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  • Morning Bell: Don't Fall For Obama's Energy Shell Game

    Can the Obama administration’s desperate attempts to cover their true far left nature with centrist rhetoric and promises become any more transparent? Yesterday, the President announced “an expansion of offshore oil and gas exploration” in selected areas off the coasts of the United States. The President claims this announcement was made “in order to sustain economic growth and produce jobs,” but nobody believes him. Just take a quick look at today’s newspaper reporting:

    • The Los Angeles Times: “President Obama … unveiled a controversial offshore drilling plan Wednesday that was driven largely by the politics of his agenda on energy and climate change — not by hopes of changing the nation’s energy supply.”
    • The Washington Post: “President Obama’s decision … reflects a high-stakes calculation by the White House: Splitting the difference on the most contentious energy issues could help secure a bipartisan climate deal this year.”
    • Politico: “Obama’s decision is closely tied politically to the fate of the climate change bill jointly sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John Kerry (D-MA), and Joe Lieberman (I-CT).”
    • The New York Times: “The proposal is also intended to … help win political support for comprehensive energy and climate legislation.”
    • Bloomberg: “President Barack Obama’s pledge to expand offshore oil and natural-gas drilling may help Democrats deliver legislation that regulates carbon dioxide emissions before any fuel is produced.”

    In fact, if anything, the policies announced by President Obama yesterday will actually decrease and delay future U.S. oil production. The President actually canceled four lease sales off the Alaska coast that were planned to begin producing oil within the next two years, delayed a planned lease off Virginia until at least 2012, and placed some areas off limits for at least seven years. Go back and look at President Obama’s actual announcement again: he only promised new exploration off the Atlantic coast. There is absolutely no guarantee that any new drilling will ever occur. Secretary Ken Salazar’s Interior Department still has full discretion to never allow a single drop of oil to be harvested from these waters. And that doesn’t even begin to address the court challenges the enviro-left will employ to attack and delay the entire process.

    So if developing new energy sources that can create private sector jobs for Americans and new revenues for financially strapped states and the federal government is not the Obama administration’s real goal, then what is? Well, President Obama’s Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who was at yesterday’s announcement, has said, “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe.” For reference purposes, when Secretary Chu said that, Europeans were paying $8 a gallon for gas at the pump.

    Canceling current offshore oil leases and delaying future ones are not the only policy means the Obama administration is using to pursue the high energy price policy ends. The Obama administration has also declared war on energy production in the Mountain West, rescinding oil-shale development leases in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. His administration has completely failed to take on the real regulatory reforms necessary to allow a private sector nuclear industry to thrive. And just this week, the Obama Environmental Protection Agency began its regulation of carbon emissions through the Clean Air Act.

    And let’s not forget the grand daddy of them all: a cap and trade energy tax bill. But don’t call it that. Secretary Salazar told CNBC yesterday, “I think the term ‘cap and trade’ is not in the lexicon anymore.” Whatever you call it, placing an arbitrary penalty on carbon emissions would mean disaster for the American economy. The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis has found that cap and tax legislation would cost the average family of four almost $3,000 per year, cause 2.5 million net job losses by 2035, and produce a cumulative gross domestic product (GDP) loss of $9.4 trillion between 2012 and 2035.

    So don’t be fooled by President Barack Obama’s energy rhetoric. High energy prices are not a side effect of climate legislation – they are the whole point. According to the latest Pew poll, 63% of Americans support allowing more offshore oil and gas drilling in U.S. waters. Americans deserve an energy policy that reduces prices, creates private sector jobs, and reduces our national debt. Right now they have the opposite.

    Quick Hits:

    • A new survey shows private employers shed 23,000 jobs in March, but many expect tomorrow’s Labor Department report to show overall job growth thanks to increasing government employment.
    • A study by the George Mason University shows: 1) no statistical correlation between unemployment and how President Obama’s failed stimulus was spent; 2) Democratic districts received one-and-a-half times as many awards as Republican ones; and 3) an average cost of $286,000 was awarded per job created.
    • According to the latest Gallup poll, more Americans now blame President Barack Obama for the poor economy and unemployment with half now saying he deserves at least a moderate amount of blame.
    • The same federal judge who put supporters of California’s pro-marriage Prop. 8 on trial for bigotry, ruled yesterday that National Security Agency’s post-9/11 surveillance program was illegal.
    • According to the latest poll from the Democratic polling firm Democracy Corps, voters are deeply concerned about the federal budget deficit and overwhelmingly choose spending cuts over tax increases — 71% to 18% — to bring down the deficit
    Posted in Ongoing Priorities [slideshow_deploy]

    93 Responses to Morning Bell: Don't Fall For Obama's Energy Shell Game

    1. Jodie, Memphis TN says:

      I hope Americans won't fall for this. I can't wait until November…come on, come on.

    2. Wayne Francis, Bella says:

      Pray for a Republican majority in November

    3. bigdave, ocala fl says:

      Never in our history have we been so mislead. It is tremendously disheartening when the PRESIDENT of our country, the so-called leader of 300,000,000 people, LIES, SPINS, DECEIVES, and is there for his ego and his childish ideology which has been proven over and over to RESULT IN MISERY FOR ALL and a loss of freedom. Ironic how we(America) fought and died to free the slaves, and a little over 100 years later we are all faced with being slaves of the state. Every socialist/communist dictator thought they had a better way and just look where they are! America is (was)EXCEPTIONAL because AMERICANS are exceptional! People from all over the world wanted to come here because they could APPLY THEMSELVES and reap the rewards of their hard work. DEMOCRATS learned to gain power by CREATING A SOCIETY OF DEPENDENTS/IMAGINED VICTIMS to keep themselves in power. WE used to be a shooting star. Now we are a falling rock. Look at the MAGNIFICENT WOMEN on UCONN'S BASKETBALL TEAM, a reminder of the AMERICAN SPIRIT of being the BEST YOU CAN BE. LIBERALS say "they should not be allowed to play because they make other teams feel bad"!? Kind of like working in a UNION! Don't work too hard, or too fast , you make others look bad.

