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If You’re Wondering Why Republicans Are So ‘Anti-Green’, Here’s a Raging Clue As to Why


The Department of Energy announced that is is now taking applications for up to $4 billion of federal loan guarantees for renewable and energy-efficiency projects.

In addition to stating that losses thus far have stayed under the $10 billion limit (congratulations!) set by Congress, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz added: Through previous loan guarantees and other investments, the department is already helping launch or jumpstart entire industries in the U.S., from utility-scale wind and solar to nuclear and lower-carbon fossil energy.

The failures of the program on the government’s dime — in other words, on the taxpayer’s dime — are well known: Solyndra lost $535 million, A123 lost $249 million, Abound Solar had a $400 million guarantee (only lost about $70 million, and Fisker Automotive had $529 million in guarantees, just to name a few.

Not that the Republicans of late have been saints as far as spending responsibly, but the empirical evidence we have plainly shows Democrats don’t know how to spend money wisely. Even bleeding-heart liberal Chris Matthews admitted Democrats “Pee away money” at the taxpayers’ expense.

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Happy New Year! Feds list 141 new regulations in only three days


It’s a new year and you know what that means — new regulations. The Obama administration has wasted no time in writing them.

The website lists 141 regulations that have been posted by federal agencies in the last three days alone. Of these regulations, 119 are “rulemaking,” meaning they establish a new rule. Twenty-three are “non-rulemaking,” meaning the regulations does not establish a new rule.

The largest group of regulations have to do with energy and environmental issues, many of them issued by the Environmental Protection Agency. One new EPA regulation is an amendment to a rule on hazardous emissions from lead smelters.

he EPA has come under fire from lawmakers for cracking down on emissions from coal plants and other carbon-heavy fuels and materials. The agency is also working on 134 major and minor regulations that will take effect in the coming years.

In particular, the agency is under fire for a rule that will be finalized later this year capping carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, effectively banning coal-fired power plants from being built.

“If these regulations go into effect, American jobs will be lost, electricity prices will soar, and economic uncertainty will grow. We need the federal government to work as a partner, not an adversary, and to invest in America’s energy future,” said West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin.




Rep. Jason Spencer to Attend Mount Vernon Assembly

I’m proud to say this man represents my state.

via Rep. Jason Spencer to Attend Mount Vernon Assembly
ATLANTA – State Representative Jason Spencer (R-Woodbine) will join legislators from across the country to attend the Mount Vernon Assembly meeting on December 7, 2013 at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, near Washington D.C. The Assembly is a bipartisan gathering of state legislators whose purpose is to discuss the state-led process for crafting amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

“The Mount Vernon Assembly is an opportunity where state legislators from around the country can come together to discuss ways the states can limit federal government overreach,” said Rep. Spencer. “It is the responsibility of the states to check all branches of the federal government when they have exceeded their constitutional authority, like in the case of the Affordable Care Act. Because the federal government abuses its powers and exceeds its constitutional authority, there is now momentum among the state legislatures to move forward in planning an Article V Convention. In the midst of a recent embarrassing government shutdown, Congress’ approval rating is 5% and it is obvious they can no longer be trusted to do the right thing. Now, the states are stepping forward to fill the leadership void in Washington. An Article V Convention will adequately threaten Congress’ power and hopefully this action among the states will convince Congress to act within the bounds of the Constitution. It was the states who created the Republic, and it will be the states, once again, who remedy what ills the Republic. I look forward to representing the people of Georgia at this historic assembly in Mount Vernon.”

An Article V Convention is one of two methods for changing the U.S. Constitution. The only one that has been used is when two-thirds of Congress proposes an amendment and three-fourths of the states ratify it. However, the Constitution also permits what has come to be known as an “Article V Convention,” named for its placement in the fifth section of the Constitution.
Under that scenario, two-thirds of state legislatures ask Congress to call a Convention of the States for proposing constitutional amendments. If the convention approves an amendment, it then can be ratified by three-fourths of the states and added to the Constitution without congressional approval.



Suzanne Somers: The Affordable Care Act Is a Socialist Ponzi Scheme

TV’s “dumb blonde” is not so dumb.

via Suzanne Somers: The Affordable Care Act Is a Socialist Ponzi Scheme

What will the Affordable Care Act mean for retirees?

SUZANNE SOMERS: As a writer of 24 books mostly on health and wellness and by using my celebrity to get to the best and brightest doctors, scientists and medical professionals in the alternative and integrative health-care world, I have come to the following conclusions:

First of all, let’s call affordable health care what it really is: It’s socialized medicine.

