Marita Noon: Obama’s Nonsense SOTU 2014

Marita pulls truth from Obama’s nonsense.

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Greetings!

Last night we saw Denver’s disappointing performance. Last week President Obama had much the same experience. Even his fans have been critical. In my column this week, Obama’s SOTU: Where are the opportunities? (attached and pasted-in-below), I dissect the SOTU looking at the energy implications and add in relevant data and observations. As I am fond of doing, I used the SOTU to connect some dots and introduce some information of which most people are unaware. I think it is a good piece—though it’s response on Townhall has been dismal. For those of you who post my work, I hope it does better for you.

Thanks for posting, passing on and/or personally enjoying Obama’s SOTU: Where are the opportunities?

Marita Noon, Executive Director

Energy Makes America Great, Inc.

PO Box 52103, Albuquerque, NM 87181

505.239.8998

For immediate release: February 3, 2014

Commentary by Marita Noon

Executive Director, Energy Makes America Great Inc.

Contact: 505.239.8998, marita@responsiblenergy.org

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Obama’s SOTU: Where are the opportunities?

The State of The Union Address (SOTU) reminded me of the idiom, “on one hand, on the other hand.”

On one hand, President Obama extoled efforts to increase fuel efficiency to “help America wean itself off foreign oil.” He touted the new reality of “more oil produced at home than we buy from the rest of the world, the first time that’s happened in nearly twenty years.” On the other hand, he promised to use his “authority to protect more of our pristine federal lands for future generations”—which is code for more national monuments and endangered species designations that will lock up federal lands from productive use.   

 

Electricity and extreme poverty

Concern was expressed for Americans who “are working more than ever just to get by.” He wants to help Africans “double access to electricity and help end extreme poverty.” But his policies are limiting access to electricity in America and raising the cost (20% in the past 6 years). Higher-cost energy is the most punitive to those struggling “just to get by.”

The “Energy Cost Impacts on American Families, 2001-2013” report found: “Lower-income families are more vulnerable to energy costs than higher-income families because energy represents a larger portion of their household budgets, reducing the amount of income that can be spent on food, housing, health care, and other necessities. Nearly one-third of U.S. households had gross annual incomes less than $30,000 in 2011. Energy costs accounted for an average of 27% of their family budgets, before taking into account any energy assistance.” The report shows the 27% is an 11% increase over the 2001 energy cost impact. For households with an after-tax income higher than $50,000, the 2001 percentage was 5 and the 2013: 9—a 4% increase. For low- and middle-income families, energy costs are now consuming a portion of after-tax household income comparable to that traditionally spent on major categories such as housing, food, and health care—with black, Hispanic and senior households being hit especially hard.

 

All of the above

President Obama took credit for his “‘all of the above’ energy strategy” which, he claims has “moved America closer to energy independence than we have been in decades.” And, regarding natural gas, he says that he’ll “cut red tape to help states get those factories built and put folks to work.” POTUS proclaimed: “I’ll act on my own to slash bureaucracy and streamline the permitting process for key projects, so we can get more construction workers on the job as fast as possible.” The Department of Energy has dozens of permits for liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities languishing on some bureaucrat’s desk. One of the few approved terminals: Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass LNG Terminal Project in Cameron Parish Louisiana, created more than 2000 jobs in 2013 and looks to create another 2000 jobs in 2014. President Obama, please act on your own here. Cut the red tape and slash the bureaucracy. Let’s get those permits issued.

A January 16, 2013, letter sent to the White House from 18 environmental groups, whose opinions seem to be held in such high regard by the Obama administration, challenged the president’s approach—calling “all of the above” a “compromise that future generations can’t afford.” The letter states: “We believe that continued reliance on an ‘all of the above’ energy strategy would be fundamentally at odds with your goal of cutting carbon pollution and would undermine our nation’s capacity to respond to the threat of climate disruption.” They claim: “an ‘all of the above’ approach that places virtually no limits on whether, when, where or how fossil fuels are extracted ignores the impacts of carbon-intense fuels and is wrong for America’s future.” The groups see it as a threat to “our most sensitive lands.” Despite an abundance of evidence to the contrary, they posit: “clean energy and solutions that have already begun to replace fossil fuels” save Americans money. The letter concludes: “We believe that a climate impact lens should be applied to all decisions regarding new fossil fuel development, and urge that a ‘carbon-reducing clean energy’ strategy rather than an ‘all of the above’ strategy become the operative paradigm for your administration’s energy decisions.”

