Gas prices are rapidly increasing and could reach record levels by this summer, but President Obama is preventing us from harnessing our nation’s massive domestic oil supply. It’s time to tell President Obama to Drill Here, Drill Now.
Although I’d much rather see TMR’s own Richard Disney in the race with Angle’s endorsement… she should have no problem winning the seat – in 2006 Angle only lost that seat to Dean Heller by 400 votes.
Sharron Angle, the Tea Party darling who nearly unseated Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in November, announced Wednesday that she is launching another congressional bid, this time for an open House seat in Nevada.
Angle is running for a seat being vacated by Republican Rep. Dean Heller, to whom she lost during a previous run for the House in 2006.
With news that Democratic Senators plan to run out the same “Use it or lose it” talking points they used in 2008, it’s clear that they have no solutions to offer the working families facing high gas prices – only the same old talking points. Perhaps they could take a page from their former colleague Joe Biden and even recite the same old speeches.
The administration has prevented the production of domestic oil production through its drilling moratorium, followed by a permitorium and now the very lawmakers who oppose any attempt by American oil companies to “use it” are pushing for “use it or lose it” regulation that would punish companies for not using the very resources they have been prohibited from.
The House Rules Committee is to take a vote this afternoon on a bill that would de-fund NPR, meaning the bill could move to the floor for a vote as soon as the end of this week.
For more on NPR see NewsBusters
NPR’s RIDICULOUS DENIALS
By L. Brent Bozell III
In the public policy conversation today, there is nothing funnier than hearing the leadership of National Public Radio deny there’s a liberal bias at play over there.
Even when the Daily Caller posted sting video of their top fundraiser Ron Schiller describing America as remarkably under-educated and the Republicans as ruined by racist, gun-toting, phony Christians, NPR’s reaction was repeating Sentence One: Who, us, biased?
Schiller resigned, and then the NPR Board ousted CEO Vivian Schiller (no relation), who hired him. She was only a sacrificial lamb. Nothing has changed, policy-wise. The new interim CEO, Joyce Slocum, picked up exactly where the last boss left off.
“I think if anyone believes that NPR’s coverage is biased in one direction or another,” she suggests, “all they need to do to correct that misperception is turn on their radio or log onto their computer and listen or read for an hour or two.”
This is some serious denial — like arguing that if anyone doubts that Japan is a terrific spring vacation spot right now, they should just observe the TV news and see how wonderful it looks.
This anti-NPR sting video reveals an NPR fundraising drive that’s clearly focusing on financiers that are hostile to conservatives. Last year, leftist philanthropist and hedge-fund billionaire George Soros announced a $1.8 million donation to NPR and days later, Juan Williams was canned for offending liberals by appearing on the Fox News Channel .
The same week that NPR unveiled that donation, Soros announced another million-dollar contribution to the censorious left-wing thugs at Media Matters for America, to “more widely publicize the challenge Fox News poses to civil and informed discourse.” Their campaign slogan to advertisers and cable companies is “DROP FOX.” (Am I the only one who finds it curious that the “Open Society” folks want Fox closed?)
The reporters at NPR are in even more denial than the executives. NPR rushed to interview Susan Stamberg, hailed as a “founding mother” of NPR, who insisted that executives have caused some “terrible, terrible hits,” but the “news” product is superb: “The work that we do has been so consistently extraordinary, the strongest news organization in electronic broadcasting, and that has been untarnished.”
Since NPR lives in a bubble of their own arrogance, their media reporter David Folkenflik sought no opposing view. (He didn’t even fish through NPR ombudsman Alicia Shepard’s box of listener complaints, such as NPR’s recent erroneous on-air declaration that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was dead.) Folkenflik allowed for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to say NPR doesn’t need federal funds, but that’s not an evaluation of NPR’s professionalism. It implies Republicans are indifferent to a liberal political slant.
Most Republicans do want to focus simply on how NPR is an unnecessary federal expenditure, because it’s more true today than ever. In response, public broadcasters predictably cry that rural stations will shut down – as if NPR really cares about those people they consider uneducated, less-than-Christian, gun-toting hayseeds.
Anyone who looks at CPB’s grant budget knows the government offers scads of money to multiple NPR and PBS stations in urban areas. In the Baltimore-Washington TV market, there are three stations – why three? – that took almost $7.5 million in “community service grants” in 2009. The $4 million-plus given to D.C. superstation WETA is more money than TV stations receive in 19 states.
