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Wind, Solar Produce only 1% of Electric Needs; Need “Comprehensive Energy Plan”

May 23, 2009

Democrats will increase energy costs and make the U.S. more dependent on foreign oil if they focus solely on alternative energy, the Republicans say.

In the party’s weekly radio and Internet address Saturday, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., said Republicans support a more comprehensive energy plan that would increase funding for energy research, develop U.S. oil and gas resources and promote clean coal and nuclear power.

“Democrats have focused solely on what they call green jobs. Those are jobs from alternative energy. I support green jobs, but why discriminate?” Barrasso said. “American energy means American jobs, which is why I support red-white-and-blue jobs.”

He said renewable energy such as wind and solar power is important, noting that Wyoming has world-class wind resources. But Barrasso said wind and solar only account for about 1 percent of U.S. electricity, far below what is needed to meet the nation’s energy needs.

Associated Press

Barrasso also said Democrats were misguided by ruling out the use of U.S. oil in places such as the Outer Continental Shelf and Alaska.

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We’re No Longer Thinking Trough Problems? Gitmo, Stimulus, Cap and Trade are Just a Few Examples

May 22, 2009

If you had fallen asleep, say, last November, only to wake up this week, you might ask: “When did we stop thinking through the solutions to our problems?”

The answer, one might suppose, could be that if you have a Democrat in the White House and a huge Democrat majority in the House and Senate, no further thinking is required.

For example: after two years of preaching about the immorality of Gitmo, the Congress rejected the funding the White House requested to close Gitmo because they weren’t given a plan on where to put the prisoners.

So the President yesterday gave another hour-long sermon on Gitmo.  To which Harry Reid said, “We still need a plan.”

Not only that, the plan in the speech hasn’t been well thought out.  

“There’s a whole contingent of issues that have to be well thought out before we ever agreed to bring inmates of that caliber into our system,” said Bryan Lowry, president of the National Council of Prison Locals, which represents federal correctional officers.

The stimulus, which spread out $787 billion of taxpayers money like manure on the land wasn’t read by any “lawmaker” that any member of the media has found.  Now Henry Waxman has offered to cure this problem on the Cap and Trade Bill: he’s hired a speed reader.

Rip van Winkle might just elect to go back to sleep fearing that this is going from really bad to really worse….

Here’s a thought: reactivate Alcatraz, put the Gitmo prisoners there and they can vote for Nancy Pelosi…..

Even Joe Biden says we aren’t thinking:
Biden on Obama’s Gitmo “Plan”: “It’s Like Opening Pandora’s Box”

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“Nobody liked it that we didn’t read the stimulus bill so we hired a speed reader for Waxman’s bill” – Congress

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If you had told me some of these Obama stories three months ago I would have said “impossible!”

Was it Joe Biden, Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton that thought it was a good idea to encourage Russia to just hit the “reset” button?  Well, whoever…..

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a red button marked "reset" in English and "overload" in Russian.
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Let’s Talk: Pirate Episode Hurt Obama’s Negotiating Cred

 Obama Loses Photo Op War To Chavez (and the Saudi King, and….): Call Oprah!

The fact that American “lawmakers” are busy passing bills that they haven’t read seems to go hand in glove with a White House that hasn’t thought through the implications of many things.  The Obama Bow to the Saudi King smacks of obeisance; defined as “bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame;” or “the act of obeying; dutiful or submissive behavior with respect to another person.”

The President of the United States Barack Obama greets King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.

The President of the United States Barack Obama greets King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Photo: Getty Images

Is this what the White House wanted?  It is what they got.

The Brit Prime Minister got movies on CD from the President of the United States: not a very symbolic gift.  One was “Star Wars.”  And nobody in the White House even checked to see if these CDs can be watched in the UK (they use different digital formatting: the CDs given by Obama are “blank” on UK machines).

Don’t forget, many Presidents of the United States do their work in the Oval Office on the “Resolute Desk” which is made from the timbers of a Royal Navy Warship.  That’s symbolism.