    4. Lloyd Scallan - New says:

      More lies, distortions, and deceptions! Obama doesn't intend to upset his left-wing, environmental base. It's just more of the same, deceiving the American people. It's hard to understand how anyone can trust or believe one word from Obama's mouth. Again, has a socialist agenda for this nation and will do or say anything to accomplish that aganda.

    5. Christopher Popham S says:

      At long last a very modest initiative to explore for oil off of the Eastern seaboard,

      while at the same time dissolving any chance of exploration in the west

      (Pacific Ocean or shale oil in the western states), which is where we would find

      the biggest reserves. The combined exploration, application for permits to drill and the construction of off shore rigs normally takes 15-20 years.

      Good luck, America.

    6. Jay, Battlefield MO says:

      Who will fall for this ruse? The "hope and change" crowd which elected him, of course. This would be the "welfare" class which expects the rest of us to take care of them all their life. They still can't figure out that they are the reason for where they are in life. Wait until they find out that the rising gas prices will affect their trips to the corner store for beer and cigarettes. They'll probably blame the gas prices on the oil companies and corner store owner/operator. Spurred on by the "progressive" congress who blame everyone for everything, except themselves and their punitive policies.

      God help us all.

    7. SPEPost_com says:

      Hmm, so hard to distinguish true from false…

    8. Pamela B, Virginia B says:

      Had the media done its job during the election America would have gotten Obama's entire campaign message…. "Hope and Change is all you will have left in your pocket" … instead we got "Hope and Change". What a difference a few words make. Please, can we hit the "re-do" button? Will we actually survive 2.5 more years of this non-sense?

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    10. Steve,chicago,il says:

      Another head fake. Does this guy think he can actually fool all the people all of the time? I can see through this by a simple word…"exploration" kind of easy isn't it? When I hear production in his lexicon I might have ………………….wait, I don't trust him at all on anything.

      I think he is a liar. Just get to the polls in November.

    11. Barb, Delafield, WI says:

      Obama suddenly a centrist? Beware folks. A leopard does not change his spots.

    12. James E. Horn, Menif says:

      Obama is the huckster-in-charge for an anti-American agenda and EVERYTHING he undertakes is in the furtherance of his goals of destroying America. His energy rope-a-dope is symbolic of his tactics.

    13. Rebecca, Virginia says:

      April Fools!!!!

    14. Steve Toledo, Ohio says:

      Knowing this man can not be trusted no matter what form his rhetoric takes . I wondered if maybe this was part of the promises made to moderate Democrats to get their vote for Obamerycare.This man is very frightening and he is doing it all in spite of the American people that he swore to serve.

    15. Dave, Bensalem,PA says:

      I doubt that this legislation will lead to any results, but my "Spider-sense" tells me to look out for 100% gov't. control of energy ala Hugo Chavez.

    16. Dave, Provo, UT says:

      I live in Utah where the feds own almost 70% of the land. This means we have few resources to fund our schools so every gas/oil/mineral dollar from our school trust lands found in the fed land is desperately needed. However the Obama administration has found ways to rescind, delay and deny exploration and development of these resources. It won't be any different with the off shore oil development.

    17. Sue From Detroit says:

      The Media helped get this Administration in power. Is the printed press learning that they need energy to remain a float? If they help Obama ruin the economy they (the printed press) are destroying themselves.

    18. Mary.... WI says:

      So, after the announcement about BO allowing for oil 'exploration" off the shores of VA my husband asks if I will at least give him credit for that. Hell no! There is always an angle in this administrations playbook.

      My sixth sense about this man has been right on and there is no way I will trust him to do any good for this country…….calculating, corrupt, and mistrustful. His head is so big he and Michelle have decided their family causes too much disruption at any of the churches in DC.

      P L E A S E S P A R E US T H E D R A M A ! Many other presidents and their families survived attending services at churches in DC.

      Beware!

    19. Ken Jarvis says:

      HOW did Bush's "GREAT" idea

      become – "Obama's Shell Game"?

      Think of ALL of the GOOD Ideas we could have

      if it DIDN'T MATTER WHO GOT CREDIT FOR THEM. – Ronald Reagan

      LVKen7@Gmail.com

    20. Frostproof, Florida says:

      Check this out, it is true and the government is not telling you the truth.

      OIL – you better sit down.

      Here's an interesting read, important and verifiable information :

      About 6 months ago, the writer was watching a news program on oil and

      one of the Forbes Bros. was the guest. The host said to Forbes, "I am going to

      ask you a direct question and I would like a direct answer; how much oil

      does the U.S. have in the ground?" Forbes did not miss a beat, he said, "more

      than all the Middle East put together." Please read below.

      The U. S. Geological Service issued a report in April 2008 that only

      scientists and oil men knew was coming, but man was it big. It was a

      revised report (hadn't been updated since 1995) on how much oil was in

      this area of the western 2/3 of North Dakota, western South Dakota, and extreme eastern Montana …… check THIS out:
      http://bakkenshale.net/bakkenshalemap.html

      The Bakken is the largest domestic oil discovery since Alaska's Prudhoe

      Bay, and has the potential to eliminate all American dependence on foreign

      oil. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates it at 503 billion

      barrels. Even if just 10% of the oil is recoverable… at $107 a barrel,

      we're looking at a resource base worth more than $5..3 trillion.

