Archive for June 30th, 2009

The LORD Will Be King Over the Whole Earth

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Lord Over All The Earth

The LORD will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one LORD, and his name the only name.

Zechariah 14:9 (New International Version)

Skyrocketing Costs – the Cap-and-Trade Legacy

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

We have yet to come close to understanding the impact “cap and trade” are going to cause to all of us.

The conservative Washington think tank The Heritage Foundation estimates that House-approved legislation limiting greenhouse gas emissions will hit consumers with a 60-percent spike in gasoline prices and a 90-percent increase in electricity prices, after inflation. Eight Republicans joined with Democrats to pass the bill by a narrow seven-vote margin of 219-212.

David Kreutzer, a senior policy analyst in energy, economics, and climate change at Heritage, says Congress needs to hear a bigger uproar from taxpayers about the economic impact of the bill.

“But we will also find that virtually everything will go up in price because everything uses energy, and energy gets much more expensive. So we find that the impact per household will be, for a family of four, about $3,000 per year for the first 24 years, and that’s as far out as we analyzed it,” he notes. “The CO2 caps get drawn down lower and lower and lower even beyond that, so the cost will continue to rise.”

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“Global Warming Bill to be Largest Tax Increase EVER” by Jennifer Rast

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Another great post by my friend, Jennifer Rast.

Another case of ramming legislation through Congress before anyone has a chance to read or debate it. Boy, you’ve got to love that transparency we were promised.

Democrats are trying to pass Cap and Trade legislation that would basically tax air. There was a time when this would have sounded like a joke, but we should never underestimate the liberals ability to tax us to death. The bill would require businesses to purchase permits for the amount of CO2 they emit in an effort to combat the bogus global warming crisis. These costs would then be passed on to the consumer, raising all of our energy prices to astronomical levels.

The CBO released a cost estimate that is completely useless, as it focuses on the early years of the program before the more stringent restrictions and permit costs go into effect. In a footnote, the CBO cost estimate addresses the real danger to our economy when this bill passes. It reads “The resource cost does not indicate the potential decrease in gross domestic product (GDP) that could result from the cap.” Not only will our energy prices go up during a time of soaring unemployment and a financial downturn, but businesses will ultimately produce less and make less money, severely impacting the nations GDP. Businesses in this country are already taxed more than other countries around the world, hence the outsourcing Democrats are always complaining about, but that doesn’t stop them from trying the same failed policies.

Democrats claim the whole point of cap and trade is to hike the price of electricity and gas so that Americans will use less. In reality, Americans will pay more for what they buy, while cutting back on how much they buy, and businesses will have to cut back more on production or outsource to more business friendly countries. That means more job losses and less money going into the economy. That is Obama’s ultimate goal. To kill the free market system and make all of us dependent on the government. Socialism at its worst.

The Heritage Foundation estimated the REAL cost of this disastrous legislation.

When the Heritage Foundation did its analysis of Waxman-Markey, it broadly compared the economy with and without the carbon tax. Under this more comprehensive scenario, it found Waxman-Markey would cost the economy $161 billion in 2020, which is $1,870 for a family of four. As the bill’s restrictions kick in, that number rises to $6,800 for a family of four by 2035.

Thanks for the hope and change Democratic voters. Enjoy footing the bill. Here’s what you have to look forward to:

Even as Democrats have promised that this cap-and-trade legislation won’t pinch wallets, behind the scenes they’ve acknowledged the energy price tsunami that is coming. During the brief few days in which the bill was debated in the House Energy Committee, Republicans offered three amendments: one to suspend the program if gas hit $5 a gallon; one to suspend the program if electricity prices rose 10% over 2009; and one to suspend the program if unemployment rates hit 15%. Democrats defeated all of them.

Link to WSJ article

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U.S.-Israel – a Potential ‘Diplomatic Train Wreck’

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Emperor Obama has made it very clear that he has no intentions of standing by Israel. Both Israel and the U.S. need to brace for the impact of this stance. God will not allow us to spit in His face, so to speak, in this manner without taking action against us.

The Associated Press has reported that, under pressure from the United States, Israel is reducing its security presence in four West Bank towns. Israeli and Palestinian defense officials say Israel is granting U.S.-trained Palestinian security forces greater autonomy in the four towns. The ability of Palestinian security forces to maintain law and order is key to Mideast peacemaking because Israel needs to be convinced that a future Palestinian state will not threaten its security.

Joel Rosenberg is the author of Inside the Revolution: How the Followers of Jihad, Jefferson, and Jesus are Battling to Dominate the Middle East and Transform the World. He thinks the Israelis have already made too many concessions.

“I see a diplomatic train wreck coming between the United States and Israel over this so-called ‘peace process’ and Washington’s insistence on essentially forcing Israel to make territorial concessions,” he notes.