JFK among otheres used the “Resolute Desk” — a gift from the UK.  Obama returned one gift from the UK: A Statue of Sir Winston Churchill.

The president gave the Queen of England an IPod — made in China.

The Secretary of State in this Obama Administration gave her Russian counterpart a giant red button which was supposed to be marked “reset.”  But the word was not spelled correctly or was just flat out the wrong word.  Besides:  to most Russians a giant red button is for launching nuclear weapons…..

So what are we resetting to with Russia?  Ask Joe Biden: it was his idea apparently to make the ‘reset” button.  Joe “Advisor to Many Presidents” Biden should have asked the staff to discuss with him how Vladimir Putin might reset — back to his KGB roots?
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“Nobody liked it that we didn’t read the stimulus bill so we hired a speed reader for Waxman’s bill” – Congress

May 22, 2009

It seems so asinine that it should only be allowed in a movie like “Animal House.”  But it is in the nation’s House.  Nancy Pelosi’s House.  The House of Representatives.

The stimulus was $787 billion: the biggest spending bill ever in our 200 plus year history.  Yet it was rammed through Congress and no lawmaker admitted to reading it.

Now because, why, the world will end in September?  We have to ram through and enact as law a multi-billion dollar spending bill to lower carbon emissions into the air.

And OBVIOUSLY nobody has time to read and understand all this “jargon” before voting so we’ll hire a speed reader who will give us the Cliff Notes.

If this keeps up, torture will make a real come back and it won’t be confined to Gitmo….

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The greenback may be headed for a tumble as intense selling is underway.

Obama-logic: What if JFK had said: “That golf playing fool Ike left me a mess”

May 22, 2009

This juicy piece of Obama-logic came out of a student’s mouth just yesterday: “I should never have gotten into college because my high school teachers sucked so bad.”

Well, it’s “badly” not bad — so the teachers and the student both have flaws.

But blaming the other guy seems to be an Obama fixation that isn’t something we want to teach our kids.

Do you recall Winston Churchill going on about “Nevil Chamberlain got us into this…”

Neville Chamberlain

How about Harry Truman: “That S.O.B. never told me anything and now we find out he was playing with weapons of mass destruction.”

How about “Ask not what your country can do for you.  Ask what you can do for your country.”

JFK might easily have said, “That golf playing fool Ike left me a mess…”

Did Lincoln carry on, “I told everyone Buchanan would get us into a Civil War!”

Well, we don’t teach American history the way we used to but we do demonize a lot in the history books the kids have now.  Prayer is bad.  Oil is bad.  Wall Street traders are bad. 

Sound like any politicans you know?

 Government jobs are good.  The environment is, as Nancy Pelosi said just yesterday, “the greatest challenge of our day.”  She said climate change is a “national security, economic, environmental health and moral issue.”

God must have annointed Nancy to tackle this challenge: never mind jobs and the economy and creating wealth.

Curing our climate problems and gaining government health care will bail us all out.

Really?  The rest of the world got rich on wind turbines and free medical care?

Barack Obama spent one of his hours as President of the United States attacking another President of the United States.

Obama’s speech wasn’t needed.  It only continued to stir up the pot that Obama himself stirred by releasing some of the government’s classified documents and Nancy Pelosi stirred by saying the CIA systematically and repeatedly lied to Congress.

If the speeech had a real purpose like spelling out the Obama plan to put all the prisoners somewhwere else to the satisfaction of Congressional lawmakers, I missed it.  Just after the speech, a dumbfounded Harry Reid said, “We still need a plan.”

This is good for the nation?  This is solving real problems: like the economy, the lack of jobs, and our crazy belief that cleaner air and government controlled health care will make the nation prosperous, create lots of high paying jobs?

I’ll give President Obama and Speaker Pelosi the Moral High Ground Award.  You’re both right.  Now shut up and get to work.

We have nothing to fear but fear itself.  And the guys that made this mess…..

