From the diaries by Leon...
While our nation languishes amidst record food and energy prices, unprecedented underemployment (including those excluded from the workforce) and economic stagnation, crippling regulations, and an administration in contempt of two court decisions, the media would rather distract us with the Islamist uprising in Egypt. It is imperative that we keep up the pressure on Obama and the Democrats by denying them the opportunity to preclude our attention from more relevant and ominous domestic problems. On the other hand, there is one salient question that we should excogitate from Obama's handling of the Egyptian insurgency. If Obama is willing to listen to the protesters of a foreign country due to their grievances from high food and energy prices and an unresponsive government, shouldn't he accede to the similar demands of his own citizens and resign immediately?
As a direct result of Obama's assiduous depredation of the private sector, there are a record number of people who are unemployed or underemployed. For those who are lacking sufficient income, their most vital needs include food, energy, and health care are among Yet, this President has used every tool at his disposal (including illegal ones) to ensure that the cost of production or delivery of each vital sector of our economy has burgeoned exponentially.
Through this President's continued support of ethanol mandates, subsidies, and tariffs, the price of essential food commodities has risen sharply, as corn is the antecedent of the food chain. Almost 40% of corn grown in this country is now used for an ineffective and potentially environmentally degrading fuel. In addition, the President has done everything in his power to mandate and subsidize the production and usage of under-performing and deleterious sources of energy. This, along with his slavish devotion to the Fed's policy of quantitative easing (QE2), has artificially and gratuitously spiked the cost of food and energy commodities.
Incidentally, the most egregious threat to our energy independence and economic prosperity is Obama's capricious assault on the energy sources that actually effectuate economic stability; oil, natural gas, coal, and nuclear power. What is even more scandalous is that he is prosecuting this war on energy under the guise of global warming solutions, even as Americans are suffering under record cold temperatures. We are now confronted with an energy shortage during this critically frigid era, as a result of unconstitutional policies, that were implemented to stave off the contrived man-made hoax of global warming.
The impetus of Obama's war on oil commenced last year when he imposed a devastating moratorium on all deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Even though a Louisiana District Court Judge extirpated the job killing, price hiking moratorium, the Obama administration continues to deny drilling companies their permits to resume their much needed oil production. In fact, last week, the District Court ruled that the administration is in contempt of the court's preliminary injunction. So Mr. Obama, who is the real autocrat on the geopolitical scene?
Unfortunately, Obama's nefarious assault on our energy production, job producers, and consumers has not ended with the Gulf moratorium. Obama’s alacrity to destroy the energy sector is not assuaged by merely denying us 220,000 barrels of oil per day from deep water drilling. The administration has also dramatically tamped down production in shallow waters and in drilling fields across Alaska and every other coastline. The Obama Interior Department, under the leadership of Ken Salazar, has imposed odious new regulations and has denied permits to shallow water drilling companies who develop vital natural gas reserves as well as oil.
These regulations, along with Interior Department land grabs, have artificially induced a shortage in natural gas that has created a state of emergency in New Mexico. Now, thousands of residents throughout the southwest are without power during this record cooling period due to global warming regulations. The sad irony is that we are experiencing this shortage despite the fact that we are the 'Saudi Arabia of natural gas'.
Additionally, the EPA has rescinded their permits to Shell Oil for drilling operations in the Arctic waters of the Beaufront Sea in order to “analyze the effects of emissions from drilling ships and support vessels." Also, in order to utilize the oil for domestic consumption, it must be refined. But, not only have we failed to construct a new oil refinery since the 70's, Obama's EPA is planning to regulate the few remaining functional refineries into oblivion.
If America is the 'Saudi Arabia of natural gas', it is the 'Kuwait of coal production'. Yet, the Obama administration has done everything in its power to shut down coal production in West Virginia and other states. Do they really oppose coal mining because of environmental considerations? Then, why has Obama failed to support nuclear energy, which is clean, efficient, and cheap? In Obama's world, coal is not the king of energy production; rather it is wind, solar, wind chips, ethanol, and dung.
The reality is that we have a shortage in democratic leadership, not in abundance of natural resources.
As Rush Limbaugh always says; ignorance is the most expensive commodity. The deficit in public accountability of Obama's food and energy policies has led to the destruction of jobs, economic stagnation, and most importantly; regressive commodity hikes on those vulnerable citizens whom the progressives purport to protect.
These same people, who are unemployed due to socialism, are also forced to pay 50% more in health insurance premiums due to the Obama Care law that is being implemented in contravention of a federal court's ruling and our sacred constitution. Where are the mass riots over Obama's fuel and health care policies that have infringed upon our democratic institutions?
The media and the Democrats are focusing incessantly on the democratic crisis in Egypt while ignoring our own. At least Hosni Mubarak has some justification for high food prices, namely; Obama's QE2 and ethanol policies that have harshly affected Egypt's market for food. In regard to the subversion of democracy, well, Egypt has no democratic institutions or constitution for Mubarak to attenuate. What can we say of President Obama who has vitiated the democratic institutions and constitution of the freest society in the world?
To borrow a statement from Robert Gibbs; what part of resign now don't you understand, Mr. President? Now, means yesterday! Or, do you harbor more sympathy for the Muslim Brotherhood than your own citizens?
Cross-posted to Red Meat Conservative