You hear it everyday, primarily from liberals: “America just doesn’t make stuff anymore.” This is often stated in a wistful manner that harkens back to days gone by, when one’s father would grab his metal lunch box, kiss his wife, and walk to his job at the widget factory. After hearing such a statement, the uninformed listener may inquire into the reason why America doesn’t make stuff anymore. At this point, the listener would be bludgeoned with the following (or its equivalent): “It’s those greedy factory owners who only care about profit.” There can be little doubt that the factory owner cares about profit; that’s why he’s in business after all. If it wasn’t about profit, then he’d be running a charity like that great humanitarian Bono (oh wait, bad example).
Yes, the owner cares about profit (for those of you who dislike profit…it’s difficult to pay employees without money). But where did the factory go? Probably to another country. Why? The answer is simple: liberals. Case in point, the new EPA rules on carbon emissions that the left has been pushing hard for. Hot Air has provided a nice summary of the soon to be released Senate Environment and Public Works Committee minority report, which provides a picture of the damage the EPA’s new regulations will do to this country’s already anemic manufacturing industry:
- New standards for commercial and industrial boilers: up to 798,250 jobs at risk;
- The revised National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone: severe restrictions on job creation and business expansion in hundreds of counties nationwide.
- New standards for Portland Cement plants: up to 18 cement plants at risk of shutting down, threatening nearly 1,800 direct jobs and 9,000 indirect jobs;
- The Endangerment Finding/Tailoring Rules for Greenhouse Gas Emissions: higher energy costs; jobs moving overseas; severe economic impacts on the poor, the elderly, minorities, and those on fixed incomes; 6.1 million sources subject to EPA control and regulation;
How bad is it? It’s so bad that the freakin’ Steel Workers Union is complaining about it. And with good reason…the EPA’s standards are so ridiculously strict, there isn’t a boiler in the country that would comply. What does that mean? It means a whole bunch of factories will close, many for good.
It’s examples like this that compel me to conclude that Michael Savage is right: liberalism is a mental disorder. How can you complain about manufacturing jobs leaving when you’re the reason they’re leaving? Even more perplexing: Why the hell would any union member support a democrat? Can anyone explain this to me? Democrats are the reason union jobs are going to China.
And make no mistake, the EPA’s regs have Obama’s fingerprints all over them. It’s the current Administration that has been pushing for the EPA to regulate carbon emissions because it couldn’t get cap-n-trade through the Senate. Simply put, the “working man” needs to wake up. There’s a reason those factories Springsteen always sings about are closed, and it ain’t the greedy factory owner.
September 16, 2010, 6:30 a.m.
-sigh- Another day another dollar. At least it’s raining today. I’ll finally be able to wash off that McDonald’s milkshake that the guy in the Prius tossed on me last week. Real environmentally friendly dill-hole.
Well, everyone looks pissed again. Not that I blame them. My buddies and I have been sitting in these spots for going on four months now. Plus, there are signs everywhere requiring everyone to slow down for the construction zone. Does my mere existence in this lane really constitute a construction zone? Not like it matters though…no one can drive faster than ten miles/hour anyway. And while the drivers mutter under their breath about ramming stuff, my buddies and I are occupying this perfectly good lane for miles just hoping that some day, actual construction will take place next to us. I’m afraid many of us are now beginning to lose that hope.
Yesterday seemed like it would be different. An orange IDOT truck pulled up next to me. I thought construction may actually start! But it was not to be. Instead of actually beginning to improve the roadway, two guys jumped out of the truck, rolled that measuring wheel thingy, laughed about something, and then got back into their truck and left. I was, I’ll admit, disappointed; and confused…did they really think the measurement changed since they took it a month ago?
My buddy Herb told me that he had actually spoken to a barrel further down the road that said construction was actually occurring. He said it was really strange because after all of these big machines tore up the road, everybody left for a couple of months. He said something about workers striking. He and I both thought it would have been nicer if the workers had decided to stop working before tearing up the road. But what do we know? We’re just barrels.
