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IUSB Vision proved correct once again – IAC: Previous IPCC Reports failed to meet basic academic standards; Participants “too political”

Posted by iusbvision on July 19, 2012

I have been waiting for this for a long time. When I was in college finishing my latest degree here at IUSB I was making many of these very same claims about global warming alarmist nonsense as the IAC report below. Leftist students and faculty pretty much told me that I was nuts, and I wasn’t a climate scientist so how would I know? Well it looks like I knew. It was easy. First of all it doesn’t take a genius to see when the scientific method is being ignored and second of all, what I am an expert on is politics and I know a political movement when I see one.

At the bottom of the article I posted a list of links that I wrote starting in 2007 saying many of the same things the IAC has pointed out below. I have reactivated IUSB Vision just for the purpose of posting this story. All of you PhD. laden academics who doubted me and called me all of those names behind my back should ask yourselves; why was a mere undergrad like me spot on and all of you who are supposed to be teachers wrong? And this isn’t this first time that happened is it? – Chuck Norton

President of the Heartland Institute Joseph L. Bast:

On June 27, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a statement saying it had “complete[d] the process of implementation of a set of recommendations issued in August 2010 by the Inter Academy Council (IAC), the group created by the world’s science academies to provide advice to international bodies.”

Hidden behind this seemingly routine update on bureaucratic processes is an astonishing and entirely unreported story. The IPCC is the world’s most prominent source of alarmist predictions and claims about man-made global warming. Its four reports (a fifth report is scheduled for release in various parts in 2013 and 2014) are cited by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the U.S. and by national academies of science around the world as “proof” that the global warming of the past five or so decades was both man-made and evidence of a mounting crisis.

If the IPCC’s reports were flawed, as a many global warming “skeptics” have long claimed, then the scientific footing of the man-made global warming movement — the environmental movement’s “mother of all environmental scares” — is undermined. The Obama administration’s war on coal may be unnecessary. Billions of dollars in subsidies to solar and wind may have been wasted. Trillions of dollars of personal income may have been squandered worldwide in campaigns to “fix” a problem that didn’t really exist.

The “recommendations” issued by the IAC were not minor adjustments to a fundamentally sound scientific procedure. Here are some of the findings of the IAC’s 2010 report.

Alternative views not considered, claims not properly peer reviewed

The IAC reported that IPCC lead authors fail to give “due consideration … to properly documented alternative views” (p. 20), fail to “provide detailed written responses to the most significant review issues identified by the Review Editors” (p. 21), and are not “consider[ing] review comments carefully and document[ing] their responses” (p. 22). In plain English: the IPCC reports are not peer-reviewed.

No formal criteria for selecting IPCC authors

The IAC found that “the IPCC has no formal process or criteria for selecting authors” and “the selection criteria seemed arbitrary to many respondents” (p. 18). Government officials appoint scientists from their countries and “do not always nominate the best scientists from among those who volunteer, either because they do not know who these scientists are or because political considerations are given more weight than scientific qualifications” (p. 18). In other words: authors are selected from a “club” of scientists and nonscientists who agree with the alarmist perspective favored by politicians.

Too political…

The rewriting of the Summary for Policy Makers by politicians and environmental activists — a problem called out by global warming realists for many years, but with little apparent notice by the media or policymakers — was plainly admitted, perhaps for the first time by an organization in the “mainstream” of alarmist climate change thinking. “[M]any were concerned that reinterpretations of the assessment’s findings, suggested in the final Plenary, might be politically motivated,” the IAC auditors wrote. The scientists they interviewed commonly found the Synthesis Report “too political” (p. 25).

Really? Too political? We were told by everyone — environmentalists, reporters, politicians, even celebrities — that the IPCC reports were science, not politics. Now we are told that even the scientists involved in writing the reports — remember, they are all true believers in man-made global warming themselves — felt the summaries were “too political.”

Here is how the IAC described how the IPCC arrives at the “consensus of scientists”:

Plenary sessions to approve a Summary for Policy Makers last for several days and commonly end with an all-night meeting. Thus, the individuals with the most endurance or the countries that have large delegations can end up having the most influence on the report (p. 25).

How can such a process possibly be said to capture or represent the “true consensus of scientists”?

Phony estimates of certainty

Another problem documented by the IAC is the use of phony “confidence intervals” and estimates of “certainty” in the Summary for Policy Makers (pp. 27-34). Those of us who study the IPCC reports knew this was make-believe when we first saw it in 2007. Work by J. Scott Armstrong on the science of forecasting makes it clear that scientists cannot simply gather around a table and vote on how confident they are about some prediction, and then affix a number to it such as “80% confident.” Yet that is how the IPCC proceeds.

The IAC authors say it is “not an appropriate way to characterize uncertainty” (p. 34), a huge understatement. Unfortunately, the IAC authors recommend an equally fraudulent substitute, called “level of understanding scale,” which is more mush-mouth for “consensus.”

The IAC authors warn, also on page 34, that “conclusions will likely be stated so vaguely as to make them impossible to refute, and therefore statements of ‘very high confidence’ will have little substantive value.” Yes, but that doesn’t keep the media and environmental activists from citing them over and over again as “proof” that global warming is man-made and a crisis…even if that’s not really what the reports’ authors are saying.

IPCC participants had conflicts of interest

Finally, the IAC noted, “the lack of a conflict of interest and disclosure policy for IPCC leaders and Lead Authors was a concern raised by a number of individuals who were interviewed by the Committee or provided written input” as well as “the practice of scientists responsible for writing IPCC assessments reviewing their own work. The Committee did not investigate the basis of these claims, which is beyond the mandate of this review” (p. 46).

Too bad, because these are both big issues in light of recent revelations that a majority of the authors and contributors to some chapters of the IPCC reports are environmental activists, not scientists at all. That’s a structural problem with the IPCC that could dwarf the big problems already reported.

IPCC critics vindicated

So on June 27, nearly two years after these bombshells fell (without so much as a raised eyebrow by the mainstream media in the U.S. — go ahead and try Googling it), the IPCC admits that it was all true and promises to do better for its next report. Nothing to see here…keep on moving.

Well I say, hold on, there! The news release means that the IAC report was right. That, in turn, means that the first four IPCC reports were, in fact, unreliable. Not just “possibly flawed” or “could have been improved,” but likely to be wrong and even fraudulent.

It means that all of the “endorsements” of the climate consensus made by the world’s national academies of science — which invariably refer to the reports of the IPCC as their scientific basis — were based on false or unreliable data and therefore should be disregarded or revised. It means that the EPA’s “endangerment finding” — its claim that carbon dioxide is a pollutant and threat to human health — was wrong and should be overturned.

And what of the next IPCC report, due out in 2013 and 2014? The near-final drafts of that report have been circulating for months already. They were written by scientists chosen by politicians rather than on the basis of merit; many of them were reviewing their own work and were free to ignore the questions and comments of people with whom they disagree. Instead of “confidence,” we will get “level of understanding scales” that are just as meaningless.

And on this basis we should transform the world’s economy to run on breezes and sunbeams?

In 2010, we learned that much of what we thought we knew about global warming was compromised and probably false. On June 27, the culprits confessed and promised to do better. But where do we go to get our money back?

Related from this old college blog:

Inconvenient Questions Global Warming Alarmists Don’t Want You to Ask – February 18, 2007 – LINK

Top Scientists Say: You Are Not the Cause of Global Warming – October 22, 2007 – LINK

Global Cooling Continues; Global Warming Alarmists Still Issuing Death Threats – December 28, 2008 – LINK

UK Telegraph: 2008 was the year man-made global warming was disproved – December 28, 2008 – LINK

National Climatic Data Center: Cooling in Last 10 Years – January 10, 2009 – LINK

The Debate is Over. Global Warming Alarmism is About Achieving Central Control of the Economy and Now They Admit It Openly – March 27, 2009 – LINK

Al Gore: Climate change issue can lead to world government – July 11, 2009 – LINK

EPA Tried to Suppress Global Warming Report Admitting Skeptics Correct – October 23, 2009 – LINK

New AP Article on “Global Cooling Myth” Spins a Bad Study – UPDATED: Look where they put THIS ground station… – October 27, 2009 – LINK

Professors Paid to Plagiarize – UPDATE: Global warming scientists hacked emails show manipulation of data, hiding of other data and conspiring to attack/smear global warming skeptics! – November 19, 2009 – LINK

National Association of Scholars on the “ClimateGate” Scandal – November 28, 2009 – LINK

Examples of the “Climategate” Documents – UPDATE: BBC Had the emails and files for 6 weeks, sat on story. UPDATE II – They carried out their conspiracy threat; much of the raw data from CRU destroyed! – November 28, 2009 – LINK

Scientific American thinks you are stupid: The dissection of a blatant propaganda piece for global warming alarmism. – December 6, 2009 – LINK

The Roundup: IPCC Authors Now Admitting Fault – No Warming Since 1995 – Sea Levels Not Rising. Senator Inhofe: Possible criminal misuse of taxpayer research funds. – February 23, 2010 – LINK

OOPS AGAIN: IPCC scientists screeching about the cataclysmic effects of sea-level rises forgot to consider sedimentary deposits… – April 23, 2010 – LINK

UN IPCC Co-chair: climate policy is redistributing the world’s wealth – November 18, 2010 – LINK

More Hadley Center Global Warming Horror Claims Debunked by Real Science – December 6, 2010 – LINK

ClimateGate One Year Later. Elite Media Still Lying – December 6, 2010 – LINK

More ClimateGate One Year Later – December 7, 2010 – LINK

IPCC Lead Author Dr. Richard Lindzen of MIT: Most global warming models are exaggerated, many scientists in it for the grant money or treat it like a religion – December 7, 2010 – LINK

How Global Warming Propaganda Works – December 8, 2010 – LINK

NASA’s global warming evidence page filled with lies, half truths and suspect data – December 10, 2010 – LINK

Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research: Halt economic growth, start government rationing. Global Warming Alarmists Party Fat in Cancun – December 21, 2010 – LINK

Global Warming Conference Delegates Sign Petitions to Ban Water and “Destabilize U.S. Economy” – February 15, 2011 – LINK

Global Warming Alarmist Quote of the Day – Former Canadian Environment Minister Christine Stewart: No matter if the science is all phony, there are collateral environmental benefits…climate change provides the greatest chance to bring about justice and equality in the world.

AAUP Seeks to Limit Transparency Over Climate Science – September 19, 2011 – LINK

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Obama’s Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner: Taxes on ‘Small Business’ Must Rise So Government Doesn’t ‘Shrink’

Posted by iusbvision on June 28, 2011

Wow, Geithner is spinning hard. 3% of businesses. Most businesses are on paper or are 1-2 man operations. Small businesses used to do almost 80% of the hiring in this country, now it is only 64%. The tax he wants will affect most businesses who actually hire. That is the point he is so desperate to avoid. Congressman Ellmers almost put him away and the following two questions in red text would be the key followups that would have finished him, “Mr. Geithner, how much of that 3% of small businesses you want to tax actually employ five or more people?”

At the same time the Obama Administration is fine with his friends at Google paying 2.4% on $3.1 billion in profits. General Electric, which was ran by Obama’s friend GE CEO Jeffery Immelt who just took a job at the White House, paid no tax on $14.2 billion in income and actually got government subsidies. GE also owned MSNBC until just recently, but I am sure that is just another one of those funny coincidences.

Geithner talks about the top 2%, but what he didn’t tell you is that the way the tax code works that top 2% excludes much of the very wealthy [see this link for details why]; who such a tax smacks are the genuine wealth creators , upper middle class risk takers and small businesses. A husband and wife with two kids may own and operate three local pizza shops and on paper that small business will bring in $250,000 a year in income (notice I did not say profits, I said income), but most of that money will go to paying employees, buying the pizza delivery man’s gasoline, food, energy for the ovens and freezers, boxes, cleaning supplies, wages, other taxes etc. Everyone must get paid before the owners do and they will be lucky to scrape $50K for themselves, which in turn they will be paying more taxes on.

Then comes the right hook, “Mr. Geithner, how can one be against small businesses that actually hire (pause for effect) and for jobs at the same time?”

I just talked to Addison Scott, who is on Congressman Ellmers’ staff, and I passed those two questions on to them. I can’t wait to see her lay these two questions on Geithner and watch him squirm.

CNS News:

Geithner’s explanation of the administration’s small-business tax plan came in an exchange with first-term Rep. Renee Ellmers (R.-N.C.). Ellmers, a nurse, decided to run for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010 after she became active in the grass-roots opposition to President Barack Obama’s proposed health-care reform plan in 2009.

“Overwhelmingly, the businesses back home and across the country continue to tell us that regulation, lack of access to capital, taxation, fear of taxation, and just the overwhelming uncertainties that our businesses face is keeping them from hiring,” Ellmers told Geithner. “They just simply cannot.”

She then challenged Geithner on the administration’s tax plan.

“Looking into the future, you are supporting the idea of taxation, increasing taxes on those who make $250,000 or more. Those are our business owners,” said Ellmers.

Geithner initially responded by saying that the administration’s planned tax increase would hit “three percent of your small businesses.”

Ellmers then said: “Sixty-four percent of jobs that are created in this country are for small business.”

Geithner conceded the point, but then suggested the administration’s planned tax increase on small businesses would be “good for growth.”

 

Good for the growth of government perhaps, not the economy.

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Indiana has the second highest tax on diesel in the country, sixth highest gas tax. A list of fuel taxes by state.

Posted by iusbvision on June 26, 2011

View the PDF file from the American Petroleum Institute Right HERE.

For more charts and graphs ob fuel taxes see the following links:

http://www.api.org/statistics/fueltaxes/

http://www.gaspricewatch.com/usgastaxes.asp

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This lizard (read government) could cost up to 60,000 jobs and 25% of our national oil production.

Posted by iusbvision on June 26, 2011

The government says that where there is oil drilling there are less of these lizards per mile. An interesting method of measurement as there are no shortage of deer and how much space in my home town is covered by parking lots and malls? Deer can be seen every day and is hunted just to keep the numbers from getting out of control.

Massive new oil shale finds have been found in Texas and parts of New Mexico, enough to increase domestic production by 25%. The Obama Administration, if recent history is a guide, won’t have that. The lizard is very skiddish and lives mostly under the sand, so most people have never seen one (hmm I wonder how hard that makes them to count).

ABC News:

The sand dune lizard is a small reptile that has become the scourge of the Texas Oil industry, not because it is dangerous but because the threatened species could put land ripe for oil exploration off limits.

“As far as I am concerned, it is Godzilla,” Texas land commissioner Jerry Paterson told ABC News. “[It’s] the biggest threat facing the oil business in memory,” said Ben Shepperd, president of the Permian Basin Petroleum Association. They believe the small tan-colored, insectivorous lizard could cost the oil industry and surrounding communities thousands of jobs.

About 63,000 Americans work in the oil and gas well industry as of September 2009, the most recent period available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages program. Most of those jobs are in Texas.

The federal government said the sand lizard is on the verge of extinction, and is expected to place it on the endangered species list soon.

If the species makes the list, its 800,000 acre habitat in the shinnery oak sand dune communities of southeastern New Mexico and southwestern Texas would receive protected status. That habitat happens to be right in the heart of Texas oil country.

“If the lizard is put on the endangered species list, then [rigs] would [be] shutdown,” Leslyn Wallace, a land manager at RSP Permian, told ABC News. That would cost many Texans their jobs.

But here is the rub, The eco-radicals in the government have used the Endangered Species Act as a weapon before to target the industries they despise. After the polar bear population had risen 30% the government decided to put the polar bear on the endangered species list anyways because of reductions in polar sea ice, which saw a cyclical low in 2007, but had already rebounded 27% in the following year and is still growing today.

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GM CEO: Gas Taxes Should be Raised by $1 a Gallon…

Posted by iusbvision on June 12, 2011

I will never buy another GM vehicle. I currently have three.

Via Heritage:

If General Motors CEO Dan Akerson had anything to say about it, you would be paying a dollar more a gallon for gas. Yes, with $4/gallon prices hitting consumers in a tough economy, Akerson told the Detroit News: “You know what I’d rather have them do — this will make my Republican friends puke — as gas is going to go down here now, we ought to just slap a 50-cent or a dollar tax on a gallon of gas.”

Akerson, 61, was appointed CEO of GM last fall, having previously served as an Obama-appointed member of the board. He has been critical of the Obama Administration on several issues, including fuel economy standards, but now has discovered something in common: a love of high gas prices. He, like President Obama and Energy Secretary Steven Chu, believes that higher gas prices will force taxpayers to buy more fuel-efficient (and usually more expensive) vehicles.