      "When I first briefed legislators on this, you could practically see

      their jaws hit the floor. They had no idea.." says Terry Johnson, the Montana

      Legislature's financial analyst.

      "This sizable find is now the highest-producing onshore oil field found

      in the past 56 years," reports The Pittsburgh Post Gazette. It's a

      formation known as the Williston Basin, but is more commonly referred to as the

      'Bakken.' It stretches from Northern Montana, through North Dakota and

      into Canada.. For years, U. S. oil exploration has been considered a dead

      end. Even the 'Big Oil' companies gave up searching for major oil wells

      decades ago. However, a recent technological breakthrough has opened up

      the Bakken's massive reserves…. and we now have access of up to 500

      billion barrels. And because this is light, sweet oil, those billions of barrels

      will cost Americans just $16 PER BARREL!

      That's enough crude to fully fuel the American economy for 2041 years

      straight. And if THAT didn't throw you on the floor, then this next one

      should – because it's from 2006!

      U. S. Oil Discovery- Largest Reserve in the World

      Stansberry Report Online – 4/20/2006

      Hidden 1,000 feet beneath the surface of the Rocky Mountains lies the

      largest untapped oil reserve in the world. It is more than 2 TRILLION

      barrels. On August 8, 2005 President Bush mandated its extraction. In

      three and a half years of high oil prices none has been extracted. With this

      motherload of oil why are we still fighting over off-shore drilling?

      They reported this stunning news: We have more oil inside our borders,

      than all the other proven reserves on earth. Here are the official estimates:

      - 8-times as much oil as Saudi Arabia

      - 18-times as much oil as Iraq

      - 21-times as much oil as Kuwait

      - 22-times as much oil as Iran

      - 500-times as much oil as Yemen

      - and it's all right here in the Western United States .

      HOW can this BE? HOW can we NOT BE extracting this? Because the

      environmentalists and others have blocked all efforts to help America

      become independent of foreign oil! Again, we are letting a small group of

      people dictate our lives and our economy…..WHY?

      James Bartis, lead researcher with the study says we've got more oil in

      this very compact area than the entire Middle East -more than 2 TRILLION

      barrels untapped. That's more than all the proven oil reserves of crude oil in

      the world today, reports The Denver Post.

      Don't think 'OPEC' will drop its price – even with this find? Think

      again!

      It's all about the competitive marketplace, – it has to. Think OPEC just

      might be funding the environmentalists?

      Got your attention yet? Now, while you're thinking about it, do this:

      Pass this along. If you don't take a little time to do this, then you

      should stifle yourself the next time you complain about gas prices – by

      doing NOTHING, you forfeit your right to complain.

      ——–

      Now I just wonder what would happen in this country if every one of you

      sent this to every one in your address book.

      By the way…this is all true. Check it out at the link below!!!

      GOOGLE it, or follow this link. It will blow your mind.

      http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=1911

      &lt ;http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=1911%3E%C2%A0

    21. Rick @ St. Johns AZ says:

      Remember just what Obama is, he's a chameleon and most importantly a charlatan. He can and will change colors to meet his leftist goals, and those goals are not in the interest of the American people.

    22. Robert Traill says:

      Wake up world: My digital clock-radio, said it was time,6:18 am, and time to get up, but, the news was already about Rham Obama, and how his wagon had lost an AXLE, and had blown a ROD in his well oiled pollitical engine. It all began with a naked Emanual poking his finger into another Masse man, in-jest they say, but, in truth it was just another party attempt to shield the man from the bright morning sun. Was the clock with the correct time, or just aheasd of it's time with the correct news……Did you set your clock(s) ahead as your insgtructed to bu Ole-Soul…………..Another gorgeous day for us right thinkers ……………

    23. Ben C. Ann Arbor, MI says:

      Jodie – there are enough sources available to inform people about this scam. Glen Beck, Michael Savage, Thayrone X, Mark Levin, Lou Dobbs etc on talk radio. Fox news on TV. The more I discuss this with people who come into my office the more I am convinced the public IS becoming informed and changes will be made. My sense is that if the anger is maintained the public will vote Congress out of office. If this doesn't happen then Tytler's prediction will come true.

    24. Joanne Walczak says:

      I have been thru many administrations. This is the First Time I

      have ever been so afraid for our country. We as a nation may be seeing the decline of our freedoms. May God take us to the other side of this group in WDC. These are suppose to be the best minds??? Power is so corrupting(DISHONEST&VENAL)

    25. Patriot says:

      What is the energy secretary thinking? Europe can absorb high prices for gasoline better than the U.S. can, because Europe is a lot smaller in land mass. If gasoline goes to 8.00 a gallon, you can kiss the rest of private industry goodbye, due to the fact that over half the population will be unable to afford to commute to work.

    26. Mark, Elgin. Illinoi says:

      Obama's moral compass and the 111th congress moral compass is full of scandal a greater corruption along with the

      ((( brutalization of 234 years of traditions ))) that will always define us as a people and a nation of patriots

      So here it is 2010 we have a Congress that ((( "don't read don't tell" ))) the legislation they vote on they can't think for themselves and decided to be manipulated to fall on the sword of corruption and the extortion of our kids freedoms

      The greatest betrayal ever, congress stands divided only by there own doing with 14 months of saying to their

      (((( constituents you just don't matter. )))) It reminds me of the way the American colonies felt in 1774 when the British Parliament being full of that British arrogance and ruling degradation of the people of the American colonies and for that they got there ass's kicked back across pond permanently.