 

Climate Change

As if an executive decree could make it so, he announced: “the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact.” True, climate change is a fact—the climate changes, always has, always will. But the debate as to what causes it or what should be done about it is far from “settled.” “We have to act with more urgency because a changing climate is already harming western communities struggling with drought and coastal cities dealing with floods,” he announced. However, droughts and floods have been going on throughout history when CO2 emissions (which he calls “carbon pollution”) were much lower than today. His solution? “The shift to a cleaner economy,” which gobbles up taxpayer dollars in crony corruption (more than 30 such projects have gone bust since the 2009 stimulus bill released nearly $100 billion for “clean energy”).

A story in the January 25, 2013, Economist titled “European climate policy: worse than useless” starts: “Since climate change was identified as a serious threat to the planet, Europe has been in the vanguard of the effort to mitigate it.” Europe has been the global leader in climate change policies that are, according to The Economist: “dysfunctional.” The “worse than useless” piece states: “Had Europe’s policies worked better, other countries might have been more inclined to emulate the leaders in the field.” It points out that Europe’s “largest source of renewable energy” is wood.

A companion article in the same issue of The Economist, “Europe’s energy woes,” states: “Europeans are more concerned with the cost of climate-change policies than with their benefits. European industries pay three to four times more for gas, and over twice as much for electricity, as American ones.” Calling the EU “a lone front-runner without followers,” the article points out: “it is hard to sell the idea of higher energy prices, particularly when the rest of the world is doing too little to cut greenhouse gases.” Rather than learning from Europe, like a lemming, President Obama apparently wants to lead America off the same “useless” cliff.

 

Minimum wage

He believes that the minimum wage needs to be increased to $10.10 an hour. He wants to “Give America a raise.” Yet, in North Dakota’s boom economy, workers at Walmart and McDonalds are paid in the teens—without government meddling. The best wages are paid with a fully employed workforce. The Keystone XL pipeline would provide thousands of good paying (often union) jobs, but, it was never mentioned in the 2014 SOTU. (By the way, the long-awaited report on Keystone was released on Friday. It found that “the project would have a minimal impact on the environment.” Politico calls the report: “a major disappointment to climate activists.”)

President Obama, you are correct when you say, “opportunity is who we are,” but your policies hurt the poor and block job creation. My question for you echoes what you asked early in the SOTU address: “The question for everyone in this chamber, running through every decision we make this year, is whether we are going to help or hinder this progress.” Are you going to help Americans or hinder our opportunities? This question should run through every decision you make in 2014.

On one hand, you say you want to help. On the other hand, everything you do hinders.

The author of Energy Freedom, Marita Noon serves as the executive director for Energy Makes America Great Inc. and the companion educational organization, the Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE). Together they work to educate the public and influence policy makers regarding energy, its role in freedom, and the American way of life. Combining energy, news, politics, and, the environment through public events, speaking engagements, and media, the organizations’ combined efforts serve as America’s voice for energy.

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Loose Lips Might Sink Ships

"Loose lips might sink ships" - NARA...

“Loose lips might sink ships” – NARA – 513543 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is a saying in our military branches which states, “Loose lips sink ships,”  or “Loose lips might sink ships.” Meaning careless talk about military matters can cost damage to our military members, their equipment and their maneuvers.

The same can can apply to politics and political campaigns.  In other words; if you say it … you own it.  Such is the case with the three politicians presented below.  The videos  are sponsored by Americans For Prosperity:

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2014: The Year Of The Tea Party Patriots

2014: The Year of the Tea Party Patriots

Reblogged from Voting American:


Happy New Year Mr. President:

We the People have had enough Mr. President and this is the year we mobilize and restore balance and order to your dysfunctional administration.

This is the year we speak up with a loud voice bringing to an end your rein of terror against our individual liberties and freedom.

This is the year we bring to an end the liberal socialist movement in these United States of America once and for all.

Read more… 245 more words

This is where the Tea Party will be found. Now and for the future. Reblogged on FGGAM.org SandiaTeaParty.com and Gadaboutblogalot.com
Thanks VotingAmerican.com!

Door-To-Door For Obamacare

Matt Labash of the Weekly Standard tells an amazing tongue-in-check story of his tagging along with ObamaCare non-partisan shills as they go door-to-door in Florida.