In 2008, Secretary Chu said: “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” And it was President Obama who told CNBC in 2008 that he preferred a “gradual” increase in gas prices. Obama and Chu know that only when matched dollar-for-dollar will Americans choose alternative energy sources that are much more expensive today. Since the already heavily-subsidized alternative energy sources are not getting cheaper, the only solution is to make cheap energy more expensive.

Akerson, Chu and Obama are wrong to embrace high gas prices. Hitting lower-income Americans with a punitive gas tax while unemployment remains near ten percent is a bad idea, regardless of what behavior you are hoping to mandate.

Akerson’s comments came in the context of a larger conversation on energy policy. Akerson correctly stated that the government’s imposed fuel standards are taxing production, which will cost jobs and raise the purchase price of cars. But passing that burden directly to consumers at the gas pump isn’t the solution. The idea that the government must either increase taxes on businesses or struggling taxpayers is a false choice.

High gas prices alone won’t encourage consumers to buy the hugely unpopular Chevy Volt. The Volt isn’t selling because even after substantial tax credits that the government cannot afford, the additional cost in buying a not-ready-for-market Volt, plus the cost of electricity (which isn’t free) is far greater than any potential gas savings.

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Veronique de Rugy: The Alternative Minimum Tax Targets the Productive Middle Class, Not the Rich

Posted by iusbvision on June 10, 2011

Veronique de Rugy is one of the most respected economists alive today.

IUSB Vision Editor Chuck Norton comments:

This came as absolutely no surprise to me. As with most taxes that are “designed to target the rich” they do no such thing and the “alternative minimum tax” is no different

The Democratic Party leadership pretends to be interested in genuine class warfare. You hear President Obama talk about “taxing millionaires and billionaires” yet the very policies he and much of the Democratic leadership advocate do no such thing.

Democrats have not been interested in taxing the genuinely rich and aren’t today. John Kerry made $5,072,000 in 2003 and had a total federal tax burden of 12.34%. The very wealthy enjoy a 16,000 page tax code that is filled with exceptions. Much of the income those like John and Teresa Kerry receive is defined as “unearned income” or earnings that are not taxable at the wage earner rate so even if the regular income tax rate was increased to 50% the percentage the Kerry’s would pay would only go up by a couple of points, if that.

Yet small business “sub-s corporations” (most domestic small businesses that have between 1-200 employees) are taxed at the wage earner rate  and would be devastated by a 50% rate. Small businesses do most of the hiring in this country. Would someone care to explain how Democrats can claim to be for workers while being against their employers?

The truth is that very few people make over $250k in taxable wages. President Obama talks about taxing billionaires and millionaires (defined as those who make over $250k), but the way the tax code works the wealth of George Soros like billionaires is almost perfectly protected. If George Soros and the Kerry’s paid a percentage like small businesses must, who would fund the Tides Foundation and the Democrat’s 527 groups?

As you may be aware, Google made $3.1 BILLION last year and had a federal tax burden of 2.4%. Google throws fund-raising galas for Obama and the Democrats and have given the Democrats massive donations. Where are the “liberals” condemning the Google Corps of the world? How about GE, whose former CEO now works at the White House, earned 14.2 billion dollars and not only did they have a tax bill of zero, they received taxpayer subsidies.

Yet Obama has waged a rhetorical war against the Chamber of Commerce and who do they represent, you guessed it, most small and medium-sized domestic businesses. Obama blasted the Chamber of Commerce for daring to oppose his plan to tax such businesses at a rate of 39.6%.

Policies such as ObamaCare, tax increases, and other actions that cause regulatory uncertainty all but force the producers and investors to stop moving their money domestically. They have the option of just parking it or investing it inChina, all of which has the effect of transferring the tax burden away from the wealthy onto the working poor and middle class. Democrats are not interested in taxing the wealthy; they are interested in taxing the domestic producer class.

This brings us to Norton’s First Law: big Business loves big government because big government taxes and regulates the small and medium-sized competition out of the competition. This is a staple of modern “Alinsky” style Democrat strategy. This process is called “consolidation”. The goal of leftist philosophy is to control the wealth “rationally” from above so that less is “left to chance”. With all of these small businesses creating wealth that is chaos which is difficult to control. Through consolidation more of the wealth that is created flows through large corporations that are easier to control.

The Obama bipartisan deficit commission was tasked with the challenge of how to raise revenue, grow the economy and pay off the debt. After an exhaustive study the commission concluded that lowering tax rates, lowering the corporate tax rate and simplifying the tax code to encourage tax compliance, and to encourage more wealth to come back home (so it at least can be taxed), was the most prudent course of action. Reagan would have been pleased with those recommendations.

If you wonder why so many jobs have moved overseas and in some cases to places where governments are corrupt and workers are really exploited; now you are seeing the other side of the coin. The private sector and the jobs that go with it cannot be expected to pay for a government that costs $4 trillion a year and hope to remain competitive. If you want to see demand for American labor to rise, start by making it more economical for jobs to come home.

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Top 11 reasons to blame Democrats for soaring gasoline prices

Posted by iusbvision on May 30, 2011

<# 11 Via American Thinker
In June of 2008, Congressman Roy Blunt released the following information about how the House members voted on energy issues. During this time Democrats were the majority party in both the House and Senate.

ANWR Exploration:
House Republicans: 91% Supported
House Democrats:   86% Opposed

Coal-to-Liquid:
House Republicans 97% Supported
House Democrats:  78% Opposed

Oil Shale Exploration:
House Republicans: 90% Supported
House Democrats:   86% Opposed

Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Exploration:
House Republicans: 81% Supported
House Democrats:    83% Opposed

Refinery-Increased Capacity:
House Republicans: 97% Supported
House Democrats:    96% Opposed

Summary:

91% of House Republicans have historically voted to increase the production of American-made oil and gas, while 86% of House Democrats have historically voted against increasing the production of American-made oil and gas.

In 2009, the United States still imported 51% of all its petroleum requirements, both crude and refined. This continues to be an unacceptably high number in our quest for energy independence. Gas prices remain hostage to the increasing hostile regimes that sell us oil. Our own Department of Energy has proudly halted off shore drilling. With the political unrest in so many oil producing nations, and the long-term obstruction of Democrats to domestic oil exploration and production, American families have begun to pay the steep price for our failed national energy policies.  This current Administration has wasted tens of billions of stimulus dollars on solar panel factories and windmills rather than building new oil refineries and using new technologies to recover the oil buried in our own back yard.

Number 1-10 via American Thinker<

10) ANWR  If Bill Clinton had signed into law the Republican Congress’s 1995 bill to allow drilling of ANWR instead of vetoing it, ANWR could be producing a million barrels of (non-Opec) oil a day–5% of the nation’s consumption. Although speaking in another context, even Democrat Senator Charles Schumer, no proponent of ANWR drilling, admits that “one million barrels per day,” would cause the price of gasoline to fall “50 cents a gallon almost immediately,” according to a recent George Will column.

9) Coastal Drilling (i.e., not in my backyard) Democrats have consistently fought efforts to drill off the U.S. coast, as evidenced by Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s preotestation against a failed 2005 bill: “Not only does this legislation dismantle the bi-partisan ban on offshore drilling, but it provides a financial incentive for states to do so.”

A financial incentive? With the Chinese now slant drilling for oil just 50 miles off the Florida coast, wouldn’t that have been a good thing?8) Insistence on alternative fuels  One of the first acts of the new Democrat-controlled congress in 2007 was an energy bill that “calls for a huge increase in the use of ethanol as a motor fuel and requires new appliance efficiency standards.”  By focusing on alternative fuels such as ethanol, and not more drilling, Democrats have added to the cost of food, worsening starvation problems around the word and increasing inflationary pressures in the U.S., including prices at the pump.

7) Nuclear power   Even the French, who sometimes seem to lack the backbone to stand up for anything other than soft cheese, faced down their environmentalists over the need for nuclear power. France now generates 79% of its electricity from nuclear plants, mitigating the need for imported oil. The French have so much cheap energy that France has become the world’s largest exporter of electric power. They have plans in place to build more reactors, including an experimental fusion reactor.

The last nuclear reactor built in the United States, according to the US Dept of Energy, was the “River Bend” plant in Louisiana. Its construction began in March of 1977.  Need I say more?

6) Coal   “The liquid hydrocarbon fuel available from American coal reserves exceeds the crude oil reserves of the entire world,” writes Dr. Arthur Robinson in an article on humanevents.com. The U.S. has approximately one-fourth of the world’s known, proven coal reserves. Coal would be a proven, and increasingly clean, source of electric power and–at current prices–a liquified fuel that would reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Yet Dems and their enviro friends have fought, and continue to fight, both coal-mining and coal plants.

5) Refinery capacity  “High oil prices are still being propped up by a shortage of refinery capacity and there is little sign of the bottleneck easing until 2010,” according to Peak Oil News.  And, while voters in South Dakota have approved zoning for what could become the first new oil refinery in the United States in 30 years,  the Dems’ environmentalist constituency vows to oppose it, just like environmentalists opposed the floodgates that could have saved New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina.

4) Reduced competition  With consolidation in the oil industry, has come reduced competition. Remember, most of the major oil company mergers — Shell-Texaco, BP-Amoco, Exxon-Mobil, BP-ARCO, and Chevron-Texaco — happened on Clinton’s watch.  The number of oil refiners dropped from 28 to 19 companies during Clinton’s two terms.

3) The Global Warming Myth  At a Group of 8 meeting this week, host and Japanese Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Akira Amari “described the issues of climate change and energy as two sides of the same coin and proposed united solutions … to address both issues simultaneously”.   As a result of Global Warming hysteria, the Al Gore-negotiated Kyoto Protocol created a worldwide market in carbon-emissions trading. Both 2005  –the year that trading  was initiated–and this year  –when the trading expanded dramatically — saw substantial and unexpected price spikes in the cost of oil, leading us to reason Number…

2) Speculation  “Given the unchanged equilibrium in global oil supply and demand over recent months amid the explosive rise in oil futures prices … it is more likely that as much as 60% of the today oil price is pure speculation,” writes F. William Engdahl, an Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization.  According to a June 2006 US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations report, US energy futures historically “were traded exclusively on regulated exchanges within the United States… The trading of energy commodities by large firms on OTC electronic exchanges was exempted from (federal) oversight by a provision inserted at the behest of Enron and other large energy traders into the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000.” The bill was signed into law by Bill Clinton, in one of his last acts in office.

1) Defeat of President Bush’s 2001 energy package   According to the BBC, “Key points of Bush(‘s 2001) plan were to:
Promote new oil and gas drilling
Build new nuclear plants
Improve electricity grid and build new pipelines -$10bn in tax breaks to promote energy efficiency and alternative fuels

A New York Times article, dated May 18, 2001, explained:

“President Bush began an intensive effort today to sell his plan for developing new sources of energy to Congress and the American people, arguing that the country had a future of ‘energy abundance if it could break free of the traditional antagonism between energy producers and environmental advocates.
Mr. Bush’s plea for a new dialogue came as his administration published the report of an energy task force containing scores of specific proposals… for finding new sources of power and encouraging a range of new energy technologies.”[The Bush plan] “mentions about a dozen areas including land-use restrictions in the Rockies, lease stipulations on offshore areas attractive to oil companies, the vetting of locations for nuclear plants, environmental reviews to upgrade power plants and refineries that could be streamlined or eliminated to help industry find more oil and gas and produce more electricity and gasoline.” The article went on to quote some rather prescient words from the President, “this great country could face a darker future, a future that is, unfortunately, being previewed in rising prices at the gas pump and rolling blackouts in the great state of California” if his plan was not adopted in 2001.
The Times account continued:

“Mr. Bush talked not only of blackouts but of blackmail, raising the specter of a future in which the United States is increasingly vulnerable to foreign oil suppliers…Mr. Bush was praised by many groups for laying out a long-term energy policy. His report contained 105 initiatives…”

Just as President Bush’s predictions have been born out, the article quoted from that most sage of Democrats, former President Jimmy Carter:

“World supplies are adequate and reasonably stable, price fluctuations are cyclical, reserves are plentiful,” he (Carter) argued. Mr. Carter said “exaggerated claims seem designed to promote some long-frustrated ambitions of the oil industry at the expense of environmental quality.”

But, as a later Times article notes, “the president’s ambitious policy quickly became a casualty of energy politics and, notably, harsh criticism from Democrats enraged by the way the White House had created the plan.”

In other words, Democrats refused the President’s plea to “break free of the traditional antagonism between energy producers and environmental advocates.”
Remember that the next time you pull up to the pump … or the voter’s booth.

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Heritage on Obama’s Expensive and Job Killing Energy Policy

Posted by iusbvision on May 28, 2011

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One Month’s Food Stamps – Lobster, Steak, and Five Cases of Diet Mountain Dew

Posted by iusbvision on May 27, 2011

Just when you thought the story of the lottery millionaire who was still legally allowed to receive food stamps was bad enough. A friend found this receipt in the parking lot of a store in Michigan.

UPDATE: This story has gone viral which we are glad to see.

http://www.fox11online.com/dpp/news/Menominee-man-arrested-for-welfare-fraud

The reader sent this to me is from Menominee, Michigan. The link says that a person found the receipt near the store, which matches what our reader in Menominee told us exactly. Notice that we wrote this before this story went viral and the email he sent me was sitting in my inbox for several days before I opened it. Of course I have no way of knowing in my acquaintance was the original person from Menominee, but it really doesn’t matter.

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On Oil Obama Says One Thing & Does Another

Posted by iusbvision on May 17, 2011

Polling shows that like Jimmy Carter, Obama’s energy policy is going to send him packing in 2012. So what is the new strategy, tell people you are expanding domestic oil production and just not do it.

But expanding leases does nothing because often it is discovered that a lease cannot be trilled upon for technical reasons. Also, the government and environmental groups are not allowing companies to drill on leases they have paid for. The lease is just the first step of a process that takes years and the government can halt it any step of the way, and has as you will see below.

Obama’s Energy Secretary Steven Chu said after he was confirmed by the Senate that we have to find a way to get the price of gas to European levels (around $8 dollars a gallon). Even the new Democrats National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman just went on the record with a repeat of the Democrats energy policy, less domestic production, and more deficit spending for Chinese made solar panels.

Obama’s illegal offshore drilling moratorium explained. This will infuriate you. UPDATE – Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Confirms: Democrat Energy Policy is To Push For Less Energy and More Deficit Spending

This is a no miss short film explaining how the government can stop all drilling with the stroke of a pen….

On top of that Obama’s energy policy is now threatening to shut down the Alaska pipeline.

Heritage:

Obama Oil Policy Threatens Alaska Pipeline’s Existence

The invaluable Alaskan oil pipeline isn’t doing well these days. A remedy to help fix this precious resource is available but overzealous environmentalists and over-regulatory politicians are standing in the way.  The ever-decreasing amount of oil flowing through the pipeline is disrupting its effective operation — and threatening its very existence.

This problem could easily be solved by opening up more domestic drilling in Alaska. This would allow more oil to flow through the pipeline, maintain the correct temperature (which falls to dangerous levels with insufficient supply). But access to drilling permits has been severely reduced. With gas prices hovering around $4 a gallon, it is inconceivable that the Obama administration would continue to hinder production and add regulations that could eliminate yet another standard domestic source of oil. Yet that is what is occurring.

In yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, Russell Gold writes about the threat to kill the pipeline:

Shell earlier this year canceled plans to drill in the Beaufort Sea this summer because, after five years, it couldn’t get a federal air-emission permit for an offshore drilling rig. Its plans for drilling in the Chukchi Sea on Alaska’s northwest coast are also held up by a legal dispute. Exxon Mobil is also waiting for federal environmental approval, and in February, the federal government denied ConocoPhillips a permit the company had been working on for five years.

…Shutting the pipeline would force refineries to find new and more expensive supplies of crude oil. And President Barack Obama’s efforts to decrease oil imports would suffer a major setback.

While opening more drilling in Alaska would help significantly, there are even more places where permits and environmental regulations are causing problems. Heritage’s Nick Loris writes:

We can’t drill off the Pacific Coast, Atlantic Coast, or the eastern Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. Environmental Appeals Board withheld air quality permits preventing Shell from moving forward to develop 27 billion barrels of oil off the coasts of Alaska. The Environmental Protection Agency already issued two air permits, but Earthjustice filed a petition to review the permits, causing the Appeals Board to act.

Environmental activists within the Obama administration are literally halting the much needed domestic oil exploration America needs to improve our economic well being and reduce gas prices for hurting consumers. Saving the pipeline should be top priority right now.

What If Oil Producers Actually Received Subsidies Like Wind Energy Producers? – LINK

Related:

Obama: If you’re complaining about the price of gas get a trade in….

GAO – Government Shut Down Yucca Facility for Political Reasons, Not Scientific Ones

Press Grilled Bush When Gas Hit $3.00 – Nada for Obama… UPDATED!