Even the newspapers in California decided to blame the wrong guy this week: attacking the stupidity of the voters.

What?

California’s voters should recall their elected representatives and allow their newspapers to fail.

And American voters should, as we are past Obama’s 100 day point, be a little less tolerant of this self-righteous blame game that is not creating wealth or jobs….

Politicians should leave judgements of history to others.  They have a lot of tough work to do without tackling that…..

Waxman-Markey And The Climate-Industrial Complex

May 22, 2009

Some business leaders are cozying up with politicians and scientists to demand swift, drastic action on global warming. This is a new twist on a very old practice: companies using public policy to line their own pockets.

By Bjorn Lomborg
The wall Street Journal

The tight relationship between the groups echoes the relationship among weapons makers, researchers and the U.S. military during the Cold War. President Dwight Eisenhower famously warned about the might of the “military-industrial complex,” cautioning that “the potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.” He worried that “there is a recurring temptation to feel that some spectacular and costly action could become the miraculous solution to all current difficulties.”

This is certainly true of climate change. We are told that very expensive carbon regulations are the only way to respond to global warming, despite ample evidence that this approach does not pass a basic cost-benefit test. We must ask whether a “climate-industrial complex” is emerging, pressing taxpayers to fork over money to please those who stand to gain.

This phenomenon will be on display at the World Business Summit on Climate Change in Copenhagen this weekend. The organizers — the Copenhagen Climate Council — hope to push political leaders into more drastic promises when they negotiate the Kyoto Protocol’s replacement in December.

The opening keynote address is to be delivered by Al Gore, who actually represents all three groups: He is a politician, a campaigner and the chair of a green private-equity firm invested in products that a climate-scared world would buy.

U.S. Congressman Henry Waxman (D-California) attends a panel ...

U.S. Congressman Henry Waxman (D-California) attends a panel discussion on “the Future of Health” at the 2009 Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, April 27, 2009. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

Naturally, many CEOs are genuinely concerned about global warming. But many of the most vocal stand to profit from carbon regulations. The term used by economists for their behavior is “rent-seeking.”

The world’s largest wind-turbine manufacturer, Copenhagen Climate Council member Vestas, urges governments to invest heavily in the wind market. It sponsors CNN’s “Climate in Peril” segment, increasing support for policies that would increase Vestas’s earnings. A fellow council member, Mr. Gore’s green investment firm Generation Investment Management, warns of a significant risk to the U.S. economy unless a price is quickly placed on carbon.

Even companies that are not heavily engaged in green business stand to gain. European energy companies made tens of billions of euros in the first years of the European Trading System when they received free carbon emission allocations.

American electricity utility Duke Energy, a member of the Copenhagen Climate Council, has long promoted a U.S. cap-and-trade scheme. Yet the company bitterly opposed the Warner-Lieberman bill in the U.S. Senate that would have created such a scheme because it did not include European-style handouts to coal companies. The Waxman-Markey bill in the House of Representatives promises to bring back the free lunch.

U.S. companies and interest groups involved with climate change hired 2,430 lobbyists just last year, up 300% from five years ago. Fifty of the biggest U.S. electric utilities — including Duke — spent $51 million on lobbyists in just six months.

Read the rest:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1242861451927409
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What California, Pelosi, Waxman, Feinstein and Schwarzenegger Can’t Ignore: Except They’ve Already Proven Stupidity

What California, Pelosi, Waxman, Feinstein and Schwarzenegger Can’t Ignore: Except They’ve Already Proven Stupidity

May 22, 2009

How could California’s politicians turn the land of milk and honey into a candidate for bankruptcy or bailout?

By ignoring industry and wealth creation — just like Barack Obama is now doing on the national level.

So bad decision making jumps to mind.

The only growing “industry” in California is government; followed by health care.  And maybe health care is numero uno, to use the Californian language.