      Obama, Pelosi and Reid and the rest of the 111th Congress in all there corruption along with what they fear most is accountability and telling truths

    27. Darrell, Denver says:

      More Lies and deception by this administration. When will Amercia "wake up" and see the scams and misrepresentation of this most corrupt administration??? All my life I have felt inferior to many, who speak of worldly events and politics as if they were somehow "Connected to a higher source"???? Now, maybe too late, I am confident I know as much as anyone and AM NOT FOOLED by these twisted words and actions of the Obama scam train. My congressional delegates here from my weekly..and to my amazement, I have received many personal messages from them. I will spend the rest of my life as part of the Solution, not (quietly) being part of the problem. BRING on November and lets throw these bumbs out!

    28. John Seaman Peoria, says:

      Don't you ever have anything good to say about anything?

    29. Jim (Las Vegas, NV) says:

      Ditto to Jodie. I don't expect to see any of Chu's comments on the TV or hear it on the Radio. Unless it;s Fox News or syndicated conservative programs.

      What would happen if the citizenry knew the truth about the plans for the USA by this socialist agenda?

    30. Donald Thorin, Glend says:

      First Obama has cancelled all potential near future production activities exchanging them for a haphazzard selection of exploration sites all in questionable areas ignoring proven and economical solutions. I, in 1986 submitted a program, to the Department of Energy that would reduce the costs of building new nuclear power plats by 30 to 50 percent. It could still have a reasonable wconomic, ecological and environmental benefit in todays society. We have too long been hampered by the many EPA regulatory constraints engeneered by environmental radicals.

    31. Jack Kyle says:

      When I was a young boy, many years ago, I learned that when any adult said "this is for your own good” I was going to experience some sever pain to my back side. It didn’t take me long to understand that “good” was a synonym for “pain”. Being older and wiser it didn't take me long to realize that when Obama tells me that he is doing something for my good or for the good of “all Americans” I will soon be experiencing pain in some form.

      There is a big difference between “the good “I received when I was a young man and the “good” Obama wants to dish out. The pain I received as a young man was “quick and done”, and mostly deserved, but the pain Obama wants to dish out is going to be felt for generations.

      Obama has appointed himself “judge and jury” over all things Americans have held dearly, such as freedom and liberty. When Obama tells you that he knows what you really want, go ahead bend over, grab your ankles, and pray –the pain is going to last a long time.

    32. mike fresno,ca says:

      How can you tell if Obama is lying…..his lips are moving.

    33. john Arizona says:

      1. Is there anything this president and his administration say or do that is without the underlying motive to make this a socialistic/east European nation? Is there anything this president says that is without some level of deceit or at best an outright lie?

      2. There is more oil in the North Dakota basin than there is in Saudi Arabia. Why isn't this source of energy being pursued? More jobs for American people, less dependence on foreign sources (pronounced "enemies"). Do you suppose this has anything to do with some political issue in the Obama administration?

      And the sad part of this whole abortion of an administration, is that in recent polls, over 50% of the people of the USA would vote for this man and his band of bandits again. Wake up America!!

    34. walter watson, modes says:

      i for one am not surprised this president and his administration don't have a clue and they prove it on a daily basis, i am begining to believe that the situation is hopeless

    35. Skip Kern, San Jose says:

      This makes me wonder. BObama states that he is opening the shores for off shore drilling. As most of us know, this process will have to most likely be approved by congress and the epa. He makes his appeal to increase energy production, so that he can say he is pushing for more supplies, while on the other hand he knows full well that the epa and congress will be thrown under the bus for political expediency, because they either won't pass it or create such a delay that it will never happen in our lifetime. Isn't that why he stated that we will probably never see any drop in gas prices for many years to come?

    36. Bob Veigel says:

      Lies, lies and more lies. Evil on the Throne – Truth on the Gallows!!

    37. Bill B LC,NM says:

      This man is trying to drive this country into bankruptcy…..destroy us from within, isn't that in the communist manifesto……We have to get all of these fools out of Washington before they do irreparable damage to the USA.

    38. James Michael Tierra says:

      Please forward this message to Sen. Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman, I

      leaft off Kerry for good reson. I dont trust Graham I feel his is a big goverment

      republican. Anyway thank you Heritage for all you do.

    39. Nancy, Wilmington, N says:

      Has there ever been a sleazier, more cynical bunch of power-hungry thugs than the radical leftists of the Obama cabal? Their arrogance in flouting the constitution is surpassed only by their contempt for the intelligence and will of the American people. Everything they do from the healthcare "reform" fraud to this slimy political offshore drilling ploy reeks of dictatorial disdain.

    40. Denise Utah says:

      Does any sane, rational American believe Obama anymore. Whatever comes out of his mouth are lies, lies, LIES!!!!!

    41. Chris, Long Beach says:

      Obama – Emanuel – Pelosi – Reid = AXIS OF EVIL.

    42. Christa ,ARIZONA says:

      Obama and his comrads are ruling like there WILL BE NO ELECTION IN NOV…is there any way they can create such unrest ? Like a huge sunami wave of millions of illegals from the south?

      Thank you for all you do!

      May God help us all!

    43. Rob Birdsall says:

      there is good in all of this. folks are waking up and paying attention more than ever. why else would the administration be considering giving illegals and convicts voting rights and why are they telling our kids to have a talk with parents because we are too old fashioned to understand. this guy is serious trouble and he is targeting demographics that he knows he has a chance to bring to his side. we have to speak out now more than ever in our generation. they have turned on us and now we are the extremists in their view. Shell game is a perfect way of describing it.