Hard Sell

Going door-to-door for Obamacare

Dec 9, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 13 • By MATT LABASH

Hollywood, Fla.
Standing here on the streets of Hollywood with two comely Obamacare cheerleaders by my side, I’m feeling fired up and ready to go. I’m feeling like the change I’ve been waiting for. I’m feeling like whatever Obama cliché you can think of. And all I want to say, like the late Todd Beamer before me, is, “Let’s roll.” Or more like, “Let’s enroll.” Because much as Beamer, God rest his soul, took on the terrorists who tried to take down America, we are now in a similar cataclysmic fight: the fight to guarantee that every American has the right to buy overpriced health insurance on a glitchy website, under threat of punitive tax penalties.

Gary Locke

Gary Locke

I’ve come to Florida to go door-to-door with the foot soldiers of Get Covered America, the boots-on-the-ground division of Enroll America, which bills itself as a “nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to maximize the number of uninsured Americans who enroll in health coverage made available by the Affordable Care Act.” These Obamacare evangelists are very serious about the “nonpartisan” nature of their business. Nearly every Enroll America staffer I speak to emphasizes it, often repeatedly. And while it might strain credulity that an organization is nonpartisan which seeks to make sure people are Obamacared for by setting $100 million fundraising goals for itself, and conducting $5 million ad campaigns, and targeting 10 different states, 9 of which are coincidentally run by Republican governors, I choose to take them at their word.

Click on the following link to get to the complete story (three pages):

Non-Partisan Workers For ObamaCare (NOT)

 

AFP: Enrollment Figures And Progressive Disappointment

 

NEWS RELEASE


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 13, 2013
CONTACT: Joseph Montes at JMontes@afphq.org or (505) 366-9506

  

AFP Reacts to ObamaCare Enrollment Figures

SANTA FE — Americans for Prosperity-New Mexico State Director Joseph Montes released the following statement in reaction to the first report on ObamaCare enrollments from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“Americans were promised that they could keep their own doctors and policies. Yet millions of Americans – and tens of thousands of New Mexicans – are being notified that they are losing their health insurance policy. Today’s enrollment numbers from HHS only serve to highlight the unmitigated disaster that is ObamaCare and its failure to deliver on the health care promises made by this administration. Nothing short of outright repeal of this law would be sufficient to begin to turn around – not only healthcare – but also the entire U.S. economy. It’s no wonder so many of those who were able to visit the insurance exchange simply left plans in their shopping carts unpurchased.”

For further information or an interview, please contact Joseph Montes at JMontes@afphq.org or (505) 366-9506

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen-leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and intrusiveness of government is the best way to promote individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. For more information, visit www.americansforprosperity.org

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Cut The Drama … Obama In Trauma

When it involves what Obama has said about keeping your insurance if you like it, you have to decide to believe his falsifying lips or your wide-open ears.  Either way your president continues to lie about his statements on the subject.

He has been recorded at least 29 times saying the statement attributed to him and it is about time his progressive groupies start calling him out for having the audacity to stand before this nation and give fake information when serious questions are put to him, or in the alternative, he just decides to have another lie fest.

Here is an excerpt from one of the articles from The Daily Caller circulating around the world:

President Barack Obama told his enthusiastic supporters Monday night that he never promised what video recordings show him promising at least 29 times.

The videos show Obama promising 300 million Americans that “if you like your health-care plan, you will be able to keep your health-care plan, period.”

But that’s not what he really said, Obama announced Monday in a speech to about 200 Organizing for Action supporters, gathered at the St. Regis hotel in D.C.

“What we said was you could keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law was passed,” he told Obamacare’s political beneficiaries and contractors.

That claim is not supported by his videotaped statements, which don’t include any mention of his new “if it hasn’t changed” exception.

But the newly-revealed exception is justified by a higher-priority promise in Obamacare, Obama declared.

“If we had allowed these old plans [to continue]… then we would have broken an even more important promise — making sure that Americans gain access to health care that doesn’t leave them one illness away from financial ruin,” he announced.

“So the bottom line is, is that we are making the insurance market better for everybody,” he declared, prompting loud applause by supporters eager to ignore his three years of fraudulent statements.

If you follow the link just below you can read the rest of the articles and see some really boring lies from the automaton of lies.

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Demos to America: We Own the Government (Conservatives: “NOT!”

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English: United States President Barack Obama signs into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 as Vice President Joe Biden looks on. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Progressives, socialists, communists, DemoRats and just plain-wrapper liberals want to own something which has been run into the ground by our their liar in chief.  To find the lies just perform a simple google search for Obama lies.  You won’t be surprised if you have payed attention and didn’t have glazed-over or scaled-over eyes.  If you are brave enough to dispute facts about his lies, then you are also ignorant about truth and Obama’s propensity to lie large.

