That the ELECTED might never form to themselves an interest
    separate from the ELECTORS, prudence will point out the
    propriety of having elections often.

    — Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776
[Obama] has had nothing to do with bringing the gas price down the last few days. He’s had everything to do with pushing the gas price up over the last three years.

FOX Spokesmodel Stuart Varney

They really have no clue that they’ve become a parody of themselves.

abaldwin360:

quickhits:

How Obama, Romney differ on energyContext here.

But … Republicans and Democrats are the same. Right? Right? …

Did You Know? The circa 1870 version of Romney was busy defending the Whale Oil Industry from the rise of the Fossil Fuel Industry. Sustainable energy *is* the future. Fossil Fuel, too, shall pass.
Obama knows this and is taking action to achieve it.
Romney knows this but is paid by Big Fossil to pretend not to know it.

abaldwin360:

quickhits:

How Obama, Romney differ on energy

Context here.

But … Republicans and Democrats are the same. Right? Right? …

Did You Know? The circa 1870 version of Romney was busy defending the Whale Oil Industry from the rise of the Fossil Fuel Industry. Sustainable energy *is* the future. Fossil Fuel, too, shall pass.

Obama knows this and is taking action to achieve it.

Romney knows this but is paid by Big Fossil to pretend not to know it.

(via democratsaresexier)

neonmojo:

Just wash the fucking spoon.

48 Senators Who Voted Against Eliminating Tax Subsidies for Big OilS.2204 - March 29, 2012
* indicates Senate Seat up for re-election this year.
Lamar Alexander  R - TN Kelly Ayotte  R - NH John Barrasso   R - WY * Mark Begich   D - AK Roy Blunt  R - MO John Boozman  R - ARScott Brown  R - MA *Richard M. Burr  R - NC Saxby Chambliss  R - GA Daniel Coats  R - IN Tom Coburn  R - OK Thad Cochran  R - MS Bob Corker  R - TN *John Cornyn  R - TX Michael D. Crapo  R - ID Jim DeMint  R - SC Michael B. Enzi  R - WY Lindsey Graham  R - SC Charles E. Grassley  R - IA  Orrin G. Hatch  R - UT * Dean Heller  R - NV *John Hoeven  R - ND Kay Bailey Hutchison  R - TX *James M. Inhofe  R - OK Johnny Isakson  R - GA Mike Johanns  R - NE Ron Johnson  R - WI Mark Steven Kirk  R - IL  Jon Kyl  R - AZ * Mary L. Landrieu   D - LA Mike Lee  R - UT Richard G. Lugar  R - IN *Grampy McInsane  R - AZ Mitch McConnell  R - KY Jerry Moran  R - KS Lisa Murkowski  R - AK  Ben Nelson   D - NE * Rand Paul  R - KY Rob Portman  R - OH Jim Risch  R - ID Pat Roberts  R - KS Marco Rubio  R - FL Jeff Sessions  R - AL  Richard C. Shelby  R - AL  John Thune  R - SD Patrick J. Toomey  R - PA David Vitter  R - LA  Roger Wicker  R - MS *

neonmojo:

Just wash the fucking spoon.


48 Senators Who Voted Against Eliminating Tax Subsidies for Big Oil
S.2204 - March 29, 2012

* indicates Senate Seat up for re-election this year.

Lamar Alexander  R - TN
Kelly Ayotte  R - NH
John Barrasso   R - WY *
Mark Begich   D - AK
Roy Blunt  R - MO
John Boozman  R - AR
Scott Brown  R - MA *
Richard M. Burr  R - NC
Saxby Chambliss  R - GA
Daniel Coats  R - IN
Tom Coburn  R - OK
Thad Cochran  R - MS
Bob Corker  R - TN *
John Cornyn  R - TX
Michael D. Crapo  R - ID
Jim DeMint  R - SC
Michael B. Enzi  R - WY
Lindsey Graham  R - SC
Charles E. Grassley  R - IA
Orrin G. Hatch  R - UT *
Dean Heller  R - NV *
John Hoeven  R - ND
Kay Bailey Hutchison  R - TX *
James M. Inhofe  R - OK
Johnny Isakson  R - GA
Mike Johanns  R - NE
Ron Johnson  R - WI
Mark Steven Kirk  R - IL
Jon Kyl  R - AZ *
Mary L. Landrieu   D - LA
Mike Lee  R - UT
Richard G. Lugar  R - IN *
Grampy McInsane  R - AZ
Mitch McConnell  R - KY
Jerry Moran  R - KS
Lisa Murkowski  R - AK
Ben Nelson   D - NE *
Rand Paul  R - KY
Rob Portman  R - OH
Jim Risch  R - ID
Pat Roberts  R - KS
Marco Rubio  R - FL
Jeff Sessions  R - AL
Richard C. Shelby  R - AL
John Thune  R - SD
Patrick J. Toomey  R - PA
David Vitter  R - LA
Roger Wicker  R - MS *

(via amodernmanifesto)

via ThinkProgress:

The public understands Obama isn’t to blame for high gasoline prices, as recent polls make clear. Even the Wall Street Journal and Cato Institute agree:

“It’s not Obama’s fault that crude oil prices have increased.”

