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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Quick Post: A Great Article by Charles Krauthammer

We envision "Quick Posts" as debate starters. They are shorter and not as in-depth as regular LME posts. Sometimes there just isn't much to talk about. Sometimes there just isn't enough time. Usually these will be article summaries, but, of course, there are no standard formats here. We hope you join in!

I stumbled upon this article written in the opinion section of a West Virginia newspaper (while on Thanksgiving break and out in a cabin with no computer). Once I returned to civilization, I looked it up, and this was the first link I could find:

I had to share it. It's a home run.

Some awesome points Krauthammer makes. I almost want to take his points and add the phrase "so why would anyone vote for him again?"
  • His near-$1 trillion stimulus begat a stagnant economy with 9 percent unemployment.
  • His attempt at Wall Street reform left in place a still-too-big-to-fail financial system, as vulnerable today as when he came into office.
  • His green-energy fantasies yielded Solyndra cronyism and a cap-and-trade regime not even a Democratic Congress would pass.
He goes on to make a stellar point about the hypocrisy in Obama's ways: 

- "We can't wait. Except for certain exceptions, such as the 1,700-mile trans-USA Keystone XL pipeline, carrying Alberta oil to Texas refineries, that would have created thousands of American jobs and increased our energy independence. 

For that, we can wait, it seems. President Obama decreed that any decision must wait 12 to 18 months - postponed, by amazing coincidence, until after next year's election. 

Why? Because the pipeline angered Obama's environmental constituency. But their complaints are risible. Global warming from the extraction of the Alberta tar sands? Canada will extract the oil anyway. If it doesn't go to us, it will go to China. Net effect on the climate if we don't take that oil? Zero." 

Additionally, Krauthammer adds, "So what happened? 'The administration,' reported the New York Times, 'had in recent days been exploring ways to put off the decision until after the presidential election.' Exploring ways to improve the project? Hardly. Exploring ways to get past the election." - See post: Attn: Washington. I Can Take Care of Myself, Thank You. 

Krauthammer goes on to cite (with examples, yes, this is how it's done) how this is a typical move out of the Obama.

For our first "Quick Post", this is a great article, and we hope as many people see it as possible. We really hope to get some liberal responses to it. What do you all think? Is Krauthammer right? Is he way off base?

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