The latest lie from the left: Two-thirds of oil and gas leases in Gulf inactive – UPDATED!

Sarah Palin: What We Were Saying One Year Ago About Obama’s Failed Energy Policy

Obama pushed Brazil to drill more, promises aid to Brazil to help drill. While at home imposes drilling ban.

Obama Administration Held in Contempt for Violating Court Order

API: Recent Studies Show Obama Drilling Moratorium Will Cost 50,000 Jobs; 160,000 by 2032.

Heritage: Anti-Drilling Policies Costing Federal Government Billions in Lost Revenue

Now Russia, along with Mexico, Spain, Cuba, and China are building oil wells just miles off our shores while Obama keeps Americans out. UPDATE – Steve Forbes: Obama repeating Carter’s mistakes.

If You Ever Needed Proof that Democrats Want Higher Gas Prices…

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GAO – Government Shut Down Yucca Facility for Political Reasons, Not Scientific Ones

Posted by iusbvision on May 13, 2011

Remember when Obama said that science was going to have it’s rightful place restored in policy?

Well he shut down the facility in order to help Harry Reid’s re-election, but the permitting process to build a new facility will take 34 years.

There was nothing wrong with the old location besides the fact that Reid didn’t like it. What is our nuclear industry to do now? The Obama Administration has found yet another way to increase our energy costs.

Ed Morrissey and the NYT have more to say HERE.

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Obama: If you’re complaining about the price of gas get a trade in….

Posted by iusbvision on April 12, 2011

Obama:

“If you’re complaining about the price of gas and you’re only getting 8 miles a gallon, you know,” Obama said laughingly. “You might want to think about a trade-in.”

Are we ready to throw him out yet?

This is coming form the guy who in 2008 told Mort Kondrake on CNBC that he would be fine with $4.00 a gallon gas, so long as the price rose slowly – LINK.

In the mean time other countries continue to drill just off our shores while Obama keeps our guys out:

Cuba to drill five new oil wells by 2013

AFP:

HAVANA — Cuba on Tuesday announced plans to drill five deepwater oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico beginning this summer, expressing confidence that its efforts will be rewarded with major new energy finds.

“We’re about to move to the drilling phase,” said Manuel Marrero, an official with the government authority tasked with overseeing Cuba’s oil sector.

“We’re all really hopeful that we will be able to discover large reserves of oil and gas,” said Marrero, who added that the ventures would be undertaken with the help of unspecified foreign companies.

He said the deepwater wells were to be drilled between 2011 and 2013, and would be in waters ranging in depth between 400 meters (a quarter mile) and 1,500 meters (1.6 miles). He did not specify which countries would be among the foreign partners working with Havana on the project.

So now we can buy our own oil back from China, Cuba, and Brazil. The academic left always wanted to redistribute America’s wealth around the world, so this is how they are doing it.

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Sarah Palin: What We Were Saying One Year Ago About Obama’s Failed Energy Policy

Posted by iusbvision on April 1, 2011

Related – The latest lie from the left: Two-thirds of oil and gas leases in Gulf inactive

 

It’s unbelievable (literally) the rhetoric coming from President Obama today. This is coming from he who is manipulating the U.S. energy supply. President Obama is once again giving lip service to a “new energy proposal”; but let’s remember the last time he trotted out a “new energy proposal” – nearly a year ago to the day. The main difference is today we have $4 a gallon gas in some places in the country. This is no accident. This administration is not a passive observer to the trends that have inflated oil prices to dangerous levels. His war on domestic oil and gas exploration and production has caused us pain at the pump, endangered our already sluggish economic recovery, and threatened our national security. Through a process of what candidate Obama once called “gradual adjustment,” American consumers have seen prices at the pump rise 67 percent since he took office. Meanwhile, the vast undeveloped reserves that could help to keep prices at the pump affordable remain locked up because of President Obama’s deliberate unwillingness to drill here and drill now. We’re subsidizing offshore drilling in Brazil and purchasing energy from them, instead of drilling ourselves and keeping those dollars circulating in our own economy to generate jobs here. The President said today, “There are no quick fixes.” He’s been in office for nearly three years now, and he’s about to launch his $1 billion re-election campaign. When can we expect any “fixes” from him? How high does the price of energy have to go?

 

So, here’s a little flashback to what I wrote on March 31, 2010, at National Review Online’s The Corner:

 

Many Americans fear that President Obama’s new energy proposal is once again “all talk and no real action,” this time in an effort to shore up fading support for the Democrats’ job-killing cap-and-trade (a.k.a. cap-and-tax) proposals. Behind the rhetoric lie new drilling bans and leasing delays; soon to follow are burdensome new environmental regulations.  Instead of “drill, baby, drill,” the more you look into this the more you realize it’s “stall, baby, stall.”

 

Today the president said he’ll “consider potential areas for development in the mid and south Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico, while studying and protecting sensitive areas in the Arctic.” As the former governor of one of America’s largest energy-producing states, a state oil and gas commissioner, and chair of the nation’s Interstate Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, I’ve seen plenty of such studies. What we need is action — action that results in the job growth and revenue that a robust drilling policy could provide.  And let’s not forget that while Interior Department bureaucrats continue to hold up actual offshore drilling from taking place, Russia is moving full steam ahead on Arctic drilling, and China, Russia, and Venezuela are buying leases off the coast of Cuba.

 

As an Alaskan, I’m especially disheartened by the new ban on drilling in parts of the 49th state and the cancellation of lease sales in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas. These areas contain rich oil and gas reserves whose development is key to our country’s energy security. As I told Secretary Salazar last April, “Arctic exploration and development is a slow, demanding process. Delays or major restrictions in accessing these resources for environmentally responsible development are not in the national interest or the interests of the State of Alaska.”

 

Since I wrote the above, we have even more evidence of the President’s anti-drilling agenda. We have the moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico as well as the de-facto moratorium in the Arctic. We have his 2012 budget that proposes to eliminate several vital oil and natural gas production tax incentives. We have his anti-drilling regulatory policies that have stymied responsible development. And the list goes on. The President says that we can’t “drill” our way out of the problem. But we can’t drive our cars on solar shingles either. We have to live in the real world where we must continue to develop the conventional resources that we actually use right now to fuel our economy as we continue to look for a renewable source of energy. If we are looking for an affordable, environmentally friendly, and abundant domestic source of energy, why not turn to our own domestic supply of natural gas? Whether we use it to power natural-gas cars or to run natural-gas power plants that charge electric cars, natural gas is an ideal “bridge fuel” to a future when more renewable sources are available, affordable, and economically viable on their own. It’s a lot more viable than subsidizing boondoggles like these inefficient electric cars that no one wants. I’m all for electric cars if you can develop one I can actually use in Alaska, where you can drive hundreds of miles without seeing many people, let alone many electrical sockets. But these electric and hybrid cars are not a quick fix because we still need an energy source to power them. That’s why I like natural gas, but we still have to drill for natural gas, and this administration doesn’t like drilling or apparently the jobs that come with responsible oil and natural gas development. They don’t have a coherent energy policy. They have piecemeal ideas for subsidizing impractical pet “green” projects.

 

I have always been in favor of an “all-of-the-above” approach to energy independence, but “all-of-the-above” means conventional resource development too.  It means a coherent, practical, and forward-looking energy policy. I wish the President would understand this. The good news is there is nothing wrong with America’s energy policy that another good old-fashion election can’t solve. 2012 is just around the corner.

 

– Sarah Palin

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The latest lie from the left: Two-thirds of oil and gas leases in Gulf inactive – UPDATED!

Posted by iusbvision on April 1, 2011

The talking point: What do you mean drill for more oil, the oil companies do not want to drill for more oil, they bought the leases and just let them sit there so we will pay Brazil to look for oil there.  [Oh by the way who has a huge money stake in Petro-Brazil? Obama money man and buddy George Soros – Editor]

That entire narrative is a complete scam as you will soon see.

AP:

WASHINGTON – An Interior Department report to be released Tuesday says more than two-thirds of offshore oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico are sitting idle.

According to the report, obtained by The Associated Press, those inactive swaths of the Gulf could potentially hold more than 11 billion barrels of oil and 50 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. The report also shows that 45 percent of all onshore oil and gas leases are inactive.

President Barack Obama ordered the Interior Department review earlier this month amid pressure to curb rising gas prices. The White House says Obama will address his plans for the country’s energy security during a speech in Washington Wednesday.

The first problem is that the permitting process to actually get the permits to drill on the lease take years.The government puts years worth of roadblocks in the permitting process, this complicated by the fact that in each stage of the permitting process that gets approved by the federal government, eco-extremist groups sue to stop it.

Obama instituted an offshore drilling ban as was widely reported. The ban was illegal and a federal judge ordered him to stop. Obama ignored the court order. Then look at what Obama did to the regulations to have a de facto ban anyways. The film below explains how they did it. It will infuriate you.

So here is the situation, the government charges money for the lease and then works with anti-capitalist and eco-extremist groups to prevent that lease from ever getting the permits.

Related:

Obama pushed Brazil to drill more, promises aid to Brazil to help drill. While at home imposes drilling ban.

Obama Administration Held in Contempt for Violating Court Order

API: Recent Studies Show Obama Drilling Moratorium Will Cost 50,000 Jobs; 160,000 by 2032.

Heritage: Anti-Drilling Policies Costing Federal Government Billions in Lost Revenue

Now Russia, along with Mexico, Spain, Cuba, and China are building oil wells just miles off our shores while Obama keeps Americans out. UPDATE – Steve Forbes: Obama repeating Carter’s mistakes.

If You Ever Needed Proof that Democrats Want Higher Gas Prices…

UPDATE

Sarah Palin: What We Were Saying One Year Ago About Obama’s Failed Energy Policy

 

 

UPDATE II – Dick Morris:Obama has zeroed out new drilling permits. The few that are starting now are left over from permits that were approved from the Bush Administration

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Dick Morris: Welcome to double dip stagflation

Posted by iusbvision on March 22, 2011

This was the same message we put out two weeks ago HERE.

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Sarah Palin Speech at India Conclave: America and India are a testament to the positive force of human aspirations

Posted by iusbvision on March 20, 2011

India Today published the text of the entire text of the speech HERE.

 

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More Attitude Change Propaganda from the NYT Against Palin

Posted by iusbvision on March 18, 2011

NYT:

Palin’s Successors (Republicans Too) Seek to Dismantle Her Energy Legacy

JUNEAU, Alaska — While every online swipe from former Gov. Sarah Palin still draws national attention and stirs fresh speculation about her political ambitions, back home she is no longer quite so imposing.

Even as she casts herself as an energy expert and is quick to attack the Obama administration on oil and gas issues, the two most prominent energy policies she put in place as governor of Alaska face new challenges less than two years after she left office.

Gov. Sean Parnell, Ms. Palin’s fellow Republican and former lieutenant, has announced that it is his top priority to undo parts of major oil tax increases that Ms. Palin made law. He argues that high state taxes, not just federal regulations, are preventing oil companies from exploring new drilling in Alaska and therefore jeopardizing future state revenues.

“Lower taxes means more competitive,” Mr. Parnell said last week. “It means more jobs.”

Sounds pretty bad doesn’t it? It is intended to. As the article goes on it does not indicate just what Changes Gov Parnell wishes to make. So how do you really know her “legacy” is at stake? The narrative that the NYT wishes you to believe is that even the Republicans thought she was misguided and had no idea what she was doing.

Are you ready for the truth? This is wht the NYT decided you didn’t need to know.

Before Gov. Palin blew the whistle about the bribes to keep the Alaska Oil Royalties down Alaska had nearly the lowest oil royalties in the world. You can examine a chart at the following link – http://www.iraqdividend.com/World_Oil_Tax_Policies.pdf

When she ran for Governor Mrs. Palin promised to make the royalties competitive so that the Alaska citizens were not getting ripped off. In fact, Governor Palin sent much of that money to Alaska residents in the form of checks directly to citizens. On top of that Alaska now has a $12 billion rainy day fund (that Democrats are itching to blow).

So what was Governor Palin’s plan? Here are some highlights of bill:

1 – 20% production tax credits for oil and gas investment in Alaska

2 – 22.5% tax rate on “net” positive cash flow or “Production Tax Value”

3 – Progressivity: A higher tax rate (.25) kicks in when oil sells for more than $55 per barrel.

4 – Requires a report in 2011 about how well all the incentive provisions are working to enhance exploration, development and production in the state.

The taxes the oil companies had to pay on the value of the oil increased by 22% which still puts Alaska at a below average tax rate for oil drilling. This is still a good deal for oil companies, but not one that leaves Alaskan’s short changed.

So what is the problem? As the Alaska Daily News reports, the progressive increases in the tax rate per barrel of oil get pretty high when you see oil going to $120 or $130 mark. ADN points out that most legislators did not foresee such prices as being likely. When the price of a barrel of oil gets rather extreme as it is today that tax goes up too high thus making it more profitable to pull oil resources out of Alaska and place them elsewhere.

Here is an even bigger rub, Governor Palin’s bill accounted for this and as you can see section 4 above demands a report in 2011 to see how the bill’s rates and incentives are working to prevent decreases in oil production and potential job loss. Thanks to OPEC and Obama’s illegal off shore drilling ban this is exactly what we are facing. This mandated report, as well as others, show that production and investment in Alaska has fallen since the 2009 oil price spike and is now getting worse.

As a result Gov. Parnell wishes to adjust the progressive part of the oil tax downward to attract more production and job expansion. Governor Palin would have done exactly what Governor Parnell is doing now. Parnell is not reversing Palin’s legacy, he is reaffirming it.

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Obama’s illegal offshore drilling moratorium explained. This will infuriate you. UPDATE – Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Confirms: Democrat Energy Policy is To Push For Less Energy and More Deficit Spending

Posted by iusbvision on March 18, 2011

In 2012, the only way someone can vote for Obama in good conscience is by ignorance.

This is an administration that does not act in good faith.

UPDATE I –  Listen for yourself all:

Democrat energy policy: Less drilling, more deficit spending. Pinheads like Debbie Schultz have said that there would be “no immediate” new oil if we started drilling today is cute, but they have been saying that for 20 years. Now if we started more drilling back then, or even five years ago it would be an entirely different story.  By the way Obama’s illegal drilling ban has already cost many thousands of jobs.

If I start digging a well, it will not immediately result in more water, so lets all have massive thirst. If you start your car, it will not immediately result in you being at work, so lets ban cars and have trains….

Someone is voting for these idiots.

NOTE – If Sarah Palin had uttered the shear nonsense that Schultz puts out on a regular basis it would be the headline almost every other night on the news.

Schultz has been making these kind of orbital statements for a long time. I think it is time for Rush Limbaugh to start giving her a little of what the Democrats need right now:

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Trump Blasts Obama on Energy Policy, Playing Golf During Crisis.

Posted by iusbvision on March 15, 2011

Trump is right about the messages Obama sends with his hubris and indifference. Who will get his endorsement?

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Dana Perino: Interesting How Obama Says Things That Are So Quickly Proven False

Posted by iusbvision on March 14, 2011

Obama takes credit for global oil production going up, but this is in spite of him not because of him. domestic Oil production is down 13% since he was elected, he has instituted an illegal offshore drilling ban which he is in contempt of court for. Thousands have lost their jobs. But look at what Obama says below.

Obama knows he can tell the fattest whoppers imaginable and the elite media will cover for him. Luckily we have blogs, talk radio and a Fox News that is willing to tell both sides.

Via Gateway Pundit:

President Obama told the American public on Friday:

So any notion that my administration has shut down oil production might make for a good political sound bite, but it doesn’t match up with reality. We are encouraging offshore exploration and production.

It was a horrible lie.
The American Petroleum Institute responded to the president:

The Obama administration continues to delay or defer action on developing our domestic resources of oil and natural gas at every turn.

“The trend is alarming. The administration has postponed lease sales in offshore areas. It has cancelled lease sales in onshore federal lands. It has extended permitting timelines for current leases and added unnecessary regulatory burdens. It has chosen inaction on essential energy projects that would create jobs, drive economic growth, and boost federal revenues.

“The administration is well on its way toward creating higher gasoline prices for Americans.

“To get more oil and gas, we need more access. Placing more government lands and waters off-limits and forcing companies to focus on areas that may show little promise even if already under lease will not solve our energy challenges.

Dana Perino is right.
It is frightening that the Obama Administration is so willing to openly lie to the American public.

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Solar and Wind receive 20x the govt subsidies of most other energy. China builds coal plants to make wind and solar tech to sell to us.

Posted by iusbvision on March 13, 2011

Solar and Wind are very expensive, harder to transmit, and inconsistent. Solar is so expensive that solar panels plants in the United States are closing and the work is going to China. China builds a coal plant every week.

