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Barack Obama’s Cap and Tax Passed By The House Today 6/26/09 ‘‘American Clean Energy And Security Act Of 2009’’ H.R. 2454 (Updated 7/14/09) June 28, 2009

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Source:

http://energycommerce.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1697:house-passes-historic-waxman-markey-clean-energy-bill&catid=155:statements&Itemid=55

Today is the saddest day in the history of the United States.  Again Barack Obama has driven yet another nail in the coffin containing manufacturing in the United States. Cap and Tax will artificially and dramatically drive up the cost of energy in the United States. This is yet another artificial manipulation of the free market as we know it. I have been writing about Bill Clinton’s 1997 expansion of Jimmy Carter’s 1977 Community Reinvestment Act. When Bill Clinton mandated this, it artificially infused millions of unqualified home owners into the home buying market. You can see today what that did to our economy.

https://stmarie.wordpress.com/2008/09/29/everyday-we-learn-more-about-the-community-reinvestment-act-of-1977/

Barack Obama’s Cap and Tax will artificially affect the supply and demand of energy,  energy prices, taxes and the newly created “Energy Credits.”

Let’s face it. There are some manufacturing processes that require a lot of electricity, less than green chemical ingredients, and will use more “Energy Credits” than allocated to that company. The amount of  “Energy Credits” that some politician that does not have a degree in chemistry or an MBA will determine that company will have.

So what happens here?’

Well the very first thing that comes to mind is this video of Barack Obama.

OK so now that this CAP and TAX has passed the house but not the senate. How will this affect the coal industry and the coal mines? Well I wrote about this topic on November 3, 2008.

https://stmarie.wordpress.com/2008/11/03/barack-obama-and-the-bankrupt-coal-industry/

Again I did not see good things about Barack Obama then and I have no faith in his credibility today

I finally found the “CAP and TAX” bill on line HR 2454

American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (Engrossed as Agreed to or Passed by House)

This bill is so convoluted and complicated it is almost incomprehensible by the average home or business owner.

Also reading this it will require a huge amount of federal employees to enforce the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 H.R. 2454. Just a huge waste of tax payer dollars that will benefit the politicians way more than either the environment or the owners of businesses, residential houses, or factories.

OK so let’s all read this and see if you can make an “INTELLIGENT” decision on passing this tax assuming you know all the fact, figures, demographics of impact, caluculations of real results in say two years.

Please search for American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 H.R. 2454.EH in the Library of Congress Thomas

SEC. 204. BUILDING ENERGY PERFORMANCE LABELING PROGRAM. (Sec 204 (C) (3) (B) Residential Databases

    (B) RESIDENTIAL DATABASES- The Administrator, in consultation with the Energy Information Administration and the Secretary of Energy, shall support improvements to the Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) as authorized by section 205(k) of the Department of Energy Organization Act (42 U.S.C. 7135(k)), or such other residential energy performance databases as the Administrator considers appropriate, to aid the development of achieved performance measurement protocols for residential building energy use for at least 90 percent of the residential market within 5 years after the date of enactment of this Act.

Resnet (Residential Energy Services Network)

So what is this? Well it is an invasion of privacy. In a nut shell you will have to have your home inspected, probed, prodded and exposed to see if it meets Resnet specifications within 5 years of this act being passed.

There are three things I cannot determine here.

1. Is there is going to be a fine or legal proceedings if you do not get your house inspected?

2. Will you have to have your house inspected and brought up to RESNET certification before it is sold?

3. Will there be an “Energy Tax, Fine, or Penalty” imposed until the house in question is upgraded to meet either additional federal standards that have not been written yet or to RESNET specifications?


It is obvious by these AOL polls that the majority of people do not want this bill to pass.

6/27/09

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6/28/09

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6/28/09 by state.

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It’s not getting any more popular.

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It seems that H. R. 2454 is not gaining any popularity anytime soon.

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It still is not getting better as of 7:30 AM 6/29/09

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Still Not becoming more popular as of 6:41 PM PDT

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H.R. 2454 has not become more popular as of 7:00 AM 7/1/09

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Obama’s Bill H.R. 2454 is still not getting popular as of 7/1/09 3:30 PM PDT

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Nope not yet. Still not popular at 8:30 AM PDT  7/2/09

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Ok so it gain a a point as of 7/3/09 9:00 AM PDT. But it is still very unpopular by all means.

