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Obama finds A– to Kick

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Earlier this month, in an interview with Matt Lauer,  Barack Obama, lowered the standard for the nation’s chief of state when he used a vulgarity in an interview for the “Today Show.”  Consumed with frustration over his inability to turn back the tide on the Gulf Coast, Barack Almighty delivered the now infamous line, “I want to know whose a – – to kick.”  On Tuesday, he found one.  No!  He found two – the American people and the American economy.

In his Oval Office address to the nation, Obama was a cross between a slick politician and a bully.

Who is getting bullied?  We are. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 17th, 2010 at 12:00 am

The Grinch who stole Prosperity

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There she stands like a queen looking down on her subjects from the steps of her summer palace in San Francisco in her designer suits and her $300 haircut. Her aging skin is pulled tight from the latest nip and tuck from the royal cosmetic surgeon. If you look closely, that plastic smile has a hint of a sneer.

I couldn’t applaud when Nancy Pelosi became the first woman Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Just knowing that she is now third in line to the presidency makes my blood run cold. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 7th, 2008 at 12:00 am

The Solution to $10 a Gallon Gasolene: Drill, Build and Fill

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Gasoline prices are soaring and there is no end in sight.  It’s a case of supply and demand.  Since the green extreme has crippled our ability to increase our supply of fuel, there is no relief for the foreseeable future.   The price of everything we use that is transported — which is virtually everything — will continue to rise as our standard of living falls. Read the rest of this entry »

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June 12th, 2008 at 12:00 am

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The Dumbest Member of Congress

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It was one of the most revealing moments in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In a hearing of the Judiciary Committee, Maxine Waters, a Democrat congresswoman from Los Angeles, was lecturing Shell Oil President John Hofmeister when she got caught up in the moment and blurted, Read the rest of this entry »

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May 29th, 2008 at 12:00 am

Posted in Congress,Energy

Blame it on “Big Oil”

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The price of gasoline has everyone worried.

Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and John McCain want to suspend the federal gas tax during the summer. Clinton wants to pay for it by imposing a windfall profits tax on “Big Oil” while her Democratic rival, Barack Obama, says that would exacerbate the problem. He thinks the tax holiday would encourage evil Big Oil to raise prices even more, which would inflict greater pain on consumers when the holiday expires.

While I welcome any kind of tax relief– however brief – the attempt to blame rising gas prices on windfall profit-taking by the big oil companies is misplaced.

If that were the case, the answer to solving your personal energy crisis would be simple. Buy oil company stocks! Then, any rise in gas prices would be offset by the profits in your portfolio. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jane Chastain

May 8th, 2008 at 12:00 am

Posted in Energy


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