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“Cap and Trade – The End of Prosperity in America” by Jennifer Rast

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Our good friend, Jennifer Rast, had this to say about the new “Cap and Trade” legislation passed by the House last week.

It looks as if the Cap and Trade (AKA Tax and Trade) bill will likely pass and be signed into law. I wonder how many Americans really know what this portends for their future, and are aware of how much it is going to cost them, not only in dollars, but in their standard of living? If you don’t think it will affect you, consider that one entry in the bill called for the funding and erection of “SHARE THE ROAD WITH BICYCLES SIGNS” with the stated goal of encourage people to drive slower, and preparing drivers to accept the coming bicycle age. The coming bicycle age? Why don’t we just skip right to the stone age? How many of you elderly Democrats, disabled Obama voters, or yuppy liberals who have long commutes to work are ready to start using your government issue bicycle to get around?

It’s not a joke folks. The cost of energy and price of gas are going to skyrocket with this bill. Remember Obama’s campaign promise that he would make us less dependent on foreign oil. It was yet another lie! Cap and Trade will make it more expensive, because of CO2 emission taxes, to buy domestic fuel than to buy from refineries overseas. The bill will actually tax domestic production at a higher rate than Obama’s Arab buddies. The Heritage Foundation’s cost estimate report on Cap and Trade predicts that a large percentage of refineries in the states will be forced to shut down. I would venture to guess this is the reason the Republicans tried to pass an amendment that would end Cap and Trade if gas prices reach $5.00 a gallon. The Democrats voted it down. They admittedly want gas prices and energy costs higher, in order to force Americans to use less energy. Not only do they not care about the millions of jobs that will be lost as our GDP plummets and companies go out of business, they want more power and control over our lives by way of taxing us into government dependency.

Our government is no longer afraid of the people that elect them. As Thomas Jefferson said, “When the people fear the government, you have tyranny. When the government fears the people, you have freedom.” We are living under a tyrannical government that no longer cares how many calls they receive at their offices from angry voters. They fear the threats of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, who warned Democrats that “anyone who voted against this bill would pay”. Elections have consequences, and the consequence of the last election is that we gave up the right to govern ourselves. We handed any influence we might have had over to Socialist politicians who see economic crisis as an opportunity for more government control.

Every American should seriously read this report and start preparing for what our government is about to do to us. A real resistance to Obama’s planned destruction of this country better begin soon, or it will be too late. I fear, by the time people wake up, our government will have also woken up to the importance of taking away our second amendment rights. See the current massacre in Iran for an example of what happens when an unarmed populace tries to fight for their freedom.

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Obama Vows to Be ‘Champion’ of Gay Activist

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Emperor Obama signs on board with the support of gay marriage by vowing “I will not only be your friend, I will continue to be an ally and a champion and a president who fights with you and for you.”

WASHINGTON — Countering criticism that he’s done little on gay rights, President Barack Obama commemorated the 40th anniversary of the birth of the modern movement by welcoming its leaders to the White House and reaffirming his commitment to their top priorities.

“I want you to know: You have our support,” Obama told members of the core Democratic constituency as he and first lady Michelle Obama hosted a cocktail-and-appetizer reception in the East Room for gay pride month. It’s been some four decades since the police raid on New York City’s gay Stonewall Inn that spurred gay rights activism across the country.

As activists work to change minds and change laws, Obama added: “I will not only be your friend, I will continue to be an ally and a champion and a president who fights with you and for you.”

Since Obama took office in January, some activists have complained that Obama has not followed through on his campaign promises on issues they hold dear and has not championed their causes from the White House, including ending the ban on gays in the military.

Obama pleaded for patience.

“I know many in this room don’t believe that progress has come fast enough. And I understand that,” Obama said. But he added: “I expect and hope to be judged not by words, not by promises I’ve made, but by promises that my administration keeps.”

By the time he leaves office, the president said, “I think you guys will have pretty good feelings about the Obama administration.”

The crowd erupted in cheers.

He noted that he has issued a presidential memorandum expanding some federal benefits to same-sex partners. Critics have noted that it doesn’t include health benefits or pension guarantees.

Obama also reminded the audience that he has called on Congress to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which limits how state, local and federal bodies can recognize partnerships and determine benefits. Still, he added: “We have a duty to uphold existing law, but I believe we must do so in a way that does not exacerbate existing divides.”

He said that does not mean he doesn’t back a repeal of the law.

Obama also said the administration is working to pass an employee nondiscrimination bill and a hate crimes bill that includes protections for gays and lesbian, and he said it’s committed to rescinding a ban on entry to the United States based on HIV status.

Obama reiterated his support for repealing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that allows gays and lesbians to serve in the military as long as they don’t disclose their sexual orientation or act on it.

He said he doesn’t believe the policy makes the United State more secure, and he said his administration is working with Congress to develop a plan that will end the practice legislatively in a way that ensures the new policy works in the long term.

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