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Landrieu Makes Obama Cry ‘Uncle’ on Drilling Moratorium

She is One Scary Senator

Politico reports that the Obama Administration ended the offshore drilling ban “a month early”.

Although this is good news for Gulf State economies, don’t be fooled into thinking their suffering prompted President Obama to proper action.

No, good old-fashioned backroom politics got it done. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) placed a “hold” on the nomination of Jack Lew as director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. The action effectively held the nomination hostage until Landrieu relented.

In other words, she threw a senatorial hissy. And, more importantly, Obama caved.

Is it any wonder Ahmadinejad and Kim aren’t persuaded by Obama’s tough talk? If you can’t move Mary Landrieu off a dime, well… where are you really?

But, back to the drilling ban. As Ed Morrissey writes at Hot Air:

A month early? Try at least two months too late. A study conducted by Barack Obama’s own hand-picked commission showed that not only was the blanket moratorium no longer needed, it was never necessary in the first place.  (emphasis added)

This presidential decision had nothing to do protecting the environment. While the drilling moratorium was in place, the Obama Administration approved a $1 billion loan to Mexico for expanded operations in the Gulf. 

If the administration was so concerned with potential ecological damage, why was it permissible for Mexico to expand drilling operations in the same body of water? Does Mexican crude oil not stick to water fowl, kill fish or pollute beaches? Of course, it does. 

The offshore drilling ban was pure leftist politics on a number of levels. First, the ban was an obvious sop to environmentalist groups who questioned Obama’s commitment to the cause. Second, the moratorium was a “dead fish” message sent to the oil companies. And third, the action was based on the wealth redistribution dogma central to Obama’s political ideology.

All of that was certainly much more important to Obama than the jobs of 10,000 Americans. Aren’t those the same American workers Democrats always claim to protect? Oh well, the ends justify the means, right?

What delicious irony that the whole plan was brought down by bare-knuckled politics as practiced by a liberal Democrat who benefits from oil industry campaign donations.

That President Obama sure has them all shaking in their boots.

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Congressman Hare-brained

We ain't got no stinkin' debt!

Congressman Philip Hare (D-IL 17) just does not understand what all the fuss is about.

Quoth Hare:

… every minute that I have here (Congress) is going to be spent debunking the myth that this country’s in debt and we just can’t spend.

It’s true that Hare is not the only congressman to have made a loony staement.  Earlier this year Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA 4) expressed his concern at a congressional hearing that if the population of Guam continued to rise the island might “tip over and capsize”.

To claim a $1.4 trillion plus spending deficit is a myth — much less the $13.3 trillion structural debt — is to totally deny reality.  Heck, even the New York Times admits the US is in debt, and it  is also pretty darn high.

This is not Hare’s first collision with ignorance.  Earlier this year, Hare told a constituent — on video — that ObamaCare was constitutional, although he did not know which part of the Constitution permitted it and quite frankly, he didn’t worry about whether the laws Congress adopts are constitutional.

Jim Geraghty of National Review recently reported that Hare’s Republican opponent, Bobby Schilling, was within one percent (38-37) of Hare in a Cook  Report D+3 district.  The most salient point wasn’t that Schilling was close, but, that an incumbent in a Dem-leaning district was at only 38%!

While the poll result does not bode well for Representative Hare, it certainly reflects positively on the common sense of voters in IL-17. 

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Rep. Philip Hare (D-IL 17) / “The debt is a myth”

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA ?) / “Guam might tip over and capsize”