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H. R. 2454 still is not getting any more popular as of 7/4/09 2:00 PM

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Nope Still not any better as of  7-12-09

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New AOL Poll 7-10-09 Cap and Tax is still not liked by the public.

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Update to the AOL 7/10/09 Poll

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Here is an update to an AOL Poll from 6/26/09 It still looks like people do not want a Cap and Tax Law. It appears that the Democratic party is not carrying out the will of the people. Rather the Democrats are executing their own agenda regardless of what the people want that voted for them in the first place.

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It becomes very obvious that even with this small sample that the public has no desire to have this really bad legislation forced down their throats. In future days I will update this with new results of more votersof this poll until it drops off.

When the public talked about George Bush Jr being out of touch with the public, his lack of connection is paled by the disconnect between the people of this country and the socialist government that is running the country now. It would appear that the only people that want the “CAP AND TAX” legislation passed are Al Gore, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosie, Barney Franks, Harry Reid, Rep. Henry A. Waxman, Rep. Edward J. Markey et al. So this boils down to “CAP AND TAX” legislation that is a personal mission by the formentioned people and is not “What the people of the United States want”

To me when a government decides what is best for the citizens of the United Sates is a not a government, it is a

Dictatorship of the Proletariat.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dictatorship_of_the_proletariat

So lets look at all the things that this will affect. Basically any industry that uses electricity, coal or fossil fuel such as gasoline, diesel, or natural gas.  Hmm it seems that every company and citizen will be affected by this “CAP AND TAX” legislation. It would appear that H. R. 2454 will create financial chaos in this country.

One of the things that it will create are “Energy Credits.”  The question is who will control, disperse and manage the “Evergy Credits”?

1. Will it be Wall Street? Will “Energy Credits” be a commodity that is bought and sold on the commodities market?

This could be problematic as we have seen with Crude Oil and the buying and selling of Crude Oil futures by speculative investors based on Supply and Demand. This could have a significant impact on the cost of running a business and the everyday lives of US citizens.

2, Will it be a huge socialist government bureaucracy  that will practice “Pay to Play” tactics to control “Energy Credits” by legal taxes and illegal political contributions.  We all know how this game is played. The more money you put in the socialist government coffers, the more “Extra” “Energy Credits” you are allowed for your business or special interest group like for example the UAW for American and American automobile manufacturers only.

The truth is that no one on the face of the earth can guess how much more this is going to cost the tax payer, business owner or anyone else in this country.

Yesterday I took a little drive and I ended up in Santa Paula, CA  I parked my car, and began to look around at the demographics of what I saw on the street. This town is predominately Hispanic that votes for the socialist democrats based on the promise of Amnesty and the growth of the Farm Workers Union.  In general these people are of low income and are having a tough time paying daily bills.  If  “CAP and TAX” passes these are the people that will be affected the most with increased costs on electricity, food and gasoline for their cars to get to and from work. This may be exacerbated by job loss when companies shutter their doors as cost of doing business forces the owners to either shut down and move their businesses off shore. In the case of the farmers, instead of growing food they may turn to importing food instead.

As for the petroleum industry, they hands are tied as they are now and will not be allowed to drill for more crude oil as this will, in the eyes of the democrats, “Contribute to Global Warming.” So this industry may run into problems as they will not be able to afford to pay for “Energy Credits” and pass the costs down to the consumer.

Remember petroleum is not just about heating oil (yet another discussion on the effects of H. R. 2454 on the economy), gasoline, diesel fuel (trucking and rail industry),  and  Jet A fuel (Airlines) it is about plastics (Did you think about that?) also.  These are all things that will be sharply affected by H. R. 2454.  Do you now see how damaging this “CAP and TAX” bill will be?

Santa Paula, California has two basic industries:  Farming agriculture and petroleum.

http://maps.google.com/maps?client=safari&oe=UTF-8&ie=UTF8&q=farms+santa+paula,+ca&fb=1&split=1&gl=us&view=map&ei=L7VHSp6GHJDMNYbtuKwB&cd=1&hl=en

http://santapaulaca.areaguides.net/ypcyellowpg/farming.html?source=YP_Google_AG018%7C834NCTSFS&s_kwcid=santa%20paula%20farming&2285052440

http://maps.google.com/maps?client=safari&rls=en-us&oe=UTF-8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=Santa+Paula+petroleum&fb=1&split=1&gl=us&ei=H7RHSraKApTYNbP8xbAC&sa=X&oi=local_group&ct=image&resnum=1

So I sat and thought of the impact of H.R. 2454.

