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America in Lockdown
Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2014 | Paul Driessen

Posted on 01/25/2014 7:11:26 AM PST by Kaslin

resident Obama insists he is determined to create jobs in America. He recently announced the creation of “promise zones” for five communities around the nation and a “manufacturing institute” aimed at fostering more high-paying jobs in energy efficiency. He’s says he has “a pen and a phone” to “sign executive orders and take executive actions that move the ball,” where Congress has failed to implement policies he believes are needed.

Unfortunately, the executive orders and actions Mr. Obama seems to have in mind will do little to create jobs beyond the Washington Beltway – and much to do the opposite. An obvious example is his EPA’s plan to impose additional carbon dioxide emission restrictions, to save the planet from global warming, climate change, climate disruption, extreme weather or whatever term alarmists are using these days.

Another is to issue regulations and spend billions more to mandate and subsidize expensive energy efficiency, wind and solar, biofuel, alternative-fuel vehicles and other technologies, companies and financing schemes. That is what some “green” energy business leaders recommend in a report that they recently presented to the White House, promoting a “clean energy future.”

These actions will ensure employment for more bureaucrats, blue state friends and campaign contributors. But they will also ensure continued unemployment for blue collar workers and “fly-over country.” They depend on government direction and ideological compatibility, taxpayer subsidies, and crony-corporatist arrangements among businessmen, politicians and regulators.

They will make barely a dent in a chronically feeble economy in which 94 million Americans are not working; four million are long-term unemployed; the 63% labor participation rate is the lowest in 35 years; and many of the employment gains due to a magical government formula that turns 300,000 full-time jobs into 400,000 part-time positions. The President’s proposed actions likewise will not reverse the rapid increase in 49ers – companies that won’t hire more than 49 employees, because that would trigger ObamaCare and a host of other taxes and regulations, causing even more unemployment.

Extending unemployment benefits another 3-6 months, and sending our grandkids the bill, will not soften or reverse this damage. Nor will raising the minimum wage, thereby compelling more companies to automate or find other ways to trim work forces and costs, leaving even more people unemployed. But America does offer countless opportunities for President Obama to use his executive powers to unshackle the US economy, create jobs and generate revenues.

First and foremost, he could instruct his overly zealous Executive Branch agencies to delay, pare back and eliminate regulatory and paperwork burdens. Far too many of those rules are justified only by anti-hydrocarbon ideologies, computer models, cherry-picked studies that do not reflect genuine mainstream science or medicine, and even illegal experiments on human test subjects.

The Heritage Foundation calculates that the EPA alone has promulgated more than 1,920 regulations over the past five years, including twenty “major” rules that are costing the United States more than $36 billion annually. The Competitive Enterprise Institute’s latest “10,000 Commandments” report says the total federal regulatory burden on America’s businesses and families now exceeds $1.8 trillion per year!

$379 billion of that is for environmental rules that often bring dubious benefits, and frequently impose human health and welfare costs well in excess of any supposed improvements. For example, EPA itself admitted that it was unable to quantify any direct health benefits from its costly utility “air toxics” MACT rule – and a January 2014 analysis demonstrates that the health and societal benefits of using oil, natural gas and coal outweigh any alleged “social costs of carbon” by at least 50 and as much as 500 to one.

President Obama could certainly order the issuance of permits to build the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline, and instantly create thousands of jobs. He could also order the EPA, Interior Department, Forest Service and other federal agencies to unlock the lands and resources that are now off-limits.

The President brags that “we produce more oil at home than we have in 15 years.” Indeed, domestic production rose from 5.6 million barrels per day in 2011 to 6.4 million bopd in 2012. However, production from federal onshore and offshore areas has fallen significantly under his watch – and 96% of the production increase was on state and private lands.

That is unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. America’s federal lands – onshore and offshore, in Alaska and our eleven westernmost Lower 48 States – contain numerous oil, gas, coal, rare earth and other mineral deposits. Many have already been delineated, while others await discovery and development via modern, ecologically sensitive prospecting, drilling, mining and production technologies. However, the vast majority of these resources are off limits: officially locked up in restrictive land use categories (some of which should not be changed) or simply made unavailable by bureaucratic fiat and foot-dragging.

Technically recoverable energy resources on these onshore and offshore lands total 1,194 billion barrels of oil and 2,150 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, Institute for Energy Research analyst Daniel Simmons noted in congressional testimony. At $100 per barrel of oil and $4 per thousand cubic feet of gas, those resources are worth $128 trillion! Developing them could generate some $150 billion in bonuses, rents and royalties over the next ten years alone – plus billions more in local, state and federal tax revenues, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Using those CBO numbers, an IER study concluded:

· If the government made more of these areas available for exploration and production, America’s GDP could increase by $127 billion annually for the next seven years, and $450 billion annually in the long term. Those activities would create 552,000 jobs annually over the next seven years, with annual wage increases of up to $32 billion, hugely benefitting workers’ and families’ health and welfare.

· Over the next 37 years, opening these lands would also increase America’s cumulative economic activity by up to $14.4 trillion … employment by 1.9 million jobs per year … wages by $115 billion annually … and local, state and federal royalty and tax revenues by a cumulative $3.8 trillion!

