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"Hoodwinked And Boondoggled"

When reading this article, please keep in mind that Obama received the following presidential contributions -- Exelon employees $236,211 (Source: OpenSecrets -- The Center for Responsive Politics):  note, Exelon employees also gave over $270,000 to Obama's State Senate campaign, total over $500,000.

Obama scolded Exelon and federal regulators for inaction and introduced a bill to require all plant owners to notify state and local authorities immediately of even small leaks.  He has boasted of it on the campaign trail, telling a crowd in Iowa in December (2007) that it was, "the only nuclear legislation that I've passed.  I just did that last year," he said, to murmurs of approval.

But, contrary to Obama's comments in Iowa, the bill died amid parliamentary wrangling in the full Senate.

The history of the bill shows Obama navigating a home-state controversy that pitted two important constituencies against each other and tested his skills as a legislative infighter.  On one side were neighbors of several nuclear plants upset that low-level radioactive leaks had gone unreported for years; on the other was Exelon, the country's largest nuclear plant operator and one of Obama's largest sources of campaign money.

IN TRUTH, Mr. Obama told the Iowan's that he PASSED nuclear legislation, "just last year (2007)."

IN TRUTH, Mr. Obama LIED -- his nuclear legislation bill NEVER PASSED!

This was a KEY Issue that swayed the Iowa Caucus in his favor, as the folks of Iowa were facing similar issues regarding nuclear power plants, and they mistakenly were "hoodwinked and  boondoggled" by a slick Chicago politician, who was willing to tell them anything to get their votes, even lying about his legislative record.

Mr. Obama in his 3+ years in the US Senate has sponsored ONLY TWO pieces of legislation that have become law:

1.  A bill to promote democracy in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
2.  A bill to name a post office.
No Philosophical Or Political Principle
John at PowerLine notes that Barack Obama has seen which way the wind is blowing on gas prices, and today he changed his mind about offshore drilling:

"My interest is in making sure we've got the kind of comprehensive energy policy that can bring down gas prices," Obama said in an interview with The Palm Beach Post.

"If, in order to get that passed, we have to compromise in terms of a careful, well thought-out drilling strategy that was carefully circumscribed to avoid significant environmental damage -- I don't want to be so rigid that we can't get something done."

Obama left no doubt about the political calculation behind his flip-flop:

"The Republicans and the oil companies have been really beating the drums on drilling," Obama said in the Post interview.  "And so we don't want gridlock.  We want to get something done."
As I've said before, there is no philosophical or political principle that Obama cares much about, other than the desirability of his own ascension to the Presidency.  So we can look forward to more such shifts between now and November.

That'll just give Obama more oil to tax.
Liar In Chief
Obama says, "I'm not out of touch, I remember what it's like to pump gas." 

Well, Obama may have pumped gas at the "Self Service" lane, but he never did it for wages.  And considering the gas-guzzler he drove, he must have pumped a lot of gas.

And that remark about student loans?  NewsMax.com
couldn't find any evidence of student loans.

It seems that Obama has a lot of memories about events that just never happened.
Obama Lies Again
Matt Cover is reporting that Barack Obama claimed that coal could create "the kinds of air pollution" that is "creating asthma for kids," in speaking at a town hall event in Annandale, Va., on Tuesday.  However, the National Institutes of Health says that "the exact cause of asthma isnít known," and that "asthma is different for each person."

"The challenge with coal is that although itís very cheap, itís also dirty.  And it can create the kinds of air pollution that not only is contributing to climate change but is also creating asthma for kids nearby," Obama said in answer to a question about balancing deficit reduction with government spending on clean energy.

"You got asthma?  Okay.  And so sucking that stuff in is not ideal," said Obama.  "So what weíve said is, letís invest in clean coal technology that potentially can capture some of these particulates and some of the carbon dioxide thatís going into the atmosphere."

Asthma, however, is not caused by coal, or the emissions from coal-fired power plants, as the president suggested.  According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) the true cause of asthma is unknown, although scientists believe it is caused by a confluence of genetic and environmental factors or early viral infections.
Offshore Drilling Permits Lie
Andrew Restuccia is reporting that Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) slammed Barack Obama for saying that increased drilling will not solve the country's energy woes (lie).

"Itís absurd that the president keeps simultaneously claiming thereís nothing he can do right now to fight these rising prices at the pump, while pushing retread arguments from the Jimmy Carter era," Vitter said in a statement Friday.

Vitter, a staunch advocate of increased drilling, called on the Interior Department to issue more permits for offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

"Unless they do, Iím afraid gas prices will continue to rise, our dependence on unpredictable foreign sources of energy will increase and jobs in Louisianaís energy industry will continue to disappear overseas," Vitter said.

The Obama administration says it is working diligently to issue offshore drilling permits (lie), noting that companies must comply with beefed-up safety standards put in place in the aftermath of last year's Gulf oil spill.
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