Straight From the Energy Expert’s Mouth To Your Ears

Here’s a bit about our new energy policy expert, as such.

First up…the text…

“Oil and coal? Of course, it’s a fungible commodity and they don’t flag, you know, the molecules, where it’s going and where it’s not. But in the sense of the Congress today, they know that there are very, very hungry domestic markets that need that oil first,” Palin said. “So, I believe that what Congress is going to do, also, is not to allow the export bans to such a degree that it’s Americans that get stuck to holding the bag without the energy source that is produced here, pumped here. It’s got to flow into our domestic markets first.”

That didn’t make sense?

How ’bout the video…

Still confused?

Maybe this will clear things up.

Sarah Palin on Energy Policy

Sarah Palin on Energy Policy

Everybody get it now?

Q: You say you’re sure she has experience, but again I’m just asking for an example. What experience does she have in the field of national experience.

McCain: Energy. She knows more about energy than probably anyone else in the United States of America. She represe–is a governor of the state that 20% of America’s energy supply comes from there. And you all know that energy is a critical and vital national security issue.

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Let’s Play: “Fun With Russia: Arms Deal Version”

Russia snubbed its nose at the United States today by announcing plans to sell military equipment to both Iran and Venezuela.

The head of the state arms exporter said that Russia was negotiating to sell new anti-aircraft systems to Iran despite American objections.

“Contacts between our countries are continuing and we do not see any reason to suspend them,” Anatoly Isaikin, general director of Rosoboronexport, told Ria-Novosti at an arms fair in South Africa.

Reports have circulated for some time that Russia is preparing to sell its S-300 surface-to-air missile system to Iran, offering greater protection against a possible US or Israeli attack on the Islamic republic’s nuclear facilities. The missiles have a range of more than 150 kilometres and can intercept jets approaching at low altitudes.

Russia ratchets up US tensions with arms sales to Iran and Venezuela – Times Online.

In a previous post I mentioned that poking the bear might lead to bad and terrible things.  Not in the abstract, but in the short-term.  Obvious and right up front.  What I postulated then was waging something aking to a “Krichcwal Walzin War” in Afghanistan, if you know what I mean.

Working with the new government in Pakistan to smuggle the “Freedom Fighters” in the mounains.  I mentioned this was something we would rathre avoid, as 100 surface to air missiles is probably 20 or 30 downed helicopters, which freezes reconstruction and mobility across the country.  It’s that perilous.

Which is why we need statesmen now, and not pitbulls.

BTW, the above deal (the real one, not the hypothetical Russian black op one) is more of a response to our efforts in Georgia…to do much the same kind of business…

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced Wednesday a one-billion-dollar (690 million euro) aid package for Georgia after its conflict with Russia, of which 570 million dollars will be delivered before the end of the year.

“Today I am pleased to announce a major United States economic support package which will total at least one billion dollars to meet Georgia’s pressing humanitarian needs and to facilitate its economic reconstruction,” Rice told reporters, adding that the aid was for civilian purposes only.

“We envision a multi-year commitment which will begin now, under President (George W.) Bush, and we believe strongly it will endure in the next administration,” she said.

“Working closely with Congress, our administration plans to make available up to 570 million of this billion-dollar program in a first phase by the end of 2008.

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Arguing About Obama’s Tax Policy

  1. natasharyant Says:
    September 13, 2008 at 2:53 pm I hate obama. He sounds too much like Osama.

Why Obama’s Tax Plan Is So Wrong « Start Thinking Right.

O.k. so I saw that first comment and realized I had descended into a den a fools.

I like to do this occasionally.  Essentially I’ll drop in on a conversation on a blog I don’t agree with and lay absolute waste to the arguments being presented.

In more cases than you would believe (I had one last week on a Puma site) I end up getting banned and my comments deleted.

It’s funny what people will do to make it look like they are right.

Anyway, check that one out, I think I did o.k.  At least the guy had enough integrity to argue instead of delete.

One Thing To Say About the Collapse of Wall Street

Privatization of Social Security.

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CBN.comALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — There’s another showing Tuesday of the good-cop, bad-cop routine featuring President Bush and Sen. John McCain, Bush’s one-time presidential rival who has become a big booster of the president’s Social Security plan.