The public radio situation has even more pots in the fire, with three D.C. stations – why three? – and four Baltimore stations – why four? – taking another $2.2 million in 2009. If poor rural stations were so precious to CPB, couldn’t they limit themselves to one station per market?
And why is allegedly suffering NPR building a 330,000-square foot headquarters in downtown DC right now, complete with roof terraces, a fitness center, and a theatre for live performances?
But NPR is also in denial about how evolving technology has ruined the argument of “scarcity” of news. Take NPR anchor Michele Norris asserting on Sunday’s “Meet the Press” that if Republicans defunded the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, people in small towns in Indiana would no longer have news.
“These are small stations where people don’t necessarily have access to news because a lot of the news stations and radio have fallen away. Take the state of Indiana. We just heard from Governor Daniels. If public broadcasting went away, there are people in small towns, small stations, that would not have access to news.”
Apparently, people in small-town Indiana don’t have television, cable or satellite, or newspapers, or access to the Internet. Everyone’s on a starvation media diet of nothing but NPR.
These are about the most insulated and arrogant elitists anywhere. No wonder George Soros likes them. Fine. Take his money. Do his bidding. Leave the taxpayer alone.
There’s been a lot of stuff flying around that Japanese news stations are not telling the whole story. That’s ridiculous. It’s people watching shitty cable news in other countries that are being overly panicked.
There, in a nutshell, Tokyo-based writer/blogger/vlogger/comedian Kevin Cooney sets forth the glaring deficiencies of the media in times of crisis. Reportage on the major American news networks has been unbalanced and sensationalized. To be sure, the Japanese earthquake story is especially challenging to report. Complex scientific information central to the task is hard to understand. Receiving it in Japanese and translating it into English makes that doubly hard.
Job Creators: Proposed EPA Regulations A ‘Potentially Devastating Blow To Job Creation’
‘Now Is Not The Time To Allow EPA To Impose What Could Prove To Be The Most Costly, Burdensome, And Expansive Set Of Job-Killing Regulations Ever Crafted’
U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: “As The U.S. Economy Struggles To Get Back On Track, Now Is Not The Time To Allow EPA To Impose What Could Prove To Be The Most Costly, Burdensome, And Expansive Set Of Job-Killing Regulations Ever Crafted. … The American Council for Capital Formation has estimated that EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations could reduce business investment between $97 and $290 billion in 2011 and as much as $309 billion in 2014. EPA’s own records indicate that permitting provisions alone will cost applicants $125,000 and 866 hours of burden per facility. EPA has issued a guidance document to provide information to state regulator permitting agencies, but this guidance provides little clarity and virtually ensures that most permits will be taken to court. The resulting uncertainty is forcing businesses to curtail, or even cancel their investments—a potentially devastating blow to job creation and economic development at the worst possible time.” (U.S. Chamber Of Commerce, Letter To Members Of The U.S. Senate, 3/15/11)
- “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than three million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region, strongly supports an amendment offered by Sen. McConnell to S.493, the ‘SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011,’ which would block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from imposing an unprecedented, uncontrollable new set of regulations on emitters of greenhouse gases—regulations with significant costs but negligible impact on global temperatures.” (U.S. Chamber Of Commerce, Letter To Members Of The U.S. Senate, 3/15/11)
EPA Regulations Will ‘Establish Disincentives For The Long-Term Investments Necessary To Grow Jobs’
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURERS: “At A Time When Our Economy Is Attempting To Recover From The Most Severe Recession Since The 1930s, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regulations, With No Guidance From Congress, Will Establish Disincentives For The Long-Term Investments Necessary To Grow Jobs And Expedite Economic Recovery.” (National Association Of Manufacturers, Letter To Members Of The U.S. Senate, 3/15/11)
- “The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states, urges you to support the Energy Tax Limitation Amendment, sponsored by Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), to S. 493.” (National Association Of Manufacturers, Letter To Members Of The U.S. Senate, 3/15/11)
‘We Should Be Creating Conditions That Encourage Domestic Job Growth – Not Driving Jobs Overseas’
