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As Governor, Romney was fine with high gas prices

Romney, the flipping flopper. The one that was anointed to be the republican candidate for president in 2012 back in 2008 by the old, white, rich idiots who run the republican party. The one that it seems we conservatives will end up having to support  to beat the shit out of Obama and the one that may be the white bread version of Obama.

As Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney apparently wasn’t all that concerned about rising gas prices. In fact, he viewed them as a net positive that would encourage conservation and get people to abandon their automobiles in favor of biking or walking. Naturally, he was also on the climate change bandwagon and he even predicted in 2005 that so-called clean energy was poised for “explosive growth” over the next decade.

Today of course he is all about drilling, which is a good thing.

But the question is: Are there any issues left out there on which Romney has not yet flip-flopped?

Alec MacGinnis writes in the New Republic:

As he campaigns for president, Mitt Romney is ratcheting up his attacks on Barack Obama over high gas prices, putting the issue at the center of his economic message. He is calling for Obama to fire his Energy secretary, EPA administrator, and Interior secretary, saying they are to blame for high prices at the pump. “No question in my mind that these—I call them the gas-hike trio—that those three are on a mission to drive up the price of gasoline and all energy so that they can finally get their solar and their wind to be more price-competitive. That’s what they want to do,” Romney said on Monday.

Curiously overlooked, though, is just what a shift this rhetoric is from the approach that Romney took on the issue of gas prices while governor of Massachusetts. Befitting his profile as a moderate Republican who cared about the environment, Governor Romney responded to price spikes by describing them as the natural result of global market pressures and by calling for increases in fuel efficiency—the same approach that he now derides Obama for taking as president.

At moments, Romney went so far as to make high gas prices out to be a welcome reality for the foreseeable future, one that people needed to learn to live with. When lieutenant governor Kerry Healey, a fellow Republican, called for suspending the state’s 23.5 cent gas tax during a price spike in May 2006, Romney rejected the idea, saying it would only further drive up gasoline consumption. “I don’t think that now is the time, and I’m not sure there will be the right time, for us to encourage the use of more gasoline,” Romney said, according to the Quincy Patriot Ledger’s report at the time. “I’m very much in favor of people recognizing that these high gasoline prices are probably here to stay.”

Romney’s response to high gas prices while governor fit into his broader effort to promote “smart growth” policies in Massachusetts—a focus that is rare among Republican leaders but that he took up with alacrity. After taking office in 2003, he combined the state’s transportation, environment, and housing departments into a single “Office for Commonwealth Development” under the command of Doug Foy, a prominent local environmentalist who was known to commute to work 20 miles by bike. Together, Romney and Foy pushed for legislation to channel new development into existing communities, thereby reducing the need for new road construction and the car dependence of Massachusetts residents. They put forward a sweeping “Climate Protection Plan” in 2004, which included, among many other things, calls for more car-pooling, public transit and tax breaks for motorists who bought hybrid vehicles. Clean energy was the future, Romney declared at a conference in 2005: “This is an industry that is going to be explosive in its growth in the next decade.”

Romney and Foy also proposed slashing the number of SUVs in the state vehicle fleet. As one administration veteran told me this week: “It was helpful to have gas prices high when we were there because it led [Romney] to think that efficiency was sensible. He talked about that a lot for the state vehicles—that gas costs a lot and we should be driving more efficient vehicles.”

Andrea Nuciforo, Jr., who at the time was a Democrat serving in the state Senate, recalled how heartened he was by Romney’s staunch support for efforts to reduce fuel consumption. “It was a pleasure to work with him and Doug Foy,” Nuciforo said. “The smart growth initiatives that the governor began in Massachusetts were very progressive … It was, ‘Let’s not have people driving over every hill and dale to get to work. Let’s focus on existing options so they can walk or bike or make a short drive to work.’” As for the tax breaks for hybrids that he and Romney both supported, he said, “We thought it was important to provide some support to promising technologies, given that existing technologies have enjoyed enormous public subsidies in the past—which was certainly true of the traditional automobile.”

