Promise from the debate broken already: Obama Shuts Down 1.6M Acres to Oil Shale Development

So much for the “all of the above” policy….

Via Breitbart News and The Hill:

Just two days after President Obama’s re-election, the Obama Interior Department announced a plan to shut down 1.6 million acres of federal land to oil shale development. The land had originally been slated for drilling under President George W. Bush.

“By significantly reducing the acreage of wilderness potentially available for leasing, Secretary Salazar is laying out a creative, thoughtful and more responsible approach in managing some of our most precious resources,” said Bobby McEnaney, senior lands analyst with the Natural Resources Defense Council.

From the debate October 16th, 2012:

OBAMA: That’s the strategy you need, an all-of-the-above strategy, and that’s what we’re going to do in the next four years.

ROMNEY: But that’s not what you’ve done in the last four years. That’s the problem. In the last four years, you cut permits and licenses on federal land and federal waters in half.

OBAMA: Not true, Governor Romney.

ROMNEY: So how much did you cut (inaudible)?

OBAMA: Not true.

Obama debate approved drilling permits
Hey President Obama – What was that you said about how you approved more drilling permits than Bush?

Lewis: The Death of Ordinary Decency

 

James Lewis:

This has been a mean-spirited campaign, and the meanest, most destructive people won.

So be it.

In the last two Democratic administrations we have seen a sleazier, angrier and more selfish part of America rising up more and more in our political class. The Founders told us that ultimately our elected politicians are a mirror of ourselves. Just like you, before November 7, 2012, I lived in the fervent hope that the degradation of the Clinton and Obama years might be an exception to the long trend of American history. But two times eight years of radical leftists in high office can’t be an accident. We can’t just blame our sleazy media, or just the leftist political class, as corrupt and malevolent as they truly are.

No — the balance of decency in America has changed. Every society has normal, decent people and the other kind. The America we grew up in was fundamentally decent. Decency was the expected standard.

Now the balance has changed.

The evidence for our sleazified culture can be seen all around. It is in our pop music, which has lost melody and now just has rhythm. We have a President who won on revenge against middle class values. That’s what he meant by telling his people to vote for revenge. And they did — showing us exactly who they are.

We are now a society divided between the makers and the takers, and the takers are on a campaign of theft and revenge.

We have a President who takes dangerous pride in his hatred for “middleclassness” as Jeremiah Wright taught him to believe. We have a President who culminated his campaign with a ghetto singer rapping about hoes and bitches, about drug-ridden and broken families, as if all those cruelties were good.

This is not normal, decent America.

It is not.

We need to face that.

Morality and values are not small things. The new tide in the affairs of America also means that we can no longer be trusted to defend civilized values around the world, as we have done for the last hundred years.

It’s a sea change. Fools around the world will applaud Obama as a savior, but wise people will see us crumbling. They know they will be the worse for it.

Today the world is far more dangerous place than four years ago.   If you doubt that, keep an eye on the rise of barbarisms around the world. Obama constantly facilitates barbarism, and the barbarians understand that much better than decent people do.

History buffs will remember that we’ve had decades of sleaze before. The Founders were followed by Jacksonian corruption. Abraham Lincoln was followed by Reconstruction. Yet we somehow found our way back. Come-backs can happen, but probably not soon.

So this is an elegiac moment, a moment of mourning for what has passed. From Truman and Eisenhower to Bush 43 we have had leaders of character.

No longer.

Republicans by and large still look, act, and speak like normal, decent people. But they have a hard time even understanding a thoroughly sleazified America. Normal, decent people do not know how to live in this new, barbaric society. We live in protected communities, we drive around in SUVs, like armored cars.

The left knows exactly how to act in this Brave New World. They’ve made it. We are now ruled by sleazy demagogues who take bribes from foreign nations that do not wish us well. Obama is the worst example so far. Even the Clintons, both selfish narcissists, were somewhat better.

With the decline of American decency, the civilized world has lost its foremost defender. America wasn’t a world power in earlier times of corruption. We could afford to make mistakes. Today, our national decay endangers the world. The left has purposely attacked our self-respect, our pride in our morality and decency, and our crucial role in the defense of civilized values. We are no longer the Leader of the Free World, because we have lost — for now — the values that guided us.  America can no longer be trusted, as we saw so clearly in Benghazi and the fraudulent Arab Spring. Any nation that places any trust in our promises today is run by fools. Our allies must arm up to protect themselves, or they must find new, trustworthy allies.

For sixty years Europe has lived off our willingness to come to its defense.  The southern rim of Europe is now going bankrupt, and even France looks ready to crumble. Without our leadership Europe has to rely on itself, or on Russia, or on the spreading Muslim empires. But Europe has shown no capacity to defend itself. Maybe they will learn. Or maybe they will be swamped.  We can no longer be trusted.

Read more HERE.