I still remember being placed here in the spring. I was so excited! I figured I’d get to watch some cool machines construct a road. When the drivers creeping past me first became angry, mumbling about the same construction being done last year, I smiled, because I knew the construction would be done in no time. But here I sit. Taking up a perfectly good lane when there hasn’t been construction equipment anywhere near me yet. Seriously, why close a lane for miles, when only about 10 feet is getting worked on at any given time? I mean, I know my brain consists of a flashing light, but it would seem that only closing the road being worked on would be a smarter idea.
However, after talking to my buddy Gilbert yesterday, I do think the drivers are being a little hard on the government. Apparently there are spots where the road isn’t being torn up at all. In fact, Gil told me that all of the toll lanes are still open, and there are lots of those. It could be worse, right?
Are these really the same people that convinced America that Barry was not only best option available, but was a super-awesome-genius sort of president that we haven’t had since, like, ever? You know, the team that brainwashed a majority of Americans into believing a guy who neither had a real job or executive experience could be a competent president? If so, they should really stop ironing B.O.’s jeans and start doing their jobs.
A day after Michelle “your ass could block out the sun” Obama tried to convince people the Gulf was still a good place to vacation, Barry decides the family is going to Maine for summer vacation. What does Maine have to offer other than a pretty good college hockey team? Shouldn’t the Community Organizer bring the fam down to Alabama or Lousiana and hang out on the beach? Maybe offer the locals some Hope? How ’bout donning a rubber suit and cleaning some pelicans? He’s really missed an opportunity here to show his sensitivity to the plight of those sad souls in the deep south. If he weren’t a Progressive, I might think B.O. doesn’t actually care about the effects of the spill. That couldn’t be right though, could it?
According to news reports, it seems that some fishermen seemingly helping the cleanup are not receiving the checks they were promised by BP. (the article isn’t terribly clear on the reason for the payments). Jeffrey Briet, an attorney representing more than 500 fisherman, had previously set up a payment system with BP whereby the fisherman would be paid every 30 days, and it was apparently working. Then the big change happened. Briet stated,
‘Not only did they spring it on us that the [payment] process has changed, but the people I’ve been dealing with for six weeks who’ve done a good job said, ‘We don’t know what the process is going to be. We’re not authorized to talk to you about it. Someone from BP will contact you,’ he said.
Hmmmm, what has recently occurred which could have changed the payment process? Oh yeah, the BP fund which is being controlled by a government pay-czar. Curiously, neither the article nor Briet mention the fund at all. What’s even stranger is Briet acting shocked both about the change, and the fact that no one can tell him what the new process is. It’s actually pretty simple. All Briet needs to do is tell his clients that they’re dealing with the federal government now, and they can expect to start receiving checks in the next, oh, few months.
UPDATE: Hot Air has indicated that the payments are for fishermen helping in clean-up, although it cites the same article linked above (which I don’t find particularly clear). In any event, it doesn’t really matter. I was under the impression that the $20 billion fund was set up to pay for this sort of thing, i.e., damages relating to the spill. If it wasn’t, I’m not sure what it would have been set up for. I’ll figure it out.
Granted, the allegations are coming from Republicans. But considering the Democrats’ large-scale refusal to oversee the Obama Administration’s activities, they should, at least, be considered. And if they turn out to be true, the oil spill will do more damage to Obama than Katrina ever did to Bush.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R – Cal.), the ranking member on the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, has announced that he will be releasing a report later today on the federal government’s response to the oil spill, and early reports aren’t pretty. Excerpts from the report reveal conduct spanning from bumbling to flat-out impeachable behavior on the part of the White House.
Some examples include,
“The number of assets claimed [by the White House], however, does not appear to match what is actually in the field. This is corroborated by Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, who shared a similar story with investigators. BP and Coast Guard provided Mr. Nungesser with a map of the Gulf allegedly pinpointing the exact locations of 140 skimmers cleaning up oil. Sensing that the chart may have been somewhat inaccurate, Mr. Nungesser requested a flyover of the assets for verification. After three cancelled trips, officials admitted to Mr. Nungesser that only 31 of the 140 skimmers were ever deployed. The rest were sitting at the docks. According to Mr. Nungesser, the chart appeared to have been fabricated.”