Since he became Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s California has added 50,000 new state employees.  These are highly paid people with full medical care.  It’s kind of a welfare for the white collar.  And what wealth do they add to the state?  You do the math: no products produced, no industry of reality.  But they do tax, collect fees and make laws which contributes to a hemorrhage of wealth producing businesses to Nevada and other locales.
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Sen. Dianne Feinstein said development of solar and wind facilities in California’s Mojave Desert would violate the spirit of what conservationists had intended when they donated much of the land to the public.

My Vietnamese born wife and I drove through the Mojave not long ago and she said, “Worthless burnt rock.”

And that is what it will reamain if Feinstein gets her way.

California’s Congressman Henry Waxman, primary sponsor of the radical cap&trade/national eco-tax bill in the House, like Feinsten and a lot of other Californians, is willing to destroy real wealth producing industry with cap and trade while ignoring something literally beneath California’s feet: oil.

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Wind, Solar Produce only 1% of Electric Needs; Need “Comprehensive Energy Plan”

Last September the San Franciso Chronicle reported this gem:

“Pelosi is holding firm to her view that more drilling won’t have any short-term impact on gas prices and would only lower prices by pennies a gallon 10 years from now, citing government figures. She’s plotting a vote on a bill to rein in speculators in energy markets when Congress returns next month.  Pelosi and other top Democrats see little reason to compromise. They expect to pick up seats in the House and Senate in November – and perhaps the White House, too – which would allow them to craft a more environmentally friendly energy policy next year. In the meantime, they plan to use their fundraising advantage to bash GOP candidates with ads linking them to oil companies.”

So for the short term, gas prices are fine so why drill — that’s what Pelosi said.  And besides, according the Pelosi’s logic, she could get more Democrats elected and obtain a more environmentally friendly energy policy.The problem now is short term and it may become long term (certainly it has already on the national level).  The problem is debt, borrowing, and no creating of wealth.

So screw wealth producing.

You can’t pay health care workers and government workers without someone creating wealth.

California has a shortage of people who create wealth: Hollywood just can’t keep up.

Yesterday, Nancy Pelosi, who has never said anything rediculously stupid, called climate change “the greatest challenge of our day.”  She said climate change is a national security, economic, environmental health and moral issue.

Here’s a national security challenge: China owns most of the American debt and will just watch us spend ourselves out of the superpower seat.  But we’ll be greener than China!  Congratulations.

Related:
China says rich nations must cut emissions by 40%; offers no Chinese cuts

California  has a pack of politicians that are thinking green and thinking us into more debt.  They had better think green like green money soon or they’ll be out of both.

They are currently working on how to slash expenses and con the Federal Government out of a bailout.  Nowhere have we heard about planning to create more wealth.

Green, gay and gutless.  We could pray for more wealth producing businesses but the state has chased them off — and prayer is frowned upon.

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Obama, Pelosi, Waxman, Feinstein and Schwarzenegger: demonize wealth, oil, big business and prayer.  But love green, big government, government health care and debt spending.  Can this work?

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Brilliant Michael Moore Attacks Those that Produce Wealth

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Firebrand filmmaker Michael Moore, who targeted the Bush administration in “Fahrenheit 9/11” and the healthcare industry in “Sicko,” is now focusing on the global economic meltdown.

The Oscar-winning director will release his as-yet-untitled documentary across North America on October 2, co-financiers Overture Films and Paramount Vantage said on Thursday.

“The wealthy, at some point, decided they didn’t have enough wealth,” the statement quoted Moore as saying.

“They wanted more — a lot more. So they systematically set about to fleece the American people out of their hard-earned money. Now, why would they do this? That is what I seek to discover in this movie.”

Overture said Moore was still working on the film, and was keeping plot details close to his vest in typical fashion.

Liberty Media Corp-owned Overture will handle the film’s domestic release both in theaters and ancillary outlets, while Viacom Inc-owned Paramount Vantage will handle international sales.

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http://www.reuters.com/article/entertainmentNews/idUST
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tainmentNews&rpc=22&sp=true

Pelosi Calls Global Warming “Greatest Challenge”
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China says rich nations must cut emissions by 40%; offers no Chinese cuts

May 21, 2009

China confirmed Thursday that it will demand rich nations cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2020 in upcoming global climate change negotiations.