However, Simmons points out, the Interior Department has leased only a paltry 2% of federal offshore areas and less than 6% of onshore lands for oil and gas development. It has also stalled endlessly on issuing permits to drill on lands it has leased, in areas that are supposed to be available for multiple use and energy development. Its Bureau of Land Management’s proposed regulations for hydraulic fracturing on public lands will likely delay, block and lock down the many benefits associated with fracking.

Access to metals and minerals on public lands is likewise subject to “bureaucratic discretion.” America’s “dedicated public servants” are thwarting development of Alaska’s Pebble Mine gold, copper and molybdenum deposit; Montana’s Finley Basin tungsten, copper, gold, silver and molybdenum deposit; and Arizona’s Rosemont Copper project – all of which would generate thousands of jobs and billions in payrolls and government revenues. Meanwhile they are fast-tracking permits for bird and bat butchering wind turbines – and considering 30-year eagle-killing permits for the installations.

In conducting these energy and mineral exploration and development projects, we can and must protect human health and environmental quality – from genuine threats, not speculative, exaggerated or computer scenario risks. We cannot afford to keep our lands, resources, jobs and revenues under lock and key.

If President Obama really does care about creating jobs and opportunities for the middle class, he will think and act outside of his ideological box, and pay less attention to his most rabid environmentalist base. We will know soon whether he is capable of doing that – and what kinds of executive orders and actions he really has in mind to move the ball on job creation.


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1 posted on 01/25/2014 7:11:26 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
I have this funny feeling a massive push back against all the things mentioned in that article is coming, the efforts of the D.C. establishment notwithstanding.
The whole NSA thing is evidence that the Federal government in general is at odds with the people, and is trying to protect its perks and privledges. While it might make people a little circumspect at first, that old anecdote about why John Hancock purposely wrote his signature so large comes to mind.
2 posted on 01/25/2014 7:18:44 AM PST by Tench_Coxe
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To: Kaslin
Who ever is in charge of naming these obama concepts sure isnt very bright are they?

PROMISE ZONES? Will Promise Zone number one be named for Obamas Health Care Promise that "If you like your Doctor you can Keep your Doctor"?

the Benghazi PROMISE of getting to the bottom of Whoever Did This..and Punishing them"?

TRANSPARENT ZONES YES...Promise Zones,,,ah Maybe Not


3 posted on 01/25/2014 7:24:06 AM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
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To: Kaslin
"If President Obama really does care about creating jobs and opportunities for the middle class, he will think and act outside of his ideological box, and pay less attention to his most rabid environmentalist base. We will know soon whether he is capable of doing that – and what kinds of executive orders and actions he really has in mind to move the ball on job creation."

I don't think he is catering to his environmental base. He is using them as useful idiots. His ideological box is different than the writer supposes. He is a rabid Marxist Muslim who intends to destroy the West. His non-Muslim allies are cannon fodder in his war on the West.

4 posted on 01/25/2014 7:26:10 AM PST by Truth29
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To: MeshugeMikey

BTTT


5 posted on 01/25/2014 7:26:55 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

theres also the chance that the Promise Zones will begin as areas...of the country and then in due time grow in in “types...and numbers of locations

Curbs in most municipalities follow the same conventions as per markings with the White Zone being for loading and unloading and the Red Zones being an indicator for NO STOPPING.

At the rate of growth of Obamas socialist follies Im betting on our see NEW CURBSIDE PROMISE ZONES..perhaps with curbs marked in RAINBOW COLORS.

This would allow easy access for Drive By Obamamoney Distrobution and save millions by eliminating the need for costly office space


6 posted on 01/25/2014 7:35:51 AM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
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To: Kaslin

“If President Obama really does care about creating jobs and opportunities for the middle class”

He doesn’t. He is out to destroy the American economy and the middle class so it can be replaced with a proletariat.

Out of chaos comes order.


7 posted on 01/25/2014 7:41:00 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Kaslin

Where have I seen this scenario play out before? Argentina? Venezuela? No, that’s not it, but close. Oh, now I remember: directive 10-289. Ring a bell?


8 posted on 01/25/2014 7:43:19 AM PST by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: Tench_Coxe
I WANT to agree with you.

A whole LOT of us have been expecting SOME kind of reaction / retaliation for a long time.

9 posted on 01/25/2014 7:52:51 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: Truth29

The sad thing is they don’t realize that they are being used by him


10 posted on 01/25/2014 7:53:10 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: factoryrat
I had to look it up ... it's been a long since I read it ...

"Directive 10-289 (May 1, 2019), in Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged, was an Executive Order drafted by Wesley Mouch, with the willing participation of James Taggart, Orren Boyle, Clem Weatherby, Floyd Ferris, and Fred Kinnon, and signed by Mr. Thompson, Head of State. Its eight points were an attempt to freeze the collapsing economy of the United States at then-current levels. Instead of doing that, it accelerated the decline, strengthened the case of John Galt and his friends, and hastened the ultimate collapse of economy and government.

