Which demonstrates that the United States must become self sufficient in producing our own crude oil and refineries need either an overhaul to meet the demand or build a new one (or two). In addition, fuel tax must have a percentage cap, lowered to the average percentage of state sales tax and remain fixed. Government – local, state, and federal; must attend to their budget, reduce cost of government rather than continually increase the tax burden upon its citizens and unfairly upon businesses that help the economy and keep unemployment down to the least amount possible.
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As Derek Hunterwrote in his column:
Their name has changed, but their objectives have not. They want an all-powerful government with the individual subjected to its will and whims. … Remember the Bush years … when the president went to Congress and got approval for military action against Afghanistan and Iraq? Ever wonder, then, where the anti-war movement went, and why, after Obama’s surge in Afghanistan and bombing of Libya, there wasn’t a massive rally on the National Mall? Did those fervent anti-war protesters suddenly decided to “give war a chance”? And where is former MSNBC staple Cindy Sheehan now? Or Code Pink? When was the last time you saw them on TV? We’re still at war; only nobody is protesting it anymore. That’s because it never was about war. It was about damaging a political opponent. Their guy is running things now. And he’s in trouble.
That is because the American political left has taken on the attitude of “do as I say, not as I do”.Progressives in education, the media, unions and politics always will walk in lockstep with each other, destroying any and all who stand in their way (even their own), until they reach their desired goal. It’s not that they’re incapable of learning the mistakes of history, they’re counting on them. What else explains the president’s rush to spend this country into Greece? … The political Left destroyed the greatness of Europe and it wants to take down the United States next. … Also, don’t forget progressives are not just of one political party. You can’t pick them out by the stench of Zuccotti Park emanating off them like stink-lines in a comic strip. In 2008, John McCain couldn’t tell the world enough that he was a progressive. His idiot daughter likes to do the same thing. It’s a philosophy, not a party.
The politicians are spending us into oblivion. But I can’t blame only them. The American people are complacent. We like the goodies. We think we’re getting something for nothing. We are like alcoholics who know we have a problem but just can’t resist one last fix. One more infrastructure bill or jobs plan will jump start the economy. Then we’ll kick our spending addiction once and for all. But we don’t stop spending. Almost all budget categories grow, even when adjusted for inflation. … So what do we do? We must cut. But I fear Americans aren’t up for that. People on the street told me that the budget is out of control. But when I then asked them, ‘What would you cut?’ most just stared ahead. … We’re on the way to becoming Greece — while our ‘leaders’ stand and watch. –columnist John Stossel
High tax rates in the upper income brackets allow politicians to win votes with class warfare rhetoric, painting their opponents as defenders of the rich. Meanwhile, the same politicians can win donations from the rich by creating tax loopholes that can keep the rich from actually paying those higher tax rates — or perhaps any taxes at all. What is worse than class warfare is phony class warfare. Slippery talk about ‘fairness’ is at the heart of this fraud by politicians seeking to squander more of the nation’s resources. –economist Thomas Sowell
[I]n Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron has introduced a bill seeking to partially privatize the National Health Service (NHS). Why? Because the British government is ‘hoping to avoid a Greek-style financial meltdown.’ … UK healthcare costs are currently $194 billion per year and consume 18 percent of the UK’s budget. The projected ‘cuts’ in spending for 2013 that have people up in arms? As of now, a $6 billion increase in spending to $200 billion. Much of the animus likely stems from the fact that Britain has grown used to massive amounts of healthcare spending that can no longer be sustained: between 2000 and 2010, the NHS budget doubled in real terms. Furthermore, British debt as a percentage of GDP was almost 80 percent in 2010. Which brings us across the pond, so to speak, where America’s debt level reached 102 percent of GDP last year, long before the full effects — and true costs — of our own stab at government-run healthcare have yet to be realized. –columnist Arnold Ahlert
We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. –British prime minister Sir Winston Churchill
To be controlled in our economic pursuits means to be controlled in everything. –Nobel laureate economist Friedrich August von Hayek
Those many megabytes of email revealed that Michael Mann of the IPCC, the one who started all of this with hockey stick science, and his counterpart Phil Jones had manipulated data, destroyed data, made attempts to blackball legitimate scientists who protested the global warming consensus, as well as attempts to blackball publications that did not favor or agree with their hoax.