In a position paper published for negotiations to be held in Copenhagen in December, China — one of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases that cause global warming — did not commit to any legally binding reductions.

From AFP

Two KFOR helicopters fly over a power plant in the town of Obilic ...

Developed countries shall undertake to reduce their GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions in aggregate by at least 40 percent below their 1990 level by 2020,” said the paper, posted on China’s planning agency’s website.

“Developed countries shall take responsibility for their historical cumulative emissions and current high per capita emissions to change their unsustainable way of life and to substantially reduce their emissions.”

The call for a 40-percent cut by rich countries has previously been mentioned in state media, but Thursday’s document spells out the demand as official Chinese government policy.

The December negotiations are aimed at hammering out a new climate change pact to replace the Kyoto protocol that expires in 2012.

The European Union has said it would slash emissions by 20 percent by 2020 compared with the 1990 level and raise the target to 30 percent if others set similarly ambitious targets.

State press reports earlier said China was prepared to commit to improved energy efficiency as its contribution to the talks, but such targets were not set out in the position paper.

The energy-guzzling nation pledged four-percent annual cuts in the amount of energy used per unit of gross domestic product from 2006-2010, but so far those targets have been missed.

Developed nations must also ramp up funding for clean energy technology to developing nations, the position paper said.

As a developing nation China under Kyoto did not accept cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, which are blamed for global warming, higher sea levels and other potentially disastrous changes in the climate.

“Fully aware of the seriousness and urgency of climate change and with a deep sense of responsibility for the long-term development of mankind, China is firmly committed to sustainable development,” the position paper said.

“In the face of international financial crisis, China remains determined to take unrelenting efforts to address climate change.”

[According to the U.N., China is a developing country and not a developed country and thus does not have to cut emissions the way others do.  China has a population of 1.3 billion.  The U.S. population is 300 million…]

Michelle Malkin:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/05/2
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Battles over energy may lead to wars, Russian strategists conclude

May 13, 2009

A Kremlin policy paper says international relations will be shaped by battles over energy resources, which may trigger military conflicts on Russia’s borders.

The National Security Strategy also said that Russia will seek an equal “partnership” with the United States, but named U.S. missile defense plans in Europe among top threats to the national security.

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press Writer
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The document, which has been signed by President Dmitry Medvedev, listed top challenges to national security and outlined government priorities through 2020.

“The international policy in the long run will be focused on getting hold of energy sources, including in the Middle East, the Barents Sea shelf and other Arctic regions, the Caspian and Central Asia,” said the strategy paper that was posted on the presidential Security Council‘s Web site.

“Amid competitive struggle for resources, attempts to use military force to solve emerging problems can’t be excluded,” it added. “The existing balance of forces near the borders of the Russian Federation and its allies can be violated.”

A Kremlin policy paper says international relations will be shaped by battles over energy resources, which may trigger military conflicts on Russia’s borders.

The National Security Strategy also said that Russia will seek an equal “partnership” with the United States, but named U.S. missile defense plans in Europe among top threats to the national security.

The document, which has been signed by President Dmitry Medvedev, listed top challenges to national security and outlined government priorities through 2020.

“The international policy in the long run will be focused on getting hold of energy sources, including in the Middle East, the Barents Sea shelf and other Arctic regions, the Caspian and Central Asia,” said the strategy paper that was posted on the presidential Security Council‘s Web site.

“Amid competitive struggle for resources, attempts to use military force to solve emerging problems can’t be excluded,” it added. “The existing balance of forces near the borders of the Russian Federation and its allies can be violated.”

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090513/
ap_on_re_eu/eu_russia_security_strategy_2

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The Next Big War Will Be Over Commodities

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

Last year President Bush went to Saudi Arabia to ask his friends there to increase oil production. The White House believed that by increasing supply, the price of gasoline per gallon at your friendly service station would drop. The president was rebuffed.