Farming uses a lot of fossil fuel for trucks, tractors and farming equipment in general.  My next thought was that solar, electric or wind power can not be used for the aforementioned vehicles.  Battery powered electric trucks, tractors, cultivators, generators and irrigation pumps.  How can you possibly make this green?  OK maybe Natural Compressed Gas (NCG) but it is way more dangerous and difficult to transport as it always has to me in high pressure tanks.

Farming also uses a lot of electricity in packing and processing.  Lot’s of refrigeration for freshness and freezing foods.

So what happens to food prices if  these farming and food processing companies exceed their “Energy Caps”?

These companies will have to buy addition energy credits if the processing plants do not  become solar or wind powered.

Solution? Nuclear powered food packing plants.  Hmm.  Now that sounds safe.

Now let’s look at petroleum.

The argument for “CAP and TAX” is to create new jobs and eliminate out dependance on foreign oil.

So if petroleum is a bad thing because of carbon pollution and the utopian goal is to eliminate it all together then what happens to the petroleum industry in Santa Paula. CA? How many jobs will be lost because the Dictatorship of the Proletariat deemed that the petroleum industry was bad for the earth?

So once the windmills are built and the solar panel farms are built. Just how many jobs will there be to maintain and support these two energy sources?  I bet this country losses more “Non-Green Jobs” compared to the “Green Jobs that will replace the “Non-Green” jobs.

So what does that mean for just this one town of Santa Paula, CA?

One would guess there will be a lot less petroleum jobs in the Santa Paula area this further destroying the economy in this area.

What about farming and agriculture? It may be to expensive for these farms to stay open because  of the cost of energy and subsequent taxes that are imposed. This of course will lead to further job loss in the United States.

Where will we get our farm food?  It is looking like now the US may loose out dependency on foreign out but it may dramatically increase for foreign food.

I saw a clip from C-Span that I cannot find yet. When I do I will post it.

The clip was Nancy Pelosie  just bantering while selling the “CAP and TAX” bill in congress. She said something to the effect of “Basically this bill is about Jobs, Jobs, Jobs.”

What she failed to say was Job’s for Americans. She is right.  Jobs, Jobs, Jobs for foreign countries as businesses leave this country if this H.R 2454 AKA the “CAP AND TAX” bill passes the Senate.

Please call, email or write to your senator and tell him or her not to pass this socially destructive H. R. 2454

ST Marie

 

Pictures Are Worth A Thousand Words. June 10, 2009

Actual Police Mug shots.

Police Mug Shots

Just think about this for a second: Did you ever see anyone arrested wearing a Bush shirt,  or–for you older people–an Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, Reagan or Dole shirt?  This crowd is in love with Obama.

Enough said.

STmarie

 

Senator Harry Reid and the Train to No Where. June 9, 2009

Again Senator Harry Reid (D Nevada) shows just how stupid he really is.  First of all his boss, the brilliant Barack Obama has told businesses that they better not be wasting their money going to Las Vegas.

Here is a news story from KTNV Las Vegas explaining just what Barack Obama said to damage the Economy in Las Vegas.

Now Senator Harry Reid want to “derail” a maglev project that would run from Anaheim, CA with one stop in Downtown Los Angeles and then continue to Las Vegas.

Here is the reason I am writing about this. I live in Los Angeles and I used to live in Las Vegas.  I was always amazed that Amtrak Train service was terminated on May 10, 1997. Now the only way to get to Las Vegas is by Amtrack bus.  Ok did you ever ride for 6 hours in a bus. Not a the most elegant way to travel. All it would take would be two trains a day going each way in the morning and the evening.  Not a lot to asks.

http://www.trainweb.org/usarail/lasvegasnv.htm

I have seen this project on the board since the 80’s. There was always a model of it in the lobby of the old Las Vegas Convention Center. The plan was to have a high speed train that would take maybe 2 to 3 hours to go from Anaheim to Las Vegas.  If this was in place then a family could go to the Anaheim resorts for a few days making that home base and then take a short train ride to Las Vegas for a few days and then return to Anaheim. or do this the opposite way making Las Vegas home base.

