Obama Strangling the Middle Class With High Energy Costs

by lewwaters

It seems hardly a day goes by that mixed in with the emails I receive hawking Viagra, enlarging a certain portion of my body, invitations to chat with some 18 year-old hottie (allegedly) and proposals of marriage from Nigerian or Russian ladies offering me millions of dollars, I find something from the Democrat Party or Barack Obama’s reelection campaign telling me how only they are looking out for me and how Republicans want me to die, fund the rich, starve women, enslave Black people or other malarkey.

Listening to what is said in emails seeking donations for the Democrats you would be left with the impression that they and only they care about those of us in the middle class while the Republicans want all of us bankrupt.

So why has the middle class been hurting more since Democrats swept to power in January 2007 and since Barack Obama began his regime in January 2009? Why are we so much worse off with their fixes that were touted as saving us in the middle class?

We know about the housing bubble that finally burst in the waning days of the Bush administration and saw how all of the blame was laid at his feet, even though he repeatedly warned it was coming, only to have efforts to curtail it blocked by Democrats.

We know about the run on our money markets that happened weeks before the 2008 election and the bail-outs that today Democrats complain about, even though they held complete congressional power an approved of the bail-out and again approved when Barack Obama continued bailing out Wall Street, nationalizing the auto industry moving towards nationalizing our health care system.

Where Democrats have really hurt the middle class and again deflecting all blame is when it comes to our energy policies in recovering more of our own domestic supply.

After the blow-out of the BP Deepwater well in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, a moratorium was placed on offshore drilling. In reply to later claims by Democrats and the media of the Moratorium being lifted and Gulf drilling coming back strong, Mark Green of the American Petroleum Institute replied, “We wish.”

We saw Barack Obama kill thousands of potential jobs for the middle class when he killed the Keystone XL pipeline project to carry Alberta Canada oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries.

For years we have seen how Democrats repeatedly block any recovery of our own domestic crude in the 19 million acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Northeast Alaska. Along with blocking efforts to recover our own energy source there, all 6 Democrat Senators from the west coast have signed onto a piece of legislation calling for a “Permanent Moratorium” on all Pacific Coast off shore drilling.

As the unrest in the Middle East escalates, with Iran cutting off oil to Britain and France amid threats of blocking oil shipments through the Gulf or Hormuz, a recent refinery fire in Washington State and continued efforts denying Americans not only fresh energy supplies but jobs as well, it comes as no surprise to read Unusually high gas prices not showing any signs of relief as once again American middle class drivers are seeing the price of gasoline threatening to exceed $4 a gallon in a very short period.

So called “green” energy is of no help as we have seen Billions of our tax dollars going down the drain for “green” energy companies such as Solyndra declaring bankruptcy, with 3 others, Evergreen Energy, Ener1 and Amonix, Inc. declaring bankruptcy all in the same week in January 2012.

Amid news reports of an improving unemployment rate, dropping to 8.3%, still higher than when Barack Obama assumed office, a deeper look reveals the true number exceeds 15% still. That amounts to many millions more unemployed or under employed than is being reported by the media.

So where is all of this caring about the middle class and the enacting of policies to benefit us?

It sure can’t be seen in the Obama Administrations reported intent to give away seven strategic, energy rich Alaskan islands to the Russians, denying America of even more sources of domestic energy and giving it away to Russia so they may recover it and use it for their energy needs.

Even though this was initiated during the Clinton and carried forward during the Bush years, Obama seemingly is choosing to move ahead with it, even though our own middle class continues to suffer with no jobs, increasing gas prices and threats of decreased energy supplies from foreign sources.

I fail to see how any Democrats can say how they are looking out for the middle class when nearly every “fix” they impose on us throws us even deeper into despair.

Isn’t it time we elected people that really do care about constituents and the middle class, instead of giving us lip service on caring?

Choose wisely this November. Let’s begin changing faces back in Washington D.C.

9 Comments to “Obama Strangling the Middle Class With High Energy Costs”

  1. Anybody who votes Democrat is voting to destroy America. It’s just that simple.

  2. I don’t see what the fuss is about those islands. Wrangel Island is north of Siberia. Yes, it’s a good sized island – about 2900 sq mi. It’s currently being adminstered by Russia and has been declared (by the Russians) a federally protected nature sanctuary. I don’t see where the US has any kind of claim to it. This part of your anti-Obama rant doesn’t hold water.