All of this money going to these subsidies cannot be used for other things. Mandates on electric companies to get more energy from wind and solar are next to impossible to meet so those companies are fined, which forces energy companies to pass those fines to their customers, which helps to send more jobs overseas.

Reason TV asks, if all of these green energy mandates are going to make all of these 21st century jobs, how come in California that has totally backfired. The reasons above explain why and they are reasons that are explained in any first year macroeconomics class.

If you want to see lower energy costs and business to start coming back home there is only one solution. Throw out Democrats en mass. We have trillions in natural gas, oil and other resources that are off limits that we could use to help pay off the national debt and rebuild the economy. We also need a government that costs less than $2 trillion a year instead of the nearly $4 trillion it costs now.

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Charles Koch Speaks Out

Posted by iusbvision on March 10, 2011

WSJ:

Crony capitalism and bloated government prevent entrepreneurs from producing the products and services that make people’s lives better.

By CHARLES G. KOCH

Years of tremendous overspending by federal, state and local governments have brought us face-to-face with an economic crisis. Federal spending will total at least $3.8 trillion this year—double what it was 10 years ago. And unlike in 2001, when there was a small federal surplus, this year’s projected budget deficit is more than $1.6 trillion.

Several trillions more in debt have been accumulated by state and local governments. States are looking at a combined total of more than $130 billion in budget shortfalls this year. Next year, they will be in even worse shape as most so-called stimulus payments end.

For many years, I, my family and our company have contributed to a variety of intellectual and political causes working to solve these problems. Because of our activism, we’ve been vilified by various groups. Despite this criticism, we’re determined to keep contributing and standing up for those politicians, like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who are taking these challenges seriously.

Both Democrats and Republicans have done a poor job of managing our finances. They’ve raised debt ceilings, floated bond issues, and delayed tough decisions.

In spite of looming bankruptcy, President Obama and many in Congress have tiptoed around the issue of overspending by suggesting relatively minor cuts in mostly discretionary items. There have been few serious proposals for necessary cuts in military and entitlement programs, even though these account for about three-fourths of all federal spending.

Yes, some House leaders have suggested cutting spending to 2008 levels. But getting back to a balanced budget would mean a return to at least 2003 spending levels—and would still leave us with the problem of paying off our enormous debts.

Federal data indicate how urgently we need reform: The unfunded liabilities of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid already exceed $106 trillion. That’s well over $300,000 for every man, woman and child in America (and exceeds the combined value of every U.S. bank account, stock certificate, building and piece of personal or public property).

The Congressional Budget Office has warned that the interest on our federal debt is “poised to skyrocket.” Even Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is sounding alarms. Yet the White House insists that substantial spending cuts would hurt the economy and increase unemployment.

Plenty of compelling examples indicate just the opposite. When Canada recently reduced its federal spending to 11.3% of GDP from 17.5% eight years earlier, the economy rebounded and unemployment dropped. By comparison, our federal spending is 25% of GDP.

Government spending on business only aggravates the problem. Too many businesses have successfully lobbied for special favors and treatment by seeking mandates for their products, subsidies (in the form of cash payments from the government), and regulations or tariffs to keep more efficient competitors at bay.

Crony capitalism is much easier than competing in an open market. But it erodes our overall standard of living and stifles entrepreneurs by rewarding the politically favored rather than those who provide what consumers want.

The purpose of business is to efficiently convert resources into products and services that make people’s lives better. Businesses that fail to do so should be allowed to go bankrupt rather than be bailed out.

But what about jobs that are lost when businesses go under? It’s important to remember that not all jobs are the same. In business, real jobs profitably produce goods and services that people value more highly than their alternatives. Subsidizing inefficient jobs is costly, wastes resources, and weakens our economy.

Because every other company in a given industry is accepting market-distorting programs, Koch companies have had little option but to do so as well, simply to remain competitive and help sustain our 50,000 U.S.-based jobs. However, even when such policies benefit us, we only support the policies that enhance true economic freedom.

For example, because of government mandates, our refining business is essentially obligated to be in the ethanol business. We believe that ethanol—and every other product in the marketplace—should be required to compete on its own merits, without mandates, subsidies or protective tariffs. Such policies only increase the prices of those products, taxes and the cost of many other goods and services.

Our elected officials would do well to remember that the most prosperous countries are those that allow consumers—not governments—to direct the use of resources. Allowing the government to pick winners and losers hurts almost everyone, especially our poorest citizens.

Recent studies show that the poorest 10% of the population living in countries with the greatest economic freedom have 10 times the per capita income of the poorest citizens in countries with the least economic freedom. In other words, society as a whole benefits from greater economic freedom.

Even though it affects our business, as a matter of principle our company has been outspoken in defense of economic freedom. This country would be much better off if every company would do the same. Instead, we see far too many businesses that paint their tails white and run with the antelope.

I am confident that businesses like ours will hire more people and invest in more equipment when our country’s financial future looks more promising. Laying the groundwork for smaller, smarter government, especially at the federal level, is going to be tough. But it is essential for getting us back on the path to long-term prosperity.

Mr. Koch is chairman and CEO of Koch Industries, Inc. He’s the author of “The Science of Success: How Market-Based Management Built the World’s Largest Private Company” (Wiley, 2007).

 

 

 

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MEP Nigel Farage: EU Financial Transactions Tax is Kamikaze Economics

Posted by iusbvision on March 10, 2011

The only thing more economically ignorant than American leftists are economically suicidal European leftists as MEP Farage so correctly demonstrates. The tax that has been proposed is so painfully du…. well I will let him say it. He has the cool accent.

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Rasmussen Poll: Republicans ahead on ten top issues of the day. Reuters Poll: America and Obama on the wrong track.

Posted by iusbvision on March 9, 2011

Gas and food prices are undermining the economy and confidence, while Obama maintains his illegal offshore drilling ban for which he is in contempt of court for costing many thousands of jobs and a 13% drop in domestic oil and gas production. Obama is also yanking perfectly legit coal mining permits. Of course the failed stimulus, cap & trade looming, ObamaCare surprises, the failed mortgage rescue bill, and the financial reform bill that amounted to the government having power to pick winners and losers, seize more private property, and give Wall Street endless bailouts  etc are all contributing to the problems.

There is no question that Obama is deliberately raising energy prices just as he said he would in the 2008 campaign when he told Mort Kondrake on CNBC that he would like to see gas hit $4.00 a gallon gradually – LINK.

GOV. HALEY BARBOUR (R-Miss.): “This administration’s policies have been designed to drive up the cost of energy in the name of reducing pollution, in the name of making very expensive alternative fuels more economically competitive.” – VIDEO.

Rasmussen Poll:

House Republicans are plotting aggressive spending cuts and planning to defund the national health care law in efforts to stimulate the anemic economy, the issue that remains at the forefront of voters’ minds.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 83% see the economy as a Very Important issue in terms of how they vote. That’s down slightly from results found in December, but the economy has earned top billing over the past several years among 10 issues regular surveyed on by Rasmussen Reports. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The number of voters who sees the economy as being Very Important in terms of how they vote has not dipped below 80% since September 2008.

Voters continue to trust the GOP more than Democrats on all 10 issues that Rasmussen Reports regularly asks about, including the economy, health care, taxes and immigration.

Health care comes in second to the economy in terms of importance among voters, with 72% who regard it as Very Important. The number of voters who saw health care as being Very Important hovered in the high 50s to low 60s in the year prior to President Obama’s inauguration, but interest began to rise as the debate over a national health care reform law heated up. Those who view health care as Very Important have ranged from 66% to 79% since the law’s passage last March.

The majority of all voters still support repeal of the national health care law and remain convinced that it will drive up the cost and hurt the quality of health care in the country.

 

Reuters:

(Reuters) – Americans, who are suffering from high gasoline prices, believe the United States is on the wrong track by a large margin, presenting a fresh challenge for President Barack Obama, a Reuters/Ipsos poll said on Wednesday.

The proportion of Americans who believe the country is on the right track dropped 7 points in the past month to 31 percent, and 64 percent think the country is on the wrong track.

It was the highest number of people in an Ipsos poll who believe the country is going in the wrong direction since Obama took office in January 2009.

Ipsos pollster Cliff Young said the rating was a direct result of gasoline prices that have risen sharply in recent weeks as a result of tumult in North Africa and the Middle East.

“We are moving into a scenario in the near-term that is much more uncertain given the issue of gas prices,” he said. “Gas prices specifically are things that affect people’s pocketbooks and have an immediate impact.”

U.S. retail gasoline prices spiked more than 10 percent over the past two weeks to an average of $3.52 a gallon, the second largest two-week rise on record. Crude oil prices have shot up due to the violence in Libya that has cut that country’s production by two-thirds while sanctions have all but halted its exports.

February survey had said Americans by 57 percent to 38 percent believed the country was on the right track.

Obama’s job approval rating dropped from last month to 49 percent from 51 percent, a statistically insignificant change.

But his approval among independent voters who he will need for his 2012 re-election drive took a sharp dive, to 37 percent from 47 percent, the poll found.

 

 

 

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Obama’s Debt Commission Chair’s Speak Out! To Increase Govt Revenue We Must: Lower the tax rates to 8, 14 and 23%. Make a new lean tax code. Lower the corporate tax rate. Public sector unions over reach. Democrats not serious about budget. Republicans should push for larger cuts.

Posted by iusbvision on March 8, 2011

UPDATE – Worlds largest bond fund dumps U.S. Treasuries – LINK.

Great interview. All credit to Erskine Bowles, who used to be one of the nastier partisan Democrat hired guns. He has almost completely adopted a near Steve Forbes like tax agenda, because that is the best way to raise government revenue. Bowles even makes the case that Democrats need to get real on spending cuts and that Republicans aren’t pushing hard enough. I am in awe.  Bowles has even says that unions have over reached. I am sure Bowles is feeling the heat from his former colleagues.  I never thought I would see myself typing these words; Erskine Bowles has earned my respect. My hat is off to his courage.

Bowles even uses the same analogy IUSB Vision does almost verbatim from the link. The deficit in February was $232 billion (yes that is for a single month), which is substantially higher than the entire yearly deficit the last year the Republicans had fiscal control (2007).

Related: Sen. Durbin Tells FOX News Sunday: Dems Will Only Cut $10.5 Billion From Bloated Budget – UPDATED!

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Sen. Durbin Tells FOX News Sunday: Dems Will Only Cut $10.5 Billion From Bloated Budget – UPDATED!

Posted by iusbvision on March 6, 2011

It is obvious, the Democrat leadership wants a government shut down and are not serious about getting spending under control. This inspires a loss of confidence. UPDATE  March 29 – Democrat leaders caught on tape plotting government shut down, acting in bad faith – LINK.

UPDATE – Worlds largest bond fund dumps U.S. Treasuries – LINK. Loss of confidence inspires things like this folks.

The deficit in February was $232 billion (yes that is for a single month), which is substantially higher than the entire yearly deficit the last year the Republicans had fiscal control (2007). The Democrats plan to borrow 42 cents for every dollar they spend.

From a $3.7 TRILLION proposed budget, the Democrats are only willing to drop $10.5 billion from that outrageous number? That is less than 1/3 of 1%.

The Democrats proposal is like taking a $100 grocery bill and cutting it by 28 CENTS. The GOP spending cut proposal is so modest that it would only be cutting that same grocery bill by about $1.59. How can anyone say with a straight face that either of these cuts are draconian? The GAO just issued a report detailing that many agencies/programs in government have duplicate overlap and are a waste.

The Republicans already compromised with the Democrats by lowering the cuts from this outrageous deficit spending from $100 billion to $61 billion.

The Republicans compromised once, now the Democrats are rejecting the $61 billion compromise. This shows just how dishonest the Democrats were when they said that government has to start living within its means. Obama promised that he would offer a plan to reform entitlements, no such plan has been offered and his budget just continues trillion dollar yearly deficits for as long as the eye can see.

Does anyone doubt that the left is trying to spend us into oblivion? If you do doubt it, please post a logical explanation. The Democrats behavior is so outrageous they are proving Glenn Beck and David Horowitz right about the Cloward-Piven Strategy.

UPDATE – Sen. Mitch McConnell: Obama budget proposal – “unacceptable”, “indefensible”

UPDATE IIObama Debt Commission Chair’s Speak Out! To Increase Govt Revenue We Must : Lower the tax rates to 8, 14 and 23%.  Make a new slim and lean tax code. Lower the corporate tax rate.

Great interview. All credit to Erskine Bowles, who used to be one of the nastier partisan Democrat hired guns. He has almost completely adopted a near Steve Forbes like tax agenda, because that is the best way to raise government revenue. Bowles even makes the case that Democrats need to get real on spending cuts and that Republicans aren’t pushing hard enough. I am in awe.  Bowles has even says that unions have over reached. I am sure Bowles is feeling the heat from his former colleagues.  I never thought I would see myself typing these words; Erskine Bowles has earned my respect. My hat is off to his courage.

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Now Russia, along with Mexico, Spain, Cuba, and China are building oil wells just miles off our shores while Obama keeps Americans out. UPDATE – Steve Forbes: Obama repeating Carter’s mistakes.

Posted by iusbvision on March 6, 2011

Related:

Obama Administration Held in Contempt for Violating Court Order

API: Recent Studies Show Obama Drilling Moratorium Will Cost 50,000 Jobs; 160,000 by 2032.

Heritage: Anti-Drilling Policies Costing Federal Government Billions in Lost Revenue

Had enough yet?

Washington Times:

The Obama administration is poised to ban offshore oil drilling on the outer continental shelf until 2012 or beyond. Meanwhile, Russia is making a bold strategic leap to begin drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico. While the United States attempts to shift gears to alternative fuels to battle the purported evils of carbon emissions, Russia will erect oil derricks off the Cuban coast.

Offshore oil production makes economic sense. It creates jobs and helps fulfill America’s vast energy needs. It contributes to the gross domestic product and does not increase the trade deficit. Higher oil supply helps keep a lid on rising prices, and greater American production gives the United States more influence over the global market.

Drilling is also wildly popular with the public. A Pew Research Center poll from February showed 63 percent support for offshore drilling for oil and natural gas. Americans understand the fundamental points: The oil is there, and we need it. If we don’t drill it out, we have to buy it from other countries. Last year, the U.S. government even helped Brazil underwrite offshore drilling in the Tupi oil field near Rio de Janeiro. The current price of oil makes drilling economically feasible, so why not let the private sector go ahead and get our oil?

The Obama administration, however, views energy policy through green eyeshades. Every aspect of its approach to energy is subordinated to radical environmental concerns. This unprecedented lack of balance is placing offshore oil resources off-limits. The O Force would prefer the country shift its energy production to alternative sources, such as nuclear, solar and wind power. In theory, there’s nothing wrong with that, in the long run, assuming technology can catch up to demand. But we have not yet reached the green utopia, we won’t get there anytime soon, and America needs more oil now.

 

 

UPDATE Steve Forbes: Obama repeating Carter’s mistakes…

You need to watch only a few minutes of cable news analysis to realize just how ludicrous our national energy policies have become. As escalating tensions and chaos unfold in Egypt, Libya and other Middle Eastern nations, one energy analyst suggested that if Libyan oil supplies were to fail, the United States would rely on Saudi Arabia for its oil needs. If that statement alone doesn’t put U.S. leaders on red alert, the looming national energy crisis may soon become reality.

The Obama administration is repeating the mistakes of President Jimmy Carter’s failed energy policies, which marred his term and stigmatized the 1970s. They are leading us straight into another national energy disaster.

Key members of the Obama administration believe this friction abroad underscores the need to move away from oil and gas entirely and shift to boutique forms of alternative energy. Their lack of political will to drill for oil and gas compromises our national security and jeopardizes economic recovery.

It skirts the colossal elephant in the room: Oil and natural gas produced here in the United States are likely to still account for at least 57 percent of domestic energy consumption by 2035. Not to mention that energy production here can relieve the U.S. from the dangerous grip of foreign petro dictators.

Unfortunately, this administration’s Department of the Interior, with the most anti-oil-and-gas record in U.S. history, is sabotaging any real chance of avoiding the pending energy crisis because of its continued hold on deepwater drilling permits in the Gulf of Mexico.

When Interior Secretary Ken Salazar heads before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday, Americans — particularly the 9.2 million directly or indirectly working in the oil and gas industry — would be ill served if the question isn’t asked: Are the thousands, and counting, of out-of-work Americans in the Gulf region and beyond a worthwhile consequence of your department’s freeze?

 

 

 

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Government Union Collective Bargaining 101 – UPDATE O’Reilly: New York Times publishing bogus polls about unions and lying about the budget crisis

Posted by iusbvision on March 4, 2011

How government union collective bargaining works.

