Jul 12, 2010 Political
I will say one thing for Barack Obama, he is dedicated to his golf game. That is about the only thing he works on with any regularity. The country is in bad shape, the economy is in the dumper, the Gulf oil spill is still spewing gallon upon gallon of oil and Obama plays golf.
Here it is July 12th which is 12 days later than the date we were told that BP would be sucking up 90% of the leaking oil. On June 15th, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that there was a strategy that BP was pursuing “at the behest of the government” and that it would contain 90% of the oil by the end of June.
In other words, the White House told us that it had a plan and that it told BP to carry out this plan and that the plan would result in 90% of the oil being removed and that it would be accomplished by the end of June.
People in the Gulf are losing their money, their businesses and their hope as well as the place they live and Obama appears unconcerned and unable to mount any effective response.
This should settle once and for all this Obama notion that government is the answer to everything and that government does it best. Our government has, according to Obama, been engaged since day one and it has failed to have any impact. From not having the proper equipment to refusing assistance that was offered by countries that know what they are doing, this regime has blown it.
Instead of fixing things the regime is interested in lawsuits and legal action.
Arizona asks for the US Army on the border (in the form of the National Guard) and instead it gets an army of lawyers filing suit against Arizona. The Gulf needs its livelihood (oil drilling) to continue but Obama has put a moratorium on drilling and is prepared to ignore a judge’s ruling overturning the moratorium.
Meanwhile, oil rigs are leaving the Gulf and won’t be back any time soon.
Things are going to hell in a hand basket and Obama fiddles on the golf course.
And when he is not doing that he is at fundraisers.
Nero had nothing on this guy…
Never surrender, never submit.
Jun 20, 2010 Political
Unlike Barack Obama, BP CEO Tony Hayward has been in the Gulf since very early on in the spill and has been there nearly every day since. He and his company have a lot to answer for and they certainly have a lot of the blame for what happened with the oil rig and the events that led to the spill. None of this is in dispute.
However, the company has been working around the clock to try to get the leak stopped. They have run into problems along the way but they are trying nonetheless. The federal government, led by Barack Obama, claims to have been on the scene since day one and to have been fully engaged but this is a blatant lie.
The regime has made the disaster much worse than it should have been by a slow response and by refusing help from people around the world who have experience. The leak is ongoing but we could have had equipment managing the spill in the Gulf in short order if Obama had taken the steps a true leader would have.
Instead, he did very important things like play golf about a dozen times, host Paul McCartney, attend fund raisers and frolic around like child all while the situation in the Gulf, the one Obama said he was responsible for and on top of, got worse.
Tony Hayward of BP has been made a villain in all of this and has been beaten like a piñata even though he has been working here since not long after the incident. If Obama, who claims NOW not to be Superman, can’t suck it up with a straw (though I understand he did well with that as a teen) then what is Hayward supposed to do? Nevertheless, Hayward is the one who gets beaten up as he was in his appearance before Congress where he was accused, among other things, of not answering questions.
Who can blame him? His company is sure to get sued and what he says there might be used in the suits. Just say little to nothing until the court cases are settled and if Congress does not like that then so be it.
Hayward’s company has already stated that it will pay all legitimate claims. It has been forced through coercion to put aside 20 billion dollars that some US government schlep will dole out (watch for this to be a political slush fund for the well connected) even though his company is only on the hook for 75 MILLION dollars.
Under the law Congress enacted after the Exxon Valdez incident, an oil company is required to pay the costs of clean up and up to 75 MILLION dollars in claims. THIS IS THE LAW.
Now Congress wants to pass a law to raise that cap and make it retroactive to cover the BP spill even though that appears to be a violation of the US Constitution (Article I, Section 9, Para Clause 3) though that might be a muddied argument depending on whether the issue is considered criminal or civil.
In any event, Tony Hayward was relieved of his duties in the Gulf and was sent back to England. Let me iterate, HE IS NO LONGER IN CHARGE OF THE RESPONSE IN THE GULF AND HAS BEEN SENT BACK HOME TO ENGLAND.
So Mr Hayward is back in England and decides to go to some yachting event with the other rich people (I suppose).
Just when it seemed Gulf residents couldn’t get any more outraged about the massive oil spill fouling their coastline, word came Saturday that BP’s CEO was taking time off to attend a glitzy yacht race in England.
Tony Hayward’s latest public relations gaffe didn’t sit well with people in the U.S. who have seen their livelihoods ruined by the massive two-month oil spill.
