Archive for January, 2012

A One-Sided View….

Of course you know that MoveOn is the liberal movement funded by George Soros, so this should come as no surprise…. Comments in italics (and red on some browsers) are by me!

 

Dear MoveOn member,

Two years ago this week, the Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United that corporations have the constitutional right to spend unlimited money influencing our elections.

I agree that this was a bad move for America, however you’ll note that the libs make no comment about the number one abuser of political contributions, the unions. 

Since then we’ve seen a massive wave of corporate cash, super-PACs, and secret spending flood our democracy. Hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent to influence elections and we have no clue which corporations are behind it.

Again, no mention of the largest contributor, the unions, and the largest of all, the public sector unions, particularly the SEIU.

There are two big things President Obama could do right now that would start to turn the tide: 1) He could sign an executive order to require corporations that do business with the government to disclose their political spending right away for this election, and 2) he could declare his strong support for a constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics permanently.

Will you sign a petition to call on the president to take both steps and confront corporate influence over our democracy head-on?

No, I will not.  I’ve removed the link, as I’m not interested in having anyone support this particular movement unless unions are addressed as well.  The last thing I want to see is the president again circumventing the American people by circumventing congress with an executive order.  Executive orders smack of dictatorship to me.

Our goal is to deliver as many petitions as possible before the State of the Union address next week. Two years ago the president criticized Citizens United during the State of the Union. Now he has the chance to take action.

The executive order has already been drafted by his advisers and news reports say the president is considering it right now.1 The order would immediately end the secrecy that so many companies can exploit currently. Many of the biggest corporations in the world are government contractors for defense, telecommunications, technology, and more. All told, companies that could be affected by the order—including giant corporations like Halliburton, Verizon, Chevron, and more—employ 22 percent of the American workforce.2

But not giant unions!  Unions who gave over one hundred million bucks to Obama in 2008.

And by weighing in with his support for a constitutional amendment, President Obama could help bring the Citizens United ruling itself front and center during the election, put politicians who disagree on the defensive, and potentially fast-track the amendment process.

Four out five Americans support passing a constitutional amendment.3 All over the country progressives are organizing at the local level to get one passed.4 Members of Congress are even starting to take action.

The next big step is for the president to take a stand.

He’s already taken a stand, to support big government and all unions, unions who walk hand in hand with Communist party members.  Yes, we need reform, but we need it across the board, not reform that supports and uplifts the socialist and communist movement in America.

The Industry Take On The Pipeline….

Date:               January 24, 2012

 

To:                  Valero Employees

From:              Bill Klesse, Valero

Subject:          Keystone XL Pipeline Statement

As you know, the Obama administration decided last week to deny TransCanada’s application to ship crude oil via the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast. Valero has planned to be a shipper and purchaser of that oil since 2008, and obviously we were disappointed in the decision. We issued a statement in response to questions from the media, and I wanted to share it with you in case you get questions from friends or business partners, and so that you would know why Valero supports the Keystone XL pipeline. This is the statement:

Despite the uncertainty and political fighting over the Keystone XL pipeline, Valero has continued to invest in its U.S. refining operation.  In 2011 we spent nearly $3 billion on projects, and for 2012 our capital expenditure budget is over $3 billion. These expenditures are keeping our employees on the job and putting additional people to work.  To reference two of our refineries, at Port Arthur, Texas, we have 1,600 contractors working on an expansion project, and at St. Charles Parish, Louisiana, we have another 1,000 contractors working on a separate project.  We need this kind of economic activity to accelerate to help all Americans.

This illustrates why the federal government’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline is so absurd. There are pipelines in every neighborhood all across America. The administration’s decision was not about pipelines, it was about the misguided beliefs that Canadian oil sands development should be stopped and that fossil fuel prices should increase to make alternative energy more attractive. Instead, we should be impressed with how well the oil sands engineering and recovery technology has advanced, and the economic benefits this development brings.  Having more oil available in the marketplace has the potential to lower prices for consumers.  As an independent refiner, Valero buys all of the oil we process. Due to the administration’s misguided policies, refiners like Valero will have to buy more oil from other sources outside the U.S. and Canada. Consumers will bear the additional shipping cost, not to mention the additional greenhouse gas emissions and political risks.

With all the issues facing our country, it is absolutely unbelievable our federal government says no to a company like TransCanada that is willing to spend over $7 billion and put Americans to work on a pipeline.  The administration’s decision throws dirt into the face of our closest ally and largest trading partner.

The point above is that it is not about pipelines as many pipelines cross the Ogallala Aquifer, in the Great Plains region, and, in fact, there is already significant oil and gas production in the area covered by the aquifer. This is politics at its worst.

Thanks for your support.

 

The Really Big Speech?

