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"Hoodwinked And Boondoggled"
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
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:
A bill to promote democracy in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
A bill to name a post office.
No Philosophical Or Political
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
"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.
It seems that Obama has a lot of memories about events that just never
Obama Lies Again
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
"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
"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.