“Man, that ain’t right. None of us can even go out fishing, and he’s at the yacht races,” said Bobby Pitre, 33, who runs a tattoo shop in Larose, La. “I wish we could get a day off from the oil, too.” My Way News
This ticked off a lot of people in America (as evidenced in the quote). The fact that Hayward went to the event was not missed by the Obama regime.
I find it interesting that Obama has played golf about a dozen times since the oil spill began and played golf around the same time that Hayward, WHO IS NO LONGER IN CHARGE OF THE GULF RESPONSE, was at a yacht race. Obama even attended a baseball game the night before. Why is Hayward the bad guy for going to a yacht race AFTER he was relieved of his duties but Obama can participate in many sporting events (among many other superfluous items) and he is still supposedly in charge (at least that is what he keeps saying)?
I would be just as happy if they relieved Obama of his duties and he went out and played golf. In fact, if he steps down he can play even more.
But people need to stop whining because Tony Hayward, who is by no means a saint, goes to a yacht race after he was relieved of his duties and focus more on Obama who is supposed to be in charge but seems to live on a golf course.
Never surrender, never submit.
Jun 16, 2010 Political
Barack Obama was on TV last evening discussing the oil spill in the Gulf and he used the crisis to push his agenda forward. He used his buzz words about this being the moment and the opportunity for this generation to end our dependence on fossil fuels. He spent the first part of the speech discussing the wonderful response of the federal government. He was basically trying to convince people that he was on top of things from the start. Then he went into the whole clean energy hard sell.
This fits right in with the never let a crisis go to waste and puts winds in the sails of John Kerry and Joe Lieberman who are putting forward the cap and tax bill. They were overjoyed to learn that the cost to families will be between $80 and $150 a year. They are giddy at this and Lieberman thinks it is great. What family would not be happy to spend less than a dollar a day to green up the country?
“There’ll be some people who will want to demagogue that politically, but that’s less than $1 a day,” Lieberman told reporters. “Is the American household willing to pay less than $1 so we don’t have to buy oil from foreign countries, so we can create millions of new jobs, so we can clean up our environment? I think the answer is going to be yes.” Politico
I guess I am one to demagogue because I can think of plenty of families who will not want to pay this. Perhaps those who are in foreclosure or are struggling to make ends meet. Perhaps those who do not have a job, the supposed priority of the Obama regime, would have a problem paying the money.
I do not think the numbers add up because we have seen time and again government estimates that end up costing way more than advertised. The health care bill was touted as a savings measure as Democrats hid the true cost. Once the bill was signed into law the real numbers came out and this monster will cost a hell of a lot more than advertised.
The cap and tax will be no different as the politicians decide they need more and more of our money. THEY ALWAYS WANT MORE.
Obama is using the crisis in the Gulf to bash BP (the company Kerry was courting when writing his bill) and to push an agenda that will cost us a fortune. Yes, we will pay more than the amount Lieberman proudly proclaims and we will also pay the increased costs to companies because costs are passed on to consumers.
Remember, it was Barack Obama who said his cap and tax scheme would necessarily cause electricity costs to skyrocket.
Obama sounded flat last night as if he were giving a half hearted campaign speech.
You know he has jumped the shark when he has lost his cheer leading section in the state run media.
Yes, Obama is not letting this crisis go to waste. He is using the tragedy to push something he has wanted all along.
I noticed he mentioned Katrina a few times as if he was trying to say that he is not as bad as the last guy. Funny, the folks in Louisiana don’t see it that way.
Never surrender, never submit.
Jun 10, 2010 Political
The common perception among those on the left is that the Republican party is the party of the rich companies and that all those companies contribute to Republicans while poor Democrats must scrape money together so they can take care of the downtrodden.
The reality is that the Democrats are the ones who reap big benefits from the rich companies. This is not to say that Republicans do not get donations from those companies but Democrats, by and large, reap benefits from the very companies they then pretend to admonish.
The Wall Street crowd is in the pockets of Democrats. Goldman Sachs donated tons of money to Obama and his Democrats and a number of former Goldman employees now roost in the Obama regime. Obama and the Democrats tout reform of Wall Street and talk about putting the screws to the financial world but the regulations will benefit the big companies, those that donate to Democrats.
