MI Morning Update
Obama in MI - Dems Turn Out the Lights on Energy Debate - Dems Continue Playing Games with Energy
92 Days until Election Day
August 4, 2008
OBAMA IN MICHIGAN TODAY…spinning his "jobs" and "energy" plans. How does 70 mpg CAFE standards, higher taxes, and more government programs create a SINGLE job in Michigan? Independent and Reagan Democrats need to think twice before even considering voting for Obama…Granholm’s failed policies at the national level?
I REPEAT MYSELF…If you like what Jennifer Granholm has done to Michigan, you’re going to love what Barack Obama is going to do to America…think about it!
A MUST READ…POWERLINE BLOG ON OBAMA’S ENERGY PLAN…TO KEEP US STUPID…see details below.
DON’T LET THEM FOGET…DEMOCRAT SPEAKER TURNS OFF THE LIGHTS…House Speaker Nancy Pelosi turned the light offs – literally – on House members who wanted to vote on energy policy, including Congressman Tim Walberg. Walberg and other House members gave impromptu speeches in the dark about the need to expand American energy production after Speaker Pelosi had the lights turned off in the House Chamber.
SEE FOOTAGE FROM THE FLOOR…unbelievable as House Democrats shut down the House of Representatives and take a 5-week, paid vacation!
DEMOCRATS CONTINUE TO PLAY GAMES WITH ENERGY… Their persistent refusal to expand production of American energy has come back to bite us all in the form of $4-plus per gallon gasoline. Well documented is the $700 billion we give in petrodollars each year to other nations, many of whom promote terrorism and anti-Americanism. While American families are enraged over pain at the pumps, Democrat leaders, beholden to environmental extremists, remain mired in an anti-drilling posture that pits them against a clear majority of the American people.
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POWERLINE BLOG…Barack Obama — fighting to keep us stupid…It’s unfortunate that, at least until this Friday, Barack Obama opposed off-shore drilling. Still, this is a policy issue on which reasonable minds probably can differ and certainly could before gasoline prices skyrocketed. But, as I set forth below, Obama has also led a one-man crusade to keep the American people ignorant about what’s at stake in the debate over off-shore drilling. This, it seems to me, is almost criminal.
Here’s the background. In 2005, Congress considered energy legislation that included an off-shore inventory. Obama voted to kill the off-shore inventory provision. So, unfortunately, did John McCain. However, the effort to kill the inventory failed, and the first inventory report was issued in February 2006.
Obama, though, did not give up in his efforts to keep the public ignorant. In January 2007, he proposed legislation to eliminate the authorization to conduct the inventory, as established in the 2005 law. Obama’s bill is S. 115. The key provision is section 101(a)(5). It provides that "Section 357 (42 U.S.C. 15912) (relating to comprehensive inventory of OCS oil and natural gas resources)" is "repealed as of the date of enactment of this act."
Ironically, Obama called his legislation "The Oil SENSE Act." How audacious a label for an act that would deprive the public of key information relevant to deciding whether off-shore drilling makes sense. As far as I know, Obama’s legislation is still pending.
It’s wonderful that Obama now thinks it might be ok to drill off-shore, provided that such drilling is part of an "overarching really thoughtful" energy package. Perhaps now, as part of the package, Obama will stop opposing an inventory of our off-shore energy assets. After all, if Obama is prepared to support drilling, he no longer needs to keep voters in the dark about what we are losing by not drilling.
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U.S. Sen. John McCain is scheduled to tour DTE Energy’s Fermi II nuclear power plant Tuesday to highlight his support for the development of nuclear energy. It’s a good opportunity for the presumptive GOP presidential nominee to sharpen the contrast between his energy views and those of the leadership of the Democratic Party.
Michigan voters could then have a clear set of choices on the energy issue, which a recent Detroit News/WXYZ poll said was one of their top concerns. State voters, according to the poll, support the Arizona Republican’s positions calling for the building of 45 new nuclear power plants and allowing oil drilling off of the nation’s coasts.
Meanwhile, Congress’ Democratic leadership adjourned for a summer break last week after thwarting votes that would allow for drilling offshore. Some minority Republicans stayed on the floor of the House debating the issue Friday in protest, after the microphones and lights were turned off.
by The Associated Press
Sunday August 03, 2008, 7:14 PM
FRENCHTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Republican presidential candidate John McCain is coming to Michigan Tuesday.