11 posted on 01/25/2014 7:55:43 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: Kaslin
"The sad thing is they don’t realize that they are being used by him"

That is the very definition of useful idiots. The GOPe is also full of them in the form of the reach across the aisle so called moderates.

12 posted on 01/25/2014 8:03:08 AM PST by Truth29
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To: Georgia Girl 2
but... but.... shouldnt we give his Promize Zones a fair chance?.....


13 posted on 01/25/2014 8:20:59 AM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
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To: Kaslin
America’s “dedicated public servants” are thwarting development of Alaska’s Pebble Mine gold, copper and molybdenum deposit;

Wrong. NOBODY in Alaska wants the Pebble Mine except the cronies and politicians who are in the process of selling their souls. The PEOPLE, especially those involved in the fisheries and hunting (Just about everybody) are very much opposed because of the environmental damage the mine will cause.

14 posted on 01/25/2014 10:00:02 AM PST by Chuckster (The longer I live the less I care about what you think.)
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To: Kaslin

Promise zones will work out as good as the post office.


15 posted on 01/25/2014 10:30:31 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: MeshugeMikey

Yeh Barry promises to continue being a muzzie lovin commie bent on the destruction of the US economy. :-)


16 posted on 01/25/2014 12:03:48 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Vaduz

UNTIL JUST RECENTLY..the postal service didnt have the Obama Burden to worry about....

its a wonder any mail is delivered at all at this point


17 posted on 01/25/2014 1:44:38 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

and hes using our money to accomplish his ends..

I wonder if the possibility of making a sucessful citizens arrest still exists?


18 posted on 01/25/2014 1:54:48 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
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To: Kaslin

Wait! wait wait I have another failed idea, I promise I will talk you into a stuper, leave you listless and labotomized


19 posted on 01/25/2014 2:04:39 PM PST by ronnie raygun
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To: Chuckster

An interesting Wiki exhibit as it seems to have been written by a typewriter.

20 posted on 01/25/2014 6:20:43 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Kaslin
He’s says he has “a pen and a phone” to “sign executive orders and take executive actions that move the ball,”
where Congress has failed to implement policies he believes are needed.



21 posted on 01/26/2014 3:31:20 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: MeshugeMikey
This would allow easy access for Drive By Obamamoney Distrobution and save millions by eliminating the need for costly office space

THIS is the redistribution zone?


22 posted on 01/26/2014 3:45:42 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: MeshugeMikey
shouldnt we give his Promize Zones a fair chance?.....

The FAIRIES are getting WAY more than they should NOW!

23 posted on 01/26/2014 3:47:42 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Paladin2
An interesting Wiki exhibit as it seems to have been written by ON a typewriter.
24 posted on 01/26/2014 3:49:36 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Paladin2
An interesting Wiki exhibit as it seems to have been written by a typewriter.

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25 posted on 01/26/2014 3:51:00 AM PST by cynwoody
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To: Kaslin

I just found out my wife was fired from her position as a deli manager at a Costco type of store we have here in Alaska, they fabricated a rumor of sexual harassment that she did, she was at the highest wage tier and I believe they shoved her out so they can get a replacement at a lower wage scale.

I am taking this to court, because first off I have been married to her for over 20 years, and she has never been even close to what they described. They are out to create a bigger profit margin I am sure, and I bet other long term employes will get booted as well, just get a bunch of cheap new hires, when they get into a position of seniority then out they go, that is the new employment norm.


26 posted on 01/26/2014 3:59:56 AM PST by Spartan302 (Spartans never quit, they come back later with more warriors. Asymmetrical Warfare.)
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To: Spartan302

I don’t blame you, but isn’t she who has to file the suit?


27 posted on 01/26/2014 5:20:47 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Elsie

Indeed they are. Indeed they are!


28 posted on 01/26/2014 6:14:01 AM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
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To: Elsie

That certainly does look like a Redistribution zone “transaction “


29 posted on 01/26/2014 6:15:53 AM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
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To: Kaslin

Sorry I meant that the manager of the store claims that she made advances or some form of sexual advance upon him, and she has advanced MS, she can barely walk up a staircase.
After i get some more information I have a feeling I have a major discrimination case at hand here.


30 posted on 01/26/2014 7:18:09 AM PST by Spartan302 (Spartans never quit, they come back later with more warriors. Asymmetrical Warfare.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Just junk mail it’s the only income they have.


31 posted on 01/26/2014 8:08:50 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Vaduz

Considering the vast pile of junk mail clogging my mailbox they should be rolling in mountains of currency in large demoninations..


32 posted on 01/26/2014 8:30:52 AM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
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To: MeshugeMikey

One would think so but they are unionized it’s why they are broke and the feds have to subsidize it 43 years with out one penny profit.


33 posted on 01/26/2014 8:38:44 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Vaduz

ah yes the lovely unions...i forgot..


34 posted on 01/26/2014 8:45:40 AM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
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To: Kaslin

It’s going to get a lot worse before he is done.


35 posted on 01/26/2014 8:51:50 AM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: cynwoody

SARAH!


36 posted on 01/26/2014 12:15:55 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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