I’ve had an opportunity to watch the Canadian version of affordable health care in action with all its limitations with my Canadian husband’s family. A few years ago, I was startled to see the cover of Maclean’s, a national Canadian magazine, showing a picture of a dog on an examining table with the headline, “Your Dog Can Get Better Health Care Than You.” It went on to say that young Canadian medical students have no incentive to become doctors to humans because they can’t make any money. Instead, there is a great surge of Canadian students becoming veterinarians. That’s where the money is. A Canadian animal can have timely MRIs, surgeries and any number of tests it needs to receive quality health care.

My sister-in-law had to wait two months to get a General Practitioner. During this periodshe spent her days in bed vomiting continuously, unable to get any food or drink down because she couldn’t get an appointment with the doctor. When she finally did, the doctor said, “Oh you don’t need me, you need a specialist.” That took another two weeks until she got a pill that corrected the problem.

Really, is this what we want?

All of my husband’s cousins are doctors. Several have moved to the U.S. because after their years of intensive schooling, they want to reap financial rewards. My 75-year-old Canadian girlfriend was denied treatment because she was too old. She died recently, having been given
palliative care. That’s all the system would allow.

Affordable care will allow for pre-existing conditions. That’s the good part for retirees. But, let’s get down and dirty; the word “affordable” is a misnomer. So far, all you are hearing on the news is how everyone’s premiums are doubling and tripling and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to recognize that the whole thing is a big mess. Plus, even after Obamacare is fully implemented, there still will be tens of millions of people not covered. So what’s the point? Medical care will be degraded, the costs will skyrocket, and most frightening of all, your most intimate and personal information is now up for grabs.

So, is affordable care a good thing for retirees? Perhaps over time, it might work if you don’t get too old and you don’t get too sick, and you don’t live too long. But frankly, the economic ramifications with our already swollen debt load don’t add up. Retirees who are on Medicare will suffer the consequences of 700 billions of Medicare dollars instead being used to cover the skyrocketing cost of Obamacare. In essence, less dollars for seniors, means less service. Not fair. The Boomers are going to take the “hit.” In Obamacare, “too old” has limitations of service.

Boomers are smart. They see the train wreck coming… most I speak with think the Affordable Care Act is a greater Ponzi scheme than that pulled off by Bernie Madoff.


Ore. School Board Votes to Allow Staff to Pack Heat at School

via Ore. School Board Votes to Allow Staff to Pack Heat at School

A school board in St. Helens, Ore., voted to allow teachers and staff to pack heat on school grounds, an official said.

St. Helens School Board chairman Marshall Porter told that the board lifted a ban that prevented school employees from carrying guns on campus with concealed weapons permits on Wednesday.

“The current law in Oregon allows for anybody to concealed carry on school grounds,” he said. “To exclude our staff seems like they’re being punished. They should have a right to protect themselves if they so choose.”

The repeal affects the seven schools within the St. Helens School District, including two elementary schools, one middle school, one high school and three alternative schools, Porter said.

Porter said he voted to repeal the gun ban to allow adults to protect children if confronted with a school shooting crisis.

“If [staff members] were faced with a horrific choice, if they had to defend themselves against a kid — which has been the thing — I think it would be a hard decision for them, one that they would educate themselves on,” he said. “I do believe we’re talking about educators, people who have the interest of the children in mind.”

Porter said he did not have an opinion on whether schools would be safer if teachers carried weapons in light of recent school shootings.

“I don’t believe we’re safe or less safe,” he said. “We had a school without this policy. We were perfectly safe.”

The school board voted 4-1 to allow teachers to carry weapons with a permit on campus, Porter said.

“I have my kids in there. If there was a chance that something was to happen, and there’s a chance that a teacher might be able to protect
them, I’m fine with that,” school board member Kellie Smith told ABC News’ Portland affiliate KATU-TV.

Since the vote, only one parent has contacted Porter about their dissatisfaction with the result, he said.

“I’ve had more parents email me saying that they approve of our decision than not,” Porter said.


Enrollment In Obamacare’s Federal Exchange, So Far, Is In The ‘Single Digits’

via Enrollment In Obamacare\’s Federal Exchange, So Far, Is In The \’Single Digits\’

In my best southern accent, “Yep, this one’s workin’ real good.”


On October 1, Obamacare’s subsidized insurance exchanges went live. Most of the exchange websites crashed on the first day, a development that led some of the law’s supporters to conclude that there was overwhelming demand for Obamacare’s insurance products. But the Obama administration isn’t releasing figures as to the number of Americans who have actually signed up for exchange-based coverage. “Very, very few people that we’re aware of have enrolled in the federal exchange,” said one insurance industry official to the Washington Post. “We are talking single digits.”