James Gomes, who at the time was president of the Environmental League of Massachusetts, also praised Romney’s approach. “His administration’s growth planning policy was predicated on the idea that we would discourage automobile use by clustering development, that we would get people out of their cars to that they could either use public transportation on many small local trips or so that they could walk,” he said.

During the gas price spike following Hurricane Katrina in September 2005, Romney resorted to the tactic adopted by countless other elected executives, including Obama: declaring that his administration would investigate any allegations of price gouging.

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Taken from HERE.  Do read the entire site. Lots of stuff there I never touched.

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And I enjoy his bagels! But that is not him on the left!

Sad news for breakfast lovers everywhere: Murray Lender, a bagel pioneer who was instrumental in popularizing the beloved bread product, passed away yesterday in Florida at 81.

Through Lender’s Bagels, the company he and his brothers inherited from their father Harry, Lender helped transform American eating habits by freezing the company’s first-in-the-nation bag o’ bagels, allowing it to be sold nationwide.

In addition to Lender, this month also saw the passing of Samuel L. Glazer, the man who co-founded the company that developed the iconic automatic drip-brew coffeemaker, Mr. Coffee.

Glazer was 89 when he passed Monday, March 12th, in Cleveland.

According to the Plain Dealer, at one point half the homes in the US with coffeemakers had a Mr. Coffee brand machine.

Glazer developed a lifelong love of giving friends business advice and coffeemakers. One of his friends, Johnny Carson, after being gifted one too many Mr. Coffees, is quoted as having told him, “Please, Sam, no more coffee machines!”

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Kramer must be talking to occupiers? Nah, that was way after his time. He probably supports them.

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Is mister peace here legally? Does he own the building legally? If I was a journo in Florida, those are questions I would ask and then hunt for the correct answer.

Those stinky hippies are at it again.  In Florida, they’ve been welcomed with open arms into an apartment that’s owned by a slum lord.  A slum lord who just happens to be the wealthy son of a Columbian politician.

Calling himself “Senor Paz”(Mr. Peace), he opened the doors of his low income apartment building and allowed the occupoopers to “squat”.

And squat they did, filling the abode with feces, covering the walls with graffiti and openly using narcotics, destroying the lives of the people who actually PAY to live there.

If this is what democracy looks like, then count me OUT.

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John Stossel for Townhall
President Obama says he want to make society more fair. Advocates of big government believe fairness means taking from rich people and giving to others: poor people; or people who do things politicians approve of, like making “green” energy equipment (Solyndra); or old people (even rich ones) through Social Security and Medicare.

The idea that government can “make life fair” is intuitively appealing to people — at least until they think about it. I’ll try to help.

Obama says fairness requires higher taxes, but as The Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Moore asks, “Is it fair that the richest 10 percent of Americans shoulder a higher share of their country’s income-tax burden than do the richest 10 percent in every other industrialized nation, including socialist Sweden?”

Or as economist Art Laffer asked on my Fox Business show, is it fair that American corporations pay the highest corporate tax rate in the world?

Beyond taxes, again quoting Moore, “Is it fair that President Obama sends his two daughters to elite private schools that are safer, better-run and produce higher test scores than public schools in Washington, D.C. — but millions of other families across America are denied that free choice and forced to send their kids to rotten schools?”

No. Parents ought to be able to spend their education money at any school they choose.

Big-government politicians bemoan income inequality, but would equalizing incomes make life fair?

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Washington Free Beacon:

President Obama’s view of Israel was sharply influenced by Rabbi Arnold Wolf, a key member of a cadre of liberal rabbis and Jewish activists who blamed Israel for the failure to achieve peace in the Middle East and urged negotiations with the Palestinian Liberation Organization while it carried out terrorist operations.

Wolf, who died in 2008, is remembered by those who knew him as a modern day Jewish “heretic” whose radical dogma on Israel and the American Jewish community traveled from a small Chicago synagogue all the way to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

“Barack Obama knew many Jews in Chicago, but they tended to be left-wing Jews and tended to be people later involved in [the liberal advocacy group] J Street,” explained Jonathan Sarna, a professor of American Jewish history at Brandeis University.

It is these liberal players who “bred in Obama a specific and subversive vision of American Jewish identity and of the Jewish state,” Peter Beinart notes in his forthcoming book, The Crisis of Zionism.