72% of Obama job creation in conservative “Right to Work” states

Via Breitbart News:

From June 2009 to September 2012, America gained some 2.59 million jobs. That weak recovery was the basis for the Obama re-election campaign. But as it turns out, virtually all of that job creation happened in states that are right-to-work – states in which no industry can force people to join a union in order to work. There are 22 right-to-work states. During that period, those states saw an increase in employment of 1.86 million. That means, according to the National Institute for Labor Relations Research, that “Right to Work states … were responsible for 72% of all net household job growth across the US from June 2009 through September 2012.”

That 72% statistic is all the more stunning when you realize that according to 2010 census numbers, the right-to-work states included in this calculation — which does not include Indiana, since it just went right-to-work — represent just under 40% of the population of the country. Right-to-work states disproportionately create jobs.

President Obama has been a violent opponent of right to work laws. He sees them as an attempt to quash his union buddies – which, of course, is right, since the unions bankrupt states (see Illinois, California). But Obama won re-election on the backs of those who rejected his policies.

Democrat House Leader Pelosi holds secret fundraiser with Islamist terror linked groups

Pelosi holds secret fundraiser with Islamists, Hamas-linked groups

The Daily Caller:

Pelosi at secret Hamas fundraiser

Democratic leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi headlined a high-dollar fundraiser in May that was attended by U.S.-based Islamist groups and individuals linked by the U.S. government to the Hamas jihad group and to the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood movement.

The donors at the undisclosed May 16 event included Nihad Awad, the co-founder of the Council on American Islamic Relations, according to data provided by the nonpartisan Investigative Project on Terrorism.

The CAIR group was named an unindicted conspirator in a 2007 trial of a Hamas money-smuggling group.

A covertly-taken photograph provided by the IPT shows Pelosi standing near Awad at the fundraiser. Roughly 30 people attended the fundraiser, according to the IPT.

The cheapest tickets cost $5,000, and the most expensive were $30,800 per couple, according to the event invite from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which used the cash to fund Democratic candidates. (View the invite here)

The hosts of the event were DCCC chairman Rep. Steve Israel and two Muslim representatives, Rep. Keith Ellison and Rep. Andre Carson.

Ellison is the DCCC’s “national community outreach chair” and the co-chair of the House progressive caucus.

On Oct. 29, The Daily Caller asked Ellison’s press aide if the congressman would decline donations from Islamist groups. The aide replied that Ellison was not available to comment.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/11/02/pelosi-holds-secret-fundraiser-with-islamists-hamas-linked-groups/#ixzz2CH9fxE3K

Did the RNC’s expulsion of Ron Paul delegates from the convention cost Romney the election?

We are not huge fans of Ron Paul, but numbers are numbers and facts are facts. What is also a fact is that political payback has always been a factor in politics.

There are several mistakes that cost Mitt Romney, as well as several Republicans down the ticket, the election. The election was so close that a change in any one of these mistakes very well could have reversed the results.

The Republican National Committee’s (RNC) expulsion of legitimate Ron Paul delegates from the convention is likely one of those factors.

It is up to the candidate and the party to WIN the votes of the people, no one is entitled to them.

Gary Johnson and Ron Paul got up to six percent of the vote in several states, including enough in Ohio and Florida to win it for Romney? Libertarians also cast enough votes to hand the Indiana Senate race to Joe Donnelly. IF you ever wondered why Marxists from Code Pink work Ron Paul’s booths at CPAC, well now you know why.

At the convention the RNC passed a new rule over the objections of the floor to give the RNC Chairman the power to eject and replace any delegate he wished. Then they took the credentials of Ron Paul delegates who were elected fair and square and escorted them out of the convention and replaced them with hand picked cronies. Would you vote for the party that did that to you? It was totally against the democratic process.

You can be sure that almost every Ron Paul supporter in the country knew very well what happened; if there is one thing that Ron Paul supporters are the undisputed masters of, it is networking.

Note to the RNC: Addition by subtraction usually messes up the math.

How bad is this rule? Under the rule they crammed down the throats of the convention, Ronald Reagan could have never mounted the floor fight against Ford in 1976 which set Reagan up for 1980. Remember the “establishment” GOP hated Reagan.

Later the RNC agreed to modify the rule to make it less severe, but this is absolutely irrelevant. Why? Because they can come out to the floor and over the objections of the floor deem a rule passed at the next convention and do it again and later just apologize for it…again.

Mark Levin has more details on the rule change HERE.

UPDATE – WND’s resident Mensan thinks so as well – LINK.

The other mistakes:

Not standing up the elite media corruption and lies

Not fighting the “Mitt Romney killed a man’s wife” lie

Not fighting the “Republicans want to ban birth control lie”

Not taking advantage of half a dozen opportunities to land hay-makers in the debates

Not having a bold enough economic plan, thus not having a bold policy for people to vote for

Not having enough contrast with the incumbent resulted in a lot of conservative and disillusioned voters staying home

Going “scorched earth” in the primary to cram Romney down the voters throats which most of the base opposed at one time or another; resulting in a lot of conservatives staying home