But as the NY Times pointed out Sunday, facts don’t stop the GOP:

The issue of gas prices has not only been misunderstood but thoroughly distorted by relentless ideological spin from industry and its political allies, mainly Republican.

via ThinkProgress:

The public understands Obama isn’t to blame for high gasoline prices, as recent polls make clear. Even the Wall Street Journal and Cato Institute agree:

“It’s not Obama’s fault that crude oil prices have increased.”

But as the NY Times pointed out Sunday, facts don’t stop the GOP:

The issue of gas prices has not only been misunderstood but thoroughly distorted by relentless ideological spin from industry and its political allies, mainly Republican.

lycanpedia:

Keystone Fraud

In the midst of all the Republican “drill, baby, drill” and incessant whining about how the Tar Sands Pipeline will give us magical $2 gas, why are ConocoPhillips and Sunoco closing three refineries?

lycanpedia:

Keystone Fraud

In the midst of all the Republican “drill, baby, drill” and incessant whining about how the Tar Sands Pipeline will give us magical $2 gas, why are ConocoPhillips and Sunoco closing three refineries?

TransCanada has claimed that Keystone XL will
be the “safest pipeline in the U.S.” However, since
the initial Keystone 1 pipeline began operation in
June 2010, at least 35 spills have occurred in the
U.S. and Canada. In its first year, the U.S. section
of Keystone 1 had a spill frequency 100 times
greater than TransCanada forecast. In June 2011,
federal pipeline safety regulators determined
Keystone 1 was a hazard to public safety and
issued TransCanada a Corrective Action Order.

The impact of tar sands pipeline spills on employment and the economy(PDF)

Cornell University’s must read report (it’s short!) on Keystone XL Pipeline.


In the midst of all the Republican “drill, baby, drill” and inccessant whining about how the Tar Sands Pipeline will give us magical $2 gas, why are ConocoPhillips and Sunoco closing three refineries?

Brian McFadden

Wall Street fights rule limiting oil speculation (oil speculation is a HUGE driver of gas prices)


abaldwin360:

WASHINGTON (CNNMoney) — Wall Street is pushing to stop a new rule that would crack down on speculation in the energy markets, which many blame for contributing to the spike in gas prices.

The new rule — part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act to reform Wall Street — would set limits on how much traders can buy, preventing firms from grabbing large chunks of the energy market.

But those limits may not be set anytime soon. Nearly two years after the new law, the rule has yet to be fully implemented. And on Monday, two Wall Street trade groups asked a federal judge in Washington to delay or block the rule.

Representatives of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association and the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, which filed suit against the rulein December, appeared at a hearing at which they sought an injunction barring the rule’s immediate implementation.

The Wall Street groups said in a statement that the rule was lacking on an economic basis, and would harm markets if implemented.

keep reading

You have to wonder how the New Robber Barons would survive if they were actually at the mercy of “the invisible hand of the free market”.

Americans have collectively reduced oil gas consumption in the decade since 911. Couple that with the two-year uptick in domestic oil production, and the free market laws of supply & demand dictate that gas and oil prices should go down. Yet we have gas prices rising — just like in 2008, the last Presidential Election Year.

Could it be… SATAN?  

Nah. It’s just collusion between the increasingly desperate GOP and their Big Oil Pimps:

“In a closed-door meeting last week, Speaker John A. Boehner instructed fellow Republicans to embrace the gas-pump anger they find among their constituents when they return to their districts for the Presidents Day recess.”

Source: NY Times

(via abaldwin360-deactivated20130708)

There is no question — NO QUESTION — that Republicans and their Wall Street Puppetmasters are in collusion to drive gas prices up again this summer EXACTLY AS THEY DID IN 2008.
Note how the Republicans have suddenly stopped with their incessant whining about the need to build more refineries, and are now resorting to closing refineries instead.
Mooselini’s ”Drill Baby Drill” screeds in 2008 resulted in a six-million vote landslide for the Dems.
What was the definition of insanity again?
For more evidence of this collusion, please see my post on this subject from February 19.

There is no question — NO QUESTION — that Republicans and their Wall Street Puppetmasters are in collusion to drive gas prices up again this summer EXACTLY AS THEY DID IN 2008.

Note how the Republicans have suddenly stopped with their incessant whining about the need to build more refineries, and are now resorting to closing refineries instead.