    44. Harley Spoon, Austin says:

      Why you forked tongued bunch of hypocrites!!! If drilling offshore was good enough for Bush/Cheney, why isn't it good enough for Obama? But we all know the truth. It isn't about solving problems or dealing with them or anything other than that you have a Black Democrat in the White House and you don't want either one of them there. If Jesus Christ and Moses both came back to earth and endorsed everything Obama proposes, you forked tongued hypocrites would start building another cross and tell Moses to get his nose out of your business and go back to the other side of the Jordan!!! What a bunch of sick minds you people are. You think God Almighty endowed you with the White House so you can continue the age old Republican policies of plundering American's billfold by redistributing the wealth of the nation from the working poor and the middle class (the vital consumer base) back to your bosses–the plutocrats, oligarchs and corporatist National Corporate Security Statists–not to mention destroy God's green earth in the process for the sake of greed and another penny of profit. Sick!!! Mr. Moderator, that is aboiut as much respect as I can give this bunch..

    45. Jim Roumeliotis - Hu says:

      Does not one day go by that this president will not proposed a bill that will serve his personnal ambitions and continue to drag this country back to the dark ages?

      How can any American believe anything that comes from this adminstration and this president.

      Great White father speaks with forked tongue………

    46. Blair, Franconia, NH says:

      Obamergy will be the best thing for the economy because it will create so many good,

      high-paying jobs in the alternative energy sector right away. APRIL FOOL'S! And if you really believe that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn and swampland in Florida, Georgia. and Louisiana, I'd like to sell you. The preceding statement is is patently false. It's an April Fool's joke. Alternative energy worked so well in Spain that Spain

      actually LOST jobs. Do Obama and his Enviro-Nazi, Code Pinko thugs, think it will be

      ANY DIFFERENT HERE? I don't think so. If some naive jackass does, then I have a song for him to sing. Remember this ditty from when you were little? Here comes Peter Cottontail. Hopping down the bunny trail, hippity-hoppity, Easter's on its way.

      My advice to Obama and friends? In the immortal words of William Shatner from when he was on SNL back in the'70s, "GET A LIFE!" Obama will have to. He's not long for this political world.

    47. Harley Spoon, Austin says:

      Incidentally, we didn't have enough refineries to produce enough refined product when Bush/Cheney, et al., were screeching "Drill Baby Drill!!" We don't have enough refineries now….and it is not the fault of the liberals. With all of the incentives, tax breaks, subsidies, & record profits, etc., big oil gets, it would have been easy for them to build "clean" refineries but they and the right wing nut Republicans they run with know that if you keep the supply low, the price is going to go high and higher and the nets will be high and higher too…The only time you people want the price to go down is right before one of your goons in the White House is up for re-election. That is bad for capitalism and for America when all is said and done but, for you greed mongers, who cares about America?

    48. Susanna, Kansas says:

      Wolves in sheep's clothing. Lies, Lies, Lies.

    49. William Whitt, Orego says:

      "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness."

      What they need to realize is that the government gets its power from the governed …

      What we need to realize is that the governed have power – that we have the power to change ourselves – I think a majority of Americans have lost this idea.

    50. Lee, Kansas says:

      Of all the people, the radicals, and terrorists on the planet, Obama poses the gravest threat to our way of life. To quote Nancy Pelosi, "by any means necessary" his agenda/policies must be stopped. If you see his left hand, watch out for what the right is doing. His proposal regarding off shore drilling will have the same impact on our energy dependency as throwing a suitcase off the Titanic. This is a smoke screen to hide his real energy agenda.

    51. D.T. Radmilovich, CL says:

      I wish "I could (REALLY) tell it like it is" in this space.

      The first Kenyan/Muslim president is committing Economic Jihad against the United States of America. We don't have a few years; we have but a few months to stop him, his commie czars, and accomplices.

      He wants not to be president – he wants to be a king; king of the world.

      I'm washing my coveralls, oiling my torch and sharpening my pitchfork!

      D.T."Rad" Radmilovich, CLU

      San Diego

    52. Harley Spoon, Austin says:

      Reston, VA – North Dakota and Montana have an estimated 3.0 to 4.3 billion barrels of undiscovered, TECHNICALLY RECOVERABLE OIL in an area known as the Bakken Formation.

      "TECHNICALLY RECOVERABLE" IS THE OPERATIVE LANGUAGE. ADD TO THAT "VERY, VERY, VERY EXPENSIVELY RECOVERABLE"….AND THE LIBERALS ARE NOT STANDING IN THE WAY OF EXPLOITATION….THE OIL COMPANIES AND REFINERIES ARE!!!

    53. Kimberly Benacquista, New York says:

      The more I see of this administration — if it can really be called an “administration” — I am convinced Mr. Obama is absolutely intent on destroying this country economically. Then everything else just falls apart! When you witness the enormous debt being incurred, the abatemate/cancellation of drilling off the ocast of Alaska within the next two years that would have resulted in oil production for this country, cancellation of shale activities in the Western States, the snubbing of one of our staunchest supporters — Israel– and on and on what other conclusion can you draw? How long must we sit back and take this? It is not America. It is not Freedom. It is not our way of life!

