. President. I will not buy this insurance. Brand me a law-breaker if you choose. Fine me if you will. Jail me if you must.

Now, I highly doubt that Obama is going to be as heartbroken as Ol’ Olbermann is, but its rather striking that even the lefties are ticked off about this bill. Actually, it’s pretty scary, because you know once the Left starts eating their own something is wrong.

And maybe the most ridiculous part about the whole rant on health care is when Olbermann segwayed to Maddow where she says, “Thank you Keith, I know…I know that was a difficult conclusion to arrive at.”

Kind of like when you decide it’s time for a divorce. Again, it would be sad if it wasn’t so hilarious to see a couple hardcore Obama-lovers realize “The One” isn’t. Boohoo!

Time's Person of the Year? Who Cares?

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Time Magazine Obama Person of the Year

Another year is coming to an end and one thing on the back of everyone’s mind is who will win Time Magazine’s coveted “Person of the Year” cover?  Okay, maybe that’s not exactly on everyone’s mind, but it is something the newshounds among us tend to take notice of each year.   Whether it be a newly elected President (with the exceptions of Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover and Gerald Ford, every POTUS has won the spot since 1927) or the American Soldier (awarded in 2003, the year the Iraq war began), the winner always makes us think about why they won and who we would have chosen instead. 

Well, after looking over this year’s finalists, I’m kind of left wondering if the “Person of the Year” award is kind of becoming like the Nobel Peace Prize or the B plus…absolutely worthless.   

Don’t get me wrong, some of this year’s finalists seem pretty worthy.  General Stanley McChrystal, our current Commander of Forces in Afghanistan made the list.  Apple CEO Steve Jobs made the cut and I guess he’s had a pretty big year.  Jamaican gold medalist Usain Bolt and  Ben Bernanke, the Federal Reserve Chairman, are both finalists which led me to believe pickings were pretty slim this year.  And maybe that’s why the next three people and/or collection of people made the list.  

President Barack Obama is on the list after winning last year’s award.  While last year’s cover was understandable, seeing as how he was the newly elected president, there’s absolutely no reason for him to be on this year’s cover, as well.  What has he done exactly?  Made it through eleven months in office?   Picked out a new pet?  Even that seemed to take months – don’t get me started on sending troops to Afghanistan.  If Obama wins the cover again this year, Time magazine will be dead to me (and trust me, it’s already in a coma, waiting on me to pull the plug).  

On the plus side, Richard Nixon is the only other person in history to have been awarded the cover in two consecutive years.  If Obama wins, maybe we’ll have his premature resignation to look forward to.  Just a thought.

Also on the list is the Chinese worker, which according to Time, has become an influential international economic power.  Not the American worker, though I can’t blame Time for that, there aren’t exactly a lot of us left in the country, but come on, do we really need to praise the Chinese?  We already owe them like a gazillion trillion billion dollars!  Why don’t we just bend over, pull our pants down and invite them to expand their communist empire to include all 3,536,278 square miles of this great nation?  

And the final person on the list?  You’ll love this one.  Speaker of the House and Botox aficionado, Nancy Pelosi.  No, seriously.  I’m not sure what Pelosi has accomplished aside from calling people Nazis or carrying on about Astroturf, but Time managing editor Richard Stengel made it clear that he thinks the Congresswoman is the bee’s knees on NBC’s “Today” show,

“Look, she’s the first woman Speaker of the House. She’s the strongest Speaker of the House in decades.  She had piloted what is probably the most important legislation in decades through the House. She’s a really, really pivotal lawmaker.”

Go ahead, I’ll give you a minute to laugh.  Nancy Pelosi.  That’s who Time Magazine feels “for better or for worse, …has done the most to influence the events of the year.”  I’ll give them the “for worse” part, but somehow I doubt that’s what they’re thinking.  Time Magazine is officially worthless and just another example of why the mainstream media is becoming extinct.