I saw any good looking woman tebowing like this, I would join her real quick! (unless wife was with me, then I could not)
by Andrew Restuccia – The Hill
President Obama’s jobs council called Tuesday for an “all-in approach” to energy policy that includes expanded oil-and-gas drilling as well as expediting energy projects like pipelines.
“[W]e should allow more access to oil, natural gas and coal opportunities on federal lands,” states the year-end report released Tuesday by the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.
The report does not specifically mention the Keystone XL oil pipeline, but it endorses moving forward quickly with projects that “deliver electricity and fuel,” including pipelines.
“The Council recognizes the important safety and environmental concerns surrounding these types of projects, but now more than ever, the jobs and economic and energy security benefits of these energy projects require us to tackle the issues head-on and to expeditiously, though cautiously, move forward on projects that can support hundreds of thousands of jobs,” the report says.
“[R]egulatory and permitting obstacles that could threaten the development of some energy projects negatively impact jobs and weaken our energy infrastructure need to be addressed,” the report says. “Speedy adoption of best practice standards would allow government officials to reduce regulatory and permitting obstacles to important energy projects.”
Under a payroll tax cut packaged signed into law in December, the president must make a decision on [the Keystone XL oil pipeline] by Feb. 21. White House and administration officials have said they will have little choice but to reject the pipeline under the deadline, arguing they will not have enough time to adequately review the project.
The looming deadline has set off an aggressive lobbying campaign. Republicans and industry officials argue that the project has been subject to sufficient review and is essential for boosting the ailing economy and creating jobs.
But environmental groups and other opponents of the pipeline have raised concerns about greenhouse gas emissions from oil sands production, as well as potential oil spills.
House Republicans quickly pounced on the jobs council report Tuesday, noting that the recommendations echo their “all-of-the-above” energy strategy.
Read the article here.
Fox Nation also reports the same Jobs Council came up with these recommendations:
- lowering corporate tax rates to “internationally competitive levels,” saying that would boost investment within U.S. borders, and broadening the corporate tax base by eliminating deductions and loopholes.
- called for a series of reforms to further streamline government rules and reduce the regulatory burden on businesses, which it said would enhance U.S. competitiveness.
(now, why does obama ignore his own people? because they told him the truth! not lies like all the others have done and continue to do so)
Now a Dutch artist has made the real CROC shoes!
Dutch artist Sit gives Crocs a much needed literal makeover.
His biting commentary on fashion is currently on display at NYC’s Jonathan LeVine Gallery as part of the “Hybrid Thinking” exhibit.
And now, yet another reason to NOT vote ever for Ron Paul!
Former president Bill Clinton has turned media critic – dubbing MSNBC “our version of Fox.”
Clinton told Esquire magazine MSNBC has become just like Fox News — and he blames the insatiable demand for cable news to have constant content as one of the reasons politics has become so caustic and divisive.
The existence of so many news channels and media outlets, Clinton said, “has contributed to less actual reporting and a louder, more contentious, more divisive public discourse, highlighting conflict, sometimes falsely.”
“I also think that the diffusion of the media has complicated things. For example, I was just watching — I don’t know if you heard what I said in the other room — I was just watching MSNBC, and they had a woman that used to work for me and a couple of other people on there, and they were talking about the Republican primary. And I was laughing. I said, ‘Boy, it really has become our version of Fox,’” he said in the piece in the February issue, which culls from interviews done on November 30 and December 16, 2011.
(actually, I would say MSNBC is a lot closer to that Russian commie rag called Pravda. Since both only spout the party line)
(Politico) — One union leader on President Obama’s jobs council drew attention Tuesday by abstaining from part of the panel’s latest report, but the panel’s only other labor leader is voicing even more profound disagreement with the committee’s stance on taxes, regulation and job creation.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka wasn’t at Tuesday’s meeting, but filed a stinging 1635-word dissent to the “Road Map to Renewal” adopted by the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Trumka also charged that the 27-member panel Obama appointed, which is dominated by business and finance leaders, isn’t diverse enough to be making “balanced” policy proposals to the president. [...]
Trumka faulted the report and the council for omitting the “informed voices of environmental, consumer, women’s, civil rights, and community organizations.” He also used the language of the “Occupy” movement to frame what he views as the council’s fundamental problem .
“Our country has become dominated by the interests of the wealthiest 1% at the expense of the remaining 99%. It turns out that a country run in the interests of the wealthiest 1% systematically underinvests in public goods; systematically silences, disempowers, and underinvests in its workers; and in the end is less competitive and creates fewer jobs than a country that focuses on the interests of the 99%.”
(I laugh at union people talking. this guy is part of the 1% and if the union members were really half way smart, he would end up real quick as really equal to them and be one of the 99%. Plus the irony in all this is that Trumka is on the jobs council)
And another reason that one should VOTE for Newt Gingrich!
The largest Muslim civil liberties group in the United States on Wednesday condemned Newt Gingrich for saying he would only hire Muslims to his administration if they renounced the use of Islam’s Shariah law as a tool for U.S. government.
Calling Gingrich “one of the nation’s worst promoters of anti-Muslim bigotry,” the Council of American Islamic Relations suggested the Republican presidential candidate is a segregationist.
“Newt Gingrich’s vision of America segregates our citizens by faith. His outdated political ideas look backward to a time when Catholics and Jews were vilified and their faiths called a threat,” said CAIR Legislative Director Corey Sayolor in a statement.
“The time for bias in American politics has passed and Newt Gingrich looks like a relic of an ugly era,” Sayolor said.
CAIR said the release was prompted by the candidate’s remarks Tuesday in Columbia when, asked if he would ever endorse a Muslim running for president.
“It would depend entirely on whether they would commit in public to give up Shariah,” Gingrich said.
“A truly modern person who happened to worship Allah would not be a threat, a person who belonged to any kind of belief in Shariah, any effort to impose it on the rest of us, would be a mortal threat,” Gingrich told the crowd, adding that he’s “totally opposed” to Shariah law being applied in American courts and favors a federal law that “preempts” its use.
And again, our weird ass president, Barack Obama, blaming others for his decision to not allow the Keystone project! Is he nuts or has he been again smoking hashish with his islamic buddies?
Speaker of the House John Boehner lambastedPresident Obama for rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline during a press conference on Wednesday. “President Obama expedited approval of the Solyndra loan project, but won’t approve a project that’s been under review for over three years…President Obama is destroying tens of thousands of American jobs and shipping American energy security to the Chinese.”
President Obama defended himself in a statement saying Republican’s hurried deadline on the issue forced him to make the decision.
“The rushed and arbitrary deadline insisted on by Congressional Republicans prevented a full assessment of the pipeline’s impact, especially the health and safety of the American people, as well as our environment,” Obama wrote. “I’m disappointed that Republicans in Congress forced this decision, but it does not change my Administration’s commitment to American-made energy that creates jobs and reduces our dependence on oil.