White House green jobs agenda filled with corruption, say investigators
, Law Enforcement Examiner
During President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Speech on Tuesday night, he unveiled his so-called “Blueprint” for economic growth and job creation. Unfortunately, Obama said nothing about “ditching” his green agenda which has arguably lost not created employment opportunities.
As President Barack Obama’s disastrous and costly green energy agenda became the focus of a congressional investigation, the administration celebrated the multimillion-dollar “green makeover” of a public housing facility in Washington State
The festivities came on the heels of a major scandal involving a California solar panel company that folded after receiving more than half a billion dollars from the government. The White House helped the bankrupt manufacturer (Solyndra) get the money over the objections of federal budget analysts and news reports have identified one of the company’s major investors as an Obama fundraiser…(Con’t)
With a growing number of Americans becoming alarmed at the recent passage of the National Defense Authorization Act because of its provisions allowing American citizens to be indefinitely detained and denied due process, some states and even counties are taking action. The state of Rhode Island, as well as Colorado’s El Paso County, have drafted resolutions to nullify the NDAA, a step that other states and counties are soon expected to follow. Likewise, the state of Montana has launched an effort to recall their Senators — Democrats Max Baucus and Jonathon Tester — as well as Republican Congressman Dennyi Rehberg, all of whom voted for the NDAA……(Con’t)
Election season is here, and you might think President Obama would be going out of his way to show voters that he can be trusted with the powers of the presidency. But you would be wrong. Just a few days before Christmas, Obama served notice to all Americans that he will continue to abuse executive privilege by seeking new ways to vilify gun owners and further his anti-gun agenda.
Congress placed a provision in the $1 trillion omnibus spending bill for 2012 designed to bar the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from using any of its $30.7 billion taxpayer funds to “advocate or promote gun control.” However, upon signing the bill into law, President Obama issued a caveat of his own:
I have advised Congress that I will not construe these provisions as preventing me from fulfilling my constitutional responsibility to recommend to the Congress’s consideration such measures as I shall judge necessary and expedient.
In other words: “Congress may pass laws, but I decide which of its laws are constitutional and which I can simply choose to ignore.”
The Keystone XL Pipeline, bringing crude oil from the rich, oil sands regions of Alberta, Canada, to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries, was blocked last week by the Obama administration. It’s a decision that means the loss of thousands of jobs. Reconsideration of the pipeline is now delayed until after the U.S. presidential election. Approval of the pipeline would have meant thousands of new jobs and added stability in oil prices and supply. Also, we would have realized direct benefits here in Utah.
In November of 2011, I represented Utah as part of a National Council of State Legislatures’ tour of the oil sands developments, specifically, Alberta’s Fort McMurray region. I returned home with several lasting impressions.
First of all, the U.S. and Canada have a special economic partnership and engage in $1.6 billion in two-way trade every day. In Utah, Canada is our third largest trading partner with a combined $2.6 billion in 2010. Our supply chains are deeply integrated. It’s no surprise then, that the U.S. is Canada’s largest market. More than 8 million U.S. jobs are dependent on trade with Canada.
Second, I came to understand that Canada is the largest supplier of crude oil and petroleum products to our country and the largest supplier of energy to the U.S. overall. Mexico is second in imports of crude oil and petroleum products followed by Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Venezuela. Excluding Canada, the governments of these countries can be unstable as we know. Add the problems of Iran’s threats to block the Strait of Hormuz where one-fifth of the world’s oil supply flows, and it becomes clear why oil prices are highly volatile.
Given these facts and the fact that Canada has abundant resources, (the third-largest oil reserves in the world after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela) growing production, political stability, and high environmental standards, everything in our power should be done to ensure that the U.S. receives an uninterrupted and increased flow of crude oil and petroleum products.
If additional markets for Canadian oil can’t be found in the U.S., other markets will be sought, most notably China. The oil will flow somewhere.
Furthermore, there are several other pipelines already crossing the U.S./Canadian border and have been operating for years without many problems. The Keystone XL represents a new opportunity to deliver more Canadian crude to the U.S. Gulf Coast where the largest refining market in the world exists. These refineries are looking to replace declining supplies historically coming from Mexico and Venezuela.
In 2008, application was made to build the pipeline, a $20-billion endeavor promising a projected 13,000 in construction jobs and related manufacturing jobs. The Wall Street Journal reported that another 118,000 “spin-off” jobs could come during the two years of construction. These are probably optimistic projections of jobs and estimates vary. But suffice it to say, it’s a huge project.
So why should we care in Utah? The pipeline would cross through Montana’s Bakken oil fields, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and conclude in Port Arthur, Texas. Doesn’t affect Utah, right? Wrong.