THE FERTILIZER INSTITUTE: “At A Time When Our Nation Is Experiencing A Sluggish Recovery From A Significant Recession, We Should Be Creating Conditions That Encourage Domestic Job Growth – Not Driving Jobs Overseas. We believe that Congress must act now to assert its authority over the regulation of greenhouse gases. Imposing a temporary delay of regulatory action will only increase uncertainty at a time when our country should be moving forward, creating jobs and growing our economy, not building roadblocks to recovery.” (The Fertilizer Institute, Letter To Members Of The U.S. Senate, 3/15/11)
- “The U.S. fertilizer industry is an important element of the American economy directly employing nearly 25,000 people and producing over $15 billion in output on an annual basis. The total contribution to the economy from the industry including input and supply chain is $57.8 billion per year, which supports over 244,500 jobs. The fertilizer industry provides an input that is indispensable to American agriculture and ensures a ready supply of high-quality food for American consumers.” (The Fertilizer Institute, Letter To Members Of The U.S. Senate, 3/15/11)
EPA Rules Could ‘Harm The Future Competitiveness Of Key Industries That Provide Good Jobs In Our States’
MIDWEST POWER COALITION: EPA Rules Could “Harm The Future Competitiveness Of Key Industries That Provide Good Jobs In Our States.” “The MPC believes it is equally important that Congress thoroughly examine the cumulative impact all of the EPA’s impending air, water, and solid waste rules will have on the Midwest. Several studies have suggested that these rules could threaten the grid’s reliability, increase electricity costs for our customers, and harm the future competitiveness of key industries that provide good jobs in our states.” (Midwest Power Coalition, Letter To Sen. Inhofe, 3/14/11)
‘EPA’s Ill-Considered Regulation, If Left Unchallenged, Will … Set Back Efforts To Create Jobs’
NATIONAL MINING ASSOCIATION: “EPA’s Ill-Considered Regulation, If Left Unchallenged, Will Drive Up Electricity Costs For Consumers And Basic Industry And Set Back Efforts To Create Jobs And Economic Opportunity. That’s why this amendment is necessary. It will protect hundreds of thousands of households and businesses that rely heavily on coal-based generation for affordable electricity. It provides clear certainty to manufacturing industries and power companies reluctant to expand capacity or their workforce out of the understandable fear of higher costs from EPA’s regulatory mandates and impractical compliance deadlines.” (National Mining Association, “NMA Welcomes McConnell-Inhofe Measure Blocking EPA From Raising Energy Costs, Unemployment,” 3/16/11)
‘(EPA) Efforts To Regulate Such Gases … Are Likely To Result In Unnecessarily High Costs’
AMERICAN PUBLIC POWER ASSOCIATION: “(EPA) Efforts To Regulate Such Gases Under The Statute Are Causing Undue Uncertainty For The Electric Utility Sector And Are Likely To Result In Unnecessarily High Costs.” “On behalf of the American Public Power Association, I am writing to express our support for the Energy Tax Prevention Act. APPA is the national service organization representing the interests of over 2,000 community-owned, non-for-profit electric utilities. These utilities include state public power agencies, municipal electric utilities, and special utility districts that provide electricity and other services to over 46 million Americans. APPA believes that the Clean Air Act (CAA) is not appropriately designed to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) efforts to regulate such gases under the statute are causing undue uncertainty for the electric utility sector and are likely to result in unnecessarily high costs. … For these reasons, APPA supports congressional action to preempt EPA’s authority to regulate GHG emissions under the CAA.” (American Public Power Association, Letter To Sen. Inhofe, 3/9/11)
- EPA Tangles With New Critic: Labor (online.wsj.com)
- Senate News: McConnell Introduces Amendment To Stop EPA’s Back-Door National Energy Tax (chicagonow.com)
Americans delivered the House a record 63 Republican seats to ensure that the peoples’ voices would be heard. And, while the voters thought their message was clear and received, now, it seems, the real battle ensues. While Congress continues to kick the budget and debt can down the road and passes continuing resolutions to thwart a government shutdown, the Democrat leadership has dropped several messages to the GOP leadership:
“They cannot agree with themselves,” said Hoyer. He called for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to distance himself from Tea Party conservatives and forge a compromise between centrist Republicans and Democrats.
Hoyer said Boehner should abandon the additional cuts conservatives muscled into the bill introduced by GOP leaders that would have cut $35 billion in spending this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. After an uproar from conservatives, GOP leaders rallied around a bill that would cut spending by $61 billion.
Of course he would say that.