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This will become a regular part of the blog.  Come give a listen to Willie and I as we discuss the political news and ideas of the day.

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Michelle Malkin at 2016 CPAC

Seventeen minutes well worth your while.

 

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Hangouts and catching up

I had a wonderful opportunity to once again have an hour of great conversation with my friend and political pundit Willie Lawson last night. While it’s always stimulating conversation, I did the entire hour from my phone while often walking around the community. Mobile connectivity is great.

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All Obamacare All the Time.

Ok, not really and yet we have a few story links to some things you might have missed and need to know about this ongoing train wreck.

Corning train wreck

Corning train wreck (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Your ObamaCare Fail of the Day. Stephen Green has some questions about the inappropriately named “Affordable Care Act.”

Just as elections have consequences, there are consequences of Obamacare. And of course it’s not a consequence you knew about or saw coming unless you read the fine print. That of course means that you were able to get on line and were able to enroll.

And while we’re on the subject of reading, the 217 page Obamacare training manual for the “Navigators” of the Affordable Care Act, has been released for us all to read and digest.

These are simply three of the ongoing issues, problems and piss poor planning of the Affordable Care Act. It is long past time to repeal, defund and put it behind us and return us to our rightful representative democracy.

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Thursday Morning Conversation.

Thursday Morning Conversation.   Great conversation with my friend Willie Lawson.

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The Morning Briefing with Paul Swansen and Willie Lawson

The Morning Briefing with Paul Swansen and Willie Lawson for 07/02/2013

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The Morning Briefing – with Paul Swansen and Willie Lawson

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Hire Me! The Unemployed.

Hire Me!  The Unemployed.  I don’t fall into the demographics of the text and yet I still qualify via the photo.

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GM halting production of lemon Chevy Volt for five weeks

So how’s that “Hope and Change” Green Economy working out for you?

GM halting production of lemon Chevy Volt for five weeks: “

One of the center pieces of the Government Motors bailout and President Obama’s dream to “transform America,” the Chevrolet Volt electric car, has been parked for a while. The Detroit Free Press says that they are “still seeking to align our production with demand” and production has been halted for five weeks.

GM sold just 603 of the lemons with the flammable batteries–even with a generous government subsidy.

Two car dealer friends have told me that as soon as they ‘finally get rid of’ a Volt, GM forces them to take another one.

GM is laying off 1,300 Volt workers.

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Yahoo! Finance: Obama’s $250,000-per-car subsidized Chevy Volt one of its Worst Product Flops of 2011

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(Via Marathon Pundit.)

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Why Barack Obama doesn’t care that you’re paying $5 a gallon for gasoline [Reader Post]

Obama and his minions in his Administration, continue to do nothing but talk and they forget that talk is cheap. We are tired of all their talk and complete lack of action on this crisis which affects all Americans and our Economy. We need people in Washington who will take action to address the issue and offer real solutions.


Why Barack Obama doesn’t care that you’re paying $5 a gallon for gasoline [Reader Post]: “

Because he doesn’t pay for gasoline of course. But that’s not it.

Despite his protestations to the contrary, Barack Obama thinks you’re stupid. Gasoline prices are 90% higher today than they were when he took office and he wants you to think he has nothing to do with it. At the same time however he wants you to give him credit for the fact that imports make up the lowest percentage of US energy usage in years.

The President reminds me of the “Magic Grits” scene from My Cousin Vinny; where perhaps the laws of economics cease to exist on Obama’s watch. Unfortunately for America, they don’t.

It is accurate that American energy imports are down and production is up since Obama took office. Contrary to the President’s spin however, it’s in spite of his actions, not because of them. Last year oil production on state and private land (where the feds have less influence) was up by 14% and 12% respectively. On federal lands, you know, the ones that President Obama controls… down 11%. At the same time, during the last quarter of 2011, permitting for drilling in the Gulf fell off a cliff. Then of course there is the languishing economy that reduces demand for oil in the first place. Not to mention a mild winter and a surge of natural gas production, that is, again, overwhelmingly on private land. Add those things up and you simply have less demand overall and a smaller need for foreign oil

Now to gas prices. The single biggest factor in the price of gasoline in the United States is the cost of oil. Oil is denominated in dollars which means that when you print lots more money – as the fed has been doing with Obama cheerleading – the price of stuff denominated in dollars tends to increase. Then there is the unrest in the Middle East, a Saudi production cut and the increasing (but ever more slowly) demand from China and India. Why do these things matter? Because all of these factors tend to drive up the price of crude oil, and crude makes up about 76% of the price of a gallon of gasoline today, up from a historic average closer to 65%.

So back to the President. It’s higher oil prices that translate into higher gasoline prices – as opposed to the price gouging by Big Oil which is what the President would have you believe. Enraged, the President tells us he’s been working to bring down gas prices. How? His answer is to reduce demand for gasoline by pouring billions of taxpayer dollars into green energy boondoggles while simultaneously putting the brakes on exploration and development on federal lands. Oddly that strategy hasn’t worked. Prices are the highest they’ve ever been at this time of the year. Is it possible that our 4th best president failed Econ 101 and that this is all just a terrible mistake? Actually no. Just listen to candidate Obama from January 2008: “Under my plan, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket”. So, it turns out he actually does know what he’s doing, only right now he’s doing it with gasoline. He’ll have you driving an electric brick within five years if it’s the last thing he does!

Five dollar a gallon gasoline is the result of Barack Obama’s desire to have the American people foot the bill for his gullibility in the face of the global warming hoax. That is a key element in his long term goal: To join the likes of Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Napoleon, George Washington and others in the pantheon of great men on the stage of history. Not sure? Remember this: “This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal”?

Of course the price you pay for his grandiosity is found in much more than just gasoline. Oil and energy play a role in virtually every aspect of the economy, from food to transportation to chemicals and virtually everything else, like stuff packaged in plastic, products made out of metal, commodities that need to be excavated or buildings that need to be heated. It may not be easy to see, but the price of oil and gasoline impact everything in the economy. As a result, just when consumers need a little more money in their pocket to spend, inflation is inching back up. Believe it or not, that’s just fine with President Obama.

Why? Polls tell the story. Despite the fact that gas prices are up 90% on his watch; despite the fact that there are millions fewer Americans working than when he took office; despite the fact that he’s added $5 trillion to the national debt in a mere 3 years, President Obama leads whoever the flavor of the week GOP candidate is in virtually every poll.

Unfortunately the electoral math is pretty simple. Fifty percent of Americans pay no income taxes. There are 2.1 million federal employees who love the fact that they earn average salary and benefits of $123,000 per year, double the civilian workforce. There are 14 million state and local employees, half of whom are teachers and many of whom are in unions making more than their civilian counterparts. None of these constituencies are particularly interested in getting rid of Barack Obama and potentially destabilizing their gravy trains. Add to that the fact that blacks (who make up 12% of the population) tend to vote Democrat at a 9 to 1 or more ratio regardless of the consequences and the idea that $5 gasoline will somehow undo Barack Obama is pretty hard to imagine.

The reality is that Barack Obama doesn’t need to get rid of $5 gasoline to become reelected. He simply needs to use it as a foil with which to pillory his opponents and demagogue corporate profits. At the end of the day $5 gasoline is not a net negative for Barack Obama. It allows him to play the populist advocate who is seeking to break the stranglehold big business in general and Big Oil in particular have on the American people. Populist messages sell, particularly to those who are warm and comfy in the swaddling clothes of government largess and who don’t want to be forced to stand up and venture out in the world and actually take care of themselves.

(Via Flopping Aces.)

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