    According to some US individuals, including the group State Department Watch, eight Arctic islands currently controlled by Russia, including Wrangel Island, are claimed by the United States. **However, according to the United States Department of State no such claim exists.**

    On June 1, 1990, Secretary of State James Baker signed an executive agreement with Eduard Shevardnadze, the former U.S.S.R. foreign minister. It specified that even though the treaty had not been ratified, the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. agreed to abide by the terms of the treaty beginning June 15, 1990. According to State Department Watch, neither the public nor Congress were informed of this executive agreement during the period leading up to the ratification vote. The Senate ratified the U.S.-U.S.S.R. Maritime Boundary Treaty in 1991, which was then signed by President George Bush.

  3. The “fuss” isn’t so much just these islands, Craig, but the general, overall neglect and sometimes hostile attitude towards the middle class.

    State Department Watch also includes a few pages from books back in the 1800′s where the Islands were claimed as part of America. It is also claimed that the “secret negotiation” was by Henry Kissinger in the closing days of Gerald Fords lone administration.

    It is also said we received noting in return for the Islands and currently, if you haven’t noticed, we are hurting for oil and jobs.

    If, as claimed, the Islands are oil rich, is it too much to expect that our own resources are used for us and to create jobs? Or, since there is no ratified treaty, that America receive something in return?

  4. Need another reason to throw Barack Hussein Obama out of office. He is what he has planned for the middle class if he get another four years;

    ON JANUARY 1 ST 2013, THE GOVERNMENT IS REQUIRING EVERYONE TO HAVE DIRECT DEPOSIT FOR SS CHECKS. WONDER WHY?

    1% tax on all bank transactions HR4646

    If the most corrupt man we ever had in the White House wins Watch for this AFTER November elections; remember this. So BEFORE you VOTE and think Obama’s looking out for your best interest Remember.

    1% tax on all bank transactions HR 4646

    It is now a fact, The Barack Hussein Obama government just cannot think of enough ways to hurt the Middle Class!

    EVERYONE need to read this before they vote. They need to know:

    If Obama wins there is a good chance there will be a 1% tax on all bank transactions. HR 4646 – ANOTHER NEW OBAMA TAX SLIPPED IN WHILE WE WERE ASLEEP. Checked this on snopes, it’s true! You can also Check out HR 4646.

    President Obama’s finance team is recommending a one percent (1%) transaction fee (TAX). Obama’s plan is to sneak it in after the November elections. He wIll keep it under the radar.

    This is a 1% tax on all transactions at any financia institution – banks, credit unions, savings and loans, etc. Any deposit you make, or even a transfer within your account, will have a 1% tax charged. ~If your paycheck or your social security or whatever is direct deposit, it will get a 1% tax charged for the transaction. ~If your paycheck is $1000, then you will pay Obama $10 just for the privilege of depositing your paycheck in your bank. Even if you hand carry your paycheck or any check into your bank for a deposit, 1% tax will be charged. If You receive a $5,000 stock dividend from your broker, Obama takes $50 just to allow you to deposit that check in the bank.. ~If you take $1,000 cash to deposit at your bank, 1% tax will be charged.

    Mind you, this is from the man who promised that, if you make under $250,000 per year, you will not see one penny of new tax. Keep your eyes and ears open, you will be amazed at what you learn about this guy’s under-the-table moves to increase the number of ways you are taxed.

    Oh, and by the way, if you receive a refund from the IRS next year and you have it direct deposited or you walk in to deposit that check, you guessed it. You will pay a 1% charge of that money just for putting it in your bank. Remember, any money, cash, check or whatever, no matter where it came from, you will pay a 1% fee if you put it in the bank.

    Some will say, oh well, it’s just 1%. Are you kidding me? It’s a 1% tax increase across the board. Remember, once the tax is there, they can also raise it at will. And if anyone protests, they will just say, “Oh,that’s not really a tax, it’s a user fee”! Think this is no big deal? Go back and look at the transactions you made on one year’s banking statements. Then add the total of all those transactions and deduct 1%. Still think it’s no big deal?