BP is in the news because of the Gulf oil leak and Obama and his regime are going after them, keeping their boots on the BP throats as it were. But BP has been a big supporter of Obama and the Democrats. BP donated a lot of money to them and that company has been on board with many of the items on the Obama agenda.
While BP has resisted some government interventions, it has lobbied for tax hikes, greenhouse gas restraints, the stimulus bill, the Wall Street bailout, and subsidies for oil pipelines, solar panels, natural gas and biofuels. Washington Examiner
BP has been on board for all of this and it lobbies the government for things that will benefit the company. Since it is on board with these items it is reasonable to assume that they will benefit the company.
BP is currently the whipping boy for the Obama regime and that might help Obama with his street creds but when the time comes he will have his hand out looking for BP money. When the time comes Obama will be looking for BP support for more of his agenda.
Obama has been slow to respond to the mess in the Gulf and his base is starting to see how he lacks the experience and leadership to handle a crisis and this has frustrated him. This is why he has ratcheted up his rhetoric and is looking for some “ass to kick.”
Don’t be fooled by these people. They are in the pockets of big and powerful companies and they are beholden to those who have helped them achieve power.
They can talk about how they are looking out for the little guy but little guys do not have the money required to get an audience with Obama and his Democrats.
Never surrender, never submit.
Jun 9, 2010 Political
Barack Obama is taking a beating over the Gulf oil spill. He is facing the same accusations that Bush did when everything Katrina was blamed on him. I don’t think Barack Obama could have done anything to fix the problem any more than Bush could have done anything to fix Katrina. Bush mobilized FEMA and, all the politics aside, the federal response was challenging but not nearly as bad as depicted. The major problem is that few understand the role of FEMA and the federal government in these kinds of things.
Obama claims he was engaged from day one. I doubt this and there is little involvement right now. Katrina involved a state but the oil spill is already in federal territory. The feds could have ramped up immediately and quite a bit by now but booms still sit unused. Certainly BP is responsible for the spill and has the expertise to fix this, expertise the feds do not have. But Obama took responsibility. He told us that BP does not make a move without the government approving it. He said this was the case from the start.
The problem is that the appearance is Obama is not leading in this issue. The perception of Bush (painted by the Democrats) was that he was not engaged but the Lessons Learned from Katrina shows this not to be the case. It is all about perception and Obama does not appear to be leading, whether he is or not. The perception is that he is not in charge.
Obama has been beaten up over his engagement because it looks like he is not involved and that he is aloof. Perhaps this is because he lacks the executive experience to handle these kinds of emergencies. He has never led anything and he has never been in charge during an emergency and now his inexperience is showing.
So what is the cool Obama to do?
He loses it on TV and says he needs to know “whose ass to kick.”
I don’t sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar; we talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers — so I know whose ass to kick Yahoo News
Looks like Obama is getting his script from Spike Lee.
Exactly what is Obama going to do and exactly how will he kick any ass? How can he kick any ass when he has his boot on their throats? Will he kick his own ass for the failures of government?
Obama is expressing himself in a not so presidential manner because he knows that as each day passes he will lose more seats in Congress. Though he might benefit from losing Congress (look what a Republican Congress did for Bill Clinton), he certainly does not want to be the record holder for lost seats.
That is a distinct possibility because he is looking more like Jimmy Carter during the Iran Hostage Crisis and less like the Hope and Change dreamer people voted for.
Mr. Obama, I know you need to know whose ass to kick but many of us already have that answer. We are going to kick your party’s ass in the next election.
And by doing that we will also be kicking your sorry ass.
As an aside, imagine what it would have been like in the MSM had someone said that Obama needed to have his ass kicked. I bet they would have been howling like scalded dogs and someone might have been visited by the Secret Service.
Obama reminds me of the scene from My Cousin Vinny:
Vinny: Hey, Vincent LaGuardia Gambini–
Lisa: His name’s J.T.
Vinny: J.T., I believe you and Lisa played a game of pool for two hundred dollars, which she won; I’m here to collect.
J.T.: How ’bout if I just kick your ass?
Vinny: Oh, a counteroffer. That’s what we lawyers, I’m a lawyer, call that a counteroffer. Let me see, this is a tough decision you’re giving me here. Get my ass kicked or collect two hundred dollars. Hmm, let me think. I could use a good ass kicking, I’ll be very honest with you. Nah, I think I’ll just go with the two hundred. [more]
Yep, in November Obama is going to find out what an ass kicking really is.
Never surrender, never submit.