Wolf in particular is said to have played a principal role in fostering Obama’s belief that the Jewish state—and, by proxy, the American Jewish establishment—could be pressured into negotiations with intransigent Palestinian political leaders.

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Will These Liberals Be Chased Off Air For Misogynistic Hate Speech?

Slut, t**t, whore, streetwalker, mail-order bride, MILF, hate-f**ks… these are the various ways conservative women are described by liberals in the media.

Chased off the air? Are you kidding? They’re praised  and worshiped by the left.  The left only manufactures their fake outrage toward Republicans. When was the last time you overheard a liberal attacking radical Islam’s abuse of women? They don’t dare because they don’t care.

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To think people like McCain and Lindsey Graham want us to help these islamics.

BEIRUT (AP) — The gunmen in eastern Syria, wielding grenade launchers and assault rifles, announced on the Internet they were forming the “God is Great” Brigade and joining the country’s rebellion. They swore allegiance to the Free Syrian Army and vowed to topple President Bashar Assad.

But unlike many other rebel bands, they wrapped their proclamation in hard-line Islamic language, declaring their fight to be a “jihad,” or holy war, and urging others to do the same.

“To our fellow revolutionaries, don’t be afraid to declare jihad in the path of God. Seek victory from the One God. God is the greatest champion,” the brigade’s spokesman said in the January video. “Instead of fighting for a faction, fight for your nation, and instead of fighting for your nation, fight for God.”

As Syria’s uprising evolves into an armed insurgency, parts of the movement are taking on overt religious overtones. Islamic movements in and out of the country are vying to gain influence over the revolt in hopes of gathering power if Assad falls.

The Islamists’ role complicates choices for the United States and other nations who say they want to help the opposition without empowering radicals; a string of anti-regime suicide bombings have raised fears of al-Qaida involvement.

The groups diverge from violent jihadi movements to political moderates like the Muslim Brotherhood, which has already used the Arab Spring revolutions to vault to power in Tunisia and Egypt elections.

Their growing influence is seeding divisions within an already fractured opposition. A week ago, several prominent figures quit the Syrian National Council, the body of exiles that has tried to emerge as the opposition’s political leadership. They complained the fundamentalist Brotherhood dominates the group.

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Just found this and I laughed real freaking loud!

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This woman needs to either get laid regularly or she should switch to a better dildo.

More of that out-of-control fear mongering we’ve come to know and love from Wasserman Schultz.

(Palm Beach Post) — Ratcheting up the rhetoric on the eve of Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to a South Florida senior community, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz today likened Republican Medicare proposals to “a tornado through America’s nursing homes.”

Wasserman Schultz, a congresswoman from Broward County, and U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, criticized House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan‘s latest budget proposal, which Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney hailed as a “bold step toward putting our nation back on the track to fiscal sanity and robust economic growth.”

Said Wasserman Schultz: “The Romney-Ryan budget would be devastating to seniors and older Americans. It is a Republican path to poverty that would pass like a tornado through America’s nursing homes where millions of America’s seniors receive long-term and end-of-life care.”

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What gives them the impression she doesn’t already oppose it?

(CNN) — Feminist writer Gloria Steinem and the anti war activist group Code Pink are pressing high profile women in the Obama administration, including First Lady Michelle Obama, to oppose military action against Iran.

Code Pink has started a petition drive to influence three women in the Obama administration, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice and the first lady, to “say no” to a war on Iran.

The international community along with the United States has imposed severe economic sanctions on Iran which is suspected to be developing nuclear weapons. Iran maintains it’s nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes.

As the window shrinks for a diplomatic solution to Iran’s nuclear program, the activists are circulating a petition titled “Women say no war on Iran.”

The petition reads in part, “We, American women and our allies, join with Iranian, Israeli and Palestinian women to oppose the inflammatory rhetoric of war and the recently publicized plan of the Israeli government to attack Iran.”

Pink posters of Steinem, Alice Walker and others are emblazoned with the group’s message: “Iranians. We will never bomb your country. We love you.” The organization hopes to gather 7000 names on the petition to send to the first lady, secretary and ambassador.

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