    ” A government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have.” – Barry Goldwater

    Some References:

    1. snopes.com: Debt Free America Act •••
    Is the U.S. government proposing a 1% tax on debit card usage and/or banking transactions?
    …It is true. The bill is HR-4646 introduced by US Rep Peter deFazio D-Oregon and US Senator Tom Harkin D-Iowa. Their plan is to sneak it in after the…
    …moved beyond proposing studies and submitted the Debt Free America Act (H.R. 4646), a bill calling for the implementation of a scheme to pay down the…
    …[2010] by Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.). His “Debt Free America Act” (H.R. 4646) would impose a 1 percent “transaction tax” on every financial transaction…
    Sat, 24 Sep 2011 11:26:40 GMThttp://www.snopes.com/politics/taxes/debtfree.asp
    ____________________________________________________________

  5. That such a bill exists is true. It is also true that it would do as said.

    However, the bill has not gained a single co-sponsor since introduced.

    http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/barackobama/a/Obama-One-Percent-Transaction-Tax.htm

    http://www.factcheck.org/2010/09/1-transaction-tax/

    The bill was first floated in 2004 and has gone nowhere.

  6. Neither DeFazio nor Harkin had anything to do with HR4646. The bill was sponsored by U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Penn in February of 2010. The bill has no co-sponsors. The Obama Administration does not support it. In fact, no one but Fattah supports it.

    http://www.politifact.com/oregon/statements/2010/oct/01/chain-email/e-mail-claims-defazio-wants-tax-transactions/

  7. Lew,

    You’re ignoring the obvious. All of those islands (as far as I can determine) are within territory traditionally claimed by Russia. Our claiming those islands would be akin to a Russian fleet sailing to the Washington coast and claiming the San Juans.

    I don’t see how the fact that the Obama administration is following up on the policies of a number of previous administrations is being “hostile towards the middle class”.

  8. Craig

    In the last couple of post, I detect what appears to be support of Barack Hussein Obama and his Gang. He is well on his way to destroying our once great Country and I for one cannot support anything he says or does. What is there to makes any one think that:

    (a) Fattah had no support when he proposed this bill, It is what us old folks call a Trial Baloon and if he and his silent supporters hear nothing from us, they will feel free to proceed with this tax.

    (b) during this important election year any poitician including Obama is going to even let it be known this bill exist until after the November Election.Then it will only take after the election a few minor changes to make it platable. I know, I was on a committee years ago debating the Endangered Species Act. It was sold as being applicable to only lions, tigers and bears. Tak a look at where it is today. I voted against it.

    (c) we should ignore the fact that at the Federal Level we are 15 trillion dollars in debt headed for 16. There will be, if Barack Hussein Obama wins, after the November election, a mountain of tax bills to reduce the trillions of debt dollars, so many that the voter’s won’t know what hit them. It will be easy for Obama to slip something like this in if we don’t have conservative in the house and the Senate. Now is the time to shoot this trial baloon down even if it is just an idea. Why, because it takes a long time to educate an unsuspecting public.

    As for the islands, Government at every level does not nor should they have the authority to give away what belongs to the people without the approval of the people.

    As for DeFazio and Harkin, Defazio is in my opinion a Closet Communist and a tax like this will be right up his alley, Harkin, I beleive is a Senator, so he can skate until the bill is introduced if it ever is. So he is wise to remain silent.

    And so it goes

  9. Larry,

    I do not support Barack Obama. I think he’s a pretty decent fellow, good Dad, husband and all that, but he has a fundamentally fatally flawed understanding (as do most Democrats, some Republicans, and virtually ALL Progressives) of the nature of man. That misunderstanding is what drives people towards socialism and marxism. I don’t believe he’s a marxist, but he is certainly a socialist.

    I do think we need to be realistic when we debate these issues. Lew’s comment about the US (and specifically Obama) ceding islands to Russia is a red herring for the reason that first of all, those islands never did belong to the US. We can claim anything we want – that doesn’t make them ours. Secondly, those islands are in Russian territory so why do we want them anyway – because there might be oil or other strategic materials? Is it really worth it to go to war with Russia to take something that belongs to them? Thirdly, your argument that because the people didn’t have a say, the government has no business giving away what belongs to the people. I certainly agree with that, but your argument in this case is invalid because those islands never belonged to the people in the first place. Again, spurious claims of ownership by some amorphous group (denied by the US Department of State) in the US does not mean ownership.

    Even if all the above were true, those islands did belong to the US, were occupied by US citizens, and we could prove ownership, why place all the blame on Obama when other (Republican and Democrat) administrations were involved?

    I don’t accept your premise that Fattah’s bill was a trial balloon (supposedly initiated under the direction of the White House). There is no evidence to support your conjecture. I don’t know what motivated Fattah to sponsor the bill, but he is clearly out of touch with the vast majority in Congress and the American people.

    DeFazio is a progressive – not a communist…although I admit that sometimes there’s not too much daylight between the two philosophies.

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