What FDR understood and what the left does not want you to figure out is that “The Man” is the taxpayer because with Democrats in charge government unions are essentially negotiating with themselves, it is not adversarial at all, and the politicians are not negotiating to preserve their own money, they are negotiating (wink wink, nod nod) with YOUR money.

More from the Heritage Foundation – HERE.

Rasmussen Poll: 71% Believe Government Workers Get Better Pensions Than Those In Private Sector – LINK.

NPR and PBS execs make more than the President! They are funded by taxpayers! – LINK.

UPDATE – New York Times publishing bogus polls about unions and lying about the budget crisis:

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AFL-CIO Union Chief: The Best Way To Create Jobs is to Raise Taxes

Posted by iusbvision on February 26, 2011

This is from the same man who said that government should take over all private business, who speaks in front of communist revolutionary groups, and has a long history of violence. Trumka talks to the White House every day and visits twice a week – LINK.

Rich "Union Thug" Trumka

Yahoo News:

What’s the best way to get Americans back to work?

Raise taxes, according to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Specifically, he wants to raise the federal gas tax as a means to fund infrastructure spending. “We need a dedicated source of revenue to create infrastructure in this country,” he tells Aaron Task in the accompanying clip.

“We need to create jobs. The best way to do that is through infrastructure development.” Simply maintaining the existing infrastructure in this country will cost $2.2 trillion over five years, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. That doesn’t include Obama’s objective of high-speed rails and green energy projects.

 

Oh yes, we can tax ourselves into prosperity, and we can spend trillions on more stimulus packages most of the money goes to government unions to make this man even more wealthy. Sickening.

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Sen. Inhofe turns tables on global warming ambushers and gets it on video! – NOAA Refutes Gore’s Claim Recent Snowstorms Caused By Global Warming – New Soros investment fund, profiting off Obama’s ‘green energy’ push, hires top Obama energy aide – EPA making rules as they go, picking winners and losers –

Posted by iusbvision on February 26, 2011

Oh they thought that they were so smart……

Global Warming alarmists, cultists, and hoaxers, Senator Inhofe is smarter than you:

Transcript Via The Daily Caller:

Mark Hertsgaard (MH): Why does your party continue to deny what the National Academy of Sciences and virtually every scientific organization…

Sen. James Inhofe (JI): You know you ask the same question over and over again. Did you happen six days ago to be at the hearing at the House where I testified?

MH: I was not, sir.

JI: See I answered all those questions in detail. The science is mixed. We all know the science is mixed. The economy is not mixed because the economics are pretty well established.

MH: How is the science mixed when the National Academy of Sciences and every…

JI: We have reports all you have to do is go back and look, I have given numerous talks on the floor…We started off with a list, I believe, of maybe 40 scientists who had different views, then it went up to 2- or 300, then it went to 900 or so. So there are a lot of scientists who don’t agree. I don’t take as gospel everything that comes from any particular scientific group.

MH: When every scientific organization in the world says this, sir.

JI: That is not true.

A Woman from ACP, identified by Solve Climate News as Allie Carter, a recent Michigan State University graduate (AC): I don’t understand why my generation has to suffer because it sounds like you’re not liking what you are hearing from these scientists you’re cherry picking.

JI: So your generation — Now who are you with?

AC: I’m with the Alliance for Climate Protection and I am here speaking on behalf young people.

JI: …No you’re not!

AC: I absolutely am.

JI: I have twenty kids and grand kids. You want to see a picture of them? [pulls out pictures]. Okay that’s good.

Inhofe then proceeded to calmly explain that the United States cannot sink its economy to satisfy the unproven hypotheses of a mixed group of scientists and activists.

JI: When you ask that question “what if you’re wrong?” Stop and think about it. What if you are wrong and we pass the largest tax increase in the history of America to do something that is not justified. I remember, and I use this in testimony. In 1993, you weren’t around in 1993… the Clinton/Gore tax increase was the largest tax increase at that point in history. All marginal rates, gasoline, everything went up. That was a total of a $30 billion tax increase. This would be ten times that great. This would be somewhere between $300 and $400 billion tax increase. That admittedly, now listen to this very carefully, according to the director at the EPA would not have any effect on emissions because that would only be in the United States. As jobs went to places like India and China and Mexico and maybe places that they don’t have any emissions requirements and actually increase emissions. So should we do that when we know and you know and everyone out here knows that it would not reduce worldwide emissions? Period. We all know this.

The ambush ended with Hertsgaard asking Inhofe if he would apologize to his children, to which Inhofe asked Hertsgaard if he would apologize to his 20 children and grandchildren.

Of course as we have reported IPCC scientists are backing away from that IPCC report fast as its claims are discovered to be unsourced, fraudulent, or well intentioned but just plain wrong. As far as literal conspiracies among academics and administrators to shut people up, force conformity, drive professors and students out, suppress research etc. please see our Academic Misconduct category as it has many of literally thousands of examples of just that. We start that category with this post right HERE. Of course the most famous proven conspiracy among academics was ClimateGate as the climate hoax scientists were busted by their own internal emails. So not only do literal conspiracies happen, we learn of  new proven examples of them on a regular basis. If anyone is foolish enough to attempt to argue the point with me below, please have it it. Good luck because you are going to need it.

NOAA Refutes Gore’s Claim Recent Snowstorms Caused By Global Warming

Newsbusters.org:

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration somewhat under the radar a few weeks ago rebutted Nobel Laureate Al Gore’s claim that January’s heavy snowstorms across the country were caused by global warming.

As readers might remember, the man that has been made rich advancing the myth that carbon dioxide is destroying the planet weighed in on the inclement weather at his blog on February 1:

Last week on his show Bill O’Reilly asked, “Why has southern New York turned into the tundra?” and then said he had a call into me. I appreciate the question.

As it turns out, the scientific community has been addressing this particular question for some time now and they say that increased heavy snowfalls are completely consistent with what they have been predicting as a consequence of man-made global warming:

“In fact, scientists have been warning for at least two decades that global warming could make snowstorms more severe. Snow has two simple ingredients: cold and moisture. Warmer air collects moisture like a sponge until it hits a patch of cold air. When temperatures dip below freezing, a lot of moisture creates a lot of snow.”

“A rise in global temperature can create all sorts of havoc, ranging from hotter dry spells to colder winters, along with increasingly violent storms, flooding, forest fires and loss of endangered species.”

A week later, NOAA posted the following article at its Climate Watch magazine (h/t Yid With Lid):

This is the second consecutive very wintry winter in the eastern United States. Last year, NOAA climate scientists concluded the record-breaking snowstorms most likely resulted from the combination of two natural climate patterns: El Niño and the Arctic Oscillation.

So what about this year? Last winter’s El Niño has flipped to La Niña, as temperatures in the eastern tropical Pacific have been cooler than normal. But the Arctic Oscillation seems to be in a repeat pattern, with conditions this December and January very similar to last winter, according to Deke Arndt, Chief of the Climate Monitoring Branch at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center.

.…..Hence, and not at all surprisingly, the man that just this past Friday accused Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, and the Wall Street Journal of being part of a conspiracy to mislead people about the dangers of manmade global warming was once again guilty of it himself.

Read the rest HERE.

New Soros investment fund, profiting off Obama’s ‘green energy’ push, hires top Obama energy aide.

Washington Examiner:

George Soros — whom we’re always told is not serving his own economic interests at all by promoting liberal politicians and big-government policies — is launching a new investment fund that plans to profit off of the “green energy” boom, which is entirely dependent on government subsidies supported by the groups Soros funds.

As the press release puts it, this fund will “leverage technology and business model innovation to improve energy efficiency, reduce waste and emissions, harness renewable energy, and more efficiently use natural resources, among other applications.” As Soros puts it in the same release: “Developing alternative sources of energy and achieving greater energy efficiency is both a significant global investment opportunity and an environmental imperative.” Cadie Thompson at CNBC’s NetNet flagged this.

So, yeah. The big-government policies advanced by the liberal outfits he funds — like Center for American Progress — will enrich the companies in which Soros is investing.

But this story gets better.

The press release casually mentions whom Soros is hiring to run this new fund: Cathy Zoi. As Cadie Thompson at CNBC’s NetNet (edited by my brother John Carney), puts it,

Zoi was Barack Obama’s “Acting Under Secretary for Energy and Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.” An Al Gore acolyte, Zoi was Obama’s point-woman on subsidizing green tech. Now she’s going to work for George Soros to profit off of subsidized green tech.

If you remember Zoi’s name, it’s because of another green-tech conflict of interest: Zoi’s husband is an executive at a window company, Serious Windows, which the White House regularly held up as a “poster child of green industry.”

The Freedom Foundation of Minnesota put it this way:

“Ms. Zoi is married to Robin Roy, a top executive at Serious Materials, a privately held manufacturer of ‘sustainable green building materials’ located in California. On the Executive Branch Personnel Public Financial Disclosure submitted by Ms. Zoi to the White House Ethics office as part of her confirmation, Ms. Zoi disclosed ownership with her spouse of 120,000 vested and unvested stock options in Serious Materials, a company her office regulates and that she may profit from.”

Oh yeah, Serious Materials pocketed federal stimulus money, too.
But as NetNet’s Thompson puts it:
But we can put all that behind us, because now Zoi has left the Obama Administration and will go back to work making an honest living in the private sector, where she can put all the knowledge she gained from working for the Department of Energy to work for the private equity firms. Thata girl Zoi!

EPA making rules as they go, picking winners and losers

Welcome to Chicago!

Heritage Foundation:

Congress isn’t the only entity that knows how to pick winners and losers for energy sources and technologies. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is doing its best to follow suit by imposing new rules on the natural gas industry and providing exemptions to the biomass industry.

For natural gas, the EPA evasively posted a new rule on hydraulic fracturing, requiring a company to obtain permits if the company uses diesel when fracking. Hydraulic fracturing, a long-proven process by which pressurized water and other substances are injected into wells to extract natural gas, has been the subject of much debate between environmentalists and industry because of those “other substances.”

An exemption in the 2005 Safe Drinking Water Act protects natural gas companies from disclosing proprietary information regarding the chemicals they use to when fracking. Environmentalists are pushing for full disclosure because of the concern that hydraulic fracturing is a threat to America’s drinking water. But in this instance, with the EPA’s new rule on diesel disclosure, perhaps more unsettling than the new rule is the way in which the EPA issued the rule. Mike Soraghan of Greenwire reports:

Federal agencies usually change policies with a multistep process that begins with the Federal Register and does not end for a year or more. But the fracturing permit change happened without so much as a press release. It was quietly posted amid an increasingly noisy debate about fracturing, a process in which chemical-laced water is injected underground at high pressure to crack rock formations and release oil or gas.

EPA has launched a multiyear study of the safety of fracturing. Hundreds of people showed up last summer at EPA hearings about the practice in New York and Pennsylvania. It has been the subject of a piece on “60 Minutes,” an HBO documentary called “Gasland” and even an episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”

The casual nature of the posting, and the lack of any date, left oil and gas industry attorneys puzzling over what the change applied to and whether it applied only for the future, or retroactively. Of particular concern was that companies had been ordered to give documentation to Congress about their fracturing practices, and EPA was ordering disclosure, as well.

If they had disclosed that they had used diesel—legally—but did not get a specific permit, could they be penalized? Was there any way to get such a permit? What should states, who administer the program, do about regulating fracturing?

The story gets more complicated from there, mostly because of a series of loopholes with regards to the EPA regulating the use of diesel for fracking. Having the EPA close the loophole and create a clear definition with regards to diesel use isn’t necessarily bad, but it sets a dangerous precedent for the EPA quickly changing the rules of the game for industry with no consideration for debate and public comment.

Reining in the EPA’s regulatory overreach and unilateral decision making should be a priority for the 112th Congress. Congress should thoroughly evaluate and question the EPA’s newly implemented rules and have EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson justify her agency’s decision not just when it comes to hydraulic fracturing but other rules as well, most notably the regulation of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.

Speaking of which, Congress should ask Jackson why the EPA exempted biofuel refineries from obtaining permit requirements for CO2 emissions. This year the EPA will start regulating emissions from new power plants and major expansions of large greenhouse-gas-emitting plants (more than 25,000 tons of CO2 per year) and will finalize regulations for existing refineries and fossil fuel electric utilities by November 2012. But not biofuel plants. The reason given is that the science clearly shows that biofuel production is net neutral when it comes to CO2 emissions.

Right. Just like the science clearly shows increased CO2 emissions will result in sea level rises, stressed water resources, increased size and quantity of wildfires, insect outbreaks, threats to ecosystems and national security, and other catastrophic events.

New studies, however, are showing that biofuel production is not carbon-neutral. A report from Rice Universitynotes that when you account for land use conversion, the use of fertilizers, insecticides, and pesticides (which emit much more potent methane and nitrous oxide), as well as the fossil fuels used for production and distribution, biofuel production becomes quite carbon-intensive. For an industry that built its business model around subsidies, tariffs, and federal protection, it’s no surprise that the EPA threw the biofuel industry another bone. Now it’s time for Congress to put the EPA on the stand and ask why.

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February News Roundup Part I

Posted by iusbvision on February 18, 2011

We have been a bit behind on blogging this month. Catching up by using a couple of mega-posts to catch up on the important stuff. There are lots of great updates here so be sure to scan through this carefully and be sure to catch our February News Roundup Part II.

>> Obama’s Cousin Dr. Milton Wolf says that Palin is right about ObamaCare.  – LINK.

>> Watts – New Evidence that mother nature deals with CO2 just fine. Also if all industrial activity stopped climate would still change – LINK:

>>Steve McIntyre presentation at the Heartland Climate Change and Economics Institute. This is a no miss video. – LINK.

>> Daily Caller – The new budget from the White House gives the GOP new opportunities.

The budget from the President contains levels of spending, debt and new taxes that are just reckless. The numbers are also fraudulent because the proposed budget assumes levels of economic growth that are not even close to realistic. You can see the official proposed and rather rosy rigged White House deficit numbers here – http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/budget/fy2012/assets/tables.pdf

Do these numbers look like the government living within its mean as President Obama said to you?

>> Daily Caller – First Drilling Company Files Bankruptcy as  Result of Obama Illegal Offshore Drilling Ban.

Keep in mind that we reported that the Obama Administration has been found in contempt of course for continuing to enforce the illegal offshore drilling ban. By the way the Daily Caller has been on a roll of great coverage lately and has become a must see daily along with the Washington Examiner.

>>Dale Petersen is running for President. I had a nice chat with one of his fund raisers at CPAC. I will discuss more of that later. This guy is a long shot to be sure, but there is certainly more depth to him than a few great TV ads.

>>Gallup: More Americans Now Pro-Life than Pro-Abortion for the First Time.

>>Daily Caller – Obama signs into law new Food Regulation Bill passed during the lame duck session at Christmas while you weren’t looking.

This bill is a gargantuan power grab that drives up food prices and sticks it to smaller companies and farms. This bill is Norton’s First Law in action: Big business loves big government because big government taxes and regulates the small and medium sized competition out of the competition.

You “liberals” who claim to oppose corporatism, I am waiting for you to speak up because this is yet another in a long list of examples of Democrats being in big corporations back pocket.

>> Tea Party Express Takes on Senator Lugar:

>> America’s worst speed traps LINK.

>> Prof. William Jacobson at Cornell dissects the Shirley Sherrod nuisance lawsuit against Andrew Breitbart. Mark Levin Comments:

>> Accuracy in Media interviews Donald Rumsfeld on his book and media bias.

Rumsfeld talks about the WMD issue. The weapons inspectors found active and static WMD programs some of which could be producing mass weapons in six months and some programs would be producing within five years. Saddam was suppose dto give all of this up. We invaded in 2003 well five years later was 2008. So what would terrorists now be armed with if Saddam was not removed?: 

>> Bill O’Reilly Budget Plan for America – “It is embarrassing that the President’s own debt commission says he is not doing nearly enough to solve the financial crisis…” : 

>> WOW – Laurie Dhue was a functioning alcoholic for 10 years! Tells all to Geraldo! Sober for 4 years! May come back to Fox News!!

>> GOOD NEWS – The House passed 61 Billion in real spending cuts today and repealed excessive and poorly designed regulations from several industries including coal. The regulatory power is granted by Congress for the purpose of making the laws Congress passes easy to understand and follow, it was never designed for social engineering nor was it intended to be used to allow the executive to legislate on its own and buck the will of Congress.

>> File this under awesome: The House has voted 244-179 to kill $13 million in U.S. funding for the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The House no longer wishes to have the IPCC prepare its climate assessment. GOP lawmakers said IPCC scientists were guilty of manipulating data and destroying evidence to promote their global warming views. (H/T Gregory Hilton)

>> By a 235 to 189 margin, the House of Representatives has just voted to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, National Public Radio and PBS. They have been receiving $420 million from the government. They are all responsible for blatant bias against conservatives. (H/T Gregory Hilton).