The Arizona Republican accompanied Bush on Monday to the senator’s home state and Colorado to try to help sell the public and Congress on the president’s proposal for a major Social Security overhaul.

Bush again focused on calming seniors’ fears that his plan would mean their checks would stop coming or be cut and tried to convince them that adding private accounts to Social Security would be in the best interest of their children and grandchildren. Bush said he was open to any idea Democrats, or others, want to bring forward to solve Social Security’s fiscal ills, and he pledged no political retribution.

“I’m willing to listen to any solution,” Bush said in Denver. “I’m confident that eventually the will will be there to get something done.”

McCain, after jokes that had the audience howling and some unvarnished adoration of “the leadership of this man,” had a little different message.

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Here is McCain saying he won’t privatize social security and then talks about specific ways in which he will.

Read on to see how this week’s news could have been.

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Palin Lying and Covering It Up (Email Hacked)

“She’s not telling the truth when she told ABC neither she nor her husband pressured me to fire Trooper Wooten,” said Walt Monegan, the Alaskan official whose dismissal by Sarah Palin is the focus of a state investigation known as “Troopergate”. “And she’s not telling the truth to the media about her reasons for firing me.”

ABC News: Fired Official: Governor Sarah Palin Did Not Tell the Truth to ABC.

This is part of the reason everyone who has regained their ability for rational thought is laughing at McCain’s choice.  I mean, she had an active investigation going on regarding abusing her power.  And now, in a reversal, they are going to try and hide everything.

They were doing this before, as one of the allegations of the suit is that Palin was using personal email accounts for government business.

This has now been proven beyond any reasonable doubt….because some kids hacked her email account.

The potential Veep is in a bit of trouble for conducting state business using her personal, unarchived email address (gov.sarah@yahoo.com) instead of her official account (which is, of course, subject to laws requiring the retention of government records). Emails from that Yahoo account are already being sought in connection with the Troopergate investigation. Now comes word that Anonymous, the fun-loving Internet trouble-makers based loosely around the message board 4Chan, gained access to another Palin email account: gov.palin@yahoo.com.

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This will, of course, be spun to make it look like people are picking on poor Palin, but the underlying fact that she was conducting government business on a personal account should give one pause.

Actually, it shouldn’t give one “pause” it should cause you to jump for the “stop” button and quickly jam “eject” as well.

The World’s Biggest Bailouts

Lehman Brothers is no more. But before letting it fail, the United States bailed out Bear Stearns and saved Fannie and Freddie. So what are the biggest bailouts of all time? In this List, FP looks at five of the biggest—and whether they were worth the cost.

Foreign Policy: The List: The World’s Biggest Bailouts.

All of these are now going to be dwarfed by the current ones, but it’s always nice to know a bit of history.

Biden’s Response to McCain Tax Lie Gets More Coverage Than the Lie

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden said Thursday that paying more in taxes is the patriotic thing to do for wealthier Americans. In a new TV ad that repeats widely debunked claims about the Democratic tax plan, the Republican campaign calls Obama’s tax increases “painful.”

Under the economic plan proposed by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, people earning more than $250,000 a year would pay more in taxes while those earning less – the vast majority of American taxpayers – would receive a tax cut.

Although Republican John McCain claims that Obama would raise taxes, the independent Tax Policy Center and other groups conclude that four out of five U.S. households would receive tax cuts under Obama’s proposals.

Noting that wealthier Americans would indeed pay more, Biden said: “It’s time to be patriotic … time to jump in, time to be part of the deal, time to help get America out of the rut.”

News from The Associated Press.

Biden’s gaffe, if you want to call it that (and they will), will probably get a lot more airplay that McCain’s dissassembling.

I found a really good graph comparing the two tax policy proposals from the candidates.

You can see it here.

McCaina and Obama's Tax Plan

McCain vs Obama (re: Taxes)

And Biden is right, it is time for the rich to start paying their fair share. They haven’t been since Bush’s massive upper class tax cuts. Now some people think that a higher ratio for the rich is some kind of class warfare, but what they often forget is the VAST majority of wealth in this country in concentrated in a few small portion of the populace. There are larger differences in income and wealth now in the U.S. than ever before.