From Townhall.com:

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about Obama’s State of the Union address, and continue to come to the same conclusion:  he either thinks government solves all or he’s on a deliberate path to destroy the American economy.  Now he wants to launch an all out attack on Wall Street.  Notice he didn’t mention going after Franklin Raines and other Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac executives.  Raines, who walked away with a ninety million dollar bonus after destroying his company and being the prime mover in destroying the American economy.  But then, he was Obama’s boy, lily white to use a tongue in cheek analogy.  So now, after the American taxpayer spending one hundred sixty million on legal fees on the Fannie and Freddie fiasco, Obama wants to take the time of Congress and spend another hundred or two million to go after Wall Street.  As I’ve said many times, there are no angels on Wall Street, and being angels is not the function of that particular spot in the economy.  Wall Street is a voracious animal who’ll do whatever they can to make money for themselves and to fund American business.  Leave them to their place in the world and go after the root cause, government, who failed to set up proper controls on both those in the private sector, and worse, those in the public trust.  Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Barney Frank, Harry Reid, are the real culperts.  Those in the public trust who trade on inside information, particularly those in government who do so are the real devils in this scenario.  Not the private sector.  They do exactly what we expect them to do…make money for themselves, and hopefully some of it spills over on their foolish investors and into the American economy.  Trust the private sector at your own risk, you should, however, be able to trust the public sector.  After all, you pay their salaries and their multi-million dollar bonuses, even after they’ve cratered your 401 and retirement.

Let’s Destroy Success :- Foxconn.

Foxconn

Foxconn

FoxConn is the Chinese company who builds much of the electronics in the world.  They employ over one million folks, including in many in their factories in the U.S.  Foxconn’s largest factory worldwide is in LonghuaShenzhen, China, and they are under attack by the American press, including the NYT.

I find it interesting that Foxconn in China is the subject of the liberal newscasters attention.  Apple, having far more cash on hand than the United States Government, and being the most successful free enterprise example in the free world, must be culperts.  After all, aren’t they at the top of the 1% heap?  After all, aren’t evil Americans who want to buy all those products made for Apple by FoxConn, and consequently provide all those terrible job as a result, at fault for the terrible conditions at FoxConn.  FoxConn, who calls their factory a campus and who has gyms, and cafeterias, and even hospitals on site for their employees, must be as evil as Apple and we greedy Americans?

FoxConn has 400,000 employees in one city, mostly in one complex, and the news shows shots of the interior of a foxconn plant—immaculately clean, smiling employees.  Yes, a documentary producer stood outside their plant and interviewed employees as they left, and yes, he found a number who were very young…to young to be working from an American standpoint.  However, a century ago, Americans of the same age, and younger, would have been working twelve hours a day deep in a coal mine.

China, economically, is America one hundred or more years ago (remember 100 years ago when we had no national debt) .  However, China of today has far better working conditions than America one hundred years ago.  And why do you think there are Chinese lying about their age in order to get those foxconn jobs?  Because they are the best jobs many Chinese can possibly get, that’s why.  If not working at FoxConn, they’d be ten years old working twelve hours at stoop labor in a rice field.  I was twelve when I got my first job, cleaning war surplus crockery for a war surplus outlet.  I couldn’t get a job in the fields until I was sixteen, and did.  I would much have preferred wearing a spotless white frock working in a Foxconn plant.

And yes, they had eighteen suicides in 2010 among 400,000 FoxConn employees.  That’s 4.5 per 100,000 employees in case you need help with your math.  In 2011 the United States was No. 41 among the world’s countries in suicide with 23.9 suicides per 100,000 population.  China was No. 10 with 22.23 suicides per 100,000 population.  FoxConn, as a country, would have ranked between No. 72 and 73.  Far better than the U.S. and far better than China as a whole.

So, as usual, the American press is apologizing for America…which I guess is the hip thing to do, since we have an apologist for a president.

I had to wait until I was sixteen to get a job paying a buck and a quarter an hour, and that was hoeing weeds out from under grape vines among the yellow jackets and rattlesnakes in one hundred ten degree heat, working alongside winos and reprobates, and I was glad to have it.  Maybe that’s the difference between my generation and the present “occupy” generation?  Would I have loved to have a Foxconn job?

I couldn’t get a job in the fields until I was sixteen, and did.  I would much have preferred wearing a spotless white frock working in a Foxconn plant.

SS Trust Fund?

From Townhall.com:

We Go Into More Debt So China Can Have Jobs?

ABC News – Obama Administration Creates Jobs…for China

Would I Wipe That Smile Off His Face?

Trust me, at 70 years old I would enjoy removing those two front teeth and when fined by the judge would do as my ex-father-in-law once did, say “Your honor, may I pay twice that amount now and save us all some trouble, as I’m going to knock the other teeth out the next time I see the plaintiff outside the courtroom.”

This is now high-fashion in the world’s mosques.