While the bulk of the crude oil refined in Utah comes from Wyoming and the Uintah Basin, the best statistics I could gather indicate that 20 percent to 30 percent comes from Canada. Also, Keystone XL would intersect existing pipelines in Montana that carry crude to Wyoming and eventually Utah. The Canadian Research Council projects that Utah could be the recipient of 3,100 new jobs directly related to their oil sands from 2011 to 2015.
Why has Keystone XL been called the most studied pipeline in history? Politics, pure and simple. Because it would cross an international border, the U.S. State Department took the lead. In its first environmental impact statement in April 2010, the State Department found that XL would meet industry standards and not significantly effect the environment. Furthermore, it reported, “without the pipeline the U.S. would not be able to benefit from cost-efficient Western Canadian oil and would remain dependent on unstable foreign oil supplies.”
The pushback now comes because it’s an election year and U.S. Greens, an Obama constituency, loathe oil. While loathe isn’t the word I would use, I too, am extremely concerned about our dependency on foreign oil since we can’t unlock our own abundant resources right here in Utah because of federal land policy.
I’m big on renewables, big on conservation, and big on reducing green house emissions. I’m big, too, on a growing economy and family-sustaining jobs. We need energy and we need oil and projections are that oil demand won’t decline until 2035 because increased demand will be concentrated on emerging countries, 57 percent from China alone.
It will take some time to transition to a lower carbon economy. In the meantime, the U.S. collectively, and Utah specifically, needs the Keystone XL Pipeline. It should have been approved months ago and would have been if not for short-sighted politics.
Handy, of Layton, represents Utah’s House District 16.
BREAKING: ARIZONA MOVES TO PROSECUTE THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FAST & FURIOUS SCHEME, PERPETRATED BY OBAMA, HOLDER AND THE REST OF THE GUN GRABBERS!
[TWG Note: HEY ARIZONA!!! SICK 'EM! YOU CAN BET THAT EACH AND EVERY GUN RIGHTS GROUP IN THE WORLD IS BEHIND YOU!]
Nationally, Fast and Furious has entered the vernacular. As a result, Americans of all walks of life now know that the ATF and DOJ oversaw the sale of approximately 2,500 guns to straw purchasers who, in turn, passed them to criminals in Mexico and elsewhere. Moreover, Americans know that the plan from the get-go was to have these guns carried across an international border and passed to criminals whom the ATF then planned to arrest (but they never got around to arresting them because they hadn’t bothered tracing the guns from the point of sale).
[TWG Note: Maybe it was a Vietnam Veteran who clubbed this POS TRAITOR with a hockey stick.]
NHL teams have visited the White House for years after winning the Stanley Cup, but it’s a safe bet that never before has a Senator shown up more beaten and broken than the hockey players.
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) was part of the ceremony honoring the Boston Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup win, appearing like he had just come from a knock-down, drag-out ruckus…
[TWG Note: Those "Teens" are BEASTS. Too bad this Veteran wasn't carrying a firearm with which to defend himself against beasts like that.]
According to Philadelphia police, 64-year-old Edward Schaefer was walking to meet his wife at the bus stop when he was approached from behind by six males.
When one of the suspects began the violent attack and the others joined in on the random beating (graphic videos below).
Schaefer is a Vietnam veteran who lost his eye while in combat.
The suspects fled the scene after good Samaritan Donald Jones came to Schaefer’s rescue.
“He fell and that’s when I came across the street. When they saw me, that’s when they scattered,” said Jones. “He was trying to talk and I said, ‘No, stay there. I got you.’”
Schaefer was rushed to Albert Einstein Medical Center with fractured skull and severe injuries to his face and hand.
“These animals are specializing on our elderly people out here and a gentleman who served our country,” Lt. George McClay said. “I’m disgusted by this whole thing. I’m surprised he survived.”
Police say all of the suspects have been identified. Once they have been apprehended, they could be charged with attempted murder.
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE (Warning: Graphic): http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/crime/video-teens-beat-disabled-vietnam-veteran
[TWG Note: Maybe the communists, illegal aliens and other free-loading, low-life moochers down in Kalifornication will force the obama-loving millionaire movie stars and sports moguls they idolize and love so much to pay their bills. Businesses, law-abiding citizens and entrepeneurs are leaving california like they're running out of a burning building, and I don't blame them one bit. What a putrid cesspool california has become. I don't feel one bit sorry for californians who still support the squatters in our White House. I hope they get exactly what they deserve. The rest of you had better get the HELL out of there, before all HELL breaks loose.]
by Roger Hedgecock (former mayor of San Diego )
I live in California . If you were wondering what living in Obama’s second term would be like, wonder no longer. We in California are living there now.