>> Liz Trotta Rips Anderson Cooper’s Egypt Coverage!

>> State Rep. Robert Hagen (D-OH) has just called a black tea party member “Buckwheat,” but says it is not a racial slur. Tom Spaulding wants to test his claim: “Let’s have Hagan take a midnight stroll in poor urban areas and call the black people he meets ‘Buckwheat’. Let him explain that he’s been using the phrase ‘since he was a kid’ and it ‘has no racial connotation’”. State Sen. Jake Knotts (R-SC) referred to Gov. Nikki Haley as a “towelhead” on a comedy show.  (Via Gregory Hilton)

>> Tucker Carlson:  Politically Correct (read not accurate) pro-Islamic bias being introduced to public school text books.

I have high school aged relatives and it amazes me how much leftist secular/anti-western culture attitude change propaganda gets into these text books, much of it can be debunked with common academic and public records resources. In many of these texts Ronald Reagan’s name is not even mentioned in the sections covering the end of the Cold War; I just graduated with a new degree in 2010 and that particular bias was in my class material. Fortunately the young PhD. candidate teaching the class allowed me to give a lecture on the Cold War as I was the only one in the room old enough to remember it.

>> Geert Wilders on the expatriating of Jihadists from Europe.

Most people here in the USA havce no idea how the situation in Europe has evolved. Many European countries including Sweden, England, Germany, France, and Holland have “state within a state” jihadist enclaves where militant Islamists have such control that not even the police are not safe to enter. The violence has reached incredible levels. Such violence includes Islamic rape gangs that act with near impunity, honor killings, and female genital mutilation. The militants have masterfully used their lawyers to manipulate the Euro left and the hate speech laws to make it virtually illegal to even criticize what is going on.  Polls in England show that 28% of Muslims were willing to tell a pollster that they supported and/or were sympathetic to the cause of the 9/11 hijackers and the subway bombers. Many also are willing to tell a pollster that they want to do away with democracy, and force sharia law and the caliphate upon Europe.  

>> Congress in bipartisan push to reverse Obama’s ban on re-importation of M-1 Garand antique rifles.

Ahh yes I remember the campaign. I remember when Obama said that he supported the Second Amendment and how he promised not to get in the way of hunters, collectors and those who wanted to have a gun for legitimate self defense. I remember how he hired that actor to get in target shooting garb to praise him. I remember how he lectured us all on how he supported gun rights and firearm enthusiasts. I also remember how he opposed a law in Illinois that would allow you to defend yourself in your own home. I also remember how he answered several firearms policy questionnaires and I remember how he was against Heller before he was for it. I also remember how right after he was elected he started hiring hard core anti-gun (BATF Chief) and anti-hunting (OIRA Director) activists.  But what can I say, but WE TOLD YOU SO.

The excuse was that these rifles are too dangerous…. but no one in the Administration would go on the record stating so. “Asked why the M1’s pose a threat, the State Department spokesman referred questions to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. ATF representatives said they would look into the question Monday afternoon, but on Wednesday they referred questions to the Justice Department. DOJ spokesman Dean Boyd referred questions back to the State Department” – LINK.

These rifles are NOT the choice of criminals by a long shot. The M1 Garand rifle is very long, heavy, fires ammo that is very expensive, it has an antique loading mechanism that only holds eight bullets, it is not a rapid fire weapon and if the proper training is not obeyed EVERY time the weapon is loaded/unloaded its feeding mechanism can  easily leave you with a broken thumb or finger.

Let me show you what I mean: 

Here is the good news from the NRA: 

>> Video release of the loon that tried to firebomb Governor Rick Perry’s (R-TX) home.

>> Todd Palin at Iron Dog Race in Alaska. He is a four time champion.

>> Attention Journalism Majors – See why veteran unemployment is higher than the national average

>> Daily Caller – China moves to stamp out “Jasmine Revolution” LINK.

>> Food Prices going up at 150% inflation rate. And some elite media reporters said that Sarah Palin was nuts when she predicted this. LINK.

>> Six Reasons why USA is Only the Ninth Most Free Economy in the World LINK.

>> Obama Was Against Health Care Mandate in Campaign

>> Democrats having a fit over House investigations into Obama Administration lack of transparency. This is a subject we have covered many times. He promised the most transparent administration and has the least transparent since Nixon.  – LINK.

>> Gallup: GOP Image Highest Since 2005LINK.

>> Book Glamorizing Suicide Bombers Found in Arizona Desert Near BorderLINK.

>> Radicalized Muslim Cleric Arrested Sneaking into USALINK.

>> Disaster: Obama to raise ethanol in gas to 15%. Ethanol gives you lower gas mileage, eats automotive seals, breaks down into water and varnish in a few weeks if your car sits, is environmentally backwards, this will drive up food prices, it is expensive, the taxpayers subsidize it and most cars made before 2006 aren’t designed to handle it. HotAir.com has more details.

>> Newt all over the place on ethanol and global warming. His positions change depending on who he is in front of and I witnessed that at CPAC. Newt is brilliant, but like Mit Romney it seems he just wants it too badly. LINK. Gov. Daniels is pro-ethanol and has been consistent in that view. Of course he is from Indiana so what do you expect? Of course Mitch is wrong about the issue on the merits and he almost certainly knows it. Economically and logistically ethanol is a nightmare, but opposing it politically in this state may be as well and the same goes for Iowa. Mitch is truly an economic genius so I cannot believe he does not understand this.

>> Judge Vinson – ObamaCare is unconstitutional. Judge uses Obama’s own words in the ruling LINK.

>> Media Bias – Washington Post has no coverage for March for Life but gives 48 paragraphs to leftist Ingrate Ron Reagan Jr. who attack his dead father Presidnet Reagan. LINK. ABC gives 24 minutes of network news coverage of his nook in five days. What nooks gets that much network face time? – LINK. You have heard us use the term “attitude change propaganda” before well I have just given you two examples of it. Loyal son Michael Reagan responds with a simple statement, “My brother was an embarrassment to my father when he was alive, now he is an embarrassment to my mother”.

>> Jeff Sessions: Economic policy that is stuck in reverse LINK.

>> Mark Levin: Obama is NOT moderating. Has Obama called off his lawyers when it comes to ObamaCare, Texas EPA regs, illegal offshore drilling ban, suing Arizona etc. NOPE. Must see video – LINK.

>> OK this was sort of obvious but it is always good to have the evidence – Obama Justice Department Colluded with ACLU to Attack Arizona’s SB 1070 According to Documents Uncovered by Judicial WatchLINK.

>> New York Democrats indicted on voter fraud charges. Elite media yawns. LINK.

>> Reagan on the dictator of Libya:

>> Dramatic Video: Mom Lashes Out At “Scumbag” Judge That Was Found Guilty Of Sending Kids To Jail For Payola

>> O’Reilly and Bernard Goldberg on CNN’s softball interview with George Soros:

>> Texas will soon pass a new law allowing concealed carry on campus:

Many students are too young to remember, but I remember very well when only a few states in the union allowed concealed carry. Every time a new state changed the law to get more constitutionally correct the left warned that there would be shootouts right and left and that average people would be snapping at the drop of a hat. Well it hasn’t happened. In fact states who have passed such laws saw almost all crime including gun crime drop. While England and Australia passed gun bans their crime and gun crime rates when up sharply. A gun is a great equalizer and if citizens do not have them the law of the land starts to look more like the law of the jungle.

Here in Indiana as many as 1 in 12 carries a concealed handgun. How often do you hear of issues involving people with legal guns? Most citizens who are unaware of the gun culture such as the young lady who made those rather uninformed comments in the video have no idea that they are surrounded by armed people much of the time. Of course now some courts are enforcing the bill of rights on public property more and more. With Heller and the other recent rulings involving the Second Amendment expect courts to be more sympathetic to the issue of self defense. Utah has already passed a similar law for schools and it has been a success.

As I have stated before, I believe that some far left professors lack the judgment and temperament to have access to a firearm. Fortunately most of the left will not take advantage of such laws anyways.

>> Rumsfeld: “I think [Obama] has made a practice of trying to apologize for America” LINK

>> UK – Four Islamist men slashed teacher’s face and left him with fractured skull ‘for teaching other religions to Muslim girls’LINK

>> Hillary: “Israel’s settlements illegitimate“. We pointed out that Obama hired some hard core antisemites to serve on his campaign and as advisors. This is exactly the type of thing that Joe Biden promised would not happen.

>> Ann Coulter says that Sarah Palin should not run for President because it would be a step down for her. It would be like Rush Limbaugh running for President.

This may seem silly to the politically unsavvy, but think about it.  Palin has a bully pulpit that is bigger than Obama’s. She can get legislation changed with a Tweet or a Facebook note. She is the fund raiser and king maker in chief. And she can mobilize the base after an election to keep members of Congress and even a President honest.

>> Barry Rubin: NPR is not journalism it is a political warfare operation – LINK.

>> Pamela Geller: “honor killings” on the increase in the West – 

>> MSNBC: Oil Companies Make Sure Our Air is Polluted

Where do they find these whack jobs. Oh wait I know, radicalized college campus’

Stay Tuned for February News Roundup Part II

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Wind power isn’t all it is cracked up to be.

Posted by iusbvision on February 17, 2011

In the winter a little ice can…….

Hat Tip Fausta.

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Progressivism Unrestrained: 9 of the top 10 jobless metro areas are in California.

Posted by iusbvision on February 17, 2011

As Governor Rick Perry of Texas has told us, 151 companies left California and moved to Texas in last year alone.

The recent census data shows us that people are voting with their feet. They are leaving progressive states and moving to “right to work” states.

Via Verum Serum:

Nine of the top 10 metro jobless rates in the nation are California, and seven are in California’s Central Valley:

  • El Centro, CA – 29.3% (east of San Diego near border with Mexico)
  • Yuma, AZ – 26.7%
  • Yuba City, CA – 17.8%
  • Merced, CA – 16.3%
  • Stockton, CA – 16.3%
  • Modesto, CA – 16.2%
  • Visalia-Porterville, CA – 15.9%
  • Fresno, CA – 15.7%
  • Palm Coast, FL – 15.5%
  • Hanford – Corcoran, CA – 15.0%

Hat Tip Hotair.com!

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Dodge Truck Runs on 100% Water

Posted by iusbvision on February 17, 2011

Using moderate power these gents have found a way to convert water to H H O. H H O pumps H2 and O2 into the engine. This acts like NitrisOxide without the Nitrogen.

The concept is quite simple and the car companies have prototypes of similar systems. These gents have found a cheap, lower power way to do this which is what makes it so special. I just hope that this is not some kind of fraud.

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Wisconsin Takes on Public Sector Unions – UPDATE: Unions portray governor as Hitler, put him in cross hairs, elite media silent. – UPDATE: Democrat Law Makers Flee State. Govt Union Demands Taxpayer Pay for Their Viagra! UPDATE! More Union Violence Elite Media Ignores! Wisconsin Assembly Passed Reform Bill, Dems Throw Tantrums! **Continually Updated! **Union Thugs attack Fox News reporter “There is hate in their eyes…..” ** Far left protester makes bomb threat against Wisconsin Governor

Posted by iusbvision on February 17, 2011

**Final Update On Wisconsin – See our Wisconsin/Indiana aftermath post HERE – Democrats lose. It is over. The elite media is having a hissy fit and is spinning it hard. So for a while it is “get Gov. Walker time”. 22 States and the federal government have stronger restrictions on government unions than Wisconsin and many others like Indiana have similar rules. The sky didn’t fall and it all worked out. Be sure to carefully look at this thread and not pass it over as there is a great amount of valuable information here. Firefox browser seems to work best.

Wisconsin Democrat  Gordon Hintz to Female Republican Michelle Litjens After Budget Vote: “You Are F*cking Dead!”

Via 620 WTMJ RadioDaily Caller has more details and video – LINK.

Fox News interviews Rep. Litjens, elite media mum on leftist/union threats and violence:

Laura Ingraham interviews Rep. Litjens:

Before you examine how this story unfolded below day by day let us examine just a small sample of the overt violence, thuggery, and racism of the union and far left organizations. Where is the elite media on any of this?

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Special Update President organizing union agitation in Wisconsin and other states with GOP Governors – politico.comWash Post.

Obama organizing protests in Indiana too – LINK

Two-Thirds of Wisconsin Public-School 8th Graders Can’t Read Proficiently—Despite Highest Per Pupil Spending in Midwest LINK

More updates below!

MUST SEE VIDEO – Chris Christie Blasts Union Leadership with Dire Truth:  Democrats promised union benefits no one could hope to pay for: 

It is time to talk to the American People like adults, they are smart and can handle it, it is time to lead and tell the truth: 

Union Busting!! Sounds so horrible doesn’t it? It does until you consider that public sector unions have over reached and used their political influence to get Cadillac benefits, large yearly raises and golden parachute like retirements that make one wonder why anyone would ever work in the private sector. Of course you and your children will have to pay for it all. Businesses get sick of carrying the economic burden and census figures show that people and wealth are voting with their feet and going to states that have more fiscal restraint.

Why is it that government is constantly asking us to sacrifice more and more while they are often completely unwilling to share in that sacrifice? States are going broke. The day of reckoning has come and we simply cannot afford public sector union over reach and the political corruption that comes along with it any longer.

Associated Press:

MADISON, Wis. – Protesters clogged the hallways of the Wisconsin state Capitol on Thursday as the Senate prepared to pass a momentous bill that would strip government workers, including school teachers, of nearly all collective bargaining rights.

The nation’s most aggressive anti-union proposal has been speeding through the Legislature since Republican Gov. Scott Walker introduced it a week ago. After clearing a major legislative hurdle Wednesday night, it was headed to votes in the Senate and Assembly.

Hundreds of protesters massed outside the Senate chamber on the second floor of the Capitol early Thursday, hours before the planned vote. Republican leaders said it has the votes to pass in both the Senate and Assembly.

The bill marks a dramatic shift for Wisconsin, which passed a comprehensive collective bargaining law in 1959 and was the birthplace of the national union representing all non-federal public employees.

Thousands of protesters, including children and teachers from more than two dozen schools forced to close due to high absences, were expected in and outside the Capitol for a third day of protests. Schools in Madison, the state’s second largest district with 2,600-union covered employees, closed for a second day.
Hundreds of people, many of them students from the nearby University of Wisconsin campus, slept in the rotunda for a second night leading up to the vote.

They chanted “Kill the bill!” and “Recall Walker!” early on Thursday. But there appeared to be little doubt the bill would pass.

The head of the 98,000-member statewide teachers union called on all Wisconsin residents to come to the Capitol on Thursday for the votes in the Senate and Assembly.

“Our goal is not to close schools, but to instead to remain vigilant in our efforts to be heard,” said Wisconsin Education Association Council President Mary Bell.

The Legislature’s budget committee passed the bill on a partisan vote just before midnight. Several opponents in the crowd broke into tears as Democrats on the committee encouraged them not to give up the fight.

“I’m sad. Scared. Disappointed,” said Kelly Dzurick, a 31-year-old fifth-grade teacher in Elkhorn, who came to the Capitol on Wednesday night. “Nobody’s listening to what people say.”

Democrats have been powerless to stop the bill.

“The story around the world is the rush to democracy,” said Sen. Bob Jauch, (D-Poplar). “The story in Wisconsin is the end of the democratic process.”

No Sen. Jauch, you got voted out of office, that is democracy in action.

Wisconsin is a liberal state by a big margin and yet the people elected Republican majorities who promised to take this very action. This shows that most Americans who tend to vote Democratic do not like being ripped off and stuck with the bill. The people are asserting themselves.

UPDATE – Check out the video with the violent union incitement HERE.

UPDATE II – More :

UPDATE III – Democrats are fleeing the state to prevent a vote on the budget cuts and public sector reforms – LINK.

More Video:

Teachers illegally bring students to protest – 

UPDATE IV – When the location of the resort in Illinois that Democrats legislators were hiding at was leaked they got in their cars and booked, but not before a Tea Party activist hunted them down with camera in hand (via Big Government): 

UPDATE V – WSJ – It is about power – LINK.

UPDATE VI – 

Commentary Via Ed Morrissey:

Suzanne Malveaux of CNN asks one question too many from a union activist in Madison, Wisconsin earlier today. Nancy Reisch insists that all she wants is to have Governor Scott Walker to “come to the table” to discuss a proposal that has been debated for months during the last election campaign. Malveaux asks whether the union would accept a deal that changed the contributions without affecting the public-union reforms in the bill, and Reisch says she would, but that Walker “will not come to the table.” However, when Malveaux asks Reisch what she thinks about Democrats running away from the table and out of the state, Reisch suddenly develops a hearing disorder (via Greg Hengler).