I don’t believe it was fame that inspired them to continue their scam, although there may have been an element truth of that in this sordid tale, but it involved millions of dollars being funneled to the Climate Research Unit, as well as funding and fame for the University of East Anglia. It is those elements that have encouraged an alarming growth of junk scientists who will stop at practically nothing to achieve the status and limelight that also provides continued and increased funding.
I am very sorry to report that the rest of the databases seems to be in nearly as poor a state as Australia was. . . . Aarrggghhh! There truly is no end in sight. . . . We can have a proper result, but only by including a load of garbage!
Remember, that the intellectual issue here is concerning human-induced or Anthropogenic Global Warming – not the possibility of some sort of temporary change that has occurred during the lifecycle of this planet we call home and Earth – most likely caused by the Sun cyclic changes. There are others who insist that an Ice Age is forthcoming. The only real dangers of either of these scenarios are:
1. If global warming occurs too quickly in a short span of time, it could melt too much of the north and south ice caps, which could result in disastrous changes to coastlines around the world – and turn paradise atolls and tiny pleasure islands to underwater domains. That in itself is nothing new, as I have stated in other articles. I wandered extensively in the ancient ruins of Ephesus, taking rolls and rolls of film for use in my book, standing upon the ancient dock that still had the large metal rings for mooring ships of trade and saw not a drop of water. The land had silted in a period of hundreds of years to the point that the Mediterranean Sea was about two kilometers away! In another instance, I found what was once a Roman village that one had to view equipped with a snorkel or diving apparatus. It all occurred and humans in that region adjusted their lives to it.
2. If the Ice Age theory pans out, it would be far more dangerous and cause more lives than anyone could imagine. Without preplanning and building mass quantities of large greenhouses – everywhere the ice age hits there would be starvation. Now that is scary!
… Not only that, but it should be obvious from the fact that the Vikings were settling and farming Greenland from the 9th to the 13th century, in places now covered with permafrost and ice, that this graph is just total nonsense! … Perhaps even more interesting than the inability of the IPCC to verify its data before using it at all, let alone as a centerpiece, or subsequently apologising after it became public how fraudulent the graph was, is the fact that environmentalists to this day still use this graph to illustrate their points. … This data should be puzzling to the people who built the climate models for the IPCC, because they actually predicted the reverse – the troposphere should be warming faster than the surface if the current warming is due to the ‘greenhouse effect’. … Climate models are in their infancy. They are highly dependent on the assumptions that go into them, and there are a lot of them. In fact, there are so many assumptions and parameters that it is genuinely possible to create any relationship you like. … As the saying in computer programming goes; “Garbage in, garbage out”. There is an erroneous assumption flying around these days that CO2 is some how an important forcing factor on the global climate, when every last piece of empirical evidence shows otherwise. … Another misconception that seems to be rife at the moment is that some how CO2 is a pollutant. I’m sure that you’ve all learned that this gas is actually fundamental to our existence … Estimates vary, but somewhere around 15% seems to be the common number cited for the increase in global food crop yields due to increased carbon dioxide since 1950. …
Commercial growers deliberately generate CO2 and increase its levels in agricultural greenhouses to between 700ppmv and 1,000ppmv to increase productivity and improve the water efficiency of food crops far beyond those in the somewhat carbon-starved open atmosphere. CO2 feeds the forests, grows more usable lumber in timber lots meaning there is less pressure to cut old growth or push into “natural” wildlife habitat, makes plants more water efficient helping to beat back the encroaching deserts in Africa and Asia and generally increases bio-productivity. … It is no wonder that the Sahara has shrunk 300,000 km^2 in the last couple decades, or that the dinosaurs managed to find the sustenance to survive, despite their size, in an era with 5 times our current CO2 levels. …
Our climate is changing, just as it has always done, and always will. In fact, the only constant about our climate is that it changes, which makes you realise the term “climate change” is at best meaningless, and at worst intentionally ambiguous. It feels silly that I need to say this, but clearly it has to be done. The main determinant of our climate is not some gas, which comprises 0.038% of the atmosphere, but the Sun, the planet’s orbital eccentricities and axial wobble, cosmic ray flux, and other celestial factors. Greenhouse gases play an important role, but a passive one. It should not come as a surprise that our entire solar system has been warming for the last quarter century, or that the most accurate weather forecasts come from algorithms that concentrate on solar fluctuations and cosmic rays. Cosmic rays are responsible for cloud formations, which are central to the overwhelmingly most important greenhouse gas. Water vapour accounts for 95% of the ‘greenhouse effect’ and, apart from the elaborate positive feed-back systems in their models that have no actual basis with reality, the global warming alarmists have completely ignored it. This is staggering because H20, by a country mile, in its gas, liquid, and solid form dominates all other terrestrial climate factors.