YahooNews has published a short exposé by  Ann Coulter at http://www.uexpress.com/

Here’s the first part of Coulter’s article:

 In the current fight over the government shutdown, Republicans are simply representing the views of the American people.

Americans didn’t ask for Obamacare, they don’t want it, but now their insurance premiums are going through the roof, their doctors aren’t accepting it, and their employers are moving them into part-time work — or firing them — to avoid the law’s mandates.

Contrary to Obama’s promises, it turns out: You can’t keep your doctor, you can’t keep your insurance — you can’t even keep your job. In other words, it’s a typical government program, but this one wrecks your health care.

Also, the president did raise taxes on the middle class in defiance of his well-worn campaign promise not to. Indeed, Obamacare is the largest tax hike in U.S. history.

Among the other changes effected by this law are:

Click here for the rest of the piece and don’t forget the Related articles found below:

Coulter has been challenged on her assertion that American trained doctors will not accept ObamaCare patients.  You can click here to find that Coulter dumped the truth on her statement about American trained doctors  not accepting ObamaCare patients.

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What’s It All About … Tell Us Secretary Sebilius

When Obama’s cabinet secretary in charge of rolling out electronic filing for ObamaCare benefits can’t get it right, even in her home State of Kansas, we would not be wrong in saying such failure does not come close to engendering faith or confidence in the program, the secretary or Obama.  But I have surely repeated myself in saying so.

Nationwide reports on the glitches for the enrollment process are replete with tales of poor, if not dismal, performance.  Please read the excerpt of one story found below and then view the video found at the link after the excerpt:

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 10/3/13 4:11 PM

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been President Barack Obama’s main organizer and cheerleader for Obamacare since its inception. But you know the government-run health care plan is bad when the Secretary of the Health and Human Services Department can’t get anyone from her own state to sign up for it.Today, the office of Congressman Tim Huelskamp revealed that according to one of the insurance providers in Kansas, none of the 356,000 uninsured Kansans successfully signed up for insurance on the much-hyped ObamaCare exchanges the first day. Huelskamp has had his own troubles signing up in the exchanges. The Congressman has been on “hold” for over 60 hours, and is still waiting to sign up as required under ObamaCare.

Congressman Huelskamp released this statement regarding the findings:

“These results are stunning. You would think with three years to prepare, President Obama and Kathleen Sebelius could deliver an operational website – at least in the home state of the former Kansas Governor. ObamaCare was and is not ready for prime time. 356,000 uninsured Kansans – and not one single report to my office of a Kansan successfully signing up for ObamaCare.

Now follow to the rest of the story and the video by click HERE.

Listen To This Silly Prevaricating Fool

I love it when a progressive/socialist plan goes awry.  It is so inspiring to see the truth come out when a mainscream medium reports an erroneous account of what actually went on and who the main bad actor is as he is revealed in narative, video and a still photograph.

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1 Oct 2013

It appears the Associated Press has either been duped by a partisan government union big-wig pretending to be a beleaguered government employee facing furlough due to a government shutdown, or they knew he was an activist and withheld the information from their readers.

The AP released a video titled: “EPA Worker: Furloughs Hit Employees Hard.”  The video is described as “Paul Sacker is an engineer for the Environmental Protection Agency who was furloughed because of the government shutdown. Sacker says politicians don’t understand the impact the shutdown has on workers.”

In the video Mr. Sacker laments the fact that he’s being furloughed. He talks about how it will personally affect him and how he will have to dig into his savings “as the paychecks stop coming.” He decries “the tea party that are using ideological principals to hold the government hostage.” He also says “our president needs to do more leadership,” whatever that means.

Here’s the video:

http://landing.newsinc.com/shared/video.html?freewheel=90085&sitesection=breitbart&VID=25216296

Now here’s the context the Associated Press didn’t give you.

Paul Sacker is the president of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3911.  Here he is in an image from the union’s Facebook page:

Mr. Sacker’s been busy. He also gave an interview to the New York NPR station, WNYC lamenting the horrible conditions he is forced to live under now that the government has been shutdown for about eight hours. To WNYC’s credit, they do make passing mention of his union affiliation in the three minute interview, but not in the written article on their website.

Mr. Sacker is one popular government worker. In June he wrote an article for the Times Ledger in Queens. this time, lamenting the sequester cuts. The narrative is the exact same as we are seeing today regarding the government shutdown.

Needless to say, the AFGE endorsed President Obama for reelection in 2012.

If the Associated Press knew of Mr. Sacker’s union affiliation, certainly they should have mentioned it in their report to provide some context. If they didn’t know, they know now.