Of course they won’t come to the table. This is not about the kids and they are not there for them. See the talking points section as to why. This is not about not having a voice. Governor Walker’s modest proposal does not take away collective bargaining, it leaves it intact for wages and other areas, it simply restricts it on the contributions for benefits. The union says it will pay the modest contributions for their gold plated benefits and retirement plans for now, but the union wants to reverse those concessions at the next round of collective bargaining and make no mistake, that is exactly what they will do. The Governor and the Republicans say no way and right they should. Collective bargaining and negotiations should not always mean that cowed politicians give the Unions anything they want at the expense of the taxpayer. A taxpayer who makes less money and has to pay much more for far less impressive benefit plans. Sometimes negotiation means you have to give up things just like everyone else has had to.

UPDATE VII – Video: Wisconsin Gov. Walker to Obama…  LINK

UPDATE VIIIDaily Caller has the details of the Wisconsin Governor’s reform proposal. It really is quite modest.

UPDATE IX – More vitriol and Marxist hate mongering in Wisconsin via Ann Althouse. These people have unfiltered access to your kids folks:

UPDATE X – Average Milwaukee School teacher makes 100k in pay combined with benefits. Gold plated benefits yes, gold plated performance… well not so much:

UPDATE XI – Speaker Of the House Blasts Obama’s Greece Style Incitement. Speaker Boehner:

“The President of the United States has a unique opportunity and responsibility to lead this nation. President Obama has acknowledged the challenges we face, but – thus far – he has done nothing to offer solutions. Now, worse, his political organization is colluding with special-interest allies across the country to demagogue reform-minded governors who are making the tough choices that the President is avoiding.

“This is not the way to begin an ‘adult conversation’ about solutions to the big challenges facing our country. Rather than inciting protests against those who speak honestly about the challenges we face, the President and his advisers should lead.

“When the American people watched the people of Greece take to the streets to protest cuts to unsustainable government programs, they worried it might foreshadow events in our nation’s distant future – but today, we see the same sort of protests on the streets of Madison, fueled by President Obama’s own political machine.

“Rather than trying to ‘win the future,’ the President’s political allies are trying, desperately, to cling to a failed past by fighting reforms our nation needs to liberate our economy from the shackles of debt and create a better future for our children and grandchildren. The President should make it clear to his friends that the people of Wisconsin, and states across America, can handle their own affairs without Washington special-interest money and meddling.

UPDATE XII – Teacher Union Thug Violence in Idaho via Idaho Press Tribune

The pick-up truck belonging to Idaho Department of Education Superintendent Tom Luna was vandalized overnight outside his Nampa home. The superintendent and his family have been targets of threats as a reaction to Luna’s education reform plan. Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011

UPDATE XIII – Threats – White House OfA organizer calls on SEIU/Teachers to “Bloody” the Tea Party:

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UPDATE XIV – Communist and Socialists Orgs All Over Wisconsin Union Protests calling for revolution:

UPDATE XV – Governor Walker makes the case. Its either modest contributions or mass layoffs: 

UPDATE XVI – Democrats may hide for weeks, shut down government: 

UPDATE XVII – Greta: Democrats Encouraging Anarchy – 

UPDATE XVIII – Bill O’Reilly –

UPDATE XIX – Phone Calls to State Senate 10-1 in Support of Governor Walker: Citizens are begging for parity –

UPDATE XXDo you want these loons teaching YOUR kids?

UPDATE XXI – Krauthammer: Debt bringing us to a cliff. Obama fighting for status quo – [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MAFCmyDGtU]

UPDATE XXIIMichelle Malkin – SEIU making its own employees pay more for benefits.

UPDATE XXIII – Gov . Walker – If Dems don’t come back soon funding to their staff will be cut off – LINK.

UPDATE XXIV – Michele Bachmann weighs in on Wisconsin teacher sickout strike: ‘It’s a dereliction of duty’. Republican’s homes under siege. Police blocking streets of Republican Lawmakers 

UPDATE XXV – Neil Boortz: You have seen the ugly face of government unions that are bankrupting states. They have declared war on the tax payer. Union demands taxpayer pay for their viagra:

*******Saturday Feb 19, 2011 – The Tea Party Answers Back! LINK *******

UPDATE  I – IBD’s Rimerez makes a cartoon:

UPDATE IIPalin Speaks:

Here we are still struggling to get out of a deep recession and coping with high unemployment, record deficits, rapidly rising food prices, and a host of other economic problems; and Wisconsin union bosses want union members out in the streets demanding that taxpayers foot the bill for unsustainable benefits packages. I am a friend to hard working union members and to teachers. I come from a family of teachers; my grandparents, parents, brother, sister, aunt, and other relatives worked, or still work, in education. My own children attend public schools. I greatly admire good teachers and will always speak up in defense of the teaching profession. But Wisconsin teacher unions do themselves no favor by closing down classrooms and abandoning children’s needs in protest against the sort of belt-tightening that people everywhere are going through. Union brothers and sisters: this is the wrong fight at the wrong time. Solidarity doesn’t mean making Wisconsin taxpayers pay for benefits that are not sustainable and affordable at a time when many of these taxpayers struggle to hold on to their own jobs and homes. Real solidarity means everyone being willing to sacrifice and carry our share of the burden. It does no one any favors to dismiss the sacrifices others have already had to make—in wage cuts, unpaid vacations, and even job losses—to weather our economic storm.

Hard working, patriotic, and selfless union brothers and sisters: please don’t be taken in by the union bosses. At the end of the day, they’re not fighting for your pension or health care plan or even for the sustainability of Wisconsin’s education budget. They’re fighting to protect their own powerful privileges and their own political clout. The agenda for too many union bosses is a big government agenda that only serves the union bosses themselves – not union members, not union families, and certainly not the larger community. Everybody else is just there to foot the bill; and if that bill eventually takes the form of thousands of teachers and other public sector workers losing their jobs because the state of Wisconsin can no longer afford to keep them on the payroll, that’s a risk the union bosses are willing to take as long as their positions are secure. Union brothers and sisters: you are better than this and you deserve better. Don’t be led astray.

UPDATE III – Presidential Candidate Herman Cain in Madison! If you haven’t seen Cain in action before you are in for a treat:

UPDATE IV – Media Mogul Andrew Breitbart in Madison – This is the battle of our time! :  

UPDATE V – Geraldo: Doctors handing out fake sick notes to teachers at protest: 

UPDATE VI – How The World Works: Wisconsin shows why FDR opposed government unions:

UPDATE VII -Bill O’Reilly Coverage of Wisconsin Debt Crisis: 

UPDATE VIII – Obama said that “We all must sacrifice” obviously he meant “all those who don’t grease Democrats with donations” to get gold plated benefits they don’t pay for.

*****Sunday Feb. 20, 2011 *****

UPDATE I – On my way home today I heard a radio news report that the highest paid city employee in Madison, WI. is a bus driver that makes $159,000 a year!

UPDATE II – Gregory Hilton on what can be done:

The National Battle Has Begun: Labor Approves an Emergency $30 Million Lobbying Budget.

The situation in Wisconsin is at an impasse because 14 Democratic State Senators are hiding out in Illinois. There are 19 Republican Senators, but 20 are needed (three fifths) to establish a quorum. Among the options being discussed are:

  1. Eliminate direct deposit of a Senators compensation, and require them to pick up their paychecks personally from the Secretary of State.
  2. Suspend absent employees without pay, and take appropriate disciplinary action for their dereliction of duty.
  3. Cutting off pay to the staff of lawmakers who refuse to return to work. Their offices could also be locked.
  4. The three-fifths requirement is for fiscal bills. For non-fiscal bills the necessary quorum is one-half, which the Republicans already have. They could introduce a stand-alone union reform bill which would not be tied to the Governor’s budget reform proposal.
  5. A recall campaign has already been launched against State Senator Jim Holperin (D) who was elected in 2008 with  51% of the vote. They need to obtain 25,000 signatures, and the goal is to get Holperin to come back to Wisconsin.
  6. Many believe unions are paying the Chicago hotel bills for the absent State Senators. It should be determined if this constitutes an illegal gratuity or contribution.
  7. If Walker’s collective bargaining reforms are rejected then massive lay-offs of state employees has to begin.

UPDATE III – SEIU/White House protest schedule – http://action.seiu.org/page/s/solidarityaction

Indiana Rally

Time: 9 A.M.

Location: Indiana State Capitol

Address: 302 W Washington St – Indianapolis, IN

UPDATE IV – Presidential Candidate Herman Cain: President Obama could learn from Governor Walker – LINK.

UPDATE V – Gov. Walker to Chris Wallace: I Won’t Back Down

UPDATE VI – Tea Party Member Talks Protest in Wisconsin: 

UPDATE VIIHeritage Foundation Takes on Government Union Talking Points (read lies) 

UPDATE VIIIObama: We will paint the country in SEIU purple

UPDATE IXMore Teacher Union Threats and Violence – 

UPDATE X – Michael Savage Argues with Wisconsin Teacher: 

UPDATE XI – WISC UNION PROTESTER: WE WANT CASTRO, BRING BACK CHE:

UPDATE XIIHotair.com:  Teacher Union Hate Signs Pictorial (where are the lectures about civility now)

*****Monday Feb 21, 2011*****

UPDATE I – More communists at rally. Union protesters engage in “substance fueled” rave: 

UPDATE II – MSNBC HOSTS ADMIT LIBERAL BIAS TOWARD TEA PARTY – Daily Caller:

UPDATE III – Steven Crowder: What if Parents Acted Like Teacher Unions? What About Union Thuggery? Rich Unions are Organized Against the Taxpayer:

UPDATE IV – FDR on public sector unions – LINK.

UPDATE V – Michelle Malkin: Teacher union sick out will cost take payers at least $6 million! (As if demanding that you pay for their Viagra wasn’t enough) – LINK.

UPDATE VI Leftist Twitter users wish death on Gov. Walker

UPDATE VII – Republican State Senator Glenn Grothman smacks down “completely misinformed” Chris Mathews.

CBS News also blew this one. They just took the union talking point and ran with it without checking (Via the Media Research Center)

WRAGGE: You say this is a modest request. Now some state workers have been hit harder than others. Your teachers union, which votes Democratic under normal circumstances, hit very hard. Yet your police, state trooper, firemen unions, who all supported and endorsed you, did not get touched in any of this. Why is that?

WALKER: Well, Chris – Chris that actually is not true. There are 314 fire and police unions in the state. Four of them endorsed me. All the rest endorsed my opponent.

Even the left leaning and often wrong Politifact got this one mostly right. One could have also found the information on the union web sites, but I guess this talking point was too good to check even by just using an internet search engine. The media research Center at the link above has a list of links they were able to find within minutes.

UPDATE VIIIHerman Cain on Cavuto: “What part of we are broke don’t they understand?”

UPDATE IX – Presidential candidate Herman Cain all over Wisconsin. Where is Mit Romney? Great video.

UPDATE X – AWOL Wisconsin Democrat Speaks Out. State Sen. Lena Taylor.

This video is a great reminder that politicians LIE. See how she says that they are losing their right to bargain on work conditions and goes on about saving lives. The Governor has made his position clear. You can collectively bargain on everything BUT your contributions to their gold plated benefit packages. The concessions they made now mean nothing because the union will have those concessions reversed when their contract runs out and they go back to negotiate and if they don’t get them reversed they will go on strike. States have seen this movie before. When one leaves out such crucial details it is the same thing as lying. Isn’t that what you tell your children? 

UPDATE XI Gov. Kasich of Ohio Speaks Out:

UPDATE XII – Daily Caller: Wisconsin  teachers on TV being deceptive about what they make – LINK.

UPDATE XIIIBrit Hume on the AP lying about Governor Walker’s reform proposal

UPDATE XIV – Far Left Losing PR Battle in Wisconsin. New York Times Lying About It.

*****Tuesday Feb. 22, 2011*****

UPDATE I – Griff Jenkins at Fox News Confronts Doctors Handing Out Fake Work Excuses: 

UPDATE II – Wisconsin ends direct deposit for statehouse employees. Must pick up checks in person – LINK.

UPDATE III Unions put misleading emotional ads on TV to sway public. Tammy Bruce debates leftist who says “Gov. Walker Doesn’t Care About People”.

Sorry Tammy, luv ya, but when the leftist said that Walker wants to take away their rights you should have smacked her down with the facts. Walker only wants to take off the table from collective bargaining the ability to reverse the concessions at the end of the next contract, which is exactly what the unions will do. We have seen this movie before. When unions use their money to control politicians who have an interest in giving them gold plated pay and benefits for kickbacks, who is negotiating for the taxpayer? This is why FDR opposed government unions.

The leftist misrepresented the facts, made emotional appeals and personal attacks. The left knows full well that they cannot win the argument on the merits, but hey you conservative pundits out there, you need to know what their talking points will be and be ready to nuke them. Tammy just was not as prepared as she should have been.

UPDATE IVMUST READ – James Turanto: The Means of Coercion – The Privileged Are Revolting:

Collective bargaining in the public sector thus is less a negotiation than a conspiracy to steal money from taxpayers. The notion that this is “in the economic interests of the middle class” for government employees in Wisconsin and elsewhere to get above-market wages and extremely lavish benefits is just laughable. Sure, government employees are “middle class,” but so are the vast majority of taxpayers who don’t enjoy the special privileges that come from owning the means of coercion.

UPDATE V Shocking Level of Influence: Trumka Talks to White House EVERY DAY and Visits a Couple Times A Week…

UPDATE VI – Govt. Unions to Ohio taxpayers-F#*k you, Racists! These are your public school teachers folks.

UPDATE VII – MacIver: Parents getting sick of the sickout – LINK.

UPDATE VIIIGovernor Walker’s first “Fireside Chat” to Wisconsin

UPDATE IX

*****Wednesday Feb 23, 2011 – Democrats Flee Indiana*****

Indiana is not Wisconsin. Indiana is much more conservative/traditional than Wisconsin. Hoosier Democrats are taking a huge gamble to put it mildly. Mitch Daniels said that this is not the year for a full blown right to work legislation debate. While some may disagree on principal, he is right about the politics of it. It would be better to debate this after ’12.

UPDATE I – Indiana Legislator’s featured on Greta:

Of course “Right to Work” legislation makes mandatory union membership illegal as a condition of employment and 22 states already have such legislation. There is an argument to be made that such legislation forces unions to be responsive to and earn the respect of the rank and file.

I have several union members in my family. One is in the Communication Workers of America (CWA). When CWA went on strike against Ameritech the union claimed it had no money for striker pay. That year the same union gave tens of millions of dollars to billionaire Presidential Candidate John Kerry. CWA union stewards have repeatedly been caught abusing their positions and taking paid time off for non union activities.

If you are a known Republican and a member of a union in many cases you can forget about any union help at all. In fact the union will often help administrators in getting rid of you. This happened to me when I was in the Teamsters.

UPDATE IIMust See Video – Bill Whittle: Public Sector Unions Can’t Stop Devouring Taxpayer Money. VodkaPundit: “Rights” and “collective”  go together like “Lohan” and “MENSA”. 

UPDATE III – Wisconsin Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch: If Democrats fail to come back to work and pass reforms by Friday mass layoffs of government union employees will result.

Democrats will say that this is a lie because the unions have made the contribution concession, but what they don’t tell you is that, as it has been in other cases, when the next round of collective bargaining comes they will insist on having the concessions reversed or  they will strike.  We have seen this movie before.

UPDATE IV – Ed Morrissey: The real threat to democracy in Wisconsin –  LINK. This is a really good intellectual take down and is a must read, especially page two!

UPDATE V – Great interview with Governor Walker via the Heritage Foundation. He addresses the collective bargaining issues directly: 

*****Thursday Feb 24, 2011 – Gov.  Daniels Speaks & Unions Get More Violent*****

UPDATE I –  Mitch Lays Down the Law:

The Democrats will need a re-branding effort because this action is about as undemocratic as behavior can be.

If we have to we will have special sessions from now till new years we will hold them and we will send the bill to (former) Speaker Bauer and the Democratic Party of Indiana.

UPDATE II –  Gov. Daniels with Neil Cavuto: Every year they (Democrats) spend money they don’t have – We did what Wisconsin did back on 2005 [Note and the unions aren’t destroyed and all is well].

Note – The Indiana Republicans have taken the “Right to Work” legislation off the table. Democrats are still not coming back because they don’t want education reform. Here is the rub, if schools start to improve there will be no excuse to pump more money into failing schools and the Teachers Union. If Charter Schools do better or if a voucher program works, it will be good for the kids but bad for the union, hence the Democrats don’t want to come home.

UPDATE III – Union Thug Attacks Tabitha Hale

Tabitha Hale is tiny and only about five feet tall. Fortunately she was not seriously injured. Notice he is wearing a Communications Workers of America sign (see our CWA comments above).

