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(Ex-Congressman Joe) Kennedy defends Venezuelan heat oil program
Eyewitness News TV ^ | 02-18-2006 | Eyewitness News

Posted on 02/18/2006 12:45:16 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist

WASHINGTON—Former Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy fires back at the House Energy chairman investigating whether politics, not charity, is behind Venezuela’s offer to provide low-cost heating oil to needy Americans.

In a letter to Congressman Joe Barton, Kennedy says the committee’s highest priority should be praising Venezuela, not investigating its motives.

Kennedy heads the Boston-based nonprofit Citizens Energy Corporation, which is helping to deliver the oil in several states. Rhode Island is among states where low income people are getting discounted oil.

Barton has requested all records pertaining to the program from Citgo Petroleum, a subsidiary of Venezuela’s state-owned oil company.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government
KEYWORDS: 109th; energy; joekennedy; oil

1 posted on 02/18/2006 12:45:17 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Isn't this "main line" Kennedy?


2 posted on 02/18/2006 12:46:55 PM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
How much does Kennedy gets paid by this non-profit...


3 posted on 02/18/2006 12:47:18 PM PST by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Joe Barton is my Congresscritter....good for him.

I just heard today, that Hugo Chavez is threatening to cut off oil sales to the USA...but, I guess maybe his "friends" can get their own private stash, huh??


4 posted on 02/18/2006 12:47:30 PM PST by Txsleuth
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Actually, I doubt whether Chavez will get much political mileage out of this, unless Democrat political operatives like Kennedy really help him. I doubt whether the people he is helping will rise up and overthrow the government. They aren't the ones we need to worry about.

Meantime, it's easing our energy imbalance, helping our poor, and cutting down on our welfare expenses.

Fine with me.


5 posted on 02/18/2006 12:50:53 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Rip the Citgo sign down near Fenway Park !!!
6 posted on 02/18/2006 12:51:40 PM PST by llevrok (Drink your beer, damnit! There are sober people in Africa.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Guess Joe never heard of LIHEAP.


7 posted on 02/18/2006 12:52:29 PM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Traitor


8 posted on 02/18/2006 12:52:57 PM PST by GeorgefromGeorgia
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To: mewzilla

Hey...why go through the Congress...when he can get it from his communist friends??


9 posted on 02/18/2006 12:55:36 PM PST by Txsleuth
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To: darkwing104
How much does Kennedy gets paid by this non-profit...

It's well over 100,000.

I bet he wouldn't accepted oil from Venezuela if a right-winger ruled.

10 posted on 02/18/2006 12:56:56 PM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: Txsleuth
Hey...why go through the Congress...when he can get it from his communist friends??

Kinda makes me wonder what in Sam Hill we're funding LIHEAP for...Grrrrrrr...

11 posted on 02/18/2006 1:00:11 PM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Semper Paratus
Just proving my point...He is doing it for the money.


12 posted on 02/18/2006 1:00:46 PM PST by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Of course, as administrator of the program he pays himself a huge salary. This has been exposed a few years ago.

No Kennedy does anything that doesn't enrich themselves.

13 posted on 02/18/2006 1:02:19 PM PST by OldFriend (The Dems enABLEd DANGER and 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

All it is basically is a slap at the white people in this country !

Here is more of the grand plan: We should take his stations over and sell Shale oil Products!

http://www.venezuelanalysis.com/articles.php?artno=1665


14 posted on 02/18/2006 1:05:05 PM PST by Steveone (Paradise is a World free of Liberals.)
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To: ncountylee
Isn't this "main line" Kennedy?

Joe III's first wife, Sheila Rauch Kennedy, is from a wealthy main line Philadelphia family. He dumped her for wife #2, and then petitioned the Vatican to have their marriage annulled. Because she and Joe III had teen-age twin sons born of their marriage, Sheila hit the roof and wrote a best-selling book about it all, "Shattered Faith: A Woman's Struggle to Stop the Catholic Church from Annulling Her Marriage". I don't think she likes Joe any more.

15 posted on 02/18/2006 1:08:17 PM PST by xJones
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To: Steveone

OMG....you are right...he is intending this oil to go to Hispanics and Blacks, NOT white people...

Hmmmmmm..does Kennedy even know anyone that isn't white??

Kidding aside....the "deal" his offering is gonna be a 25 year LOAN to pay for the 40% after an up front payment of 60%...

Now that sounds like a wonderful deal for those poor people...heat yourselves this weekend, and your grandchildren will pay for it in the year 2030.


16 posted on 02/18/2006 1:15:01 PM PST by Txsleuth
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To: Txsleuth; mewzilla

Of course he's familiar with LIHEAP. LIHEAP has funded his Citizens' Energy for many years. Between budget cuts and the big hike in the cost of heating oil, LIHEAP no longer covers enough energy to carry people through the winter. Massachusetts and other northern states don't have a lot of clout in Congress any more so they were unable to get greater appropriations that way. Enter Hugo Chavez.