Mooselini’s ”Drill Baby Drill” screeds in 2008 resulted in a six-million vote landslide for the Dems.

What was the definition of insanity again?

For more evidence of this collusion, please see my post on this subject from February 19.

"Only in politics do people root for bad news, do they greet bad news so enthusiastically.


leftish:

"You pay more [for gas], they’re lickin’ their chops.  And you can bet, that since it’s an election year, [Republicans are] already dusting off their three point plan for $2 gas.  And I’ll save you some expense. Step One is to DRILL.  Step Two is to DRILL, and Step Three is to DRILL some more. Now, it’s the easiest thing in the world to make phony election promises about lower gas prices."

~ President Obama

The GOP collusion with Wall Street to artificially inflate gas prices prior to the Presidential election did not work in 2008. It will not work in 2012 either, because We The People who care about a future for this nation are already turning the tables on the pathetically predictable FOXaganda® Be Very Afraid™ talking points about gas prices.

There is no question — NO QUESTION — that Republicans and their Wall Street Sugar Nannies are in collusion to drive gas prices up again this summer — EXACTLY AS THEY DID IN 2008, including the GOP Ministry of Propaganda, FOXaganda® ginning up the fear about it.
Note how the Republicans have suddenly stopped with their incessant whining about the need to build more refineries, and are now resorting to closing refineries instead.
The President has positively nailed this. Mooselini’s ”Drill Baby Drill” screeds in 2008 resulted in a six-million vote landslide for the Dems.
What was the definition of insanity again?
For more evidence of this collusion, please see my post on this subject from February 19.

owsposters:
Why Prices Are Rising At The Pump
Download the poster pack

There is no question — NO QUESTION — that Republicans and their Wall Street Sugar Nannies are in collusion to drive gas prices up again this summer — EXACTLY AS THEY DID IN 2008, including the GOP Ministry of Propaganda, FOXaganda® ginning up the fear about it.

Note how the Republicans have suddenly stopped with their incessant whining about the need to build more refineries, and are now resorting to closing refineries instead.

The President has positively nailed this. Mooselini’s ”Drill Baby Drill” screeds in 2008 resulted in a six-million vote landslide for the Dems.

What was the definition of insanity again?

For more evidence of this collusion, please see my post on this subject from February 19.


owsposters:

Why Prices Are Rising At The Pump

Download the poster pack

(via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)

GOP & Wall Street in Collusion to Force Gas Prices Up Over the Summer via Market Manipulation (just as they did prior the last Presidential election in 2008)


BEWARE: The Current GOP Culture War is a total smokescreen. These issues they are advancing — Anti-Choice, Criminalization of Birth Control, Forced Prayer in Schools, Demonizing GLBTs and Immigrants — these are loser issues for the GOP and they know it.

They are launching this cultural war to decoy their real tactic: using the same market manipulation techniques that caused gas prices to soar to $5/gallon in the Summer of 2008, just prior to the last Presidential Election.

They economy is improving, and an improved economy makes President Obama a winner. Republicans know this as well. They must win in November of face total banishment which will, of course, cost the 1%ers $trillions in Bush Tax Cuts.

The Republicans and Wall Street will do whatever it takes to shock the economy into recession prior to the 2012 General Election. If you recall the sudden spike in gas prices in the Summer of 2008, you will also recall the 2008 Republican mantra “Drill, Baby, Drill!” and their endless screeds about not having enough U.S. refineries and the need to build more.

Now, however, ConocoPhillips and Sunoco have announced plans to close three Philadelphia area refineries.

Saying national security was at stake, Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.) called Friday for congressional hearings into the shutdowns of local oil refineries and their potential effect on energy prices and the economy. Casey said that given the potential for a spike in energy prices, particularly for home heating oil, the fate of the refineries is not just a local matter.

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

"While Wall Street’s ‘priority one’ is to make money, it is clear that, for this year, priority two is the destruction of Barack Obama’s presidency. Accordingly, from a Wall Street point of view, it certainly is a happy coincidence that that priority one, making big money on oil speculation, could directly lead to accomplishing their second highest mission. “

Source: Washington Monthly

"In a closed-door meeting last week, Speaker John A. Boehner instructed fellow Republicans to embrace the gas-pump anger they find among their constituents when they return to their districts for the Presidents’ Day recess."

Source: NY Times


THIS STRATEGY FAILED IN 2008.

IT IS UP TO THE 99% TO ENSURE THAT IT FAILS AGAIN IN 2012.


The only path forward for this nation is the UTTER DESTRUCTION of this Republican Party.

We will weather the coming gas-price storm, and turn out en masse to OCCUPY A VOTING BOOTH on November 6, 2012.

Schadenfreude
(google it)