Hale said after:

It’s one thing to be called a violent teabagger. It’s another to be called a violent teabagger while you’re being assaulted. They’ve been comparing themselves to the Egyptians ousting Mubarak. Looks like they’re not too far off, given that they share the tendency to assault women with cameras.

Tabitha Hale

Tabitha Hale

Same Protest at FreedomWorks: Union Thugs on “Bad Jews”

UPDATE IVMore Union Thuggery

UPDATE V – Union Thugs Attack in R.I. – Associated Press Fails to Report Thuggery (Special Thanks to Michelle Malkin) –

The attack happens at 7:35 in the video, but the mindless class warfare rhetoric is worth watching.

UPDATE VIMore Union Thuggery (Warning Vile Language) – 

UPDATE VIISEIU and Teacher Union thugs try to intimidate black man, “Do You Have Any Children That You Claim?” as if all black men impregnate women and don’t claim them so the mother can go on welfare.

These people are teaching YOUR children folks. You can bet this won’t be on the evening news.

UPDATE VIII – Dr. Victor Davis Hanson on Wisconsin: The Rise of the Adolescent Mind – LINK.

UPDATE IX Elite Media Double Standard on “Civility” – 

UPDATE X – Herman Cain: Merely taking a position is NOT leadership – LINK.

UPDATE XI Indiana Democrats May be in Violation of New Lobbying LawLINK. If union money is being used to help pay the bills for Democrats it could mean trouble.

UPDATE XII More Union Violence:

In yet another shocking example of union violence, congressional candidate Marty Lamb is seen on video being thrown to the ground by another “free speech-loving” union tough-guy.  This video was shot at the duel Pro-Walker/Pro-Union Rally at the Massachusetts State Capitol Building on Beacon Hill in Boston, Tuesday- LINK.

*******Friday Feb 25, 2011 Wisconsin Assembly Passes Reform Bill. Dems Throw Tantrums.*********

Wow what a parochial display.

UPDATE II – Karl Rove on Wisconsin’s Budget Mess – LINK.

******Saturday Feb 26, 2011******

UPDATE I – Kevin Jackson from THE BLACK SPHERE educates an Obama Youth Member.

Kevin Jackson is brilliant. Trust me lefties you do NOT want to get in the “Democrats help blacks” convo with him or he will take you to school just like he did this poor sap:

UPDATE IIUnion protester: Gov. Christie is just like mass murderer Ghadaffi –

UPDATE IIIWI union protester’s sign: BILL O’REILLY IS A SEXUAL PREDATOR!

UPDATE IV – AFL-CIO Union Chief: The Best Way To Create Jobs is to Raise TaxesLINK. This is from the same man who said that government should take over all private business, who speaks in front of communist revolutionary groups, and has a long history of violence. Trumka talks to the White House every day and visits twice a week – LINK.

UPDATE V – Wisconsin union protesters disrespect WI Veterans Memorial: 

UPDATE VI – Gov. Rick Perry of Texas comments: 

UPDATE VII MORE UNION VIOLENCE:

Shortly after the this video of the union thug screaming “fascist” he attacked a Tea Party protester, pushed him by the throat, hit him with his bullhorn injuring his hand and was sited for assault by police shortly after.

Via Chuck DeVore:

I spoke to Stanhope, as he drove to the hospital for x-rays and treatment for the injuries sustained at the rally, and asked him what happened.  Mr. Stanhope said that he was with a group of about 150 Tea Party activists across the street from the MoveOn.org-organized union rally.  A union man with a bullhorn, Richard Andazola, 28, was yelling across the street at the Tea Party activists, calling them “fascists.”

Then one of the Tea Party activists, also bullhorn equipped, replied, “We pay your salary!” This enraged Andazola, who, according to Stanhope, rushed the Tea Partiers, chanting “Fascists go home! Fascists go home!”  He violently shoved Stanhope twice, the second time apparently striking Stanhope in the throat.

Notice the union protester’s Teamster jacket is clearly visible.  The jacket identifies Teamsters Local 439, Stockton.

We will be posting more footage and further coverage once it becomes available. Stay tuned for an in-depth write up from an eyewitness on the scene.

UPDATE VIII – TV Ad supporting Gov. Walker

UPDATE IX – Democrats passed rules on federal government unions that are far more restrictive than what Wisconsin is proposing:

UPDATE X – Rasmussen Poll: 67% Disapprove of Democrat Legislators Fleeing Wisconsin to Avoid VoteLINK.

******Sunday Feb 27, 2011******

 

UPDATE I – Wisconsin Union Thug Assaults Fox Reporter During Live Shot!

Daily Caller:

“One thing I think should make clear – the people coming after us from every live shot here,these people hate,” Tobin said. “These are people who don’t respect diverse viewpoints. In fact, they’re so afraid I’ll present a diverse viewpoint, that’s why they try to heckle me and shut down every live shot. They’ve made it clear, that what they want to make it harder for me to do my job. They are proud of that when they disrupt a live shot, when they really trample over the First Amendment rights or the First Amendment’s obligations of a reporter. Now, I am not saying that’s all of the people. Those are the people that come here and heckle and try to disrupt things. I look in their eyes – there is hate in their eyes. They don’t want to hear any kind of viewpoint that is different from their own. That’s why they do what they do.” [Emphasis by the Daily Caller]

And no, your eyes weren’t fooling you. That was a man holding a purple SEIU sign behind Tobin.

UPDATE II – Union Thug to Fox Reporter, “I’m Going To Break His Neck”

UPDATE III –  At what point did collective bargaining combined with the political fix become a form of price-fixing that should run afoul of anti-trust laws?

More updates coming soon.

***** Thursday March 3, 2011 Wisconsin missing Dems fined $100 per day – Indiana Dems fined $250 per day. Dems also face bill for state expenses*****

UPDATE I – Indiana Newspapers Turn Against Democrat “Fleebaggers”   – INDY STAR and three other Indiana papers put out editorials like THIS:

It becomes harder by the day to take Indiana House Democrats seriously.

First, they went on strike to protest legislation they didn’t like — the so-called right-to-work bill. Then they fled the state, holing up in an Urbana, Ill., hotel, where they continue to draw paychecks courtesy of Indiana taxpayers but do no real work.

And now, after Republicans gave in and agreed to pull the right-to- work legislation from the agenda, House Minority Leader Pat Bauer and his caucus have demanded that as many as 10 other bills be killed. Their demands are so absurd that they even included one bill that the General Assembly already has approved and sent to Gov. Mitch Daniels for his signature.

What’s next? Asking Daniels to personally deliver room service?

Whatever arguments House Democrats had going for them, principally that Republicans had sprung the right-to-work legislation on Hoosiers by surprise, they’ve now squandered.

No matter how much they dislike charter school legislation, or the school voucher bill, or merit pay for teachers, Democrats can’t honestly claim that Indiana voters didn’t have the opportunity to weigh those issues before the November elections. The governor and Republican leaders in the General Assembly made clear the planks of their education reform platform well ahead of Election Day.

Voters rewarded the GOP with a landslide victory that included a supermajority in the state Senate and 60 seats in the House. Bauer, who decried the reform efforts, was resoundingly dumped as Speaker.

Now, after having been swept into a distinct minority in the Statehouse, those Democrats who remain in office are trying to block through childish antics what they couldn’t win through democratic action.

Ouch.

UPDATE II – Daily Caller: Tea Party Activists Everywhere Send in Tips – Wisconsin Legislators Constantly on Run and Cannot HideLINK

UPDATE IIICNN: Ohio Union reform Bill PassesLINK.

UPDATE IV – Union Activist: Abolish capitalism, bring back Soviet style global socialism, take property, revolution now!

Oh yes, this is too good to miss –

UPDATE V – ROFL: Unions place ad on Craigslist for paid protesters at $7.50 an hour no benny’s

Via Capitol & Washington:

UPDATE VIIf unions hate the Kock Brothers so bad, why does the Wisconsin Union own $5.5 million in Koch stock?LINK.

UPDATE VII – Government Unions Gone Wild (warning violence and adult language):

UPDATE VIIIVideo: Gov. Rick Perry and Speaker John Boehner go “On The Record” – LINK.

*****Friday March 4, 2011*****

UPDATE I – Governor Daniels Scolds Democrats For Walkout – LINK.

UPDATE II – Leftist Protester Makes Bomb Threat Against Governor Walker

Gateway Pundit:

Patrick J. Knauf

Far Left protester Patrick J. Knauf, 43, of Eau Claire was arrested on Wednesday for the violation of making a bomb scare under state statute 947.015. On Wednesday a bomb threat was made at an aviation business in Eau Claire just hours after Governor Scott Walker spoke there. Police brought in a man who was protesting this week against the Republican governor.

UPDATE III –  Government Union Collective Bargaining 101

What FDR understood and what the left does not want you to figure out is that “The Man” is the taxpayer because with Democrats in charge government unions are essentially negotiating with themselves, it is not adversarial at all, and the politicians are not negotiating to preserve their own money, they are negotiating (wink wink, nod nod) with YOUR money.

UPDATE IV – 71% Believe Government Workers Get Better Pensions Than Those In Private SectorLINK.

UPDATE V – NPR and PBS execs make more than the President! They are funded by taxpayers! – LINK.

UPDATE VI – Gov. Kasich on Buckeye State Budget Battle:

UPDATE VIIIndianapolis School Board gives failed superintendent $1 million retirement. District has a 30.5% graduation rate. – LINK.

UPDATE VIII O’Reilly: New York Times publishing bogus polls about unions and lying about the budget crisis

*****Sunday March 6, 2011 – Are Wisconsin Teachers Overpaid??*****

Watch this video and you tell me:

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UPDATE I – Right to Work on Fox Business: Mark Mix Discusses Ohio, Wisconsin, and Public Sector Unions

UPDATE II – Unions trashed the Wisconsin capitol. They even wrote on the marble with sharpy’s. One estimate said the cost would be $7 million. Tea Party activists went to help clean up today. The same thing happened at the inauguration, the grounds were trashed, the same thing happened to the mall at the John Stewart “liberal rally”, the Mall was trashed. The grounds after the biggest event in DC history, the Glenn Beck rally, the grounds were virtually spotless. The Rush Limbaugh event “Dan’s Bake Sale” (don’t let the name fool you it was a huge event) in Fort Collins was left clean.

*****Monday March 7, 2011 Wisconsin May be over. Gov Walker has extended press conference to “Set the Record Straight”*****

Democrat leadership says that the Republicans aren’t willing to negotiate. Gov. Walker calls this out as a straight up lie and is going to release all of his communications with the Democrat leadership to prove it.  Walker says that he is being jerked around by the Dem Leadership and is now negotiating with some senators individually. In either case, some Democrats are telling the media that this standoff will be over by Wednesday.

UPDATE I – Union thug to cameraman: I will break your freaking neck!

The man is wearing a jacket with the Teamsters Union logo:  

UPDATE IIO’Reilly: Unions paying their leadership outrageous salaries, give millions to politicians… (and they underfund their retirement obligations).

UPDATE III – AOL News Op-Ed: Elite Media Whitewashing Wisconsin’s Protests – LINK.

*****Wednesday March 9, 2011 White House Behind Wisconsin Recall Effort*****

Via Real Clear PoliticsLINK.  Have we ever seen a White House take direct action to have local elected officials recalled? Is this change we can believe in?

Talking Points:

1 – How many of you pay at least 12% or your health insurance? At least 5% of your retirement? Most of you pay more and this is what Governor Walker is asking the public sector union to do.  And at 12% donation they are still paying $100 a month less than the average Wisconsin worker for the gold plated benefits they get.

2 – The unions have made it clear that the state should raise taxes and go into more debt to make you pay for their gold plated benefits and fat yearly raises. The reason that the state is moving to limit the bargaining on the benefits is because the union is willing to take a temporary increase in partly paying for their benefits for now, but will negotiate all of it back next year and they expect you, who are suffering in this recession, to pay for it. The state cannot afford that and neither can the people.

3 – The public sector unions are trying to thwart the will of the people as expressed in the last election. The Wisconsin Republicans ran on getting this problem under control. Wisconsin has a shortfall of $4 billion dollars that they have to make up.

4 – Now the public sector union is waging an illegal strike and in some cases are illegally bringing students with them. The kids are missing school. The kids are paying the price so the union can politic on your dime as they are using paid sick days to do it.

5 – It would be one thing if the government union was giving you a superior product and service, but well all know that public schools do not offer a superior result and the union resists most efforts at reform. So instead of working to merit getting more of your money willingly, they want to politic to force government to take it from you.

6 – The Democrats have walked out and fled the state so they do not have to vote and the police cannot bring them back. Every one of these office holders has taken an oath to faithfully execute their office; instead they are kicking it fat at a resort in Illinois. I wonder who is going to be paying that bill? You don’t defend democracy by running away from it. Now Democrats have fled that resort because they got caught.

7 – Did Wisconsin try to pass these things with bribes or in a lame duck session at Christmas while no one was looking? We now know this is pure astroturf. The White House is organizing these protests and the shutdown of Wisconsin schools. When Obama introduced his latest budget busting and taxing budget he said that “We need to start living within our means”.

8 – If the public sector unions were poorly paid the elite media would have what they are paid all over the place. Instead they are silent on it.  The public sector union employees including the teachers union receive an average pay of $89,000 a year (some numbers show average $77,000) … and they are comparing the very modest proposals to get them to pay just a small portion of their benefits and retirement to Egypt.

9  – SEIU is making its own employees pay more for their benefits  – LINK.

10 – Health costs for public employees have doubled in just the last few years. The cost of their gold plated health and retirement benefits is 46% of their compensation. That is why the union cannot be allowed to reverse the modest concessions in the collective bargaining process.

11 – Some of the local and elite media are not showing quite as much of the the usual dishonest zeal in their bias on this issue. Could it be because most journalists do not make nearly as much as a Wisconsin government union teacher or bus driver? Could it be that those same journalists are paying MUCH more of their pay for benefits that aren’t nearly as good?

12 – On the media; why are they not pointing out that these union crowds and minimum wage hired protesters are almost exclusively white? If that is relevant for some of the the Tea Party gatherings why isn’t that relevant here? If a LaRouche Democrat bringing a Nazi sign to a tea Party event is not welcome why is that national news as if all Tea Party people even like LaRouche (which they don’t)? But here we are with Nazi characterizations and cross hairs, threats and such the elite media has nothing to say?

13 – Remember this is not about not having a voice which is the primary lie that the govt. unions are pushing. Governor Walker’s modest proposal does not take away collective bargaining, it leaves it intact for wages and other areas, it simply restricts it on the contributions for benefits. The union says it will pay the modest contributions for their gold plated benefits and retirement plans for now, but the union wants to reverse those concessions at the next round of collective bargaining and make no mistake, that is exactly what they will do. The Governor and the Republicans say no way and right they should. Collective bargaining and negotiations should not always mean that cowed politicians give the govt. unions anything they want at the expense of the taxpayer. A taxpayer who makes less money and has to pay much more for far less impressive benefit plans. Sometimes negotiation means you have to give up things just like everyone else has had to.

14 – A similar lie the left is pushing is that Gov. Walker wants to take away their guarantees for working conditions. This is pure BS. Most all working conditions are set in state law and are no longer negotiated. The limits on negotiation in Gov. Walker’s  proposal only go so far as keeping the government unions from reversing the concessions on the gold plated benefits at the next round of collective bargaining, which rest assured they will do.

15 – Two-Thirds of Wisconsin Public-School 8th Graders Can’t Read Proficiently—Despite the Highest Per Pupil Spending in Midwest LINK

16 – Right to Work Legislation –

Of course “Right to Work” legislation makes mandatory union membership illegal as a condition of employment and 22 states already have such legislation. There is an argument to be made that such legislation forces unions to be responsive to and earn the respect of the rank and file.

I have several union members in my family. One is in the Communication Workers of America (CWA). When CWA went on strike against Ameritech the union claimed it had no money for striker pay. That year the same union gave tens of millions of dollars to billionaire Presidential Candidate John Kerry. CWA union stewards have repeatedly been caught abusing their positions and taking paid time off for non union activities.

If you are a known Republican and a member of a union in many cases you can forget about any union help at all. In fact the union will often help administrators in getting rid of you. This happened to me when I was in the Teamsters.

17 – Indiana passed these reforms in 2005. All was well and the world didn’t burn.

18 – Democrats passed rules on federal government unions that are far more restrictive to what Wisconsin is proposing – LINK.

19 – At what point did collective bargaining combined with the political fix become a form of price-fixing that should run afoul of anti-trust laws?

SPECIAL UPDATE – Top 100 state government employees in Illinois have nearly  ONE BILLION DOLLARS in taxpayer funded pensions just for them!!!!LINK.

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