[quote][b]mpd0.59[/b] - The U.S. is a net exporter of oil[/quote]
You may be basing your erroneous assertion on articles such as this one:
Obama's dept of energy proclaimed that the US is a net exporter of gasoline and diesel.
But that exported gasoline and diesel was refined from both domestically-produced oil AND oil that was imported into the US from other countries.
The US is not a net exporter of oil.
Hey, look at the bright side! Obama's crappy economy has reduced our oil needs! Saving Gaia the earth goddess from evil carbon pollution makes the economic misery of middle America all worthwhile, right?posted @ Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 13:51
The unemployment rates shown in the article do not include discouraged workers who stopped looking for work and dropped out of the labor force:
The Obama administration changed the formula used to calculate the Gross Domestic Product in a way so that the GDP is now shown as higher than it would be under the old formula.
The Obama administration is currently in the process of changing Census questionnaires so that the number of americans without health insurance will appear to be lower than it would be with the set of questions that have been used up to now.
As Mark Twain used to say, "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."posted @ Friday, April 18, 2014 - 15:26
[quote][b]ponsoldt[/b] - people who have not heard the positive news about obamacare get their "news" from fox or conservative talk radio, whose agenda is to promote ignorance.[/quote]
Good news, you can show your support for Obamacare by voting for Michelle Nunn for senator, she also supports Obamacare!posted @ Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 16:39
It is on those rare occasions when they agree with me that I have to go back and check what I wrote to make sure I did not say something wrong. . .posted @ Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 11:37
[quote][b]Eastville[/b] - No government program has or ever will be a cheap and efficient way of providing services.[/quote]
That reminds me of how Hillary Clinton as First Lady gave speeches about how children from poor communities were being deprived of vaccinations, which prompted the federal government to create a children's vaccination program.
The government program actually resulted in a shortage of various children's vaccines that, according to some critics, had not existed before the government came in to "help."
"The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help."
Ronald Reaganposted @ Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 08:50
[quote][b]Eastville[/b] - People who gave their government control over their water supply are being told there is a shortage, even though water three quarters of the world is covered with water.[/quote]
That reminded me of the Milton Friedman quote:
“If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there'd be a shortage of sand.”posted @ Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 07:40
There is so much "revisionist history" in your assertions that republicans pressured Obama into Obamacare and that congressional republicans made 180 amendments to Obamacare before it was approved that it makes me wonder if you are an "educator."
The reality is that Obamacare was created by democrat politicians and their staffers behind closed doors with little or no republican input, and not a single republican congressman or senator voted to approve it.
But I am not optimistic that the history books will show that, because they are mostly written by leftists who took over the education establishment a long time ago. . .posted @ Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 06:02
Those of you who-work-for-a-living need to work harder, because those who-take-for-a-living are depending on you.
Excerpt from commentary linked below:
". . . 108,592,000 people. . . who lived in a household that included people on 'one or more means-tested program' . . . outnumbered the 86,429,000 full-time private-sector workers. . . by almost 1.3 to 1."posted @ Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 22:33
If Obamacare is so great, why does Obama defer major provisions of it so that the people will not fully experience the effects of it until after elections are held?posted @ Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 22:26
[quote][b]proftom[/b] - I don't think a comparison of the Biblical flood and climate change are the same.[/quote]
No, the story of Noah's ark isn't being used as an excuse for global wealth redistribution.posted @ Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 05:00
Bullcrapposted @ Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 20:34
Wolf Blitzer without a teleprompter:posted @ Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 20:28
They evidently tolerated pomp and circumstance, child molestation, and extravagance more than Pope Francis.
Your comment is repugnant.posted @ Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 16:25
I expected someone to refer to the new Pope in reply to the quote I posted.
I am not Catholic, but from what little I know of his two predecessors, I like them a lot better.
Pope John Paul II actually lived in a collectivist society in Poland, a kind of place that Obama is in the process of "fundamentally transforming" us into.
You won't find people more appreciative of individual liberty and personal freedom than those who left socialist regimes that had so-called "social justice" instead of freedom.posted @ Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 16:20
"The historical experience of socialist countries has sadly demonstrated that collectivism does not do away with alienation but rather increases it, adding to it a lack of basic necessities and economic inefficiency."
Pope John Paul IIposted @ Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 14:58
Unfortunately, George W. Bush was a "compassionate" moderate centrist republican, just like so many other "establishment" republicans.
And, unfortunately, he rarely vetoed budget-busting legislation by Congress that increased federal intrusion into our daily lives, and he was willing to "walk across the aisle", and often "went along to get along."
It is ridiculous that the mainstream media characterized George W. Bush as a right-wing conservative, when in fact he was middle-of-the-road.
We have not had an actual conservative president since Reagan. . .posted @ Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 14:54
I have avoided getting on the subject of the housing collapse, because that would trigger a long, drawn-out series of posts back and forth.
But I can't resist remembering one particular incident that continues to astound me as I think back on it.
George Bush wanted Congress to create a new agency with stronger regulatory authority over FNMA and FHLMC. Barney Frank and Maxine Waters were some of the leading democrats opposing it, asserting that everything was hunky dory.
Later on, after the housing crisis was well underway, someone asked Barney Frank about how he had played a key role in preventing Bush's effort to strengthen federal oversight of FNMA and FHLMC.
Barney Frank replied that Bush should have tried harder to get Congress to approve creation of a new agency to regulate FNMA and FHLMC, despite his opposition.
Do you get it?
Barney Frank was like a little kid who screwed something up, and then blames his daddy and mommy for not doing a better job of stopping him from doing it.
Liberals never cease to amaze me. . .
(I just now tried to find the video clip of this, but I could not find it because there are so many clips of Barney Frank and the housing crisis, it would take too long.)posted @ Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 10:40
[quote][b]Used2baFreeCountry[/b] - "Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude."
Alexis de Tocqueville
It is hilarious to see all of the liberals giving a negative rating to this quote that refers to "liberty."
Liberals want so-called "social justice," not individual liberty and personal freedom.posted @ Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 10:13
[quote][b]TeeWee[/b] - @Used2baFreeCountry:
Socialism is a great system, until government spends all the people's money.
Yep. To paraphrase Margaret Thatcher, the problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other peoples' money.
Liberals are hypocrites who are generous with your money, but according to studies of charitable giving, not so much with their own money.posted @ Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 10:06
"Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude."
Alexis de Tocquevilleposted @ Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 07:49
This does not concern the editorial cartoon, but since the BLM confrontation against the cattle rancher is not mentioned anywhere in today's on-line edition, I am posting this here.
Like I said, we would need to wait to see what additional information comes out about what was really behind the BLM confrontation against the cattle rancher.
Sure enough, additional information continues to come out about Harry Reid's involvement, as explained in the item linked below:posted @ Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 06:32
Excerpt from the newspaper article linked below:
"The ATF has weapons stolen or loses them more frequently than other federal law enforcement agencies. . ."posted @ Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 06:06
"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery."
Winston Churchillposted @ Monday, April 14, 2014 - 20:36
Do local high schools "require" that students participate in "volunteer" work for graduation?posted @ Monday, April 14, 2014 - 11:34
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