The AGW theory has permeated nearly every facet of modern society. Over the past few decades, scientists, politicians, marketers, and Earth lovers alike, for various reasons, have employed propaganda techniques to promote the Anthropogenic Global Warming theory; in the process, they proactively sought to curtail the exposure of the truth in order to profit from people’s apprehension of global warming. … The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), established by the United Nations to investigate the impact human activity has on the global climate, while recognizing other factors that influence the climate, attributes the majority of global warming to human activity.1 …
Scholars have written volumes explaining the techniques and methodology of propagandists for hundreds of years. To propagandize, one need only read a how-to manual to learn the concepts of an effectively run propaganda campaign. Propaganda techniques include appealing to fear, appealing to authority, name-calling, transference, bandwagoning, obtaining disapproval, over simplification, utilizing virtue words, employing faulty logic and more. AGW proponents utilize all of these methods to further their goals … In the early stages of AGW propaganda, global warming fears dominated public consciousness. Later, beginning in 1998, the Earth began to cool while atmospheric CARBON DIOXIDE continued to rise in complete contradiction to the theory. As a result, the phraseology of AGW alarmists became “climate change” so that any variation in the Earth’s climate could then be attributed to human activities.4 … AGW propagandists do not rely solely on fear to influence the masses however; an appeal to authority is a common technique. By invoking the infallible name of science, advocates can point to others who have advanced degrees and use scientific jargon to impress and beguile the masses. … Name-calling is usually reserved for politically minded individuals and those audiences predisposed to agree with the one presenting the message. …
- Purchase Energy Star models of appliances.
- Don’t let the water run. Minimize water use while brushing teeth, shaving and washing hands in bathroom sinks.
- Fix drippy faucets and upgrade your showerhead.
- Install a water softener unit in-line before the water heater. This prevents sediment from building up in the bottom of the water heater tank.
- Turn down your water heater. Wrap and save energy. Wrapping your water heater with an insulating blanket can save $20 per year and $50 if you have electric.
- Insulate water lines. Valves known as heat traps can be attached to the water lines near the water heater to keep heat from escaping. You can save about $25 in one year if you heat water with electricity, or two years if you use gas.
- Rinse with cold water. Use a suds-saver option (if you have one) when washing lightly soiled clothes. This saves the rinse water for the next load.
- Soak your clothes first. Soak cycles can allow for shorter wash times.
- Use shorter washing cycles. Sort clothes by degree of dirtiness. Use shorter wash cycles.
- Adjust load setting. Match load setting to the size of the load.
- Eliminate small loads. Your clothes washer uses just about the same amount of energy regardless of how much clothing is being washed.
- Front loading washers are more energy-efficient. It requires less detergent and shorter drying cycles, and reduces wear and tear on clothes.
- Don’t overload the dryer. Overloading the dryer makes the dryer work harder.
- Clean the lint filter after every load. Lint on the filter reduces air flow and makes the dryer work harder.