No one in Massachusetts is going to rise up to overthrow the government, not unless George Bush burns down a Dunkin' Donuts. This is strictly a way to embarrass the federal government, which has decided to stop helping out low-income people here with their heating bills as a budget-cutting measure. Since my neighbors all vote 'RAT they don't support this move, not surprisingly.

(Before anyone brings up the Big Dig, I'll save you time and point out that Massachusetts is a huge net contributor to the federal government, and even at the height of Tipsy O'Neill's reign and the Big Dig's early stages we gave a fraction of a cent more per dollar than we ever got back from Washington. So we're still subsidizing the rest of the country, whatever happens to policies.)


17 posted on 02/18/2006 1:24:43 PM PST by HostileTerritory
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To: HostileTerritory
I disagree that the northeast doesn't have clout...

You have Snowe and Collins working both sides of the fence, Sen. Gregg is in charge of the Budget Committee...Lieberman has pull...

New York has powerful Senators...

I hear this LIHEAP legislation brought up all of the time in the Senate...now, if you don't think the poor are getting enough...maybe it is a consequence of bureaucracy, rather than funding..
18 posted on 02/18/2006 1:36:45 PM PST by Txsleuth
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Remember:More people have died in Ted Kennedy's car than have died in
United States Commercial Nuclear Power plant operations


19 posted on 02/18/2006 1:42:02 PM PST by mirkwood (Adversity doesn't build character, it reveals it.)
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To: Txsleuth

The government shows heating oil prices up more than 20% this winter over last winter--from about $200/gallon to $240/gallon. That doesn't sound so bad, but in 2003-2004, 2002-2003, the cost was in the $140-$160/gallon range, and if you go back further to the days of cheap oil it was $120/gallon and lower.

http://tonto.eia.doe.gov/oog/ftparea/wogirs/xls/pswc3vwall.xls

Now, back before Chavez started playing Lady Bountiful with heating oil to the poor masses of the northeast corridor, the federal government was proposing actual absolute cuts to LIHEAP funding. This is despite a near doubling in costs of heating oil. It doesn't take a math degree to see the effects of even holding the price steady.

Doing a web search, it appears that 10 days ago Bush buckled and allocated an additional $1.7 billion in home heating assistance. For better or for worse, it looks like Chavez made him blink.


20 posted on 02/18/2006 1:48:00 PM PST by HostileTerritory
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Inexpensive oil seems like it would be bad for the environment, Joe.


21 posted on 02/18/2006 1:53:53 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: HostileTerritory

My electric bills went from an average of $155 dollars a month to $215 in ONE MONTH...

Maybe I should get my Congresscritters to make a deal with Chavez also??

I think that Bush sent a message to Chavez in his SOTU address when he said that Americans are "addicted to oil"...and it was a message that he doesn't want to play games with Chavez anymore...and he will try other fixes.

BTW..how do you guys in the northeast feel about nuclear energy?

I also think you guys should get onto Kennedy and Kerry for not letting the wind farms be built where it would "ruin their view" of the ocean.


22 posted on 02/18/2006 2:02:21 PM PST by Txsleuth
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

for a nice detailing of the Oil Barons of The Kennedy Family,
find a copy of "Do As I Say (Not As I Do)" by Peter Schweizer.

Read pages 89-92
(ISBN 0-385-51349-6; Hardcover, 2005)


23 posted on 02/18/2006 2:06:46 PM PST by VOA
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Why is it my respon$ibility to help pay someone else's heating bill? I don't get help paying my A/C bill during the summer!

People who choose to live in a cold climate should pay their own heating bills. This should not be a job for the federal government.
24 posted on 02/18/2006 2:07:04 PM PST by rottndog (WOOF!!!!)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Democrats never met a marxist dictator they didn't like.


25 posted on 02/18/2006 2:07:30 PM PST by Finalapproach29er (Americans need to remember Osama's "strong horse" -"weak horse" analogy. Let's stop acting weak.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Ah yes, the former Congressman once named Spy Magazine's dumbest member of Concrete after boasting that he had never read an entire book.

Of course Chavez is doing this for political, not charitable reasons. Chavez' policies are, of course, having their inevitable effect on his country. The oil fields are not being maintained, production is dropping. The situation is so bad that oil is being withheld from the average Venezuelan and the commie government is pushing people to use natural gas rather than gasoline to power their vehicles.
26 posted on 02/23/2006 7:41:32 AM PST by mak5
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To: mak5

Of course, after I call him dumb, I fail to notice that the spell checker changed "Congress" to "Concrete" in my post.


27 posted on 02/23/2006 7:43:41 AM PST by mak5
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Seen this propaganda yet?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNE0os3f3VY


28 posted on 12/03/2006 4:03:48 PM PST by Disturbin (Get back to work -- millions of people on welfare are counting on you!)
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To: mak5

"Chavez' policies are, of course, having their inevitable effect on his country."

It required him to bring in scores of illegals to sway the election. But funny we didn't hear that from our friends at CNN .....


29 posted on 12/03/2006 4:05:38 PM PST by Disturbin (Get back to work -- millions of people on welfare are counting on you!)
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