Obamacare makes healthy people pay more for insurance in order to subsidize sicker people. It makes younger people pay more to subsidize older people. It makes men pay more to subsidize women. It makes everyone pay more to cover benefits, taxes, and fees that consumers might not ordinarily want.

Keep an eye on who enrolls, not just how many

I fully expect that the people who get a good deal out of  Obamacare—poorer and sicker individuals—will sign up. The enrollment figures will increase. But the real question isn’t how many people enroll: it’s what kind of people enroll. Two-thirds of the uninsured in America are under the age of 40. What will be the average age of an enrollee on the exchanges? If most enrollees were born before or during the Nixon administration, start worrying.


EXCLUSIVE: Palin — Bombs Away on Obamacare; Cruz Is over the Target

via EXCLUSIVE: Palin — Bombs Away on Obamacare; Cruz Is over the Target

by Sarah Palin   21 Sep 2013, 3:35 PM PDT

Americans who are fed up with Obamacare won a victory yesterday. The House voted to defund Obamacare while still funding the federal government to avoid a “devastating” shutdown. (I shall not digress, but it’s beyond distressing to hear liberals try to convince Americans that any government slowdown is comparable to “terrorism.”)


Following the will of the people is apparently a novel idea in D.C. these days. Just ask Senator Ted Cruz and his liberty-loving posse on Capitol Hill who have led the charge to defund Obama’s train wreck.

Those of us who hang in there supporting a major political party withour energy, time, and contributions would like to believe that that party would praise principled conservatives like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee for following through on campaign promises. We’d like to believe that the GOP establishment would applaud the way these bold leaders have rallied the grassroots to their cause. But, no, such praise would require a commensurate level of guts and leadership, and the permanent political class in D.C. is nothing if not gutless and rudderless.

We’re now, once again, subjected to the “anonymous sources” backstabbing game. The Capitol Hill cowards are rushing to anonymously denounce Senator Cruz to any reporter with a pad and pen.

But here’s the important thing that none of these establishment backstabbers understand. It’s not the messenger that matters. It’s the message. You can try to take out someone like Ted Cruz, but that won’t stop the message from catching fire. The message is liberty, and it’s been resounding ever since a band of patriots dumped tea in Boston harbor.

The message only grows stronger. The grassroots is bigger than any one person. We the People will rise up, and we will make our voices heard. Right now, Ted Cruz is speaking for us in this Obamacare fight.  God bless him for it.

Hang in there, Ted and Mike. You have millions of supporters among ordinary hardworking Americans. We support you because you don’t shy away from the fray. May your colleagues in the Senate gain the wisdom to support your excellent efforts so that you can see that the view is better from inside the bus than under it.



AMAZING!!! The Cover of Liberal Newsweek Magazine

via AMAZING!!! The Cover of Liberal Newsweek Magazine

I Too Have Become Disillusioned

By Matt Patterson (Newsweek Columnist Opinion Writer)
Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack Obama as an inscrutable and disturbing phenomenon, the result of a baffling breed of mass hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze of the Middle Ages. How, they will wonder, did a man so devoid of professional accomplishment beguile so many into thinking he could manage the world’s largest economy, direct the world’s most powerful military, execute the  world’s most consequential job?

Imagine a future historian examining Obama’s pre-presidential life: ushered into and through the Ivy League, despite unremarkable grades and test scores along the way; a cushy non-job as a “community organizer;” a brief career as a state legislator devoid of legislative achievement (and in fact nearly devoid of his attention, less often did he vote “present”); and finally an unaccomplished single term in the United States Senate, the entirety of which was devoted to his presidential ambitions.

He left no academic legacy in academia, authored no signature legislation as a legislator. And then there is the matter of his troubling associations: the white-hating, America-loathing preacher who for decades served as Obama’s “spiritual mentor;” a real-life, actual terrorist who served as Obama’s colleague and political sponsor. It is easy to imagine a future historian looking at it all and asking: how on Earth was such a man elected president?

Not content to wait for history, the incomparable Norman Podhoretz addressed the question recently in the Wall Street Journal: To be sure, no white candidate who had close associations with an outspoken hater of America like Jeremiah Wright and an unrepentant terrorist like Bill Ayers, would have lasted a single day. But because Mr. Obama was black, and therefore entitled in the eyes of liberal Dom to have hung outwith protesters against various American injustices, even if they were ‘a bit’ extreme, he was given a pass. Let that sink in: Obama was given a pass – held to a lower standard – because of the color of his skin.

In short: our president is a small-minded man, with neither the temperament nor the intellect to handle his job. When you understand that, and only when you understand that, will the current erosion of liberty and prosperity make sense. It could not have gone otherwise with such an impostor in the Oval Office.