But now Harry Reid wants the train to start in Las Vegas and terminate in Victorville, CA

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/06/senate-majority-leader-no-longer-aboard-plan-for-maglev-train-to-vegas.html

This where the train would stop instead of going to the where the second map will show.

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This is where the train should be routed. This map represents a direct route not stopping in Los Angeles.
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Here is what the route would look like if it stopped in Las Angeles.

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The traffic on I15 is just horrible on the weekends. Both California and Nevada continue on make improvements on I15 but it just takes one high speed accident on I15 to close it for hours. Usually due to lack of sleep, overloaded vehicles and alcohol the accidents on I15 are unusually violent. A lot of very unsafe charter busses run this route and are prone to very deadly accidents.

Sen Harry Reid (D Nevada) will continue to build a train to nowhere. My apologies to the people of  Victorville, CA but the majority of traffic to Las Vegas goes from Los Angeles and Orange Counties to Las Vegas. It would slow the train down but maybe it could stop in Victorville and Barstow. That would have to be investigated.

ST Marie

 

Barack Obama and Muslim Utopia. An open letter to Barack Obama by Brigitte Gabrial June 8, 2009

A friend of mine sent me this letter.  Ms. Gabriel has done a lot more homework on this topic than I could ever have done. This is worth reading as again Barack Obama does not really ever know what he is talking about. He just likes to make grand empty speeches that mean nothing.

Brigitte Gabriel is the New York Times bestselling author of They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It. She is the founder and president of ACT! for America, www.ActforAmerica.org.

An Open Letter to President Obama

by Brigitte Gabriel

Dear Mr. President,

You face difficult challenges in matters such as achieving peace in the Middle East and protecting America from the threat of radical Islam and terrorism. These are challenges that have vexed past presidents, going as far back as our second president, John Adams. I have no doubt you appreciate both the gravity of these challenges and the enormous obstacles that exist to solving them.

I also have no doubt that you and your staff understood that, no matter what you said in your speech last Thursday in Cairo, there would be those who would take issue with you. That is always the case when attempting to solve problems that are as deep and emotionally-laden as these challenges are.

I am assuming it is your sincere hope that the approach you have chosen to take, as evidenced by what I’m sure was a carefully crafted speech, will ultimately prove successful. However, it pains me to say this sir, but, while you said in your speech that you are a “student of history,” it is abundantly clear that, in these matters, you do not know history and thus, as Santayana noted, you are doomed to repeat it. In doing so your efforts, however well-intentioned they may be, will not produce what you profess to hope they will produce.

A wise man once said that if you start with the wrong assumptions, no matter how logical your reasoning is, you will end up with the wrong conclusion. With all due respect Mr. President, you are starting with certain assumptions that are unsupported by history and an objective study of the ideology of political Islam.

You began in your speech by asserting that “tensions” exist between the United States and Muslims around the world, which, of course, is correct. Unfortunately, you then proceeded, incorrectly, to lay virtually all the blame for these tensions at the feet of America and the West. You blamed western colonialism, the Cold War, and even modernity and globalism.

A student of American history, who is not trying to reconstruct it to fit a modern politically correct narrative, would state that tensions between America and Muslims began with the unprovoked, four-decades long assault by the Muslim Barbary pirates against American shipping in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. I find it telling that you mentioned the Treaty of Tripoli in your speech but ignored the circumstances that led to it. That treaty was but one of numerous attempts by the United States to achieve peace with the jihadists of the Barbary Coast who were attacking our shipping and killing and enslaving our citizens and our soldiers – and who by their own admission were doing so to fulfill the call to jihad.

These jihadists were not acting to protest American foreign policy, which was decidedly isolationist, and there was no state of Israel to scapegoat. They were doing what countless Islamic jihadists have done throughout history – acting upon the hundreds of passages in the Qur’an and the Hadith that call upon faithful Muslims to kill, conquer or subjugate the infidel.

A student of world history would know that, for all the acknowledged evils of Western colonialism, these evils pale in comparison to the nearly 14 centuries of Islamic colonialism that began in Arabia under the leadership of Mohammed. The student of history would know that Islamic forces eradicated all Jewish and Christian presence from Arabia after Mohammed’s death, and then succeeded in conquering all of North Africa, most of the Middle East, much of Asia Minor, and significant portions of Europe and India – eventually creating an empire larger than Rome’s was at its peak.

