Saturday, March 24, 2012

Must Reads

Bob Cesca: The Most Underrated but Huge Obama Accomplishment

Greg Smith: Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs

Christopher Brauchli: Science and Santorum

Robert Reich: The Widening Wealth Divide, and Why We Need a Surtax on the Super Wealthy

Barnett Shale: Study finds no link between oil drilling, gas prices

Eugene Robinson: Trayvon Martin and dangerous times for black men

Jonathan Capehart: Under ‘suspicion’: The killing of Trayvon Martin

President Obama's Weekly Address - March 24, 2012

President Obama Says House Must Pass Bipartisan Transportation Bill

...and while I'm at it, here's last week's weekly address that I failed to post do to very limited to no blogging time. I'll be back in full force by the end of this week.

Ending Subsidies for Big Oil Companies

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Keystone Argument Just Got More Interesting


As we all know, the GOP has been blaming Obama for killing jobs and the high gas prices, in part by saying his decision (that they pressured him to make) to delay one leg of the Keystone Pipeline. The GOP forced him to delay it then then blamed that delay for the cost of gas. It was predictable.

What wasn't predictable was the conundrum the GOP now faces on the Oklahoma to Texas Gulf branch. In case you weren't aware, we've already had oil coming into America from Canada via the Keystone Pipeline for YEARS. The branch Obama delayed is a pipe that just sends more oil to Oklahoma -- where all the oil is bottle-necked. In fact, the oil has had to be re-routed because the facility couldn't contain it all. Why? Because the oil in Oklahoma can't get to refineries in Texas. Why? Because Texas land-owners in RED counties have blocked the pipeline. Why? Because they don't want the state to take their land so a foreign company can make profits while their land is at risk of pollution.


You heard me right. Conservative Republican Libertarians in East Texas Red Counties don't want a corporation to make money off their sacrifice. They want Big Government to stop the very pipeline their own party has used to paint Obama as THE reason for high gas prices. The very people fighting the Texas branch of Keystone are the very people who support the GOP's attempt to force the Keystone Pipeline expansion.

So, if we make sure every American knows that East Texas doesn't want the pipeline and if we make sure every American knows that those landowners are Republican, then we box the GOP into a corner.

So, even though I don't like the pipeline, I sure like this corner and paint can the President presented us with today. Let's paint!