And they got a whole bunch worse with Bush’s tax policy, which included a massive tax cut and starting a war, both of which McCain endorses. BTW, Bush was the first President to cut taxes during a war. Taxes were increased to pay for every U.S. war in history (except for the one with Mexico…which was paid for by Texas).

Some people will dismiss the Obama’s proposal “Class Warfare”. What I see it as is something made to avoid actual class warfare. You know, the killing and robbing kind.

But enough on that, let’s talk about McCain’s lies. McCain thinks that Obama is going to raise taxes on “Middle Class Americans” because McCain thinks that “Middle Class Americans” make around two or three million dollars a year.

Now, McCain might have been joking about that, but he wasn’t joking when he said that the Americans wouldn’t pick lettuce for $50/hour.

And now he wants to cut taxes, mostly for the richest 1%.

That’s just not responsible government. You can’t cut out earmarks and balance the budget. We had a $406,000,000,000 shortfall this last year, and the total for earmarks is around $16-18,000,000,000. That’s not going to even get us close…

For instance, estimates from watchdog groups of total earmark spending in fiscal 2008 range from $16-18 billion. Current estimated outlays for the federal government in fiscal 2008 are $2.9 trillion (PDF). That’s less than one percent.

To put it another way, the current projected deficit is roughly $400 billion. Even if John McCain got rid of every earmark (an impossible task), it would only make a small contribution to deficit reduction. (See Factcheck.org’s takedown of McCain’s exaggerated claims of how much it can save by reducing earmarks.)

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So you could cut out every single infrastructure improvement project in the country (what “earmarks” often are) and that wouldn’t bring us anywhere near to balancing the budget. You can’t stop going to the movies when your salary is less than your rent and hope that somehow those “savings” balance the books.

What we need now are responsible politicians that don’t feed people the bullshit line that you can cut taxes to increase tax revenue in each and every economic situation.

This isn’t the 70’s, with a top marginal rate in the 70’s (percent).

This is the 00’s, with a top marginal rate in the teens (maturity-wise).

It’s a new situation and it needs a better solution than the one Bush offered (the one McCain was against before he was for it…both of which were *way* before he started lying about the whole thing).

If we look to history, the answer is easy. It we “make our own history” in the Neocon way, then we can happily make the same mistakes that have been made since time immemorial.

The World This Week by Wah : September 14, 2008

Here is part 1 (and 1.1)  and 2 of last weeks roundup. Below you will find the links for each story mentioned.

Part 1.1

Part 1.2

Part 2

Read more for story links and details…

Part 1:

Executive Experience in Alaska

Info-Graphic Convention Coverage

Military Industrial Complex Shuts Down Olbermann and Matthews on MSNBC (owned by GE)

Bloons Tower Defense 3

Pot Kills Staph

A bit more on Pakistan

Another Upside of Global Warming

Russia, Georgia, Southpark

Tigh Visits Walter Reed

Game Review : PC : Spore 

Part 1.1:

Water Bears May Be Fruit of All Life

Has the Large Hadron Collider destroyed the world yet?

Part 2:

A Southpark Metaphor For McCain’s Speech

Palin to Right of Republicans on Climate Change

Sarah Palin is to Harriet Miers…

John McCain’s Funny Joke

A Second Theory as to Why John McCain Tapped Sarah Palin

Oh Yeah, and Obama Gave Some Speech

The John McCain “I’m a Victim” Express

A Simple Guide to Biased Reporting (re: Lipstick bullshit and Bonney Kapp)

On Joe Biden : 20 Years Ago

Anderson Cooper : 360 Degrees Of Suck

Lipstick on an Economy

McCain Makes New Pledge to American People

Wall Street Journal Joins News Censorship Game

What Talking About Issue Looks Like (Joe Biden)

“You can actually see Russia from Alaska” – Sarah Palin on her “international experience”

NOTES: A couple quick notes…I have another 20 minute or so of suff. Because of the time limits on YouTube (and Google doesn’t seem to be liking me) I think I’m going to shoot for a 20 minute limit next week. This was more of a proof-of-concept. Let me know what you think. If you absolutely have to see the rest, let me know and I’ll throw it up.   I should also have a much quicker turnaround next week, as my editing skillz just about doubled this last week.