This alleged fabrication is significant, especially given the Administration’s recent attempts to refute claims that they’re refusing international help. We addressed Obama’s failure to waive the Jones Act here recently, and responded to a commentator who asserted, with dubious support, that those criticisms were unfounded. Well, if Issa is correct, it’s not just foreign aid being denied; Barry’s not providing domestic assistance either. The allegation would also provide an explanation as to why the air space above the spill is largely closed, with very few fly-overs permitted.
Resources Used as Bargaining Chip to Mute Criticism
“In some instances, it appears that equipment is provided simply to quiet public criticism. Mr. Nungesser, who has frequently appeared on local and national television, was apparently visited by two White House officials at his office on Fathers’ Day. According to Mr. Nungesser, the purpose of their visit was to find a way to keep him from calling attention to the lack of equipment. Specifically, they asked him, “What do we have to do to keep you off tv?” He simply replied, “give me what I need.” On another occasion, Placquemines Parish officials requested 20 skimmers at a town hall meeting held by the Coast Guard. According to Mr. Nungesser, “They gave us two skimmers to shut us up.” These accounts raise serious questions about whether the Administration is more concerned with fighting a public relations battle than combating the oil spill.”
This is a damning allegation, but one that shouldn’t shock anyone, considering the Chicago-style politics running rampant at the White House. If the two aforementioned allegations (and there are more if you read the linked article) turn out to be true, and I have little reason to question local officials at this point, I would argue that they amount to an impeachable offense. In fact, if the president is not making damn sure every available ship is down there, and even goes so far as to use Coast Guard vessels as bargaining chips, then he shouldn’t just be impeached, he should be in prison.
Rep. Issa is apparently releasing the full report later today. I have no doubt that the Administration will deny all of its contents, and blame its existence on partisanship. When Barry makes these claims however, ask yourself whether he provides any actual proof that the report is false; don’t simply take his word for it.
It hasn’t been a good week so far for the President, and it’s only Tuesday. First, word leaks out that his Chief of Staff Rahm Emanual is quitting, due to conflicts with Obama’s “idealistic inner circle.” Yeah, get in line. Next, we find out that Barry’s budget director Peter Orszag will be exiting the Cabinet in July while leaving, as Ed Morrissey says, “a substantial legacy — as in a trillion-dollar-plus deficit and a $2.2 trillion math error.” Next, Obama and his Administration are blasted by Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan for their strategy there, in a Rolling Stone article of all places.
While all of this is going on, the Pelosi-led House of Representatives won’t pass a 2010 budget–the first time since 1974. Why not? Because the Democrats in charge don’t have enough votes to pass a budget that increases both spending and taxes during an election year. Want more? Obama plans to sue the state of Arizona over its immigration law, while simultaneously refusing to secure the U.S.-Mexico border. Finally, the President’s ill-conceived, job-killing Gulf oil moratorium has been blocked by a Federal judge.
Amazingly, in light of everything going on, it’s admirable that he can still find time to golf.
Yawn. Well, we’re all gonna be gone in 1oo years. Such a gloomy message would depress me, except: (1) Someone predicting the end of the world is about as shocking as road construction in Illinois; and (2) I’ll already be dead, so what do I care? Anyway, on with the show!
And now Professor Frank Fenner, emeritus professor of microbiology at the Australian National University, has predicted that the human race will be extinct within the next 100 years.
Professor Fenner believes humans will go extinct due to “unbridled consumption” and of course, climate change. He’s being listened to because he helped eradicate smallpox. Thank you and congratulations. Is a microbiologist really qualified to tell anyone that the human race is going to go extinct due to climate change though? I mean, just because Sean Penn does a great job acting like a person with a mental disability doesn’t mean he’s an expert on foreign policy, right?
My point is, some random scientist telling me the world is going to end in 100 years because too many people exhale is about as credible as him telling me we’re going to be enslaved by a race of mutant leprechauns during a Lucky Charms shortage. Why am I so confident? Because nobody has any idea when humanity will end, and trying to guess is dumb. We’re just as likely to die tomorrow because our esteemed president falls asleep on the Big Red Button as we are to go extinct in 100 years.