      Mrs. Kimberly Benacquista

    54. Richard Cancemi says:

      The snake oil salesman is at it again.
      Is it possible for this man who sits in the White House ever to be honest instead of two-faced? Will he ever uphold the oath he took when he became President? Will he ever work FOR the USA instead of against it? Can we ever hope for a prosperous America for its citizens and not have all the wealth revert to the government to dole out under this Progressive plague that is decimating America?
      Have the schools dumbed down people so much that they drift in a sea of blindness and ignorance?

    55. Jim Franciose, Arizo says:

      So, once again, our 'fearless' leader is speaking out of both sides of his mouth: "Giving" with one hand and taking away with the other….It'll all come home to roost in November.

    56. Marilyn - Arizona says:

      Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain! Anytime this administration APPEARS to be doing good, you need to look behind the curtain. This is no exception.

    57. okiejim says:

      If the President’s cabinet is so enamored with the price of fuel in Europe and in other socialist countries, please free welcome to move there. We certainly do not need $8.00/gallon fuel in this country. What the buireaucrats in Washington do not understand is that most of the people living in this vast country must, of necessity, drive more than one or two blocks for everything. When just the cost of buying necessities exceeds the financial capability of families, the economy collapses. The poor get poorer and the wealthier members of society are burdened with more taxes, and higher production costs. I’m not an economist, but this does not make any sense at all. Washington needs to lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way.

    58. Mary, Houston, TX says:

      Who stood by and let John McCain to selected to run for president?

      Who believed that it would be possible for John McCain to win?

      Who ignored the best possible candidate.

      John McCain has received praise for his prisoner of war bravery but that does not make him qualified to be president. He was a very unattractive choice on all counts.

      If Mitt Romney had been chosen we would not be in this horrible situation.

      Now John McCain will allow Sara to lose some support just for standing by him. I say that is a shame. Please let us be more careful this time around.

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    60. Norm, PA says:

      We keep hearing about the high gas prices in Europe and how we should be so straddled. People around the world lack sufficient food….Should we also be so straddled!???!!??

    61. E. Jones ,Monroe, OH says:

      This is just aother way to destroy America with heavy taxes. This is a war of terror against the citizens of this great country.He and his Marxist party hate America. He wishes to destroy the middle class and make us slaves to a soviet state. Cap and Tax will make things so expense it will impossible to exist. I have never been so angry with government. There is such hatred coming from this administration, it is hard to believe.!! When to the gulags open? When is free speech gone??When is free movement within the U S A gone and check points set up?? Communism is here with the chosen one dictator in chief in charge of ruining our lives forever. The death panels will get rid of seniors as quickly as possible.A plague is infecting America.and we may never recover from this evil.

      Read "THE PLUGUE" by Camus …it is here and for real. Doom!!

    62. Jeanne Stotler,Woodb says:

      Dr. Krauthammer is a guest often on CBS Sunday, he also writes for th Washington Post, read his insight on Obama. Dr. Krauthammer is an M.D. with his specialty being physciatry, and also holds a law degree. He is a quadra plegic and says he'd rather be paralized from the neck down then from the neck up. His thoughts on Obama are dead on, we should be afraid, very afraid.

    63. Harley Spoon, Austin says:

      Frostproof from Florida has really taken a big sip of that Bakken Formation tea…kind of like the Opium tea those Tea Partiers have been partaking of.

      Bakken has estimates of 4.3 billion "technically recoverable barrels" but hard to access and very expensive crude oil..mostly shale and sand….Where he and they get that $16/bbl price is beyond anyone's imagination and totally ridiculous…

      The US uses about 20,000,000 barrels of crude (refined) every day. Divide that 4.3 billion barrels of "technically recoverable" crude at Bakken and see how long that lasts…even if we could refine it…Of course, it won't be "recovered" all at one time, will it? Of course not! And old Frostproof forgets that if all that crude was recoverable tomorrow, we couldn't begin to refine any of it because we don't have the capacity to refine the crude we have access to!

      Even the FOX REPUBLICAN PROPAGANDA NETWORK hasn't fallen for that "pressure cooker" stock pushing group Frostproof has obviously invested in. Forbes hasn't either or his magazine would be going crazy touting the story on the magazine cover if it was as good as Frostproof seems think. WHERE IS THE GOLDRUSH????? OR CRUDE RUSH?????

      Oh, and how long will it take to "recover" all that crude…and then "refine it" in refineries we don't have….and then get it to the pump at a price that won't shock the domestic economy. Never forget that oil companies won't pull crude of any sort out of the ground unless world crude is high. When the price drops, producers shut the wells down….because they all work under the principle that if the supply is tight the price will be higher…and if the supply is loose, the price at the pump will be lower….Whatever it takes to keep the price high is what the oil industry from the well to the refiner to the pump will do…..but, then, why would I expect the whores of the plutocrats, oligarchs and corporatists to grasp any of that….

    64. Maryland says:

      This is just another way he has devised to take over another segment of the private sector. If he really wanted to do something about oil and gas production and prices he would remove all the EPA restrictions on the oil companies and unleash the production power of this industry. Some way some how. This is one year I wish November came after December.

    65. Lee Patten, Maryland says:

      This is just another way he has devised to take over another segment of the private sector. If he really wanted to do something about oil and gas production and prices he would remove all the EPA restrictions on the oil companies and unleash the production power of this industry. Some way, some how. This is one year I wish November came after December.

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    67. Judith in Michigan says:

      No one around the globe is surprised anymore by Mr O & Co's

      mad rush into Socialism. This is cheered in many quarters. But what is truly surprising is the number of Congressmen & women who also seem to agree with this hostile takeover of our country and the remaking of it into a Marxist pseuo-eutopia.