One month later the United States urged upon the other large users of oil in the world community to join the “produce more” bandwagon.

China, Japan, India and South Korea went along with the U.S. plan.

Cabinet ministers from the five countries, which account for more than half the world’s consumption of energy, agreed that the sharp surge in oil prices was a menace to the world economy, and that more petroleum should be produced to meet rising demand.

The five consumer countries, meeting in Japan before an energy conference of the Group of Eight industrialized nations plus Russia on June 8, 2008, argued that the unprecedented prices were against the interests of both producers and consumers, and imposed a “heavy burden” on developing countries.

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries current president, Chakib Khelil, said that the cartel will make no new decision on production levels until OPEC’s September 9, 2008 meeting in Vienna.

So in just a few weeks time, we witnessed the President of the United States pleading for more production and the senior energy ministers from the U.S., China, India, Japan and South Korea joining in a chorus.

We at Peace and Freedom believe that when the engine of the free market jumps the tracks and supply and demand are ignored; one had better get ready for bad blood.

Then we have food. In the Philippines the people took to the streets demanding more rice. In Egypt, the people took to the streets demanding more bread. And some bad blood developed between Thailand, the world’s leading rice exporter, and Vietnam, perhaps the second most important rice exporter.

It seems the Vietnamese had underbid the Thais on contracts to export rice. The Vietnamese saw this as good business. The Thais viewed it as theft. Never mind that Thai rice is of higher quality and thus cists more.

China recently announced that it had “overbuilt” its industry and removed too much farmland from production. China now is instituting new regulations to preserve farmland and it is mapping a strategy to import more food.

Ethanol and other bio fuels seemed like a great idea to help add to U.S. oil stocks. But when all that corn disappeared into your fuel tank, the price of all corn went up. And corn not only feeds people but it is a huge source of livestock feed. So the price of pork and beef and all that other livestock that makes its way to the dinner table went up.

And food and fuels have never been in such demand. Never mind the huge increases in global population; with the combined populations of India and China eight times that of the U.S.

The world, believe it or not, is becoming more “middle class.” That means more people want gas burning cars which suck up a lot of fuel and add to global pollution. These new “middle class” folks also want a higher protein diet.

If one eats rice or corn or other grains the costs are somewhat manageable. But it takes four times more grain (and sometimes as much as six times) to put meat on pork or cattle before human beings eat that meat. So the high protein diet has a huge cost. It sucks up a lot more grain that human grain eaters ever would and it means the eaters need more dollars, rupees euros, yen or other denominations to buy every meal.

Bacon and eggs are more expensive, say, than the traditional rice bowl.

Finally, all these goodies, usually called commodities, are moving around the globe.

The Associated Press had an excellent article by Gavin Rabinowitz out on June 7.

India, China jostle for influence in Indian Ocean

 
China drill at sea

.Mr. Rabinowitz pointed out that looking south from Sri Lanka “just over the horizon runs one of the world’s great trade arteries, the shipping lanes where thousands of vessels carry oil from the Middle East and raw materials to Asia, returning with television sets, toys and sneakers for European consumers.”

That shipping lane is a possible flashpoint between India and China. Add in Japan, which gets just about all of its oil by that sea lane. And don’t forget the U.S. and the U.S. Navy. Those boys don’t want to see that sea lane interrupted by war, terrorism, piracy or any other form of bad blood.

So the bottom line, from our small window of the world is this: The next big war could well be over “commodities.”

We’ve used food and oil here as the most obvious examples of commodities worth fighting for. But it could be over uranium, tin, gold or who knows what. Even fresh water.

California is already starting to limit development due to water shortages. Australia is in the midst of a multi-year drought which has crippled Aussie grain production. And over use of fertilizers and pesticides in China and Vietnam have poisoned much of the ground water.

The next big war could well be over commodities.

Welcome to the new millennium.

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Philippines Enacts Law Claiming Islands also Claimed by China, Others

Obama’s Health Care Reform a Panacea For Voters in Jobless Recovery?