California is a one-party state dominated by a virulent Democratic Left enabled by a complicit media where every agency of local, county, and state government is run by and for the public employee unions. The unemployment rate is 12%.
California has more folks on food stamps than any other state, has added so many benefits and higher rates to Medicaid that we call it “Medi-Cal.” Our K-12 schools have more administrators than teachers, and smaller classes but lower test scores and higher dropout rates with twice the per-student budget of 15 years ago. Good job, Brownie.
This week, the once and current Gov. Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown had to confess that the “balanced” state budget adopted five months ago was billions in the red because actual tax revenues were billions lower than the airy-fairy revenue estimates on which the balance was predicated.
After trimming legislators’ perks and reducing the number of cell phones provided to state civil servants, the governor intoned that drastic budget reductions had already hollowed out state programs for the needy, law enforcement and our choolchildren. California government needed more money.
Echoing the Occupy movement, the governor proclaimed the rich must pay their fair share. Fair share? The top 1% of California income earners currently pays 50% of the state’s income tax.
California has seven income tax brackets. The top income tax rate is 9.3%, which is slapped on the greedy rich earning at least $47,056 a year. Income of more than $1 million pays the “millionaires’ and billionaires'” surcharge tax rate of 10.3%.
Brown’s proposal would add 2% for income over $250,000. A million-dollar income would then be taxed at 12.3%. And that’s just for the state.
Brown also proposed a one-half-cent sales tax increase, which would bring sales taxes (which vary by county) to 7.75% to 10%. Both tax increases would be on the ballot in 2012.
The sales tax increase proposal immediately brought howls of protest from the Left (of Brown!). Charlie Eaton, a sociology grad student at UC Berkeley and leader of the UC Student-Workers Union, said, “We’ve paid enough. It’s time for millionaires to pay.”
At least five other ballot measures to raise taxes are circulating for signatures to get on the 2012 ballot in California . The governor’s proposals are the most conservative.
The Obama way doesn’t end with taxes.
The governor and the state legislature continue to applaud the efforts of the California High Speed Rail Authority to build a train connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco . Even though the budget is three times the voter-approved amount, and the first segment will only connect two small towns in the agricultural Central Valley . But hey, if we build it, they will ride.
And we don’t want to turn down the Obama bullet-train bucks Florida and other states rejected because the operating costs would bankrupt them. Can’t happen here—we’re already insolvent.
If we get into real trouble with the train, we’ll just bring in the Chinese. It worked with the Bay Bridge reconstruction. After the 1989 earthquake, the bridge connecting Oakland and San Francisco was rebuilt with steel made in China . Workers from China too. Paid for with money borrowed from China . Makes perfect sense.
In California , we hate the evil, greedy rich (except the rich in Hollywood and in sports, and in drug dealing). But we love people who have broken into California to eat the bounty created by the productive rich.
Illegals get benefits from various generous welfare programs, free medical care, free schools for their kids, including meals, and of course, instate tuition rates and scholarships too. Governor Perry , California has a heart. Nothing’s too good for our guests.
To erase even a hint of criticism of illegal immigration, the California Legislature is considering a unilateral state amnesty. Democrat State Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes has proposed an initiative that would bar deportation of illegals from California .
Interesting dilemma for Obama there. If immigration is exclusively a federal matter, and Obama has sued four states for trying to enforce federal immigration laws he won’t enforce, what will the President do to a California law that exempts California from federal immigration law?
California is also near fulfilling the environmentalist dream of deindustrialization.
After driving out the old industrial base (auto and airplane assembly, for example), air and water regulators and tax policies are now driving out the high-tech, biotech and even Internet-based companies that were supposed to be California’s future.
The California cap-and-trade tax on business in the name of reducing CO2 makes our state the leader in wacky environmentalism and guarantees a further job exodus from the state.
Even green energy companies can’t do business in California . Solyndra went under, taking its taxpayer loan guarantee with it.
No job is too small to escape the regulators. The state has even banned weekend amateur gold miners from the historic gold mining streams in the Sierra Nevada Mountains .
In fact, more and more of California ‘s public land is off-limits to recreation by the people who paid for that land. Unless you’re illegal. Then you can clear the land, set up marijuana plantations at will, bring in fertilizers that legal farmers can no longer use, exploit illegal farm workers who live in hovels with no running water or sanitation, and protect your investment with armed illegals carrying guns no California citizen is allowed to own.
The rest of us only found out about these plantations when the workers’ open campfire started one of those devastating fires that have killed hundreds of people and burned out thousands of homes in California over the last decade.
It was said after California ‘s Proposition 13 in 1978 cut property tax rates and was copied in other states, that whatever happened in California would soon happen in your state.
We’d better hope that’s wrong.