      Have all of these people always believed in the Karl Marx theories, or are they being threatened into "going along" or else they will suffer the consequences? I can't believe that the majority of Americans want to live under this horrible oppression and knowingly voted for Socialism in America.

      The issues about energy production, corporate write-downs, attacks on all businesses and the the concept of "profit" and the free market, etc leads one to conclude that the groundwork is being laid for a total government takeover of the entire private sector in the United States of America, "For our own good!".

      Everyday now, it is one attack and one lie after another. Most Americans can see through this charade.

      Beware of the "fine print". Mr. O's announcement about this seemingly reversal on energy policy said only exploration, not actual drilling, Many leases were recently pulled and dates pushed farther back.. He is very aware that drilling of any kind will never be allowed while the Democrats are in power. He is counting on that. If you don't want to live under Communist (Yes, I said the "C" word!) rule, then vote the Democrats out of office while we still can.

      It is that simple.

    68. Paul Terry Stone, Su says:

      I fell for this one. It seemed most strange that Obama would open up off shore oil fields for anything close to future drilling and now I know why he said what he did.

    69. Sandy Downey, The Wo says:

      I thought it is being proven there is not a global warming so why are they trying to go through with the cap and trade, or whatever name they want to change it to thinking the American people are stupid and won't know it if they just change the name. Shouldn't the congress stop all of this lying and try to stand up for America – that is what we elected them to do – the conservative movement is going to grow and explode pretty quick;ly. I just can't fathom having a President who hates America, but I surely think we have one.

    70. John B. San Diego says:

      Citizens of all 50 states, we face a huge dilemma, the left backed by green crowd don't want us to have adequate energy and right backed by the finacial crowd want to manipulate the market so we have high energy costs.

      One side seems to compliment the other; who’s stuck in the middle holding the bag?

      Market Manipulators or Environmental Activists….we pick….. Either way we are the losers. Both groups seem to be comfortable with squeezing the life blood out of Our Country; in doing so wrecking the manufacturing, industrial, retailing, and service industries Where does that leave the ordinary Joe and Jane as providers of family, small business, investors trying to make prudent decisions, and lastly our tax base that will provide the funds necessary to buy our way out of this massive debt? Well I submit that leaves we Citizens cut off at the knees.

      Can't stand and fight plus unable to run for cover; there will be no cover, this IS IT.

      Anyone need anymore proof than the "JOBLESS RECOVERY?"

      The Entangled Mess of energy transition? WE will eventually run out of oil!

      I'm not arguing for either side…I'm saying get rid of every stinking one of them!

      Trust in our government is lacking and they lack the ability to solve our problems.

      Fire them, clean out your desks and report to the back of the unemployment line.

      I could go on; you get my drift; Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!

    71. Rob Birdsall says:

      Funny how conservatives are continually called greed mongers. I earn a meager 40k a year and govt skims 35% before I see it. Then they get sales and property tax to bring it around to 50% of my income, Now they want more, more, more. I would rather have this than any handout any day. Lets face facts, they are not listening to THE PEOPLE and if any one of us behaved the way most of our politicans do we go to jail. Need some money just print some, don't like the rules, change 'em. Is this what it means to LEAD BY EXAMPLE? This administration is paving the way for irresponsible leadership.

    72. RODNEY Francour St. says:

      My daughter said to me."Dad,the way this country is going, I don't want my children to have children. Thanks Obama and the rest of you A-Holes in Washington………

    73. William Morrison Rin says:

      During the campaign for the presidency, Obama said numerous times that he not only supported expansion of nuclear power, but also supported the building of the waste depository in Yucca Mountain. When Harry Reid spoke out against the construction of Yucca mountain, Obama basically told Reid to deal with it. Now fast forward to 2 weeks ago, after Prince Harry helped secure passage of Obamacare, the Obama administration withdrew the applications for construction of Yucca Mountain thus killing the project. Until there is additional oil flowing from off of our shores, don't place any trust in the Liberal lies that Obama is polluting our atmosphere with.

    74. Helmetfoot says:

      Now is about the time that we have a re-run of that Broadway Play and Movie entitled "76 Trombones. Professor Hill says "We got trouble, We got trouble in River City." then he sells the folks on the concept that if they buy new uniforms for the high school band, all kids will be wonderful. Befor that it was "snake oil" that cured everything.

      Professor Hill has sold us crisis after crisis and some folks bought into it.

      My vision of Obama is that he's on the baack of a horse-drawn wagon, singing that Trouble in River City song and laughing at us bumpkins. He's a liar and a "Con Man."

      Shake hands with him and then count your fingers.

    75. John Kohlenberg says:

      The next move Obama is about to make is to make 1 April a national holliday for Satan.

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    77. Jeanne Stotler,Woodb says:

      I just listened to Sean Hannity's TV show, he had a Black Democrat on who says he is sorry he voted for BHO and he described his as arragant, and egotistic, I take yhis as a sign of hope.

    78. SSgt M. Dias USMC Ch says:

      What about all the promises made by the Almighty Obama Kenyan born citizen during the Presidential Campaign? Why is his birth certificate still sealed in Hawaii?

      Where are the photos of Obama and the President of Israel from last weeks visit to the White House?

      How can we ever trust this so called Messiah? And Yes: God gave us a Messiah. I am still looking for A President.

      MAY THE ALMIGHTY GOD BLESS AMERICA

    79. Jim from the heartla says:

      It is difficult to beleive that any one or group would deliberately destroy this great Republic, yet it is happening. All the above comments allude to that FACT. It is our duty as patriots to get off our duffs and spread the Gospel (both Gospels, for that matter). I am as grateful for conservative radio and 'TV as I am dismayed at the Progressive Elitist "you know whats" who own and control the liberal media. It is true that Obama and his ilk appear to have traitorious intent in every thing they do.