May 7, 2009

All this spending and what have we got?  Not much, apparently.  Weren’t we promised the $787 billion stimulus would produce jobs?  Where are they?

Not to worry: there is hope.  The health care reform measure will make you feel better even if you don’t have a job.

That’s the Obama plan…..

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From Susan Ferrechio
The Washington Examiner

When President Barack Obama huddled at the White House with Democrats over a stalled energy reform bill, his message was clear — get the bill passed by Memorial Day so Congress could move on to an even more important target: health care reform.

“He said if there is high unemployment by election time, we need to show we are dealing with health care,” said Rep. Gene Green, D-Texas, who attended the meeting.

Political experts agree that Obama needs to pass health care reform before the 2010 midterm elections or face disastrous losses suffered by his Democratic predecessors in the White House, including Bill Clinton.

“It certainly isn’t going to help him to have a jobless economic recovery and no health care reform for people in desperate need of care,” said Democratic political strategist Doug Schoen.

The coming eight months could be the last opportunity for Democrats to pass a major health care bill.  After that, the campaign season kicks off, and it will become increasingly difficult to move significant legislation.

And there is broad agreement that beyond this year, any effort to pass health care reform could get bogged down in the politics surrounding the next presidential election cycle.

“If it’s not done this year, it might not get done for years,” Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, told reporters Wednesday. Obama summoned Grassley and Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., two of the top Senate negotiators on health care, for a White House meeting later in the day to talk about the bill.

The House is already working at breakneck speed — negotiating for 15 hours a day — in an effort to try to pass an energy bill that includes a carbon trading program and renewable energy standard that could reshape the economy. Obama told lawmakers Tuesday to do whatever it takes to come to a consensus so they could move on to health care by Memorial Day, though whatever bill emerges from the House will face an even tougher battle in the Senate.

Chief negotiators of the health care bill being drafted in the House told The Examiner that they are on target to have the legislation ready by the August recess.

Obama made it clear health care was his priority when he persuaded congressional Democrats to include a provision in the budget that will allow Democrats to usher through a health care bill over Republican objection. Typically, Republicans in the Senate can block a bill with 40 votes, but the Obama administration pushed Democrats to include “reconciliation” language requiring just a simple majority to pass health care reform.

Grassley told reporters that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel made it clear to Senate Democrats who opposed such a maneuver that this was what Obama wanted.

Schoen said Obama was smart to try to move health care quickly because if he does not, “he could suffer the same kind of reaction that Bill Clinton faced with his health care plan in 1994,” when both Democrats and Republicans rejected his proposal.

Reactions To Recession: Isreal Wants Huge Spending Cuts; Brits Mulling Huge Taxes; Obama Wants To Totally Fund Health Care, Education, Re-engineered Energy System

May 7, 2009

Fund education, health care, and environmental projects.  We’ve heard it over and over.

And the debt is already skyrocketing.

We are well past the stuff Barack Obama “inheritied” here: this is all of his own making.

The Obama plan sneaks out of the shade a bit more each day and guess what: it is an offer without a plan.  Speech text on the teleprompter without details or a reliable budget.

It is talk of transparency without real verifiable transparency.

It is we’ll be out of Gitmo — with no plan to make that happen.

The Obama plan is listen to your government on the flu: wash your hands.  Oh, and don’t listen to Joe Biden.

In Israel, the government is considering huge spending cuts to live in this uncertain recession era.
To Balance The Budget: Cutting Health Care, Education, Unemployment Benefits, Defense, and More
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In Britain, taxes could top 61% of income.
Some of Britain’s Top Taxpayers Could Owe 61.5%
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But in the USA we are expected to fund everything and trust our government.  We won.

Related:
Defying Logic: Obama Wants Congress To Give Him Money Without Plans (And The Money Is Borrowed)

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/05/0
7/support-the-cap-and-trade-tax-d
isclosure-act/

http://hotair.com/archives/2009/0
5/07/karma-happens-mr-president/