State GOP Chairman Saul Anuzis says McCain will visit Detroit Edison’s Fermi 2 nuclear power plant. It’s in Monroe County’s Frenchtown Township, near Monroe and about 30 miles south-southwest of Detroit.
The Arizona senator has been promoting nuclear power to help lessen U.S. dependence on foreign oil.
8/4/2008, 4:21 a.m. EDT
By KATHY BARKS HOFFMAN
The Associated Press
LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Barack Obama is returning to Michigan to talk about energy and the economy.
About 1,000 people are expected to hear the Democratic presidential candidate Monday morning at the Lansing Center. It’s the Illinois senator’s first 2008 campaign visit to Michigan’s capital.
Obama says he wants to tax oil companies’ windfall profits and use some of the money to help motorists pay for more expensive gasoline.
Recent reports that Barack Obama is, in fact, a politician, and therefore fully capable of calculation, compromise and confessional performance art, neither alarmed nor crept up on me; throughout the primary season, every time I heard someone moan that that poor pie-in-the-sky Obambi was just too darn naïve to run with the big dogs, the extra set of eyeballs I keep on the inside of my head would twirl around in their sockets and I’d think, People, the man is from Chicago! Who is it again who’s being naïve? Sorry, but to best Hillary Clinton while (mostly) making it look like you aren’t resorting to politics as usual? Anyone who can do that has got some moves, that’s all.
Continuing with their guerilla tactics from last week, House Republicans will be back on the floor Monday to talk gas prices, even though Congress is in recess, and they may stay there all week.
More than a dozen Republicans have already committed to make appearances, according to House GOP leadership aide, including National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Cole (Okla.).
Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) and Mike Pence (R-Ind.), who lead Friday’s five-hour talkathon after the House shut down for the August recess, are also expected to be there, according to this aide.
by The Associated Press
Sunday August 03, 2008, 7:17 PM
WASHINGTON — Now that Barack Obama has clinched the Democratic nomination for president, he wants convention delegates from Michigan and Florida to have full voting rights at the party’s national convention.
Obama sent a letter Sunday to the party’s credentials committee, asking members to reinstate the delegates’ voting rights when the committee meets at the start of the convention in Denver.
The delegates were originally stripped because the two states violated party rules by holding primaries before Feb. 5. The delegates from each state were given half-votes at a contentious party meeting in May, as part of a compromise designed to give two important states some role at the convention.
By CHARLES CRUMM
Of The Oakland Press
With voters angry over high gas prices, job cuts, foreclosures and the war, all while holding Congress and the president in a minimum of high regard, will that necessarily translate into high voter turnout in Tuesday’s primary?
Maybe. Or maybe not.
Turnout in primaries during a presidential election year is typically low compared to the November general election because Democrats are nominating Democrats and Republicans are picking Republicans for the November ballot.
By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Published: August 4, 2008
When you try to talk with McCain staffers about vice-presidential prospects, as I did last week, the normally garrulous become guarded and the usually talkative turn taciturn. Still, here’s what I was able to discern.
John McCain apparently intends to announce his pick after the Democratic convention. There’s been thought given to announcing McCain’s selection the day after Barack Obama’s Thursday night Aug. 28 acceptance speech, to try to minimize Obama’s postconvention bounce.
John McCain’s extended circle is divided on whether he should announce his running mate in the immediate days ahead-but the Republican is more likely to wait for Barack Obama to announce his choice first, according to advisers.
While McCain’s aides are tight-lipped about revealing anything related to what has so far been a leak-free process, some of his advisers state a clear preference for not firing the valuable political bullet too soon.
Minnesotan urges party to look beyond Reagan
Monday, August 4, 2008
The man who’s helping host the Republican nominating convention and is seen as a shortlist candidate for the vice-presidential nomination has a message for his party: Care about the Sam’s Club voter.
Tim Pawlenty, the two-term Minnesota governor who endorsed Sen. John McCain early in the nominating process, said the economic ladder is secure at the bottom and the top but that voters are looking for leaders who can help Americans trying to work their way up.
"The party needs to modernize," Mr. Pawlenty told The Washington Times in a telephone interview Friday.