    80. Leith Wood Richmond, says:

      Obama, you keep pushing your Socialist agenda for taking over our freedoms and our free enterprise system and we will push back even harder and dispose of you in 2012 and much of the Congress in November.

    81. robert sargent westv says:

      obama needs the independent voters.its a bone for them,i think he has no plans to drill off shore.all the regulations,and the mind numbing red tape will prevent that from ever happening.2010 we have to stay true and vote for america not the obama thugs who have just taking apart our constitution.we all knew its was a matter of time before we have a president who wants to be king.

    82. Tenn Slim Tennessee says:

      Frostproof

      Wilco and out.

      bt

      Your post is on the Net as we speak.

      bt

      Folks, the cat is oficially out of the Guvmnt bag. Rush Predicted this on 3/10/10, OBNA now blatantly, openly and clearly, is enunciating his Leftist/Socialistic policies. With the Drill Now, statement, any person with an ounce of reason grasps the import, the meaning, and the intent.

      We Will Prevail

      Semper Fi

      end

    83. Tenn Slim Tennessee says:

      Opine

      Re the OBNA Drill statement, I would offer the following.

      April 1, 2010

      Action Front, Frontal Assault

      Operation Drill; by OBNA

      EPA (Cap Co2 Emissions from Energy Producers, Left Flank)

      Dept of Energy (Control via permits, Regulations, Energy Producers, Right Flank)

      Environmentalists NGOs, Czar Agencies & Organizations (Watch dogs in Federal Courts, Middle sector)

      Czar led Agencies attendant to and parallel with (Logistics Support for Operation Drill)

      Tactic: Obfuscate, Divert attention, buy time, shell game for Centrists & GOP, Tea Party members.

      Strategy: Eliminate attention on HC Potholes, HC court actions, draw monies, draw attention to Operation Drill, while HC settles into USA Electorate consciences.” Once Bill is passed you will understand and like it “ Senator Pelosi 3/2010.

      Mission: Obtain NN% of GNP, with attendant gains in GNP for HC, Automotive Production, SEC Fiscal GNP control, States Fiscal Demise via Education subsidies control, Housing Market GNP control, Fiscal Control of GNP via Banking, Insurance industry.

      End

      We Will Prevail

      Semper FI

    84. jim cowen Westlake v says:

      How about some research on the effect of $ 2.00/ per gallon for gas vs. $ 3.00 per gallon. Would the extra cash flow to all consumers help discretionary spending in the economy? How about a reduction in the marginal tax rates to stimulate spending by the general population? Let's focus on real world solutions to our big economic problems..More supply of domestic oil should help us more than spending at high gas price levels which gives the $$$ to foreign interests.. Are our legislators trying to help foreign interests more than our own? Seems like it..

    85. CM, Colorado says:

      Guess I'll walk, but will I be charged for carbon emissions for walking and using oxygen,and expelling CO2.

    86. Doug Whaley, Lake Ha says:

      Hard to fight the Obama/Reid/Pelosi regime along with their state run media. Their dishonesty, deceitfulness and dedication to thier goal of destroying the private US economy knows no bounds. Now that there are more union workers than those employed privately the game may be up. Even if Republicans can win back the house and senate I doubt seriously if they have the guts to turn things around. The fat lady may not have sung yet, but the lights are out and the great American expiriment is hanging on by a tiny finger.

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    89. Vinnie, Pittsburg, P says:

      B. Hussein is afflicted with diminished capacity (google it) and is very dangerous.

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    91. Jim Roumeliotis - Hu says:

      So clear….yet so vague.

      So reasonable…yet so misunderstood.

      So true….yet so unbelievable

      How can any person not see the direction this country is going in………

      Those interested in their personal interest and only their interests are draging us down the path of distruction……..when do we wake up and take action? Is time for talk over? Is action needed? Are we so fragmented that we are of little threat to the Libs….

    92. Margaret, Santa Cruz says:

      So Llok at the USA now after one year and look back 1 months at George Bush and firends…We are better off, we have more job, we pay Less in payroll taxes each and every paycheck and the entire world is not against the USA. You can pretend things were better with the conservatives in charge but they threw the middle class and poor under the bus repeatedly and you all seem gullible enough to think they did it for our own good! Think…read…something other then right wing jingoism and you will see that you are indeed better off then a year ago and chances are good that you will be even better off in another year…so why would you want to vote the republicans in again…they do spend your money, they do vote no on every bill that helps poor and middle class..they do spend more money and raise taxes on all but the rich but somehow they have convinced all of you that they are your kind father looking out for you!!! That Father is in heaven and he does look out for you but he would NOT be a republican or for their propaganda!

    93. Margaret, Santa Cruz says:

      So Look at the USA now after one year and look back 18 months at George Bush and friends…We are better off, we have more job, we pay Less in payroll taxes each and every paycheck and the entire world is not against the USA. You can pretend things were better with the conservatives in charge but they threw the middle class and poor under the bus repeatedly and you all seem gullible enough to think they did it for our own good! Think…read…something other then right wing jingoism and you will see that you are indeed better off then a year ago and chances are good that you will be even better off in another year…so why would you want to vote the republicans in again…they do spend your money, they do vote no on every bill that helps poor and middle class..they do spend more money and raise taxes on all but the rich but somehow they have convinced all of you that they are your kind father looking out for you!!! That Father is in heaven and he does look out for you but he would NOT be a republican or for their propaganda!

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