The number of dead and enslaved during these many centuries of Islamic imperial conquest and colonialism have been estimated to total more than 300 million. What’s more, the wealth of many of the conquered nations and cultures was plundered by the Islamic conquerors, and millions of millions of non-Muslims who did survive were forced to pay onerous taxes, such as the “jizya,” a humiliation tax to the Islamic caliphs. Indeed, in some areas Christians and Jews were made to wear a receipt for the jizya around their neck as a mark of their dishonor.

These facts have not been invented by Christian or Jewish historical revisionists, but were chronicled by Muslim eyewitnesses throughout the past 14 centuries and are available to be researched by any person seeking an objective understanding of how Islam spread throughout the world.

You say in your speech that we must squarely face the tensions that exist between America and the Muslim world. That is a laudable notion with which I agree, but by casting Islam as the historical victim and the West (and by implication, America) as the aggressor, you do not face these tensions squarely, but alleviate the Muslim world from coming to grips with the jihadist ideology embedded in its holy books and acted upon for 1,400 years.

Even worse, you empower and embolden militant Islamists who regard your gestures as signs of weakness and capitulation.

The issue is not that all Muslims are terrorists or radicals or extremists. We all know that the majority of Muslims are not. We also know that many peace-loving Muslims are victims of Islamist violence.

The issue is this: what drives hundreds of millions of Muslims worldwide to call for the death of Jews?

What drives millions of Muslims to riot, destroy property, and take innocent lives in reaction to the Danish cartoons?

What drives tens of thousands of Muslims to demand the execution of a British teacher whose only “crime” was allowing her students to name their teddy bears “Mohammed”?

What drives countless Muslims worldwide to actively participate in, or fund, or provide nurture to, terrorist organizations?

What drives Muslims in mosques in America to proclaim and distribute materials that call for hatred of and the destruction of infidels?

What drives entire Islamic countries to prohibit the building of a Christian church or synagogue?

To assume, as you apparently do, that what drives these actions is not an ideology embedded in the holy books of Islam, but rather other “root causes,” most of which you lay at the feet of America and the West, is at best naïve and at worst dangerous.

Lastly, I must address your statement that “Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance.” Unfortunately, the examples you gave are the exception rather than the rule.

Historically speaking, I seriously doubt the Egyptian Copts, the Lebanese Maronites, the Christians in Bethlehem, the Assyrians, the Hindus, the Jews, and many others who have been persecuted by Islamic violence and supremacism, would agree with your assertion.

For instance, Christians and Jews became “Dhimmis,” a second class group under Islam. Dhimmis were forced to wear distinctive clothing; it was Baghdad’s Caliph Al-Mutawakkil, in the ninth century, who designated a yellow badge for Jews under Islam, which Hitler copied and duplicated in Nazi Germany nearly a thousand years later.

I witnessed first-hand the “tolerance” of Islam when Islamists ravaged my country of birth, Lebanon, in the 1970’s, leaving widespread death and destruction in their wake. I saw how they re-paid the tolerance that Lebanese Christians extended toward them. My experience is not an isolated one. When you make an unfounded assertion about the “proud tradition” of tolerance in Islam, you do a great disservice to the hundreds of millions of non-Muslims who have been killed, maimed, enslaved, conquered, subjugated or displaced – in the cause of Islamic jihad.

Mr. President, those of us like me who are ringing the alarm in America about the threat of radical Islam would like nothing better than to peacefully co-exist with the Muslim world. Most Americans would like nothing better than to peacefully co-exist with the Muslim world. The obstacle to achieving this does not lie with us in America and the West. It lies with the hundreds of millions of Muslims worldwide, including many of their spiritual leaders, who take seriously the repeated calls to jihad in the Qur’an and the Hadith. Who regard “infidels” as inferior and worthy of conquering, subjugating and forcibly converting. Who support “cultural jihad” as a means to subvert non-Muslim societies from within. Who take seriously the admonitions throughout the Qur’an and the Hadith to convert the world to Islam – by force if necessary – and bring it under the rule of Allah.

Unless you are willing to courageously and honestly accept this, your aspirations for worldwide comity and peace in the Middle East are doomed to fail.

Sincerely,

Brigitte Gabriel

I hope this letter by Ms. Gabriel helps you understand what the challanges of the past are that face us in the future.

STMarie