- Dry like weight items together.
- Dry loads consecutively. Takes advantage of heat build-up in your dryer.
- Remove clothes right away. As soon as the cycle is complete this will save energy and reduce wrinkling.
- Minimize pre-rinse. Newer dishwashers are better able to handle heavily soiled dishes and require less pre-rinse.
- Load properly. This takes full advantage of the spraying action of your dishwasher. Load dishes according to the dishwasher manufacturer’s instructions.
- Wash full dish loads. Your dishwasher uses the same amount of water regardless of how many dishes are washed.
- Lower your water heater temperature to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Increase your air conditioner thermostat by 3 degrees Fahrenheit in summer.
- Lower your thermostat by 2 degrees Fahrenheit in winter.
- Turn off unneeded lights.
- Unplug the extra fridge in the garage.
- Insulate your hot water heater.
- Wash dishes by hand rather than in the dishwater, even though some new dishwashers are more efficient.
- Take shorter showers.
- Turn your winter thermostat down when you go to bed (and use your winter-weight bedding).
- Close your blinds and/or curtains to provide extra insulation.
- Turn TV off when not watching it.
British Petroleum (BP) shut down the oil field at Prudhoe Bay in Alaska for repairs on a corroded pipeline. This is not a conspiracy. And if there are any complaints coming from Congress, it is unjustified – because they were the ones who voted against drilling an oil rich field the natural reserve in Alaska. This action is actually a responsible one – repairing a corroded pipeline, which would prevent a serious environmentally dangerous spill – and then the same people who are pointing fingers that the oil company (companies) are forcing the fuel prices higher would be complaining that they were irresponsible for not making the repairs. I don’t know about you, but when this was announced and days after, I saw no price increase in motor fuel – did you?
Congress for years has legislated us into the situation concerning oil products we experience now. Some of it has been instability in places where oil is purchased, but if America was more self sufficient, it would be less of a problem. Then there are the speculators, those who invest. After all, oil IS a commodity. Sometimes this is the reason. Investors get nervous and then it causes the pricing to fluctuate.
Don’t let the likes of Hillary Clinton, (“BP should be held responsible”) Chuck Schumer, John Dingell and Ed Markey (“BP is posting for more profits”) are using the BP incident to score political points with those that believe their rhetoric and propaganda.
Last year the average oil company made about 9.4% profit margin. That is less than what the government (those who are trying to create animosity against corporations in general) takes from your payroll check for FICA taxes alone. Wouldn’t be wonderful if the government only taxed EVERYONE ten percent flat tax? We would have more money to deal with price fluctuations as we have seen in the oil industry.
If Congress wants to help, they need to rescind outdated legislation, allow domestic oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and build the refineries that meet modern demands that oil companies have been trying to build for over 30 years. Then we must continue to research for a supplement or replacement energy solution. In the works now there is an operation that is making plastic from corn instead of oil. We already have corn produced fuel. Ways are being examined to produce engines that work on hydrogen and with back up electric capabilities. The government needs to endeavor to solve this problem and keep their politics for elections – not governing.
Write your congressman and President Bush and tell them that we need our automobiles for transportation, we need diesel trucks to deliver products, and we need to keep the price of heating our homes to an affordable price. And while you’re at it, you might want to tell them it is time to rid America of its unfair tax system and instead of taxing at such high rates start being more frugal with our tax money.
If a mere repair is going to send the oil market into a panic, along with those in Congress – then it is time for a real solution to the problem be found instead of finger pointing and political propaganda that comes down to class envy – a basic tool for socialism and communism to sway the people to their ideology. Enuff said, for now.
Remember the several postings back in May I wrote about the rhetoric spread by politicians and the media concerning oil company profits? It boiled down to 9.5 cents profit for every gallon of gasoline and the government takes over 50% more than that profit.
Senators Ted Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer and other politicians want to increase taxes as an answer to a serious budget deficit caused by their over spending – and President Bush hasn’t been any help in this matter either. The politicians want to: Continue reading